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Finding a good concert takes effort

Concerts can hold different amounts of importance to music lovers.

Someone may be perfectly content with listening to their favorite artist on Spotify without needing the closeness a concert provides, especially when concert tickets for well-known bands cost a lot more than some college students can afford on a regular basis.

But there are those college students who either like artists who are less known or have enough money to go big with the concerts.

Before someone decides to go to a concert, they should consider a few things first.

Does the ticket price correlate with the amount of esteem you hold for an artist? Throwing in $20 dollars to see a band you might not love but like makes sense, but spending $300 on a concert for an artist you are only a casual listener of probably isn’t a good idea.

It is always fun to see artists that are really popular but usually they are expensive.

You might find yourself enjoying the concert more than you imagined, or you might end up $300 poorer and with a disappointing concert experience.

Another thing to consider would be the scheduling of the concert itself.

You could possibly end up with a concert in the middle of the week.

Depending on location and transportation, you might end up having to cancel some engagements the next day, such as class, or you could end up tiredly muscling through the next day.

Concerts in the summer or on the weekend are usually perfect.

Fortunately, ticket sales happen so far in advance that you have the option to work out your schedule long before the concert itself begins.

Take time to schedule everything out accordingly. From personal experience, I know that people can at times schedule two things on the same day. It’d be good to make sure none of that happens.

Finally, it’d be a good thing to figure out that you have exactly what you need for a concert, a water bottle, your phone, some extra money to buy merchandise.

It is also a good thing to make sure you leave with same objects you attended a concert with. It can be easy to lose something in a large crowd, but constantly making sure you know where all of your belongings are is a good thing to do anywhere that involves a large multitude of people.

Not everyone loves concerts, but those that do better figure out how to go to them while keeping the rest of their lives in order. It’s always a good thing to have strange tastes in music when it comes to concert ticket prices.


Gilberto Galvez

Features editor

Gilberto Galvez can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com

American Authors debut album

You know that one song that has been stuck in your head because it’s been all over movies or television commercials?

Chances are it’s “Best Day of My Life” sung by up-and-coming pop rock band American Authors.

The band formed in Boston in 2006 when members of American Authors met at the Berklee College of Music and performed under the name The Blue Pages.

They later relocated to Brooklyn.

Although the band released their debut single, “Believer,” in 2012, it wasn’t until the release of “Best Day of My Life,” that American Authors started making waves.

American Authors’ “Oh, What a Life,” is a great debut as the album captures the fearlessness, energy and catchiness of pop music.

The plucked banjos in “Best Day of My Life” and “Trouble” shamelessly contribute to the catchiness of the tunes, the former especially.

The band also evokes the musical style of Mumford & Sons through its intensity and sincerity in songs such as “Oh, What a Life” and “Luck.”

American Authors is reminiscent of the pop flair of Foster the People, the catchy sing-along choruses of the Imagine Dragons and Fun., and the resounding urgency of Bastille, which is also gaining recognition with its song, “Pompeii.”

“I am my own man, I make my own luck,” lead singer Zac Barnett boasts on another highlight track, “Luck.”

The track depicts the lead singer as a man seeking forgiveness from his family after he ups and leaves his town in search for bigger and better things.

The sixth track on the album, “Hit It,” was featured in the video game FIFA ‘14 and revs up the mid-‘90s sound of pop rock groups such as Green Day and Blink 182.

The track’s bridge is a definite tongue twister but sure to get everyone singing along.

“One day we’ll look at the past, with love,” the band chants. “Love,” the eighth track, is a summery tune that is also a sweet and poignant introspective on life.

“Oh, What a Life” is the perfect track to close the album as it captures the joyful and earnest essence of American Authors’ musical style.

The banjo plucks and violins give the track a folksy feel, while the “oohs” and “aahs” during the chorus elevates it into a memorable pop tune.

American Authors are currently on tour around the country and will make their way to the Sleep Country Amphitheater on June 10 in Ridgefield, Wash.

