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February 4, 2014 SPECIAL ISSUE EDITOR:

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Thought you were the only one in college listening to vinyl records? Think again.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Lulu Ramadan MANAGING EDITOR - Michelle Friswell ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Chris Hamann CREATIVE DIRECTOR - Breanndolyn Lies BUSINESS MANAGER - Ryan Murphy COPY DESK CHIEF - Carissa Giard

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They were jamming to what? Check out what styles of music your fellow students listen to.

ASSISTANT COPY DESK CHIEF - Cristina Solorzano FEATURES EDITOR - Jamie Vaughn REVIEWS EDITOR - Maddy Mesa

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SPORTS EDITOR - Wesley Wright

Ten kickass artists to check out from right here in your backyard.

SCIENCE EDITOR - Andrew Fraieli PHOTO EDITORS - Max Jackson, Kiki Baxter MULTIMEDIA EDITOR - Miranda Schumes SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR - Cealia Brannan SENIOR EDITORS - Emily Bloch, Austen Erblat CONTRIBUTOR - Jonathan Giger, Sean Webster, Tico

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South Florida is a big place, and you may not know of all the venues it has to offer for live music.

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A guide to some of Florida’s bigger music festivals.

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n a warm spring night, the four of us are jamming harder than usual on the top floor of the parking garage near the library. Cymbals shake violently, amps are (seemingly) set to “11,” and the concrete quivers beneath our feet. Our smiles are as big as our sound, but before long, an FAU police cruiser rolls up, we awkwardly stop playing right in the heat of a guitar solo, and get shut down. The officer informs us that we can’t do this, especially in the garage, and especially at this hour — we rarely started before midnight. As we pack up our gear, we feel defeated, but still exchange compliments of each other’s playing. We have great music (at least what we think is great) that’s a little rusty and a show coming up where we’ll be expected to entertain thousands of (or 15-20) fans who have been waiting to see us play for months. The police officer mentions dean referrals, student conduct hearings and even trespassing charges as we load instruments back into our cars. “So, practice here tomorrow?” I ask. “Duh,” responds my bass player. In the 20-plus years the University Press has been around, we have never done an entire issue on music. Until now. The goal of this issue, and something I strive for every day, is to spread interest, awareness and love for local, live music. I have an ever growing love and passion for music, and I believe that music moves people in ways that we sometimes struggle to put into words. It can help you relate to an artist about love or grief, learn about political or social issues or just “get the led out.” Playing in a band, of course I have some bias toward music played by actual musicians; drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, etc., which is why I got some help to talk about electronic music to give you the most balanced source of local music information there is. In this issue, we’ll be telling you about local artists that you should be listening to, where to check out this music, what festivals you should consider taking a road-trip to, what your classmates are listening to, and more, because it brings me great joy to connect people with the music they love (especially if they’re experiencing it for the first time). I wouldn’t dare say I listen to “all kinds” of music, but I can enjoy most styles and there’s nothing I won’t at least check out. A quick “shuffle” of songs on my iPod will bring up artists as diverse as John Coltrane, The Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Led Zeppelin and A Tribe Called Quest, to name a few you may know. I’ve been playing music since high school, I’ve been in a band since before my first semester here, I’ve played in a jazz band in the

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music department here at FAU and I used to use Parking Garage 1 as rehearsal space with my rock band (I say “used to” because FAU made us sign an “agreement” stating that we are “barred from playing/ practicing music in all FAU campus parking lots/structures”). I also work at a music store in Hollywood, Resurrection Drums, where we buy, sell, repair and teach drums, host drum circles every full moon and work with local churches and schools to help build or restore their music programs. I encourage you all to read as much as you can about the local scene in South Florida, but also here at FAU. We have students and professors here who create some incredible music that deserves a listen by their fellow Owls.

