Hofstra Spring Music Fest 2013

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On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 students from Hofstra University treated themselves to the Spring Music Fest.

It was a blast!

There were rides, games, and music, all out on the Intramural Fields. And some crowd surfing. Check out some of the photos on the official Facebook page taken by Jared Cohen!

The lineup included Tune$, Persona, host Erin Willett, Twenty One Pilots, Joey Badass, and Third Eye Blind.

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Erin Willett

During the intermissions, students were encouraged to check out the bands at side stage. One of those bands happened to be my buddy Colin Scanlan’s band The Feel Good. The band also includes members Ian Terry, Trever Crist, and Paul Legerme. They did great job. I especially loved their song “LIFE FIGHT.” Check out their music on bandcamp!

My personal favorites were Erin Willett and Twenty One Pilots.

Erin Willett is a 2011 graduate of Hofstra University and semifinalist on season 2 of The Voice. She not only hosted the Music Fest, but she also sang for us. Her vocals are amazing. She literally blew me away with her cover of “Rolling on the River.” She looked stunning in her Festival Style tee.

Before the festival I did not know a thing about Twenty One Pilots.

I’m quite pleased that I now do know of them because they are so good!

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Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun.

At first I was alarmed by their masks, but then they started to play. Their beats are so catchy, and band members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are the cutest (once they take off the masks that is)!

These guys performed some seriously catchy beats including, “Holding On To You”, “Migrane”, “Screen” and “Car Radio.” They even came down from the stage with their drums, assembled in the middle of the crowd, and then played for us! At one point, Tyler Joseph said to the audience, “We’re from Ohio, but today we’re from Hofstra.”

You can be a Hofstran any day, Tyler.

Twenty One Pilots won us all over with their mashup of covers, including Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Akon’s “Don’t Matter.”

In the days leading up to the concert, my fellow Hofstrans would not shut up about Third Eye Blind!

And they had reason to, because when they played their famous song “Jumper”, I began to realize something: music brings us together. Although everyone had their different motives for going to the festival, at the end of the day, we were all feeling that same bass guitar coursing through our bodies. We were all standing there, huddled up close at lead singer Stephan Jenkins’ command due to the chilly breeze, swaying to the same beat. Somehow in that moment, we were all connected.

Enjoy some footage from the festival!

This Week in Music: Jonas Brother’s “Pom Poms” and Matthew Koma’s “One Night”

The first week of April 2013 has brought to us the music of the Jonas Brothers and Matthew Koma.

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Truth is, I miss the Jonas Brothers. Back in 2007 I was one of those thirteen year old girls who fangirled about anything and everything Jonas. But then they died out. And now they’re trying to come back. I worry that this comeback will be unsuccessful.

Matthew Koma is slowly becoming one of my favorites. I loved his voice in Zedd’s “Spectrum” and his song “Parachute” is amazing. I was really happy to find out he was releasing a new track this week.

And now for the assessment.

JoBros!! What happened?! I used to love these guys so much, with their heartfelt lyrics, sexy vocals and hair raising guitar rifts. “Pom Poms” lacks all three of these qualities!


The video, on the other hand, was quite entertaining. I loved the choreography (this is the first Jonas Brothers video with dancers I believe). Those female dancers have some serious skills! The kid in the milkshake scene was humorous. I also thought the choir was very interesting to see popping up every now and then. I’m kind of confused though, as to why that band player at the end does the bridge, hitting his hat smack down on the grassy field as a result. Weird.

There might be hope for these guys. Might.

And, Nick, please, please let your sexy curls grow back. You’re really starting to creep me out with that shorter cut you’ve been sporting around. I used to drool over Nick’s curls, hoping that one day I’d marry him and watch them turn gray. Sigh. Those days are long gone.

Matthew Koma does some interesting things with the lyrics for “One Night.” I love how he sings the chorus. He makes the song so fun with his cool vibrato and calm vocals. The play on words in the line “In a white Mercedes that bends me to the grave” is just brilliant. The bubble gum metaphor is also genius. I can’t stop myself from singing along when it goes “Chew my love under your tongue like it’s your bubblegum. Just spit me out when it becomes more than fun.”

The music video was a bit odd though. I wish there were better visuals of the carnival, because the bell sounds in the intro of the song remind me of carnival scenes. The part where Matthew Koma touches that guy’s mustache was hilarious. Those crazy teens with the ginormous bubble and the firework were just awkward.

 

Maybe I’m being a bit to harsh, but I think “One Night” won me over. I’m sorry Jonas Bros, but I will not be putting my pom poms down for you guys. Get it together JoBros!