American Authors’ “Oh, What a Life” is available for digital download on iTunes and available for purchase in stores. You can also check out “Oh, What a Life” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.

Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director

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Faculty recital sings their way onto stage

Spencer Beck/Staff photographer



Adjunct Professor of Music Natalie Gunn (left) and Sarah Maines
perform at Gunn’s faculty recital on March 16 in the Delkin Recital Hall. Gunn teaches vocal performance in the Linfield music department. Maines, a friend of Gunn, sings while the piano is playing.

iTunes Radio challenges Pandora

The best friend of any college student is often music. When it comes to studying, people can often be found with their headphones in listening to their favorite music as a way to help them prepare for that next big test, finish the essay, or get them through some boring textbook.

Whatever someone is working on, music is a huge part of the homework process. People listen to different types of music, yes, but the thing I find most interesting are the different sources that people get their music from.

Although some listen straight off of their iPods or laptops, Internet radio is far and away the popular way to get the tunes people are looking for.

There are many players in this industry including Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Rdio, but the clear dominant source in this market is Pandora.

Pandora started in 2000 and has taken off in the last 14 years.

Along with popular online sources of music from the computer, there are mobile apps that can be found in some newer cars.

Pandora has dominated this market without a significant challenge for some time. However, a new player has emerged into this market and is taking a shot at the internet radio industry: Apple.

iTunes Radio came out with the last round of updates for apple devices. It provides an online music source linked directly to iTunes.

When doing a side-by-side comparison, the first thing to look at is the music library of both iTunes Radio and Pandora.

I have found that both do a pretty good job at sticking to the genre or artist seed that was used to create the station. However, over a long period of time, Pandora has an annoying habit of playing several songs over and over.

This is just a minor problem with Pandora that is easily solved with some of the interface options such as putting a song away for a while.

The biggest drawback I have found with Pandora has been that every now and then, they will play a streak of songs that I have never heard of, simply because they fit the category of music I have chosen to play.

The songs can be skipped or disliked, but Apple has gone a step further with dealing with this problem. Within its settings, there is an option with iTunes Radio to play either “hits only,” “mix,” or an option that allows the listener to hear music that isn’t as mainstream.

This allows users to filter the music on the station to exactly what they want to listen to.

However, Pandora also features that iTunes Radio hasn’t developed.

Pandora allows for users to add more seeds to their station simply by typing in another artist. This adds more variety to the station.

Apple has not allowed for this as far as I know. Instead, they have an option that allows users to click a star which tells iTunes Radio to play more songs like the one playing right now.

As both user interfaces are equally navigable, my personal choice between the two is still Pandora. The music library of both is vast, but Pandora in my view is superior in selecting the exact music I want to listen to with the feature of adding more seeds to the station.

 Jerry Young / KSLC

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Faculty and friends to sing together on stage

Adjunct professor of music Natalie Gunn will present a faculty recital with fellow colleagues and friends.

Gunn is a soprano who teaches vocal performance at Linfield. Soprano Erin G. McCarthy, mezzo-soprano Sarah Maines and Linfield College alumna, Susan McDaniel will join her at the recital.

McCarthy is a friend of Gunn and is a vocal instructor in Newberg, Ore. where she teaches at her home studio. Maines works for Oregon Health and Science University and helps with voice rehabilitation to injured vocalists.

McDaniel is the principal staff accompanist for the department and accompanies many music major and minor students who perform a music jury at the end fall and spring semester.

The recital will be performed in two parts, featuring duets and trios. The first part of the recital will be sung in Italian.

Those in attendance will be treated to a surprise ending at the recital.

Noteworthy composers featured in the recital include George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Strauss, and Johannes Brahms.

For more information contact Shelly Sanderlin at the music department, ssander@linfield.edu or 503-883-2275. The faculty recital will be at 4 p.m on March 16 in Ice Auditorium.

Jonathon Williams / Opinion Editor

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