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Vinyl Revival Vinyl record sales are on the rise and college-aged students are the biggest buyers. By Austen Erblat

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n the little-known fifth floor of FAU’s S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca campus sits a room with grayed-out glass walls that run the height of the ceiling. What lies behind them would make any vinyl junkie spin out of control with joy. “We have 100,000 recordings in the archives, and that’s 78 RPMs, 45 RPMs, LPs, cassettes, reel-to-reel and CDs,” said Maxine Schackman, director of the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU’s library. “And I would say over 80 percent are LPs.” The Recorded Sound Archives is a department within the library on campus that collects, restores, preserves and digitizes old records from the 20th and 21st century, according to Schackman. “It started off as a Judaica cultural rescue project, and that’s how we got into finding recordings, bringing them to FAU, cleaning them up and digitizing them to restore them to their cultural heritage,” Schackman said. Now, the record room on the fifth floor boasts over 100,000 records of Jewish, American, jazz, classical and pop/rock albums. And, every year, they give away duplicates to students, staff, local record stores and anyone else interested in expanding their collection.

On the other side of Boca, junior film major Luke Lehner gets back to his apartment from class around 6 o’clock, takes “Give Up” by The Postal Service out of its sleeve, places it on his turntable, hits “start” and puts needle to wax. Lehner recalls cleaning out his grandmother’s house in New York after Hurricane Sandy and finding a few dozen vinyl records of bands from the ‘60s and ‘70s, mostly Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Weather Report. So he took them home, along with an old record player, and a new passion was sparked.

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Luke Lehner has “Give Up” by The Postal Service on heavy rotation. Photo by Austen Erblat.


“A lot of bands I listen to now are coming out with vinyl, so I got an album by Say Anything,” Lehner said. “Then I went down to The Record Rack in Pompano and got The Black Keys’ ‘El Camino.’” After visiting Radio-Active Records in Fort West Palm Beach, (561) 969-0002 Lauderdale, he started actively collecting anything he Music Movies and More is home to a huge selection of could get his hands on: classic, re-press, modern. different forms of music, movies and other media, including a And it was at that point that he discovered a love sizable selection of vinyl records. Located just off I-95 on Okechobee for a music format long considered extinct. Boulevard and North Florida Mango Road. “I prefer vinyl over MP3 wholeheartedly,” Lehner said. “It’s $8-10 to buy a full album off iTunes, about $12 for a CD and about $15 for a vinyl record. You’re paying an Lake Worth, (561) 313-9387 extra $3 for something that’s visually Located right next door to concert venue Propaganda, Top Five has a huge collection appealing and unique. CDs, you of almost exclusively older records with styles ranging from classic rock, jazz, and put them on your computer, and R&B, but also have a section for local artists. The walls are also covered with tons of you put the MP3s on your iPod. I memorabilia, including guitars, posters, and signed record covers. like the album art. It always adds something special, sometimes the record itself is a different color.” But there are also Pompano Beach, (954) 783-5004 differences in sound quality The Record Rack has a great selection of newer records from between vinyl and MP3. independent rock, hip-hop and pop artists, as well as a large selection of metal albums. But most of the store’s real estate is “When the sound dedicated to used records, many of which are classics from the is digitized, a brittle, ‘60s and ‘70s from artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, mechanical sound that Elvis Presley and more. doesn’t sound good is there. There’s a robotic quality to it,” Schackman said. “There’s a warmth and a live sound vibe that comes through Fort Lauderdale, (954) 762-9488 when you’re listening to a Radio-Active Records is THE spot in Fort Lauderdale to get vinyl record being played. records, with a massive collection of modern rock and pop And people who are attuned to albums. Radio-Active does its best to stay current with all vinyl that can definitely hear it.” releases, stocking plenty of local bands’ records and even hosting events and concerts from time to time. Senior commercial music major Angi Fontenot has been listening to vinyl since she was in 7th grade and says her parents got Miami, (786) 693-9309 her into it. “We would listen to them Sweat Records is right next door to Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti. It has an extensive sometimes on weekend mornings collection of classic rock, R&B, soul and hip-hop records, but have plenty of other when nothing was on TV or during genres as well. Sweat Records also hosts concerts on a small stage in the back of spring cleaning. We would all jam out.” the store and even sells vegan-friendly food, snacks and beverages. Fontenot described the nostalgic effect vinyl records have. “It sounds like the past. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era and when listening to vinyls, it just seems to fit.” Miami, (305) 554-1020 When we asked how she feels about college Yesterday and Today has stacks of records in their store and was voted “best record store in Miami” in 2012 by the Miami students revisiting this form of music, Dr. Schackman New Times. They carry import and domestic records, couldn’t be happier. “It’s so exciting and wonderful!” she most of which are from “yesterday,” and is located said. “We have this vinyl record giveaway every year and we’re in between Hialeah and South Miami. amazed at the turn out. We’re amazed that people want to come and take boxes of vinyl records away to listen to them.”

