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We All Have Demons

Posted: February 8, 2013 by jerkmagblog in BLARE -- music
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Lulu & The Lampshades came into the musical spotlight recently for its track entitled Cups. In the recent film, Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick sang and played the track while auditioning for the Barton Bellas. The song gained a lot of publicity after the film hit the big screen with several Google searches and Spotify starred tracks. Some fans even learned how to play the song like Kendrick and Lulu on an actual cup.

That said, Lulu & The Lampshades is more than a band full of cups.  They have a few other tracks worth listening to, which is impressive because of the very few number of tracks they’ve recorded thus far.  In 2011, the band released their EP, “Cold Water,” which contained both “Cups” and another great track entitled “Demons.” Like “Cups,” “Demonshas an interesting sound and lyrical mix with tambourines, bells, guitars, and wispy vocals.

Tiffany Daniels, writer for The Line of Best Fit explains, “Cold Water” proves Lulu & the Lampshades are capable of much more than quirky entertainment. This isn’t just whimsical fun; this is a well-conceived plan, put to enjoyable melody and rhythm.” Even with so few tracks, the band brings imagination and originality to the table, and I look forward to what comes next.

Listen in and let me know what you think!

-Brooke Leone

Artist To Watch: Mikky Ekko

Posted: February 8, 2013 by jerkmagblog in BLARE -- music
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mikkyI’m in a bit of a pickle. You see, I actually purchased a single from Rihanna’s latest album, Unapologetic. In all honesty, it’s rare that I ever purchase any music, let alone Rihanna’s, as the convenience of Spotify and the internet have made it easy for me to listen to anything as much as I want. Considering the fact that I rarely listen to Rihanna and think “Hmm, that song’s pretty fan-freaking-tastic,” I knew something was wrong when I listened to “Stay” and nearly cried.

For those who don’t know, “Stay” is the official second single from Unapologetic and it received its debut on SNL back in November. Given Rihanna’s typical style and the overall direction of the album, the song received relatively mixed reviews from fans and critics. In my opinion, the only issue with the song is the fact that it’s on this particular album, but that could just be the misguided opinion of a girl who loves ballads almost as much as she loves puppies. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore the beauty of “Stay” and Mikky Ekko as both an artist and writer.

Of his released music, standout tracks are “Pull Me Down”, “Feels Like the End”, and “Sedated.” Because he contributes vocals to “Stay,” I’m desperately hoping that Ekko makes an appearance in the video and some frantic Rihanna fans decide to do themselves a favor and Google him until their fingers are nubs. I mean, it’s difficult to find music that’s somehow beautiful and haunting, but Ekko does this extremely well, and I’d be doing everyone a disservice if I kept this fact to myself. Check him out on Spotify, or visit his website at

– Tenaysia Fox

Today, as I searched for a way to avoid any semblance of real work, I turned to my trusted friend Spotify to see what was up. After browsing through my starred selections and feeling utterly drained by the fact that I haven’t listened to anything new in over a month, I opted for a random selection from the “What’s New” category. Lo and behold, I found Jenny O and the exclusive sneak peak to her forthcoming album, Automechanic. The four tracks proved to be just what I needed, as I didn’t go into the listening expecting anything more than to hear something new. The voice that greeted me was shocking, to say the least, as her sound is this hybrid of reminiscent rock with folk and blues influences. The stand out track is “Good Love.” With the juxtaposition of this soft, sweet voice, and a guitar/bass heavy backing band, the song creates a striking balance that’s hard to ignore.

Considering the fact that I’m pretty impressed by the sampler alone, I’m sure that I’m going to be as excited for this album as I am when I find out that attendance is an optional component to a course. I don’t really know what to expect from the entire album, but I know that I’m looking forward to it more than that paper I have due on the 11th.

If for some reason you have yet to join Spotify, do yourself a favor and check out more of her music here:

– Tenaysia Fox

justin_timberlake_jay_z_suit_tie_lAs everyone on the face of the Earth should know by now, Justin Timberlake, that boy-band-er turned solo star, turned actor, turned hilarious SNL host, has released a new track. “Suit and Tie,” the lead single from his widely anticipated third album, features a guest appearance from Jay-Z and seeks to reestablish JT as a sexy singer working on the evolution of his sound. While the song is good, there are a few moments that stop the song from being sell-my-first-child-stellar. Sure, Jay-Z is great and Justin’s voice could make me rob a bank, but the two distinct tempos don’t exactly fit together. I mean, the song could be the musical equivalent of an ill paired couple, but I went into my first listening expecting a gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwich that’s been toasted and topped with marshmallow fluff, or, you know, some other delicious spread.

