For the record 2/25/10

By Middlebury Campus

February 25, 2010

Artist | The Magnetic Fields Album | “Realism” Over the course of their 20-year existence, the Magnetic Fields, led by their notoriously dour songwriter Stephin Merritt, have explored nearly every genre of popular music imaginable. From jazz to punk, synth-pop to shoe-gaze, the Fields’ varied...

For the Record – 02/17/10

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February 18, 2010

I was lucky enough to catch Surfer Blood — the hyped Floridian indie pop band that admittedly does not surf — this past New Year’s Eve. Actually, the band took the stage when the new year began, counting down the remaining seconds of 2009 in a disappointingly unaffected manner. Fortunately, as...

For the Record – 02/11/10

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February 11, 2010

With the attention of as many ardent supporters as agitated detractors, Vampire Weekend released its second album last month, the inspired and eclectic “Contra.” Few groups in recent years have been as divisive as Vampire Weekend. The band’s most fervent backers praise its fresh take on Afro-pop...

For the Record… – 1/21/09

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January 21, 2010

MTV’s newest hit show “Jersey Shore” threatens to ravage memories of a place that defined my childhood summers. (I promise you, the “shore” is more special than “The Situation” may make you believe.) Thankfully, though, Real Estate’s self-titled release has restored some of the Jersey...

For the Record – 1/14/10

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January 14, 2010

When the Strokes burst onto the scene in 2001 with their monumental debut, “Is This It,” many deemed them the saviors of rock. They would resurrect the dead garage and punk sound of the late 1970s and rescue the suffering public from the talentless grasp of boy bands and teen pop divas. For a while,...

For the Record

By Middlebury Campus

December 3, 2009

Animal Collective has had quite a year. Way back in January the Brooklyn/Baltimore-based group released the monumental “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” an album that set the critical world ablaze (many critics wasted no time in deeming it the album of the year) and kicked off the electro-pop trend that...

For the record: concert edition

By Middlebury Campus

November 19, 2009

Artist: Umphrey's McGee The Green Apple Festival is America’s largest celebration of Earth Day. Since its birth in 2006, the event has grown to 10 major cities across the United States. Each year, bands play in the festival to educate audiences about environmental issues. Specifically, the Green Apple...

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