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Source: IFPI According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, vinyl record sales were at a 15-year high in 2012 with $171 million in global sales. In the US, vinyl LP sales reached a 20-year high at 4.6 million records sold (compared to 193 million CD and 118 million digital album sales). In a 2013 study conducted by ICM Research, a public opinion research group found that, of over 2,000 consumers interviewed, the largest group of vinyl buyers were 18-24 year olds, beating out the 25-34 and 35-44 year old groups, some of whom were actually around when records were the only form

of buying music. The study included comments by consumers noting that they liked the “raw sound,” artwork, collectability and tactility that vinyl records offer. Lehner, who boasts a collection of over 100 records, explains that not only is record buying self-satisfying, but it’s also for the artists whose music he’s buying. “I had a discussion with a kid the other day, and he always jokes about how I’m a hipster, and asked why I buy vinyl,” Lehner said. “Growing up, I always used Limewire and Mediafire and all that stuff, so I downloaded hundreds and hundreds of albums. But if you like an artist, buy their shit. Support them.”

Vinyl Record Day Aug. 12, 2014

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“Vinyl Record Day is because we love vinyl. It’s more than just the music. As Jimi Hendrix said, LPs are like our personal diaries. A primary goal of Vinyl Record Day is to establish a national day when we all enjoy the music most personally important to us. It’s for our own individual enjoyment, and collectively, it is for society to have some balance to national news and personal challenges.” FAU alumnus Gabriel Katz flips through countless albums at the Recorded Sound Archives vinyl record giveaway. Photo by Tico Baez.

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What’s on your playlist? We asked 100 students wearing headphones what they were listening to. By Jamie Vaughn and Emily Bloch Photos by Tico Baez

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ant to know which songs were most popular? Thought you were the only one listening to that new song? Wondering if your favorite artists, songs, or genres reigned supreme? We walked the Breezeway and scrolled through social media websites to ask 100 random FAU students what songs they were listening to and why. You can check out the full results of our survey at upressonline.com.

Now Playing:

“What song did you last listen to and what do you like about it?”

Bobby Hardy

Sophomore communication major Song: “Miss You” by Passafire “It's very relaxing.”

Francisco Revuelta

Senior electrical engineering major Song: “Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna “I like the rhythm of the song.”

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Jean Teneus

Sophomore international business of foreign affairs major Song: “Ripple Effect” by Kinetik “It’s one of those things that you can move with the beat. Each step is another beat.”

Sami Berch

Freshman business major Song: “Love Somebody” by Maroon 5 “I just like Adam Levine. He's just really cute.”

Gabe Correa

Freshman psychology major Song: “My Yout” by Joey Bada$$ “I like the reggae influences that are present in the song and the lyrics are really great.”


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HOMETOWN HEROES Top five local bands If you like The Grateful Dead, Phish or The String Cheese Incident, check out

By Austen Erblat

We compiled a list of a few local artists that you

The Heavy Pets

Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, The Heavy Pets combine elements of rock n’ roll, jam, reggae and electronic music. They often play extended jams and will keep you dancing throughout their entire set. Listen to: Any live recording

facebook.com/theheavypets Photo courtesy of The Heavy Pets

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ome students think there are no great local bands or DJs to check out or support when they “make it big.” Though South Florida may not yield the same music scene as places like New York, Austin or Nashville, this couldn’t be further from the truth. We made a list of some artists you should check out and can go see almost anytime. Now, when an artist like Marilyn Manson, Dashboard Confessional or Surfer Blood If you like Against Me!, Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly , check out

