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Coast Modern Rocks the Croc Box 4/17

Coast Modern headlined The Crocodile April 17, with Mikey Mike opening for the west coast, indie-pop musicians based in Los Angeles.The band has traditionally taken inspiration from artists ranging from The Beatles, to Led Zeppelin, to Weezer, saying that part of the Coast Modern sound comes from embracing the music we loved when we were young, even if it’s not ‘cool’ now.”“If we ever make it…” Coleman Trapp said.Made up of Coleman Trapp and Seattle native Luke Atlas, the duo played a collection of their familiar tracks mixed with a few soon-to-be released songs hinting towards a second album.With the success of their first release, self-titled Coast Modern, featuring original 18 tracks, the duo went big with tracks “Dive” and “Guru.”The Crocodile is known for its separated set-up – with a predominately 21+ showroom and balcony and side section dedicated to minors, many attendees are frustrated by the separation. Those under 21 are annoyed by the lack of stage access and limited viewing, where as 21+ is isolated from their under 21 friends and concert buddies.Accustom to the traditional pathway past the bathrooms, down the hall, around the corner, and sneaking my way to a sliver of the stage (or better yet, a comfortable position against the railing; see, the separation has its pros), I was shook when the stamp checker pointed me in the opposite direction.Only when selling merch or being shoveled to the curb after a show had I been on the main showroom floor. Now, here I was surrounded by minors looking to the balcony for a strange array of what looked to be parents and/or (maybe a little too) loyal patrons to the bar, now housed in the balcony itself.Finding a spot alongside the sound booth I found myself surrounded by an interesting mix of couples head bobbing in unison and groups of girls screaming at the start of every song (despite the fact that they clearly didn’t know the words, it was doubtful they even knew the song at all).Although that type of artificial crop top girl gang energy may be artificially manufactured- it’s the exact type of energy you want when it comes to a show like Coast Modern.The crowd was reflective of the chill, pop vibes you would find in the car of a summer road trip, a day at the beach, or the kind of dance party I am almost certain this crowd had as they got ready for the night.Excited by the transitive enthusiasm I was ready for a solid show- and I was not disappointed…  by Coast Modern at least. I’m not sure if I can say the same for their opener.Looking back on my show notes, I literally wrote “Who is ‘Mike’ and what the heck is going on?”Now when it comes to music, I’m pretty open-minded: I’ve transitioned from the standard, “oh yeah, I listen to pretty much everything… except country,” to “I’ll give anything a listen.” I’m pleased to say, opener, Mikey Mike’s music wasn’t the problem. I’ll give props where props are due and that is, to his lyrics, to the energy (and abs) of his supporting keyboardist Christina Castle and creativity of stage performance.That being said, I could have gone without his absent-minded racial slurs, sloshing cup of whatever-it-was in hand on stage, and constant “that-one-guy-you-avoid-at-a-party” vibe.Mikey Mike did his job, hyping the crowd preparing them for Coast Modern, who took to the stage, immediately breaking into classics.If you’ve read my reviews, or simply heard me go on and on talking about concerts, you’ll know there are two main things I look for 1) energy and 2) enthusiasm, Coast Modern had both. It’s clear when an artist knows what they’re doing, and it’s just as clear when a crowd knows what to expect.The Crocodile was filled with fans singing back lyrics, dancing to beat drops, and even audibly “ooh-”ing and “ahh-”ing over the disco ball that was placed overhead.From the amount of interaction between the performers and audience, it was clear those who found themselves at Coast Modern’s show, had not simply stumbled through the door.The Crocodile never disappoints when it comes to light shows and visual supports for artists- they showed fans not only what music sounds like, but what music looks like.Without a doubt, Coast Modern delivered a memorable performance – complete with an encore before continuing on their tour.Their next stops are San Fran, Santa Cruz, and San Diego. You can check the full tour lineup here.Aside from the artists, other key players of the night included: the girl who continuously dropped her jacket from the balcony (and continued to place it in the exact same spot over and over again).The man who stood in the back with his eyes closed throughout the entirety of all performances, really just soaking in the music.And of course the iconic, the infamous Greg the Duck, the concert hopping plastic mallard known for making his appearances both at the front of every stage, on his very own Instagram @greg_theduck, and of course, in the corner of every one of my concert photos.Make your mind up for yourself, follow them on tour, let me know what you think, how you feel, what you’re listening to, here’s the info you’ll need.Mike Mikey can be found online at findmikeymike.com or on Instagram @findmikeymike.While you’re at it: show his keyboardist some love over on Instagram @christinacastlemusic.Of course, Coast Modern can be found online at coastmodernmusic.com or on Instagram @coastmodernmusic and Twitter @CoastModern.Sarah ArcherIG: @archer_sarah T: @saraharcher99Check out more music and news from Rainy Dawg Radio @ RainyDawg.org!

