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Amber Run Interview with WRSU

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WRSU’s Emily Teubner got the chance to sit down with British indie rock band Amber Run before their show in Philadelphia on November 1st. They talk about the creative process behind their newest album, Philophobia, their favorite performances, and they even break into a game of Never Have I Ever and get all philosophical. Give the full interview a listen below and get to know the band!

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“uknowhatimsayin?” Is Danny Brown’s Victory Lap

On the fifth studio album from Detroit rapper Danny Brown, he cements his veteran status as an imaginative hip hop kingpin. His shortest project yet, reaching a concise thirty-three minutes, portrays Brown at his lightest and most lively, a stark contrast from the macabre themes of drug addiction and depression that are sincerely confided on his previous album from 2016, Atrocity Exhibition.

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Lauv – Live In Concert Review

Standing on the floor of Terminal 5 with my neck craned to catch the whole view of the stage, I could feel a palpable energy from the crowd as they buzzed in anticipation.  Images floated across the back screen of the stage, messages like “Text Lauv” for mental health awareness and a chance to participate in a scavenger hunt with the prize being a photo opportunity.  Members of the crowd were taking turns to enter the booths at the front of the entrance. As Lauv later explained in his concert, he had started the “my blue thoughts” initiative in order to connect with his fans on a more personal level.  Fans were encouraged to write up their feelings and send them out to the Lauv stratosphere. Even after the encore wrapped up, there were still fans standing in the booths. Some probably had hopes that their messages would go a long way. One message, written in the booth a long time ago, said, “I met a superhero.  I lost her. I want her back.” That same message is now carried on tour with Lauv in the form of his song, “Superhero”; its lyrics echoing throughout the venue as thousands of fans harmonize alongside one of their own superheroes, Lauv.

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Harry Styles – “Lights Up” Single Review

Harry Styles surprised us all with the release of his new single, “Lights Up,” a first look at the new sound of his unannounced upcoming album. The ex-One Direction member is back and better than ever, stepping out of his two year musical hiatus and stepping into a new era of Harry Styles. Styles has strayed a bit from the soft rock of his first album and seems to be aiming more toward an alternative pop sound. However, the single still seems to channel Styles’ long-time love of 70s music, with a trippy pre-chorus and a whimsical combination of guitar, piano, and synth. According to his Rolling Stone article, Styles recorded his new album by taking psychedelics, laying in the grass, and listening to the Beatles — and this single is definitely a product of that. 

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Rutgers Women’s Soccer Captains Taylor Aylmer and Amanda Visco Join The Crew

The Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team defeated Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday. They will take on the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals at Yurcak Field on Friday, November 8th at 1:30 PM. You can follow the action on WRSU 88.7-FM & WRSU.org.

Preview the game by listening to captains Taylor Aylmer and Amanda Visco breakdown the season when they joined The WRSU Crew this past Friday!

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Flipturn – In Concert Review

On the 19th of August, the city of Philadelphia was blessed with an amazing performance by Flipturn at Bourbon and Branch. I have gone to many concerts over my years but by far, Flipturn has hit the top of the list. Via a combination of an elegant atmosphere matched with the bewitching voice of Dillion Basse, along with an excellent overall performance by the rest of the band made this concert an unforgettable experience. Each song captivated the audience and everyone was dancing along. 

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Steve Lacy Live at Apollo Theater Review

On October 5th, Steve Lacy performed a sold-out show at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, on the heels of his first LP, “Apollo XXI.”

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Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” Single Review

Fresh off his extensive tour for his chart-topping album Astroworld, Travis Scott finally releases his highly anticipated new single “Highest in the Room.”  The song gives fans a small taste for what’s potentially in store for the star’s next project but instead of sounding like an expansion of his sound, it sounds like a reboot. Listeners already have an idea of what a Travis Scott song will sound like but “Highest in the Room” sounds like it would fit somewhere in Bird in the Trap Sing McKnight because of its conventional and straightforward style. 

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Tei Shi feat. Blood Orange – “Even If It Hurts (I Just Don’t Mind)” Single Review

Tei Shi returns in full bloom in both style and lushness on her new single, “Even If It Hurts,” featuring Blood Orange. Playing with the dichotomy of pain and comfort in the act of intimacy, she lays out her heart for her partner, accepting the possibility of hurting while in love.  Instrumentally, she builds new, plush environments for this love to grow. Set with groovy serenity, the instrumentals are heavy in keyboards and laced with synth. The duet is soft in nature, as seen in the twinkling bells and the flowing sense of lyricism.

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Flipturn Interview with WRSU

On October 18, Grace Dermenjian talked to the rising band, Flipturn, about Chicago, how they got into music, and thrifting before their show in Philadelphia that night. With their newest song Eleanor and new music on the way, Flipturn is flipping the indie genre with new sounds and fresh ideas. Click to listen to the whole interview. 

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