If you like The Beatles, Beck or Wilco, check out

JACOB JEFFRIES BAND Jacob Jeffries is from Fort Lauderdale and has opened for Dashboard Confessional, Edgar Winter, Sugar Ray and other national acts. Though the band currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, they play in South Florida almost as much as the rest of the country and have a shredding guitar player. Listen to: “Coming Home” or “Worth the Wait”

Everymen

The Everymen describe themselves as a dysfunctional family, and seeing them live may make you agree. With instrumentation including banjo, violin, mandolin, upright bass, drums and guitar, played with the attitude of punk rock, you’ll be moshing until you break your neck. You can catch them in Lake Worth almost any time of year. Listen to: “Waking Up Hurts”

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If you like Sunn O))), Electric Wizard or Black Cobra, check out

HOLLY HUNT The epitome of sludge/drone metal, Holly Hunt comprises visual artist duo, Gavin Perry, (who stands 6’8”) on guitar and Beatriz Monteavaro on drums. They’ve been at the forefront of the Miami metal scene since 2011 and play in Miami almost every weekend. Listen to: “Atlas”

facebook.com/hollyhunt.ltd Photo by Michelle Friswell

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If you like Mutemath, Queen or Radiohead, check out

The Pathetique

Named after a piano movement of Beethoven’s, The Pathetique are anything but classical. To group them into one or two or three genres would be difficult, but one could call them a kickass rock band that incorporates elements of progressive and indie rock.

Listen to: “Bottles”

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DROP THE BASS

Top five local DJs

By Kiki Baxter

can go see almost any weekend in South Florida.

If you like Fedde le Grand, Thomas Gold or Showtek, check out

makes it big, you can say you saw them at The Culture Room or The Funky Buddha before anyone knew who they were. Here’s a list of 10 local bands and DJ’s that you should check out. This isn’t meant to rank the bands and DJs, but feature some local artists who play regularly and who we feel deserve your attention.

Boca Raton native and FAU student Ryan Landis recently wowed the mainstage at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando with DJ Crespo (see below). Landis was also a main stage headliner at Miami’s Life in Color in December. Listen to: EDC Orlando Live Set

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If you like Hardwell, Chuckie or R3hab, check out

Former FSU student and current Miami resident Danny Crespo played alongside DJ Landis at the mainstage of EDC Orlando. You can catch Crespo spinning at local venues like Oasis. Listen to: “Mojo”

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If you like Diplo, Knife Party or Laidback Luke, check out

Identical twins and Miami residents Joe and Josh Fortune, also known as Twinz Beatz, recently released a track with Krewella. The duo also performed at Life in Color in Miami this past December. Listen to: Krewella x TWINZ BEATZ - “We Are Kronos”

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If you like Bingo Players, Laidback Luke or Steve Aoki, check out

If you like Showtek, Emir Duru or Nervo, check out

Corporate Slackrs

This trio (AJ Ironman, Sean Reilly and Devin Meadow) met in Jacksonville in 2012 and have been creating music ever since. Their remixes have been supported by Bingo Players, Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki. Ultra Records just featured their remix of “Hurricane” on their label. Listen to: “Hurricane”

facebook.com/corporateslackrs Photo courtesy of Corporate Slackrs

Signed to Ultra Records, this Miami trio, D’Brito, Tony Livadas, and Anthony Pisano have been working together since 2009. Last summer, they traveled to Europe and Asia on an international tour. Listen to: “Bad Habits”

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GET INVOLVED

FAU offers students opportunities to get involved with music on campus in a few different ways: Hoot/Wisdom Recordings

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, FAU’s on-campus record label, is currently accepting demo submissions from current and former FAU students with musical projects for the next CompOWLation. Visit Arts and Humanities 110 or hootwisdom.com to submit yours.

Program Board

“Program Board is a student-run organization that hosts various events including live musical performances.” For more info visit fau.edu/sil/programboard

Marching Owls

“The FAU Marching Owls are an icon of the university through performances at every home football game as well as many civic and university events. Membership is open to any student of FAU with prior musical training.” Visit fau.edu/marchingowls for more info.

