The Return Of #MusicMonday

Did you miss us? Onward State has decided to re-incarnate a fan favorite, #MusicMonday. Every Monday, a few of our staff writers will tell you what they are listening to and why you should probably give it a download as well. We hope to give you a variety of sounds as we have a variety of tastes on staff. This week, we bring you choices from staff members Evan Kalikow, Melanie Versaw, Meghin Moore, Matt D’Ippolito and Dan Vecellio.

Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”

A few weeks ago, Cleveland, OH natives Cloud Nothings released Attack On Memory, their third album in as many years. Their first two albums were mostly inoffensive, forgettable, yet fun collections of indie-pop-punk songs. Attack on Memory serves as a subtle but significant shift in style and tone for Cloud Nothings, adding depth and lasting appeal to their repertoire. This is best exemplified on the album’s second track, Wasted Days, a nearly nine-minute-long assault. The majority of this track is based upon a simple two-note bassline, but it just builds and builds and builds. Don’t take my word for it, though–check it out above.

fun. – “We Are Young”

Odds are, unless you were a fan of The Format or really into low-key alternative music, the first time you heard this song was probably on Glee. This may come as a surprise to most fun. fans, because Glee is well-known for putting on shows covering major artists such as Lady Gaga and LMFAO, and fun., unfortunately, has not yet reached Gaga popularity.  fun. was formed in 2009 by Nate Ruess (the lead singer of the Format), who picked up Andrew Dost (of Anathallo) and Jack Antonoff (of Steel Train). The trio will be releasing a new album, Some Nights, on February 21st.  “We Are Young” is the first single of the album, and it even earned itself two music videos. The song captures the  concept of losing our innocence, something that most of us college students have experienced in one way or another. Oh, and you may have heard the song during tonight’s Super Bowl commercials. If you can’t get enough of fun., you can download their 2009 album, Aim and Ignite, and check out another personal favorite “C’Mon” (a collaboration with Panic! At the Disco).

Does It Offend You, Yeah? – “Dawn of the Dead”

Are you looking for an anthem for the Zombie Apocalypse? Well, look no further. Does It Offend You, Yeah?, a totally awesome British electronic rock band, has the answer you’re looking for. This track, off of their 2008 debut, ‘You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into,’ is pretty damn catchy. This is more of a flashback track than a current jam, but it’ll still get you bopping your head. It’s much more of a “slow down” jam than one that’ll get your heart pumping, so if you read “electronic rock band” and thought ‘instant dance party,’ check out some of their other stuff instead. The video for this song is more on the bizarre side of things, and is almost like a bad romance/zombie film…with a lawn gnome.

The Avett Brothers – “I And Love And You”

Movin’ On has still not officially released this year’s lineup, but many have speculated that the Avett Brothers will be one of the headliners. This speculation has been further fueled by the fact that the Avett Brothers may have let it slip that they are the headliner when they temporarily announced a tour stop in State College on April 27, the same day as Movin’ On. The post has since been taken down and replaced with one that contains all of the tour dates except the State College one, but it does seem likely that they will be headlining. Though we can’t be sure, we’ve decided to honor this recent evidence by including the title song of their last album, “I And Love And You,” on this list for you to chill out to. So when you need a break from your hectic schedules this week, get lost in the simple, swirling piano riffs, the sweet violin backing and the brothers’ folky vocals.

Foster the People – “Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)”

I’m not going to lie, I’m not as into the indie music scene as my staff mates. I listen to Z100 out of New York City throughout most of my day. It wasn’t until “Pumped Up Kicks” made it mainstream that I knew who Foster the People were, but once I knew, I couldn’t stop listening. “Don’t Stop” became my pick-me-up song to get through problem sets and research papers. Imagine my surprise when I started hearing it in the Nissan Versa commercials. If you need something to get you started in the morning, walk a little faster on your way to the Business Building or a kick-off anthem for your power hour, I definitely suggest this song.

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