how to piss off your fans and keep them smiling

“ATTN Frank: I will post a very unflattering Photoshop of your face EVERY WEEK that my Endless Vinyl hasn’t arrived. You’ve been warned!” – u/FromSiriusCase study:

How to piss off your fans and keep them smiling

On Cyber Monday (Nov 27th, 2017), excited Frank Ocean fans rushed to the Blonde.co website to order the Endless album on vinyl and CD. Endless is a 2016 Frank Ocean ‘visual’ album, which is Frank’s last Def Jam label release before making his own Boys Don’t Cry label and releasing Blonde. While Endless isn’t necessarily a full-fledged studio album and is often overshadowed by Blonde’s success, the album is treasured by many die-hard Ocean fans, as it contains the original, ambient, and avant-garde influences that would later transcend over to Blonde.As a big fan of Frank Ocean’s work, I had to change pants when I heard about the Endless vinyl release. You see, we’ve learned from experience that Frank merch is rare. For instance, Frank’s Blonde vinyl release back in November 2016 was extremely lowkey and on limited release. Now, Blonde vinyl are fetching $200+ on resale outlets. So when Endless vinyl came out, I knew I had to cop quick, and with my bro, ordered 2 Endless vinyl and a poster for around $100; a bargain.Now, fast forward 6 MONTHS; in what was supposed to come in 6-8 weeks, Frank Ocean fans everywhere still haven’t received their Endless vinyl or CD. Instead, Blonde.co only shipped the Endless poster and VHS orders. Think about it, Frank has us receiving f**king obsolete VHS tapes before receiving our vinyl or CDs. While I feel mad about the abysmal lack of communication and order fulfillment, I can’t help but humor at the fact that—somewhere out there, a Gen-Z Frank Ocean fan has a hung poster of Frank Ocean with that s**t-eating grin, while holding a VHS with no VHS player to play with.Evidently, Frank Ocean fans let out their impatience and growing outrage: Music publications wrote about the order delays. Fans harassed Frank Ocean’s mom, Katonya, on social media. And the r/Frank Ocean “Cult”—who virtually saw Frank as a demi-god, even wrote heartfelt posts decrying this terrible ordeal. However, as fans trudged along the days without their Frank Ocean vinyl, r/FrankOcean’s rage slowly displaced into a whirling circlejerk of hilarious memes:“Fuck my vinyl order up fam” – u/xXPsilocybinXx- u/SilverKilla1114You might ask “Why are they so slow at shipping out vinyl and CDs?” It seems like today, buying merch from artists has turned into a privileged waiting game; when you buy a CD or vinyl from your favorite artist, expect to wait 4-6 months to just get a shipping confirmation. Frank Ocean isn’t the only suspect in this, for instance; loyal fans had to wait over 6 months for Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy, SZA’s Ctrl, Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! and many other releases.I understand that there are fewer record pressing plants today, and that perhaps Frank is remastering and re-mixing Endless for physical releases. But it is unacceptable that neither Frank Ocean, nor his merch department, came forward about this situation to fans throughout this 6-month ordeal. While the wait seems unbearable for many, the subsequent activism from Frank Ocean fans–through their blog posts and memes, can prove that wonderful, hilarious things can happen when people rally together in something they believe in.