Recorded Sound Archives “The Recorded Sound Archives on the fifth floor of the Wimberly Library contains a collection of over 150,000 sound recordings donated from the Department of Music and the estate of private vinyl record collector Jack Saul.” For more info email soundarchives@fau.edu.

Owl Radio

Owl Radio is a student-run radio station with a variety of shows. Visit fauowlradio.com to tune in or hear the live broadcast from the Breezeway.

Darling sweets

“They’re an awesome band that plays really fun, dancy psychobilly music.” Here’s who other members of the University Press —Jake Stuart Distribution Manager and Owl Radio chose as their favorite local acts:

Element

“He maintains a healthy balance between humble college kid and gifted artist. His lyrics reflect this, and his sound is different than a lot of the stuff out there right now. Keep an eye out for this guy!” —Asia Adams Owl Radio Music Director

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THE GODDAMN HUSTLE

“They play a sweet blend of psychedelic and blues rock with catchy vocal melodies. They sound great and always put on an excellent show!” —Carissa Giard Copy Desk Chief and Special Issue Designer

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The Merry Franksterz

“I’m usually not a fan of tribute bands, but these guys play the music of Frank Zappa, and sometimes The Beatles and Pink Floyd as if they wrote it. They rock hard and are some of the best musicians in South Florida.” —Austen Erblat Special Issue Editor

SOULAR

“I have yet to hear a local producer with as much talent who masters the fusion of as wide a variety of sounds in their music.” —Dylan Bouscher Contributor

FERO LUX

“Their shows are electric. The energy and the stage presence is just so amplified and it’s contagious to the crowd. They really represent what the Florida music scene is supposed to be about.” —Emily Bloch Senior Editor


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We compiled a list of 30 local venues that host original artists in Palm Beach and Broward counties, from the smoky hole-in-the-wall bar to the arenas that seat 20,000. By Austen Erblat

Palm Beach County Venues: 6. Propaganda

6 South J Street Lake Worth, Fla. Great small club in downtown Lake Worth to see rock, metal, punk and indie artists. They have live music or DJ’s 5-7 days a week, great sound and a full bar. Cost: $ Age: 18+ www.propagandalw.com

14. Funky Buddha Lounge

& Brewery 2621 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton, Fla. This hookah lounge/brewery doubles as a concert venue that has an improv jam every Monday (hosted by FAU student and Mylo Ranger singer Myles Corvolan) and hosts concerts, open mic nights and comedy shows every Wednesday-Saturday. Cost: $-$$ Age: 18+ www.thefunkybuddha.com

17. Oasis

1. Respectable Street Cafe 2. BB King’s 3. Kravis Center for the Arts 4. Cruzan Amphitheater 5. Speakeasy Lounge 6. Propaganda 7. Bamboo Room 8. Arts Garage

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18. Funky Biscuit 7000 W. Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, Fla. Price Key: A favorite among FAU Free-$10 $ students for electronic dance music, Oasis is located on $10-30 $$ Palmetto and Powerline and $30-50 $$$ ladies’ nights for most events. Each event has a different $50+ $$$$ theme for what to wear and Prices indicate average ticket cost. drink specials. Additional fees, alcohol costs and other Cost: $ Age: 18+ charges not taken into account. www.oasisnightlife.com Upressonline.com

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Venues worth checking out in Broward county: 19. Club Cinema

3251 N. Federal Hwy Pompano Beach One of the most popular venues for raves and electronic dance shows, Club Cinema was (as its name may imply) once a movie theater with a great set up inside and an incredible light show. The city of Pompano Beach has called the venue a “nuisance,” filing a lawsuit to get the club shut down. So this may be the club for you. Cost: $$ 18+ www.clubcinemalive.com

22. Culture Room

3045 N. Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Every show I go to at the Culture Room, I always see people I know or recognize from school. They bring a diverse group of artists that caters to almost everyones’ tastes. Some recent acts have included Against Me!, Zach Deputy and Jimmy Eat World. Cost: $$ All ages www.cultureroom.net

25. Revolution Live!

100 SW. 3rd Ave Fort Lauderdale, Fla. With upcoming shows including Flogging Molly, Reel Big Fish and The Used (with Taking Back Sunday), it’s easy to see why Revolution is such a popular place for music fans our age. Enjoy two bars, two floors to stand on, and you can even watch the band from behind on the second floor balcony. Cost: $$ All ages (some shows age restricted) www.jointherevolution.net

