The Button Factory doesn’t make music. They’re a music factory and their high-powered
machinery melts faces. The faces being melted tonight are brought to you by Pillow Queens.
This is an Indie Fuzz Dream Pop group that knows what they’re doing. What’s that you say?
(It’s hard to hear you through the magazine pages or the series of tubes which is the internet).
Speak up! What’s that? Who are the Pillow Queens? I just told you, but I’ll dig in deeper. Grab a
Pillow Queens hail from Ireland.
Breathe, that’s a lot of new information to swallow. Digest it and I’ll scoop you some more.
Pillow Queens are from Dublin, Ireland. (Well, essentially. More on that later).
Woah, quit with the geography lesson professor knowledge: (what you’re probably thinking or
saying out loud to no one in particular at your local Starbucks.) Spoiler alert: they’re all ladies.
The name is a tad tongue-in-cheek (most likely more than a ta...
Can you imagine finding out your father is a serial killer? The podcast “Happy Face”explores this idea. The host of the podcast, Melissa Moore is the daughter of a well-known serial killer, Keith Jesperson, better known as the “Happy Face Killer.” Throughout the podcast, Moore describes the way having such a father affected her life and the victims’ lives as she struggles to reconcile the father that she remembers growing up with the brutal reality of who he really is.
The podcast also explores the unique struggles Moore goes through. She has struggled for most of her life attempting to convince others and herself that she is nothing like her father. However, the listener soon learns that she identifies with some of his traits and worries about that. For example, they both have a similar physical appearance, have a hard time expressing emotions, and both claim they hear ghosts from time to time. She struggles with the...
Dax Shepard's “Armchair Expert” has to be my new favorite podcast. It is the perfect escape from reality when walking back to your room from classes. The podcast is basically Shepard asking the awkward questions that everyone is thinking but wouldn't have the courage to say. He interviews celebrities ranging from his own mother, to Lauren Graham, to Ellen Degeneres, all in the comfort of his own home. The reason I am so fond of it is because you learn about the lives of pretty random people. I was obsessed with Debby Ryan after I listened to her interview. No two interviews are the same and they don't seem to have an agenda which makes it get interesting. People seem to be pretty honest, including the host who continually refers to the fact that he did hard drugs and was an alcoholic. The podcast “celebrates the messiness of human beings” and is in no way censored. The episodes range from a half hour to two and a half...
What happens when you put together a fivesome of the “the camp-co guy”, a female lead vocalist, two UNH jazz band members and a groovy bass player? Daylo, the band that has got everyone talking on campus.
The five members, Chris Salemme (percussion); Chase Retrosi (keys); Sophia Kurzius (lead vocals); Nick Paul (bass); and of course Willie Downing “the camp-co guy” (lead guitar), have taken the local music scene by storm. Selling out the Stone Church and filling venues throughout the area with their unique sound, a creative mix of indie psych/pop/rock, or as Chase and Sophia would describe it, “it’s fun music, it’s Daylo music.”
Although Sophia claims she doesn’t have much of a stage presence, her passion exudes through her vocal ability on stage and when the microphone is put away, her diligence in the way she speaks about her music and what has gotten her to this point.
Chase’s ability to build you up one moment and th...
I was first introduced to Mike Posner when I was in middle school. I would whip out my iPod Touch on the ride to school and throw on his hit song, “Please Don’t Go,” on repeat.
He fell off my radar for quite awhile, until 2016 when every pop radio station seemed to be playing “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.” The music was so stylistically different from what I remembered; I was shocked it was the same artist. Since then, I have followed his career and listened as his actual style as an artist has emerged and challenged the very pop music industry that his career stemmed from.
It wasn’t just the music I was following, either. When I first saw him, he was a clean cut guy reminiscent of early 2000s pop-stars: blazers and sunglasses, a short and concise haircut. Nothing that strayed too far outside of the norm. The next time he caught my eye he had pulled off a complete 180. He was adorned with a shaved green head, black nail poli...
“How I Got Over” is a musically lush, yet emotionally-draining experience; the ninth studio album by the Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots provides a strikingly-melodic jazz backdrop that bobs its head just above the water, threatening to be drowned by the withdrawn and disillusioned collective mood of the band’s core. While this album is nearing its tenth anniversary in June and is nowhere near new, it’s message of rebellion and fighting against the dying light rings deafeningly true in our current age of political unrest and stunted social growth via technology-overload.
Black Thought, The Roots’ main rapper and technical extraordinaire, along with the rest of the rotating cast of musicians, evoke hope in the heart of hopelessness. Throughout the 14-track album, the band members seem to be staring an implacable, overwhelming apathy and depression straight in the eyes while refusing to blink. While there is a consta...
Released in Early November, Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Queen and flashy frontman Freddie Mercury, broke box office records with a worldwide gross of $539,564,825, which is a culmination of $164.5 million at the domestic box office and $375 million from the foreign market. Needless to say, it was a massive hit. The sensationalism surrounding the film is not surprising, but upon watching, I found it to be a flop.
I’m a big Freddie Mercury fan. His ferocious persona and stage presence is unmatched and I was looking forward to see that translate on screen. However, I found that the movie fell into classic biopic pitfalls: superficial characters, lack of complexity, and a connect-the-dots narrative. The story never really taps into Mercury’s sexuality, which is a shame, because sexuality was such a big part of what made Queen, Queen -- queerness as an artistic force. Not to mention that you can’t discuss Freddie Merc...
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To be honest, I don’t remember much about the first time I heard the 10-minute song/EP “solace” by Earl Sweatshirt. I don’t remember when it was, if I was alone or with friends, or exactly what my initial reaction was. What I can say, though, is that I didn’t particularly care for it. The production came across as too experimental and weird, all of the verses seemed too short, the almost-minute-long scratching noise seemed super out of place. But, before long, it began to grow on me. As most great art does, this song revealed itself to me layer by layer, slowly pulling the curtain back opposed to handing out a simple explanation after the first few listens. Eventually, this abstract piece of music became a thesis statement for my understanding of my own humanity and a safety net for when the pieces begin...
Boston, Massachusetts—Hippo Campus adding a trumpet player to the already talented quartet has to be one of the most beneficial decisions the band has ever made.
The band stopped in at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday October 27th debuting their new LP, “Bambi.”
DeCarlo Jackson (trumpet) was the shining light of the
evening, bouncing between percussion, bass and his usual trumpet as Zac Sutton (bassist) took his talents to the keys for an emotional performance of “Monsoon.” Jackson’s licks throughout the night took the band’s already great sound to a whole other level.
Unforgettable, one might say.
The original four members, Jake Luppen (vocals, rhythm guitar), Whistler Allen (percussion, vocals), Zac Sutton (bass, vocals, keys) and Nathan Stocker (lead guitar, vocals) have certainly transformed their “kinda pop sound” over the course of the past few years since their first EP “Bashful Creatures” in...
Enter Hereditary, a film that strays from familiar horror landscapes and builds its suspense through what-ifs, possibilities of something bad happening--cue the threatening close-ups of every sharp object being used. Because when the film does go in for the kill, the “something bad” is far more sinister and unsettling than imaginable. The first 90 minutes are sustained by a dull throb of dread, interrupted only briefly by eruptions of the bizarre and surreal. The plot is centered on a grieving family haunted by tragedy and episodes of unexplainable phenomena. To elaborate further would take away from the movie-watching experience. Comparable to that of a Greek tragedy, Hereditary fixates on a domineering paralysis within the family. The family has no agency. This is reflected in the family’s growing awareness of their own mortality and inevitable end. Writer/director Ari Aster credits Rosemary’s Baby, In the Bedroom,...