Alas, to draw wisdom from the almighty Fall Out Boy: “The best of us can find happiness in misery.”

Stay strong, Cult.UPDATE (4/11): The vinyl have finally shipped, and my order is set to come 4/19! Memes are truly magic.-Clem Mooc

Album Review: I Need To Start A Garden

If
you’re looking for a cozy album for rainy spring days, look no further
than  I Need to Start a Garden by Hayley
Heynderickx. Released
by Mama Bird Recording Co. on March
2nd, 2018, Heynderickx’s debut is unmistakably Pacific Northwestern.
Across the tracks, the Oregon native combines her sometimes crooning, sometimes
whispered vocals with her nimble guitar riffs to weave together a lush folk
sound. The album is strongly influenced by her natural and internal
environments, and can be effortlessly played on repeat.Part of
what the listener gets out of this album is the glimpse of what the artist may
have got out of making it. Every track seems highly personal, an exploration of
relationships with others and one’s self. After the singer opens the album with
the starkly lonely “No Face,” she begins a discussion of safety as she protects
a partner from a series of unnerving insects in “The Bug Collector.” This
concept of harm and protection continues in “Jo,” with Heyndrickx habitually
turning her attention and energy towards those she cares for.  The
album’s halfway point “Worth It” provides a stark contrast to the opening track:
rather than being self-critical and focusing her energy on others, Heynderickx
nurses a growing sense of self-worth. The rest of the album turns inwards,
carrying a message of acceptance and letting go, with Heynderickx pushing
herself to action in the single “Oom Sha La La.” Taking charge of her “breaking
down” described in “Show You a Body,” the songwriter exclaims throughout the
song “I’m tired of my mind getting heavy with mold / I need to start a garden!”
Emotional and inspirational, this record is not to be missed out on. Rating: ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ / 5- Eden Chapman

Rainy Dawg is throwing the birthday party of the year… and you’re invited

In a world so focused on pop culture and consumed by music it’s hard to imagine a time when the latest tracks and hottest releases weren’t readily available at our fingertips. It wasn’t so long ago that Rainy Dawg Radio embarked into its early stages of operation. As RDR transitions further into its teenage years, the station is celebrating their big 15 the only way they know how… with music. Rainy Dawg presents their very own, annual birthday fest, a two-day concert series held here on campus at the Ethnic Cultural Theater (ECT) April 11 and 12 (that’s THIS week people). After a successful Battle of the Bands, held last week, the show lineup has been secured. Kicking off day 1 Battle of the Bands winner, i///u will be opening, followed by Chynna, leading up to Open Mike Eagle. Day 2′s starting off with Versing, passing it over to Nite Jewel, and closing it out with Jessy Lanza. Attendees can expect a night on their feet, dancing along to their favorite artists, joining the station and performers in celebrating Rainy Dawg’s birthday bash. Students, staff, and faculty can score tickets for just $7, the general public can cop theirs for $13. Tickets for each night are sold separately. Shows are all ages. Lucky for you, tickets are still available: DAY ONE: https://thehubtix.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1336&cid=&p=1 DAY TWO: https://thehubtix.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1337&cid=&p=1More information can be found over at Rainy Dawg’s Facebook and/or Instagram. This is one party you won’t want to miss. By, Sarah Archer IG: @archer_sarah | TW: @saraharcher99

