The Latest In Music And Life At Grinnell

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Artist To Watch: Rima Kato

Words: Elizabeth Allen (’16), Staff Writer

Flau, a small Japanese record label, recently announced their newest addition, a singer-songwriter named Rima Kato. According to the short bio on Flau’s website, she has been active since the mid-nineties, playing in a small lo-fi duo called Strrows, which disbanded in 2001. However, she “continued to compose in …

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Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Words: Jenkin Benson (’17), Staff Writer

When El-P and Killer Mike released the first Run The Jewels mixtape in the summer of 2013, my car’s speakers did not stop bumping. The mixtape was the perfect soundtrack to my late teenagedom, beats that not only bounced, but also operated as intricate electronically experimental bangers, adversarial lyrics, …

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Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry

Words: Jenkin Benson (’17), Staff Writer

Heavily acclaimed French black metal outfit Blut Aus Nord‘s newest epic LP Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry slays.  Simply put. The record is easily one of the heaviest of the year, fantastically grandiose and beautifully savage.  Despite not having a massive fanbase in the states, Blut Aus Nord’s …

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Grouper – Ruins

Words: Elizabeth Allen (’16), Staff Writer

I consistently turn to Grouper, the solo project of musician Liz Harris, when I find myself unable to sleep. During too-long naps, I drift in and out to the sound of her voice, waking up to the gentlest of melodies. “Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping,” a song on her …

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Generationals – Alix

Words: Jenkin Benson (’17), Staff Writer

Following up 2013′s LP “Heza”, New Orleans based indie pop duo Generationals have once more returned with another batch of hook laden tracks on their newest effort “Alix” this time around exchanging 60′s era jangly guitar licks in favor of more pop radio friendly synthesizer riffs. Often conventional, yet …

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Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Words: Geo Gomez (’15), Staff Writer

Perfume Genius, the stage name of Mike Hadreas, is a piano tender-heart from Seattle, and he just released his album, Too Bright, this September. If the name is any indication, the album is at times rapturous heart-ache, other times decadently strident, and at times downright terrifying.

Hadreas made a …

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Code Orange – I Am King

Words: Jenkin Benson (’17), Staff Writer

At face value, Code Orange‘s (formerly Code Orange Kids)  newest LP  already stands out as terrifyingly gruesome with album artwork that features the record’s title I Am King carved into a dude’s forehead. Very fitting. There is no better way to describe the band’s sophomore effort than to say …

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Deerhoof – “Exit Only”

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Words: Elizabeth Allen (’16), Staff Writer

Experimental indie rock group Deerhoof recently dropped the first single off of their newest album La Isla Bonita, which is scheduled to release in early November. “Exit Only” is an impressive song, with a backbone of non-stop guitar accompanied by minimal lyrics by lead …

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