Would it be unfair to judge the forthcoming album based on this one song? No, and there are plenty of people who are doing that anyway, so why not join the party? From the looks of it, the album will most likely be good, especially since Justin made sure to record a minute long teaser for the single. I could be cynical and say that all of this hype is unwarranted, but I love Justin Timberlake, so that’s probably not going to happen. Will I buy the album? Probably. Will I like it? Sure. But when it comes to the question of whether or not I’ll love it, the answer is this: Not unless there’s an N*SYNC bonus track that will make me forget the fact that I’m an adult.

– Tenaysia Fox

Some people love Beyoncé. Some people hate her. I, for one, am pretty much a fan-girl for her, but for reasons other than the typical appreciation of her talent. I mean, look at her, she’s always composed and could be a total diva, but I’ve only ever heard positive things from fan interactions with her. I’m pretty sure I’d collapse if someone approached me and showed the slightest inkling of interest, but alas, I am not Beyoncé. I also own almost every Destiny’s Child album released in America, so I am a bit biased.

Destiny’s Child, or as I like to call them, The Terrific Trio, is releasing a compilation album on January 29th featuring their new track “Nuclear.” While the production seems bare at first listen, the track quickly grows on you, as it’s a more sophisticated sound for the group. It’s a different sound from their previous pop hits, but seriously, they’re in their thirties, they aren’t the ones clubbing every weekend and this song reflects that.

– Tenaysia Fox


It is a dark day indeed when the upbeat tempo of a Walk the Moon song can’t lift you out of a funk. Thankfully, indie art rock band Walk the Moon visits ‘Cuse just in time to break up your seasonal affective disorder–induced bad mood. Tickets are on sale now at Schine box office for a measly five dollars, so make sure to pick one up prior to the show on Wednesday, December 5th!

Listen to their single ‘Anna Sun’, made all the more popular for its lyrics relatable to any young, broke, and hopeful 20-something: “We got no money, but we got heart. We’re gonna rattle this ghost town.”

– Mikala Stubley

New Album from Titus Andronicus

Posted: November 11, 2012 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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What’s not to love about punk rock bands named for macabre Shakespearean tragedies? Correct answer: nothing (yes, I just employed a double negative because this band is just that good). Titus Andronicus just dropped a new album about a week ago titled ‘Local Business’. The new album lives up to the hype in the sense that the band is still churning out the fist-pumping, lighter-waving kind of punk reminiscent of riding around your hometown on a skateboard at age 14 feeling like a bad-ass. But, uh, no comment if you Jerks never did that…

Check out the debut single from the new album here.

-Mikala Stubley

Hey Jerks! This week’s Artist You Should Know features David Wax Museum, a multivariate group known for combining the sounds of Americana-bluegrass with Mexican folk. The group consists of two members: David Wax and Suz Slezak, graduates of Harvard University and Wellesley respectively. The two met in the Boston area prior to graduation, and have initiated grassroots tours and album releases in the time since.

On their latest album, ‘Knock Knock Get Up’, David elaborates: “It started with a dance rhythm…and the idea of knocking on someone’s door and someone answering back”.

This is an interesting band not only to listen to but to see live. They channel positive energy and like to experiment with different instruments. Watch them play a dance-worthy cumbia en route to Martha’s Vineyard here. At some shows, the group adds a Quijada (the dried out lower jawbone of a horse or donkey) to their percussion arsenal. Definitely worth checking out!

David Wax Museum- Will You Be Sleeping?

-Mikala Stubley

Sup, Jerks! This week’s ‘Artist You Should Know’ is Matthew Dear, a producer/DJ/experimental pop artist. With five labels, six solo albums, several stage names, and an even vaster catalogue of remixes – Dear is an artist with a considerably long music resume. On tour (with the likes of Hot Chip and Interpol) he plays both house sets and alongside live bands. Fans of Brian Eno, David Byrne, David Bowie, and their various respective musical endeavors (aren’t they always producing or collaborating on each other’s albums?) will appreciate Dear’s sound.

He put out an EP in mid-January and a full-length album at the end of August, check it out!

Matthew Dear- ‘Her Fantasy’, from the album ‘Beams’

In the Middle (I Met You There)’, from the EP ‘Headcage’

-Mikala Stubley

Artist You Should Know: Ron Dash

Posted: October 27, 2012 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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Sup, Jerks! This week’s artist you should know is Ron Dash – a Philly native who is known for rapping over dance beats. His sound is unique and reeks of swag. In his videos Dash is dressed to the nines: sporting suits, sunglasses, and gold Nike kicks. His tunes are ideal pump-up music for a pregame (or for the more athletically inclined set, the treadmill).

“Say you had a bad day at work, let’s get another drink and forget that jerk”. Amen, Ron Dash.

-Mikala Stubley