American Idiot

Of all the angst-ridden pop-punk bands out there, Green Day (at least in my eyes) will always reign supreme. There’s something special about the bond you form with an emo ska band at an awkward point in your formative years. I had a friend in 7th grade who was a huge fan of the band, and after getting introduced to them by him, I became a Green Day groupie. I bought their albums, listened to them nonstop, and in the most classic middle schooler move, I printed their album covers and put them under the clear covering on my binders for classes. Call me cliche, but Green Day was my first musical obsession (piano lesson music doesn’t count here), and no amount of pre-teen or adolescent shame can make me say otherwise. Out of their extensive list of albums, American Idiot seems to have been their biggest“big hit.” Not only did it remain high on Billboard Top 100 songs for a hot minute,American Idiot even got its own Broadway show — its premise based entirely on the album and its story. In terms of story, American Idiot follows the life of a fictional boy named “Jimmy,” alternatively known as the Jesus of Suburbia, who, as his namesake song discusses, was was born and raised in suburbia, living a relatively not enjoyable life. Every song on the album makes some sort of statement, whether it’s political, social, or just a declaration of that inescapable teenage angst.the holy trinity of punk rock “American Idiot” is an aggressive political and social statement – a critique of American culture. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong brings up the “television dreams of America,” and our supposed “redneck agenda,” followed up with how our “nation…is controlled by the media.” These declarations about the stupidity of our country are slightly stale and now overused, but they are definitely not untrue. Musically supported by Armstrong’s hard guitar riffs, and drummer Tre Cool’s unrelenting beat, you feel every part of Green Day’s anger – in an undeniably catchy way. Green Day has a softer side, and it’s shown in their song “Whatsername.” In this song, Jimmy (our suburban savior) is mourning one of his first loves and first heartbreaks. This heartbreak he sings of is rather depressing, something noticeable in the title of the song; he doesn’t remember her name – yet he “remembers her face.” There’s something incredibly painful about this situation: that all of his memories about her remain, but at the same time he is unable to remember all of her. However “soft” this song is, Green Day has to maintain its relatively tough and cool exterior; after the second chorus, the trio breaks into a solo trade-off: first with a gentle interlude, interrupted by an aggressive eighth note guitar pattern. “Whatsername” ends just like it begins, though, creating a nice pocket of softer punk rock, a break from the similar feel of the other songs. One of the most stereotypical Green Day songs from American Idiot has to be “Jesus of Suburbia.” It’s angsty, and it tells a story: one about “Jimmy,” who was raised on “soda pop and Ritalin,” a teenage boy extremely tired of suburban life. (note the real life epidemic of over-prescribing stimulant medication to young children – “Jimmy” really could have been incorrectly given Ritalin since childhood). “Jesus of Suburbia” goes on for approximately 9 minutes, and every few minutes the song seems to change, as though the whole piece goes through movements. Each movement is a new part of the story, my favorite being the fourth part when “Jimmy” has just finished his rather soft proclamation about “holy scriptures,” and now is discussing issues of war and peace in a “land of make believe.” I don’t care what they say about teenagers – “Jimmy” really knows his stuff. After an exciting but exhausting segment, “Jimmy” completes his rage-filled lyrics with “I don’t care,” a favorite phrase of angsty teenagers. Even if you’re not a fan of reverting back to edgy teen days, American Idiot won’t make you feel like you’re wrongfully indulging in something. Billy Joe Armstrong’s writing doesn’t seem to only apply to the youths of musical culture, and listening to Green Day can be a rather enjoyable anger outlet. Listen here to the entire album. -Elizabeth Abel 

Timepiece: Kool & The Gang – Light of Worlds (1974)

