3 New Albums I’ve Been Listening To: March 2018

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by Evan Welsh Preamble: I know there are usually 5 albums in this list. March and the early bits of April have been really busy but the three albums here are really good and honestly I devoted most of my time during March and early April listening to these three records. I promise the next one (the list for April) …

DJ of the Week – Hugh Schmidt

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  DJ: Hugh Schmidt Genre: Loud Rock Show: Document #90.1 with DJ Skramboi Year: Freshman Major: History with an Education Minor Hometown: Massachusetts   Tell me a little bit about your show. My show is called Document #90.1, and it’s basically an hour where I’m playing emo, screamo and the various sub-genres that go under that, or have influenced it, …

3-in-1 Review: Alt Director Goes to 3 Shows in a Week

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By Nayra Halajian Over the course of seven days, the week prior to midterms, I made the decision to go to three shows. This meant three late nights of driving out to Seattle (or should I say making my friends drive), dancing, and avoiding homework. It was a lot for one week, a bit emotionally exhausting, but I did it …

5 New Albums I’ve Been Listening To: February 2018

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by Evan Welsh 1. Ought- Room Inside The World There is no doubt that post-punk revival is in full swing. Artists like Ought, Preoccupations, Protomartyr, Iceage, and Have a Nice Life and many others have made the 2010s the decade of renaissance for the genre. Ought’s new album, Room Inside the World, their first album for Merge is a masterful, …

Little Dark Age by MGMT: Album Review

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by Angela Levitan and Ezra Hecht Little Dark Age is the fourth studio album from MGMT and their first release in 5 years. This new record is MGMT’s synth-driven return to the world of indie, which has changed significantly since their last release, 2013’s MGMT. The two albums that followed their stardom launching debut, Oracular Spectacular, tended to be underwhelming …

‘Pharma’: Nmesh Interview

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by Val Bauer I talked to electronic artist Nmesh (Alex Koenig) about his newest release ‘Pharma,’ released August 4, 2017 on Orange Milk Records. ‘Pharma’ most notably took #7 on the Needle Drop’s ‘Highest Rated Electronic Albums of 2017,’ Resident Advisor’s 2017 ‘September’s Best Music’ and Tiny Mix Tapes’ ‘2017: Favorite 50 Music Releases.’ First of all, compliments on the …

5 New Albums I’ve Been Listening To: January 2018

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by Evan Welsh 1. Jeff Rosenstock- POST- A surprise new year’s day release from the man behind Bomb The Music Industry! POST- follows up Rosenstock’s 2016 Worry. and is reactionary to the most recent U.S. election. It is a punk album that excels most in its anthemic song writing and anxiety driven lyrical content. The tracks from this album will …

Interview with Mike Park (Asian Man Records)

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Interview by Justin Loye   Mike Park is the motivated man behind Asian Man records. He started the label out of his parents garage in the San Jose area. Over the years he has signed various ska, punk, and rock bands like Jeff Rosenstock and Joyce Manor. In addition to the label, Park himself has been in several great ska …

KUPS Alternative Director’s TOP 5 Albums of Fall 2017 Rotation

By Nayra Halajian   KUPS gets sent a LOT of music throughout the year. Every week of the Fall 2017 semester, Chloe and I would sort through it, create a rotation of albums we thought were good, and send them to our DJs. DJs would play the songs they liked on their shows. The following are my favorite albums that …

DJ of the Week – Janelle Sopko // Becca Tobing

  DJ(S): Janelle Sopko // Becca Tobing Genre: Hip Hop Show: “NYShe” Year: Freshman Major(s): Undeclared Hometown: Brooklyn, NY // Portland, Oregon   Tell me a little bit about your show. Janelle: So, basically, our theme to start out with was “Female Rappers from NY”, specifically. We picked New York because, obviously, there’s a lot of rap that comes out …