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WTSR New Noise

This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band Name: Gold Star

Album Name: Uppers and Downers

Release Number: 4

Hailing From: Los Angeles

Genre: Modern 90s alternative

Label: Autumn Tone Records

Uppers and Downers opens with a sorrowful tune that bounces around to more boisterous upbeat tracks and coming back down to lowkey, yet quite emotionally on-edge tracks. It’s clear that singer-songwriter Marlon Rabenreither was truly experiencing ups and downs in his life, but that worked very well into his creative outlet –– music. “Baby Face” is a Beck-inspired, “Happiness is a Warm Gun” sounding tune, but the originality that is kept in this album shines through more than anything. It’s the perfect walking-to-class-on-a fall-day album, complete with bass lines that keep you head bobbing and stories that keep your interest.

Must Hear: “Baby Face”

Band Name: Pale Waves

Album Name: My Mind Makes Noises

Release Number: 1

Hailing From: Manchester, England

Genre: Goth synth-pop

Label: Dirty Hit

The synthy beats and catchy pop vocals sounds like if Taylor Swift got into The Cure. The lyrics deal with romance, heartbreak, driving fast and growing up. These songs  have an addictive sound that will worm its way into your brain. It has the melodies of a pop song, with catchy guitars and a driving synth. Baron-Gracie’s vocals are powerful with an open and honest delivery of her devastating lyrics.

Must Hear: “There’s a Honey”


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