Though you might see them today in TV ads for upcoming
casino concerts (in fact, they’ll be at EQC on May 19th), Kool & The Gang was a funk powerhouse
in the 70’s. Make no mistake, if we decided to build a “Mount Rushmore of Funk”,
you’d see people blowing dynamite on the side of a mountain with shapes of James Brown, and the crew from Earth Wind & Fire, Funkadelic, and Kool & The Gang (that’s a lot of mountain). Kool & The
Gang, initially a Jazz ensemble band formed by brothers Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald
Bell, and 5 other high school friends, released their first album Kool & The Gang in 1969. From then
on, Kool & The Gang has gone on to establish the Funk and R&B genre,
and is a keystone to the 70’s golden age of Funk. Even if you haven’t heard of
K&TG, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard their music before: hit singles like “Get
Down on It”, “Jungle Boogie”, and “Celebration” are staple tracks at parties,
graduations, and even weddings. While K&TG’s has reached popular acclaim, I’m
here to discuss their underrated 1974 release: Light of Worlds.While this particular album deviates from the funk ‘anthems’ of the time, Light of Worlds retains the signature fun of K&TG, while mixing sensual undertones which–to me, underscores the “Kool” in Kool & The Gang.Light
of Worlds starts off with the “Street Corner Symphony” a track that’s just pure funk indulgence, and reminds listeners they are listening to a K&TG album. The next song, “Fruitman” is a personal
favorite of mine. While the song may discuss something as ordinary as a fruit
salesman selling fruit, the instrumentation shines here. The keyboards produce
a sprightly pace, the horns give the song a grand tone, and the lyrics are
earworm-inducing. Lighthearted and catchy, “Fruitman” demonstrates the ‘fun’ of the era’s music. On to the second half of the tracklist, the album takes on a cooler mood. For instance, the
track “You Don’t Have to Change” is less funk-oriented, and focuses on R&B and jazz-informed styles. The
track begins with an ethereal arrangement of synths that give off a ghostly
aura—then met by a powdery-soft electric guitar break to start the rhythm. I loved
how the lines: “I walked (I walked, and
walked) Like a zombie in the night” help characterize the hauntly
synths, while the following lines: “You came (you came, you came) And you brought me back to life”, characterize
the sensual guitar rhythms. By personifying and weaving the keyboard and strings together, K&TG masterfully illustrates the story between two lovers. Listen to this one! Lastly, as the penultimate track of the album, the instrumental “Summer Madness” combines a synthesizer with the R&B and jazz-informed elements, to produce one of the smoothest tracks I’ve ever listened to. The track enters a laidback progression of light
strings and hi-hats, synth-y reverbs, and a hearty bassline. The synths
crescendo into a glistening siren, which is a recurring motif of the track. The song climaxes with a synth solo consisting of a rapid melody of synth notes, capped off with another synth motif to complete the song. This is a seriously cool track; add some Barry White vocals and a bottle of Rosé , and you’ve got yourself a Saturday night.While K&TG has attained tremendous success, I find it depressing that their hit singles like “Celebration” and “Jungle Boogie” have become so popular that it’s relegated
the band to a niche of ‘high-energy’ funk. Their cooler, sensual tracks, such
as those in Light of Worlds, are worthy of praise, but are subsequently overlooked when people want to listen
to K&TG. I advise you give Light of Worlds a chance; not only does this album showcase K&TG’s rock-inspired funk with R&B and jazz-informed styles in their work, but it’s just a very solid album to kick your feet up to. Try it out.Stream Light of Worlds – Clem

UMUSIC Experience provides sneak peek into the essentials of your favorite artists

If you were caught up in the early trends of YouTube challenges, tags, and hauls you’re probably all too familiar with the concept of “what’s in my bag.” While you may know the ins and outs of your favorite beauty gurus’ totes and clutches, chances are the contents of your favorite musicians’ suitcases remain a mystery.Universal Music Group Experience sets out to share an inside look at their musician’s life on the road in a new series entitled- “Case Study.” New in nature, the series currently has three explorations, in which fans are able to get up close and personal with hit artists from JOYWAVE to BOOTY.UMG introduced their series with a brief video providing viewers with a taste of what to expect. Designed to provide “an intimate look at what essentials your favorite artists can’t live without while on tour,” the video series can be found on UMUSIC EXPERIENCE’s YouTube Channel.

