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Jay Som’s searching pop rock

Melina Duterte moved into a new place, stayed caffeinated for three weeks, and shaped one of the year’s most eclectic and invigorating records. The Bay Area artist, who records under the name Jay Som, released her debut record Everybody Works March 10. The album delivers the empathy its title promises and expands her sound beyond…

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Macathon and Funkathon highlight entrepreneurship

If you want to have an existential crisis right now, think back to what you accomplished in the past 24 hours. Now compare it to what over 150 students will accomplish February 24 to 25. Participants of Macathon will identify and solve a problem, while Funkathoners will compose and record a piece of original music….

Sunday night sounds: an interview with Eros and the Eschaton
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Sunday night sounds: an interview with Eros and the Eschaton

Last Sunday night the sounds of shoegaze pop group Eros and the Eschaton pulsed through the Icehouse in downtown Minneapolis. The blue and red stage lights mixed together to create a purple haze, and Eros took the audience through a psychedelic sonic journey by alternating between tunes with light, dreamy harmonies and beat-driven, guitar-filled anthems….

WMCN DJ profile: DJsachi (Natalie Hoffman)
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WMCN DJ profile: DJsachi (Natalie Hoffman)

Each week The Mac Weekly speaks with a DJ on Macalester’s radio station, 91.7 WMCN. This week we sat down with Natalie Hoffman ’19 to talk about her show. TMW: What is your radio show called, and do you have a general theme for the music that you play? Natalie Hoffman: My radio show is…

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The silent summer is no more: Music in the Twin Cities

Whoever says there is nothing to do in the Twin Cities just isn’t looking hard enough. When the snow melts (sometimes in April, when Minnesota is being particularly cruel), the music rises until it fills every coffee shop, concert hall and green space in the Cities. Come summertime you barely have to walk out your…

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WMCN Spotlight: Who’s Sampling?

Each week The Mac Weekly speaks with a DJ on Macalester’s radio station, 91.7 WMCN. This week we sat down with Evan Meerscheidt to talk about his show, “Who’s Sampling?” every Monday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. TMW: What is your show and what can a listener expect when tuning in? EM: My show is “Who’s Sampling?”…

Gary Hines ’74 selected as 2016 commencement speaker
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Gary Hines ’74 selected as 2016 commencement speaker

Gary D. Hines ’74 has been chosen as this year’s commencement speaker for the Class of 2016’s graduation on Saturday, May 14. He is a three-time Grammy winning music director and producer of Sounds of Blackness, the 40-person choir and ten-piece orchestra group. “Since he founded the Sounds of Blackness at Macalester over 40 years…

Fourth Macathon births new music contest, new batch of winners
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Fourth Macathon births new music contest, new batch of winners

On any given Friday night, the Olin-Rice Science Center and the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center are deserted. Much like the other academic buildings on campus, they are eerily quiet, emptied of their student population until the following week. Last weekend was different. The fourth annual Macathon competition and the first annual Funkathon competition drew…

Who? Who? Who?:  A Conversation with the Baha Men
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Who? Who? Who?: A Conversation with the Baha Men

About a week ago, I was overcome by a wave of musical nostalgia. Seeking to relive earlier days soundtracked by “Now That’s What I Call Music” CDs, I soon found myself in the presence of a group of men from the Bahamas with infectious rhythm and a simple question. Recalling the former ubiquity of those…

Osmo Vänskä at Macalester// Concert Review
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Osmo Vänskä at Macalester// Concert Review

The famed Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, came to Macalester last Thursday for a chamber music performance. Vänskä, a clarinetist in addition to running the Minnesota Orchestra, performed with a string quartet in a night that was filled with dazzling, emotional performances. A quick disclaimer before I begin this piece: I don’t…

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