Music: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at Eisgruber Installation Ceremony

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Who knew Eisgruber was such a rock fan? Today, Princeton students received a rather formal email announcing that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will be performing at incoming Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber’s installation ceremony on September 22nd. These guys have been in the game a long time, but are definitely a recent radio favorite with their hit, “Stars” (also featured on The Voice). Princeton should get ready for an unusually rockin’ ceremony.

Hit the jump for the scoop on what is shaping up to be Lawnparties pt. 2, minus Aaron Carter and the prep-mockery, plus some minor but necessary formalities. 

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INTERSECTIONS: Reunions Music Preview – Friday

5wv6acgvdmmweak1hqobh30xwgo9lygAt Reunions, even if you were to try and hide yourself away in the tallest Gothic tower, the music always follows you. That thumping bass and those cheesy 90’s dance music remixes (including a lovely rendition of Ciara’s “One, Two Step” and Sisqo’s “Thong Song” I heard last night) are truly the pulse of the weekend. Apart from the late-night dancing, however, different organizations and student-groups have put together some awesome performances and interactive opportunities. Read on to see what’s happening today in music!  Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: Album Review: Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’


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It’s been 8 years since Daft Punk released their last studio album. Amid mountains of hype, their brand new Random Access Memories is already set to become the fastest-selling album of the year, and its single “Get Lucky” has already become the number one single of 2013. If you’re not familiar with the famed house music duo, their explosive release makes this is a prime time to check them out. Although, to understand their impact on house music, perhaps Random Access Memories is not the best place to start.

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INTERSECTIONS: Film Review – ‘Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey’


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How much do we really know about the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s? We know of the Khmer Rouge, the communist guerrilla organization responsible for the deaths of over two million Cambodian lives. We know of Pol Pot, the party’s cruel leader. But we know very little about how that tragedy is still affecting Cambodians today. How do former child soldiers in the Khmer Rouge cope with the experiences of their past?

Princeton-area filmmaker Janet Gardner explores this hidden side of history in her new documentary film entitled Lost Child – Sayon’s Journey, co-produced by Sopheap Theam. Hit the jump for a full review of the film.  Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: Interview – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


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B.O.B., Far East Movement, Wiz Khalifa…Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros?  USG has certainly taken a bold step with this year’s selection for the Lawnparties headliner, breaking its steady tradition of hiring rising rap and/or electronic artists in favor of an established indie presence.  This choice was sure to cause some sort of reaction – responses on my Facebook newsfeed ranged from elated to horrified, with many expressing confusion at the selection of a band whose catalog doesn’t quite fit the definition of “pump up music.”  Nevertheless, I’m excited for a breath of fresh air—I believe it’s quite possible to have a great time listening to music that you don’t have to jump up and down to—but we’ll see how the set turns out.  I interviewed Christian Letts, a guitarist and vocalist in the (decidedly large) group about how the group is preparing for Sunday, and what they feel their music is about.  You can catch Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Quad at 2:30 on Sunday. Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: Terrace Preview – Miracles of Modern Science


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Miracles of Modern Science—name sound familiar? Probably! This band of Princeton alums–Evan Younger ’08, Josh Hirshfeld ’08, Kieran Ledwidge ’08, Geoff McDonald ’07, Tyler Pines ’09–formed in 2005 at our very own Princeton U with modest beginnings: playing at open mic nights, Café Viv, and of course, Terrace. And to Terrace they return to grace us with their outstanding musical presence once again.

I hadn’t heard much of MOMS until now, but I gotta say, I absolutely love their sound. It is bursting with energy, something that string instruments don’t always bring to the table. (They might be the male, indie-rock, less hair-whipping version of Bond). Hit the jump for more –  Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: Writers’ Series – Rachel Klebanov


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IMG_2592_2What’s up Intersections?! My name is Rachel Klebanov and I hail from our very own Princeton, New Jersey, born and raised.  I am a prospective Psychology major, interested in examining visual arts and art history through a psychological/neuroscience lens. Current life status includes singing bass-line with the Princeton University Wildcats, dealing with books at Technical Services, learning Russian, and taking long walks with my iPod in tow. As for Intersections, I like to make playlists and do Terrace Previews. Hit the jump to learn more about my take on music and check out some personal playlists.  Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: TV – ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Preview


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If you haven’t watched Arrested Development, you’ve made a huge mistake. The critically acclaimed series was cancelled after its third season in 2006 but is making a glorious return on May 26. Fifteen new episodes will debut on Netflix on that day, and in the meantime the first three seasons are available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. Hit the jump to find out why it’s worth your time to get stoked for its imminent return. Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: Music – How to Get Into Beirut


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We’ve all heard the stories about the bold risk-takers who drop out of college to create something fantastic, usually earning billions along the way.  Zach Condon decided to go further, dropping out of Santa Fe High School at the age of 17 and then traveling to Europe with his older brother in a move that most people would consider chancy to say the least.  But as Condon sings on “Payne’s Bay” off his new album The Rip Tide , he has the tendency to be very headstrong.  After hearing his music, I would have to agree.  Condon has a created singular sound in his band Beirut by combining the gorgeous and foreign melodies of world music with his own gift for instrumentation.  Hit the jump to hear some songs that should convince you to enter Beirut’s “Scenic World.” Continue reading

INTERSECTIONS: Album Review: Justin Timberlake – ‘The 20/20 Experience’


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imagesI grew up despising pop music. In middle school, during my (shameful) metalhead phase, I hung out with my wallflower friends in the bathroom of the school gym during dances uncomfortably chaperoned by homeroom teachers ridiculing the music coming from the speakers of the incompetent student “DJ”. One of the worst offenders was “SexyBack” off Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds: its grating, repetitive simplicity violating my ears and those of my fellow rebellious youth. But as time progressed and my music taste along with it, my insistence on listening to music that no one else liked began to fade. I gave up on the notion that artistic music had to have complex, finger-tapping riffs and surrendered my sensibilities to pop hooks and pounding beats. Soon, I realized that even Justin Timberlake could be art, and in his latest effort The 20/20 Experience, this fact is more evident than ever.  Continue reading