Kate Nash just left The Showbox wishing yesterday really was forever (4/6)

Kate Nash, joined by her girl band, took the Showbox April 5, as one of 21 stops on her “Yesterday Was Forever” United States/Canadian Tour designed to showcase her latest release.“You can expect lots of girl power,” Nash said.After a 10 year hiatus, Nash returned to the stage featuring tracks from all four of her albums, paying tribute to her signature classics, and introducing new hits to an audience ranging from mid-20s to late-40s. A packed bar soon turned to a packed floor as individuals were drawn to the stage by Nash’s electric performance.From families singing along, children dancing, gal pals enjoying a night on the town- Nash drew a diverse crowd, all sharing one commonality- a love for Kate Nash.The 30-year-old musician encapsulates every pop-pixie-feel-good (as Nash would call it) “vibe” you could imagine. Her music makes it hard not to dance along, her energy makes it hard not to feel comfortable in doing so.With Seattle being her second stop on the road, her team was full of energy, excitement, and genuine appreciation. Complete with unique costumes, coordinated light shows, and well-rehearsed transitions, the band kept up their stamina throughout the entirety of the 2.5-hour performance.Endless props to performers who can run all over the stage and keep their breath, I can barely talk on the phone and walk up stairs without sounding winded, so the fact that Nash was catching serious air with each jump was even more impressive.Now I’m not new to the world of Kate Nash- her music found its way onto the majority of my junior high playlists as I made my way through a prim, proper, and British phase (we still have no idea where that came from- but thank you Kate Nash for getting me through it). I had (and still do have) every word of “Merry Happy” memorized and rehearsed down to the very last “do-da-do.”https://open.spotify.com/track/4xEDawqLVwsC331aF6Z33x?si=GpOjNIOxRqGlu48y9kWe3A But, it turns out I’m not the only one who dedicated themselves to Nash’s early albums. As Nash broke into the older tracks of her repertoire she joined the audience as the crowd collectively sang along. Nash extended her microphone to a particularly passionate gentleman in the front row adorned with a pink (all too fitting) flower crown to sing the popularized bridge of her track.To both the audience, and Nash’s surprise, the later named Zander, belted out the lyrics perfectly, showing all too well the power and impact of Nash’s work.Stunned herself, Nash continued to duet with Zander throughout the evening, encouraging the audience to provide him with multiple rounds of applause, and joining him after the show to dance and duet in the streets of Seattle.Nash, being an unsigned artist, has characteristically been appreciative of her fans, recognizing their support, arguably most notably through her last Kickstarter campaign, in which she, with the help of a loyal fan base, funded the entirety of her album.After pulling from past records, Nash was reminded of the emotions and experiences reflected in her past work- equating it as a form of diary, she gives power to girls who are becoming teenagers, the teenagers who are becoming women, and the women who are now invited to look back at their time being girls.“The teenage girl used to be ridiculed and made fun of in the media, and now the young girl has reclaimed her power and you’re not allowed to do that anymore. They’ve taken a stand for their right to know their power,” Nash said.Influenced and shaped by past relationships, both positive and negative, Nash has written tracks reflective of those time periods. Not to be dramatic, but Kate Nash didn’t just deliver a performance, she delivered a full-blown experience. I’m 100% sure I could have stayed all night dancing to 80s and 90s classics with Nash and her team, if it weren’t for my early morning quiz section. Even after the venue lights came back on Nash remained on stage dancing and singing with her fans, her tour team, and fellow band members.I’ve been to my fair share of concerts- and if I’ve learned one thing (besides not to bring a jacket, and wear shoes you won’t mind getting beer spilled on) is that you, as a member of the audience, can tell when an artist truly loves what they do. Kate Nash does.If you don’t have time to fully indulge in the album, Nash recommends, what she would consider a stand-out track on the latest release, “To the Music I Belong.”“It [the track] is very comforting, it really is about questioning how to carry on, asking ‘is this really something I can continue to do?’” Nash said.“I’ve doubted if I wanted to continue with it so many times, but it always comes back to that, music is the thing in my life that I love, and I will never let go of it, and I’ve tried, and I can’t, it’s just inside me.” Her tracks inspire, her performance awes, and her character is commendable.Here’s to listening to “Yesterday Was Forever” on loop and living life in pink.Sarah Archer IG: @archer_sarah TW: @saraharcher99