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Florida is home to more than a few music festivals. We compared line ups, prices and locations so you can see which one is right for you. By Austen Erblat

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hile the thought of music festivals may conjure up images of hippies dancing at Woodstock, there are hundreds of festivals put on across the nation. Today, it’s not uncommon to run into people you know at these music festivals. Some FAU artists, including The Pathetique, Phantomime, Raggy Monster, and Mylo Ranger were featured in the first Aloha Winter Music Festival this past December. There are so many festivals to attend, so many people there, and everyone is there for the same reason: the music. Junior biology major Bishop O’Connell has been to Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Warped Tour and Tampa Jazz Festival. “The best part is meeting new people and just having care-free fun,” O’Connell said. “There are no differences between everyone because

we are all there for the same reason, everyone feels easy to talk to.” Though he’s losing interest in some of the electronic music festivals he’s used to attending, O’Connell said he’d still be going to festivals and encourages others to do the same. “There is a music festival for every genre of music and there’s a festival right for everyone. I feel everyone should attend at least one festival of their choosing. Some of the best memories I have are from festivals.” There are hundreds of music festivals in Florida that cover all styles, including electronic, jazz, rock, reggae and more, so you have to seek them out. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of these festivals to make the process a little easier. Check out some of these festivals and their line-ups for an experience you may love.

Cost: $30-165

Spend your Valentine’s Day weekend camping in the Suwanee River State Park (a park that hosts numerous music festivals) grooving to funk, reggae, jam and electronic artists as well as checking out art exhibits, yoga and other activities.

Feb. 14-16 Live Oak, Fla.

www.auramusicfestival.com Cost: $34-145*

*Price does not include fees or taxes.

Enjoy local and national Latin, reggaeton, hip-hop, funk and electronic artists, as well as multicultural live and digital art exhibitions at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

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Feb. 22 Miami, Fla.

Cost: $65-500

March 14-15 Jacksonville, Fla.

Tailgate at EverBank Field for food, football and country music including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and more.

www.floridacountrysuperfest.com

Out-of-state festivals within driving distance: Surely, this will depend on what you consider “within driving distance,” but what’s a few hundred miles to see that band that never comes to Florida? Hangout Music Fest Gulf Shores, Ala.

South by Southwest Austin, Texas

Counterpoint Music Festival Kingston Downs, Ga.

Voodoo Music Experience New Orleans, La.

New Orleans Jazz Fest New Orleans, La.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, Tenn. Austin City Limits Austin, Texas


Cost: $245-495

Bring a towel and a turntable to Florida’s Winter Music Conference which hosts a plethora of performances, events, conferences and meet and greets with people from all over the world in the electronic dance music scene.

March 21-30 Miami, Fla.

www.wintermusicconference.com

Cost: $399*

*Price does not include fees or taxes.

March 28-30 Miami, Fla.

One of the largest music festivals in the United States, UMF brings some of the biggest electronic music acts in the world to Miami for a mega-weekend of EDM.

www.ultramusicfestival.com Cost: $195 Hosted by The Allman Brothers Band every year, Wanee Fest brings some of the biggest blues, southern rock and jam bands around to the Suwanee River State Park.

www.waneefestival.com

April 10-12 Live Oak, Fla.

Cost: $155-165

The Tortuga Music Festival brings huge names in rock, country and reggae to Fort Lauderdale beach to raise money for ocean conservation efforts. Some of this year’s artists include Luke Bryan, Train and Slightly Stoopid.

April 12-13 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

www.tortugamusicfestival.com

Cost: $30-71 Sun Fest brings an eclectic mix of rock, pop, hip-hop, indie and blues artists for a weekend festival including art exhibits and family friendly events.

www.sunfest.com

April 30-May 4 West Palm Beach, Fla.

Cost: $37.50-48.50

Arguably one of the more popular music festivals in South Florida, Warped Tour brings independent rock, punk, metal and electronic artists from around the country to this travelling festival that stops off at Cruzan Amphitheatre every summer.

