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LISTEN: SNKNGL- Geography

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

I don't often (if ever) post up much electronic music on here. But new kid on the block SNKNGL just posted a new track that's been tickling my fancy lately. It's eerie in a fleeting flutter, but not too hard on the beats. This is definitely not for a night out on the dancefloor, but rather something for a cool rooftop hang with new friends, casual but exciting, dark but glimmering. 

CONNECT WITH SNKNGL

Website// Facebook // Twitter// Soundcloud

Artist Spotlight: Magic Man

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photo:Gavin Thomas

Where:Boston, MA

Who: Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Lee (guitar), Gabe Goodman(bass), Justine Bowe (keys), Joey Sulkowski (drums)

Sounds Like: The Killers with a slight nostalgic flavor, tossed into an electronic rock that makes you want to dance like no one’s watching. 

Why the name ‘Magic Man’

Summer after their freshman year, while working on an organic farm in France, Alex and Sam met a man who called himself the “Magic Man”. He was the first person they showed their original music to, and found it fitting to name their band after their french friend. 

Looking Forward

Godzilla the movie, Touring (w/ Nigh Terrors of 1927in early summer and later  with Panic at the Disco) and the album release.

Bucket List

-Play with Coldplay

-Smash a guitar at a performance, but preferably a replica guitar

They’ve come a long way since they first starting making music in their bedrooms on Garageband. Make sure to catch a live show on their tour this summer, and dance to their EP ‘You Are Here’ before their album comes out!

Connect with Magic Man

Site // Facebook // Twitter // Soundcloud // Instagram

DISCOVER: Friends With Cameras- Wake Me

Friends With Cameras is an LA-based group. ‘Wake Me’ is their first track released on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

I hope you like what you hear because you can most likely anticipate more awesome music from then soon! I’d recommend following them on Soundcloud,

PREVIEW: USC Springfest 2014

The most anticipated on-campus event of the year is here!

Every spring USC’s Concerts Committee within Program Board puts on a day-long music festival on campus, free to all USC students. Past acts have included Capital Cities, A-Trak, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Big Sean and more. 

This year, the line-up features musicians within various genres, so there’s definitely something for everyone!

Opening Line-up:

DJ Set by GNASH 

Night Riots

Breach the Summit

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Leo

Headlining Line-up:

X Ambassadors

Sir Sly

New Politics

Tyga

Diplo

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Music ranging from indie to alt/rock to hip to electronic, Springfest is bound to jam-packed with excited college students. 

Stay tuned for a recap of the event!

DISCOVER: Farisimo- Restart

Who: Farisimo // Where: Hong Kong 

I usually don’t post much EDM, but I just found out a friend of mine, Faris Bowe (aka Farisimo) who I met in Beijing in 2012, has been producing his own music, and it’s really great stuff! 

Check him out and connect!

Facebook // Twitter

An Interview w/ MajorLOVE

 We are Major and Johnna Harris, a husband wife indie pop duo out of Phoenix, Arizona. We met at a concert and now we get to perform in them together. The two of us are truly blessed to be able to share our passions and make music we love together. It all started with us writing parody cover songs as friends and has since blossomed into a serious project (and marriage!!) under the title “MajorLOVE” 

How does your relationship play into your music?

Firstly, being married, bandmates, and business partners really is amazing. When we write we try to pull on personal experiences. It is our goal to bring our listeners into our lives and to give them a glimpse into our relationship. For example, “Sunrise” is about a couple of late night drives that we took to California, from our home here in AZ, when we first met. I (Johnna) had it in my mind that the sun rose over the ocean. I called up a couple of friends, Major being one of them, and convinced them to hop in the car with me last minute and hit the beach. We made it all the way to Laguna Beach only to realize that the sun was rising behind us. Needless to say, we spent the day sleeping on the beach, had a super fun bbq, and then a food fight to top it off. We had so much fun and that was really the first time Major and I got to spend in deep conversation. “Sunrise” encompasses the beginning of our forever. 

     We really rely on each others strengths and have a lot of fun getting to know more about ourselves through the songs we write.

How did we come up with our band name?

Haha, to start, my husband’s legal name is Aaron. The last band he was in there was another member named Aaron so he started going by A.J. (gag me backstreet boy!) His band was playing a festival in Mississippi and the crowd thought he introduced himself as Major, clearly a cooler name, so from that point on he went by Major. When we started working on our own music a couple of our friends joked we should go by MajorLOVE and it just  

kind of stuck!

Why do we make music?

We are passionate about connecting people to music through an experience. The reason we make music is because it is one of the best ways to start conversation, it’s a place to ask the hard questions, and a platform for building something so much bigger than just the two of us. 

If we could work with any artist past or present who would we choose?

For this project, we could narrow it down to two: Danger Mouse and Nate Ruess of Fun.

Danger Mouse because, he’s so out of the box and his programming is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I think we could learn a lot from him.

Nate Ruess because he is so darn good at writing lyrics and we love his Arizona roots.

If you like what you hear, buy their new album, 

Story

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iTunes

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Connect with MajorLOVE!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Watch: Gesaffelstein- Pursuit

by Phoebe Pan

Art is meant to challenge and advocate mankind’s propensity for thought- French electronic music producer,

Gesaffelstein

, commands this with his new single, “Pursuit”. He marries his dark, minimalist track to an insightful music video that continues to shed light on his refined style. Newly signed with Skrillex’s label,

OWSLA,

Gesaffelstein is about to make waves that’ll bring you out of your comfort zone… happily.