The trademark Canterbury Sound is best understood by putting it into context. At its origins, the Canterbury Scene emerged during a key developing point in rock music; in the midst of 60s psychedelic rock experimentation, but also before the common motifs of 70s progressive rock had really taken hold. This influence, combined with the supreme talent of its members, allowed the scene to be a breeding ground for some of the greatest rock music ever made.
Nothing But Thieves takes a new look at their Alternative Rock sound by using electronic and pop-influenced undertones. If 2020 couldn’t be a mess, I believe that this album couldn’t have been possible. Top to bottom, “Moral Panic” tells a story about the struggles in the world from following social norms to relationships and more. NBT’s newest release might be one of the best albums of 2020.
With being one of the biggest modern-day rock legends, The Killers have had hit after hit during their mid-2000s run. Many music junkies like myself are in love with “their old stuff”, which is heavily emphasized in this decade with The Killers. After their 2017 album, “Wonderful Wonderful”, the band’s decreasing slope became steeper with this latest release.
COVID-19 is serious, and we need to take necessary precautions. But life will still go on…at some point. We need to find a KURE (sorry, I had to do it to ‘em) to the virus, and do anything in our control to prevent it from spreading. If cancelling some of the country’s biggest music festivals and tours, then let’s do it. Let’s keep an open and positive attitude towards these rapidly changing events, and also keep tuning in to 88.5 KURE: Ames Alternative. Don’t worry, Otto is working 24/7 to give you some great content!
All the way from St.Louis, “Floons” is an upcoming rapper, songwriter, and producer. Being in the local rap scene on campus at Iowa State, Floons has made appearances in Ames and Iowa City. He’s always been a creative mind but just started making and producing music under a year ago. Check out “Floons” on media and music platforms! Listen to his in-studio interview with Jessica from KURE right here!
2019 was extremely fast for me. Like seriously, this fall semester felt like a month! I’ve been on the go-go-go and didn’t have a lot of time to sit down and check out all the great music that came out this year. I was also unable to go to many concerts this year as well because of, well, “becoming an adult”. Last spring semester, I decided to work on partnerships with music festivals for KURE to participate with press. Never in my life would I think this station would become so successful from two festivals. In addition to these amazing weekends, here are a few of my top concerts of 2019 (in no particular order):
Let me start by saying that 2019 was more or less dominated again by Hip Hop tracks. Songs like “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and “bad guy” by Billie Eilish commanded every second of airtime on the radio. That’s not to say there are a few diamonds in the rough and hopefully you’ll find a few below to enjoy.
LA has some big names when it comes to the music industry, but it’s amazing to see LA-based artists with new and upcoming music. Electric Guest’s latest album, “KIN”, is genuinely one of my favorites this school year. If you’re looking for a great indie pop vibe with lo-fi tracks, this is definitely the album for you!