July 26 West Palm Beach, Fla.

www.vanswarpedtour.com

Cost: $40-195

You’ll find a funky mix of artists from all different styles including funk, rock, fusion and jamtronica at Bear Creek, from local bands to national acts such as Galactic and The Roots. There are also many other activities including art shows, costume contests and charity games.

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Torrenting Drugs Online Music can affect your brain like a drug. What genre of drug is your fix? By Andrew Fraieli Science Editor

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ow that I’ve got your attention with the idea of free drugs, what if I were to tell you that you’ve been downloading drugs off the internet for some time now? Well, according to some research, if you’ve been downloading music off the internet then you have. Research on this exact topic was actually being carried out here on campus by a Dr. Large, but he and his lab have moved to a different university. Music is very similar to drugs in many different ways and is pretty much a drug itself. Drugs are known for their ability to invoke intense emotional states, change a person’s behavior and change the way they perceive their

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surroundings. Music does the same thing. Ever hear your favorite song and get really excited? Well it may not seem like a drug, and you may think that the song is just making you happy, but happiness is a drug too. Technically, it’s not happiness, it’s called dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that is commonly released in the brain as a reward for something you do, making you feel good so you do it again. It’s an evolutionary process that makes you keep doing necessary things like eating to stay alive and having sex to keep the human race alive. This chemical being released in your brain has the same effect as some drugs, especially ecstasy. The effect isn’t the release of dopamine though. Ecstasy keeps the brain from letting the dopamine go away, and music affects the brain in a very similar, but less intense way. It may not be as intense so as to cause hallucinations, but it can cause very intense feelings. Music is heavily connected to memory as well, so that connection helps music cause emotional reactions. A song heard for the first time will have drastically different effects on someone’s brain than when they hear a song that they heard when they fell in love. Music alone creates

drug-like effects in your brain, but there are many other factors that can change how it affects your brain. Listening to Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” through headphones while laying on a bed, relaxing with the lights off, will affect you in a much different way than listening to it in a crowded restaurant with other stuff going on around you. The way music affects someone is very different from person to person and depends a lot on the circumstances. People do drugs for different reasons just like people listen to music for different reasons. Someone may do cocaine to give them energy and get them excited just like someone may listen to a pop song to get them pumped. Someone may smoke weed to relax just like someone may put on jazz to relax. Music is something that we as a species absolutely love. We like listening to it and we love making it. Why? Well, that’s still being figured out. There are some theories, but we will probably never be able to find out exactly why because music is so different from person to person. Everyone likes music for their own reason, be it to remember a loved one or to bring yourself to a different place and escape from the world. Whatever reason that people love music, it’s usually to make them happy, something music is very good at. And it’s also technically a drug that is easy (and legal) to get, so it’s fun to say that. Music is a vast and endless sea of creation, popularity and emotions. What is interesting is that no one ever sails the same sea. Everyone’s taste in music is different and this is almost as interesting a subject as music in itself. Music also affects everyone differently. No one ever hears the same song­­— it’s amazing how there are so many things that change how people hear music and how it affects them. Some people go soul-searching while others jump up and down in a crowded room pounding with bass. Everyone has a different perspective on enjoying music, none more correct than any other. One person may sail this sea in a little wooden boat while others prefer a yacht, some may prefer to get lost and see where they end up or some may have a set destination. How do you travel the sea of music?


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FROM TAKING BOOTY Pirating music is so 2000-late. Streaming software is the future of listening to music. Here’s why. By Austen Erblat

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’m going to start by saying that I’ve downloaded a good deal of music from the internet since the popularity of this “crime” when Napster was a thing in 2000-2001. Definitely over 100GB worth. And even today, I’ll sometimes thoughtlessly click “download,” ignoring the implications of my actions. But as I grew older, I got to know my family who writes and plays music in Nashville and New York, started making music of my own in a band, and became

aware of the effects of music piracy. Most people don’t care about the cost of music piracy, and this column probably won’t change their mind. But what if there was a way to get all the music you were listening to all in one place on your computer and even on your smartphone, for just $10 a month (or less)? I’ll tell you about some of your options and more importantly why you should be streaming instead of pirating.

in economic losses each year due to piracy in the music industry.

