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by Sachyn Mital

22 May 2015

Radio 104.5's birthday  show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

Radio 104.5 in Philadelphia celebrated their 8th birthday with an awesome lineup of bands. Specifically, Of Monsters and Men, Death Cab For Cutie, Hozier, Passion Pit, Walk the Moon, AWOLNATION, Vance Joy, Coasts, Meg Myers, X Ambassadors, Night Riots, Holychild and Andorra. Held just outside Philly in Camden, the day-long festival was packed with people, with those furthest from the stage, on the lawn, enjoying an incredible early summer day. The event felt like the unofficial start of the summer festival season in the Northeast with a variety of different kinds of music across two stages. In the Northeast, people now have many other events to look forward to including Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party shows, Boston Calling, Governors Ball, The Roots Picnic, Newport Folk Festival, Wilco’s Solid Sound Fest and many, many more.

On the second stage, we caught fast-rising rock band, X Ambassadors, and promising new singer Meg Myers. On the main stage, dance pop acts Walk the Moon and Passion Pit, supporting their new album, Kindred, led into rock music from Hozier. A lot of people left following Hozier’s set but the lawn still appeared packed for Death Cab for Cutie and the final band, Of Monsters and Men, who are about to release a new album Beneath the Skin. Photos from the event are below with a larger gallery on Facebook as well as some video clips we found.

by Brice Ezell

22 May 2015

The B-side to  Starbenders' "Powder" 7-inch, "Diet Soda", is an example of the Atlanta band's take on punk.

The Atlanda outfit Starbenders’ frontwoman Kimi Shelter has described their music as “blasphemous candy-coated bubblegum punk.” “Blasphemous” may be a bit hyperbolic, but there’s no doubt an irreverence to Starbenders’ music, one that’s delivered through a sarcastically sugar-sweet image. Case in point: “Diet Soda”, the B-side to the group’s upcoming “Powder” 7-inch release. Although the tune itself is sunny and catchy at times, particularly in the verses, Shelter really lets it wail in the chorus, with the attention-grabbing line “Am I still beautiful to you with this blood on my hands?” becoming the most distinctive feature of the track.

by Brice Ezell

22 May 2015

Whistles and whimsy  make up the newest tune by Atlanta's own Gringo Star, "Undone".

If based on their name you suspect that Gringo Star are a bit cheeky, you’re probably right. There’s a definite playfulness to the band’s brand of pop, as their latest singl e “Undone” makes plenty evident. The track, whose most distinctive features include plinked piano notes and a whistling melody, sounds like the kind of tune that would play well over a Wes Anderson film’s closing montage. As such, it’s utterly appropriate for the coming summer months; after one or two spins, you’ll be whistling along to “Undone” as you walk out into the sunny season.

by Brice Ezell

22 May 2015

Taylor Swift-esque pop  meets PC Music on the latest remix of the Finnish sister duo LCMDF, "Fooled".

Photo: Anton Sucksdorff

LCMDF, formerly known as Le Corps Mince de Françoise, are just the kind of band that suits a Memorial Day playlist. With that weekend now upon us, there’s no time better than now for the duo to drop their latest remix, “Fooled”, remixed by fellow Finns 5/5.

Emma Kemppainen and Mia Kemppaine are the two sisters behind the LCMDF name, and already they’ve started garnering attention, with The Guardian putting them on a recent “Pop Playlist”. When you watch the lyric video for 5/5’s remix of “Fooled”, you’ll see why they’re nabbing the attention that they are now, as well as why they’re ideal aural accompaniment for any upcoming summer holiday festivities.

by G. Christopher Williams

22 May 2015

The story of  Pac-Man is the story of America.

Pac-Man in the forthcoming film Pixels (Columbia Pictures, 2015)

A maze with dots. That’s about all it was, just a maze filled with dots.

You earned points for eating those dots. You were rewarded with a new level for eating all of the dots.

//Mixed media

Hozier + Death Cab for Cutie + Rock Radio 104.5's Birthday Show (Photo Gallery)

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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