First let’s look at some of the more popular software available:

Free to use but ads play every few songs, pay $5 a month and get radio, unlimited plays and gets rid of the ads. Ten dollars a month gets you mobile access, offline access and high-quality audio. Add your own songs or listen to the 25 million they already have.

Very similar to Spotify, but with a 16 million song catalog and only high quality audio. Same price categories as Spotify as well.

Bought by Justin Timberlake in 2013, Myspace is now a redesigned music streaming software with a huge catalog of music that’s free to use. Create an account and you can save playlists, favorite artists, and more.

Free to use with or without an account. Creating an account will help track your favorite music and make better predictions to cater to your taste. Limit to how many times you can skip songs per hour. For $3.99 a month you get Pandora One, which eliminates ads and gets you higher quality audio.

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Also similar to Spotify in function, but not free. It’s $4.99 for web access, $9.99 to add mobile, and $17.99 for a “family” plan which gives you a second account.

Note: This information is current as of January 2014. Subject to change at companies’ discretion.

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Definitely the best option for an artist. You can listen to and download independent artists’ streams, mixes, and other uploads, comment on them, and share them. And as an artist, you have complete control over what you upload, who can listen to it, and if they can download it. You get two free hours of material, $6 a month gets you four hours of upload and you can track your fans. Fifteen dollars per month gets you unlimited upload and track what apps and websites are getting your music the most plays.


TO SHAKING BOOTY There are other options out there, but these are some of the more popular options available in the United States. Deezer is another service, similar to Spotify, that claims to pay artists more than Spotify and offers artists a way to interact with their fans, but is not available in the U.S. (yet). Streaming music, though still imperfect, is one of the best things to happen to music since the radio. It’s cheap, it’s legal, it’s easy to use and artists are getting paid. Granted, it isn’t much (about $0.007 per song stream with Spotify, $0.0012 with Pandora), but artists are able to use these streaming services as another source of income. Perhaps someone will raise the minimum that artists can get paid for their work in the same

way minimum wage is mandated in each state, but it’s a start. Music streaming is very late to the game of offering this model for paying for media. Netflix and eBook services realized this early on, but the music industry decided to sue its consumers for trying to get music for free. As a result, policies have been enacted over the years. The Copyright Act of 1976, Piracy and Counterfeiting Amendments Act (1982) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1996) are just three examples of national legislation that place limits on “piracy,” reproduction, and copyright infringement of music and media in the United States. Recent bills including the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect

IP Act included broad, sweeping provisions that made a lot of people unhappy. Online “blackouts” and other protests by regular people show how the power of peaceful protest can have a real effect on the law. On Jan. 18, 2012 websites including Wikipedia, Google, Reddit and others “blacked-out” their websites, making some or all features unavailable for the day. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged users to write to Congress regarding the issue, and Twitter saw over 2.4 million tweets protesting SOPA and PIPA. According to Pro Publica, a nonprofit research corporation, by the 19th, support in Congress went from 80 for and 31 against to 65 for and 101 against.

$12.5 BILLION

95 PERCENT

$800

in economic losses each year due to piracy in the music industry.

of music downloaded online is illegal.

worth of pirated music is contained on the average iPod.

THE FACTS:

Source: Go-Gulf.com

SO WHERE IS MUSIC STREAMING GOING? Unfortunately, it’s difficult to track something like music piracy as different sources will show you vastly different results, but most independent, non-profit sources show a decline in music piracy since 2008 (the same year Spotify started and Pandora launched its mobile app) and Spotify and Pandora both show steady increases in membership since 2011. Spotify boasts over 24 million active users, with 6 million of those being paid subscribers.

Pandora passed 200 million users last year, 140 million of whom use it on their phones. These companies continue to update their software making it more user-friendly and artist-friendly, paying out more in royalties each year. If you don’t already use a music streaming software like one of the ones mentioned, I urge you to try it. They may take some getting used to, but it is very worth it if you’re looking to discover, shareand listen to music cheaply and easily. Upressonline.com

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