Posts tagged Sam DelBrocco

tUnE-yArDs - Powa

The tUnE-yArDs explain their genre of music as experimental and wild. With the goal of altering the way the music industry functions to positively and responsibly influence their communities and people to serve as activists, it’s no wonder their music is like nothing you’ve ever heard. It inspires innovators and revolutionary booty shakers, but the best part about this song is listening to the lead singer change the tune of her voice from verse to verse. If you close your eyes it’s hard to believe the song is sung by only one girl.  

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isn’t attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

Joe Pug’s Emotional Connection

He is only in his twenties, but with lyrics like his, one would think he has lived decades longer then he has. Joe Pug’s music is the kind one connects to emotionally and plays over and over again without any sort of boredom. After releasing his second album “Messenger,” many started to recognize the melody and timelessness of all of his songs.

When asked if it was a conscious choice to make his tunes timeless, Pug responded “It’s very, very intentional.” He even admits to passing up a few good rhymes or lyrics that would date his music too much. When creating a new song, he has found it very important to not add any figures of speech or cultural references that would date his music, which is fine by his listeners because we all want to listen to these songs forever.

[Check out the below video by Billboard magazine to hear Pug discuss his recording process, touring, and songwriting!]

Pug is definitely not your average musician either. He is the only artist I have heard of releasing their own EP, distributing it for free and even go as far as paying the personal postage out of their own pocket attached to a personal message. Part of Pug felt like it was what helped him become the artist he is today but another part of him felt like it’s what he had to do to stay who he is. Afraid of becoming someone else’s employee, Pug wanted to do it all on his own and that is exactly what he did.

In a 2008 article by Madeloud magazine, Pug was quoted on his confidence “Maybe my confidence was questionable when I started and ran into a few challenges,” he said. “But I’ve always felt confident that this is what I love to do, but as humbly as I can say it, I really do think I have some things to say and something to offer.”

So if you haven’t listened to Joe Pug’s music yet, I hope you want to now! Between his mesmerizing lyrics to his die-hard passion for music, Pug is one of a kind. Lucky for me and my fellow UD students, we all get to jam out with him on Friday at the ArtStreet amphitheatre during the spring benefit concert. Now go immerse your ears in melodic tunes sure to bring your mouth to a grin.   

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isnt attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her Itunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

The Cults - Go Outside

I first spotted this video playing on a TV in the background of a waiting lobby. First, because I saw the insanely gorgeous Emma Roberts dressed as a young Bridget Bardot but secondly, because she is paired with an even more gorgeous Dave Franco. The Cults are a male and female pair that started in Manhattan, where they struck gold for inspiration while drafting this song ‘Go Outside’. Aside from the appealingly lazy bassline and joyous sing-along vocals, this songs simplicity has more than just a good beat. The underlying lyrics have a deep meaning derived from the world they saw living in Manhattan, “You really want to hole up/ You really want to stay inside and sleep the light away,” a world that they seemed to have escaped…“I know what’s good/ exactly ‘cause I have been there before”. 

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isn’t attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

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The Pharcyde - Passin’ Me By

Loaded on our iTunes are common hip-hop artists including Jay-Z, Pharell and Kanye West, but do you ever wonder what’s on their playlists? This week’s song is coming from what is said to be Kanye’s favorite album of all time - Bizarre Ride II by The Pharcyde, a group that influenced popular rap music containing emotions rather than your typical sex, drugs and crime. Although they were living in the heavy influenced West Coast vibe of the rap game, The Pharcyde always kept their own groove that was far from the gangsta rap explosion of the early 90’s. Rap has only seen so many groups that steer in a different direction that changes the game but The Pharcyde is definitely one of them, which makes it no wonder why they influence many rappers like Kanye today. 

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isn’t attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

Skrillex ft. The Doors - Break’n a Sweat

Let’s just start off by saying, The Doors. Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore have come together with one of the most popular DJ’s right now, Sonny Moore or most know him as “Skrillex”. This song includes clips from actual recordings of their recent collaboration during the making of the new documentary film, Re:Generation, that’s said to be hitting the public early this year. The film includes a mixture of five different DJs/producers collaborating with five different artists of separate genres, all of whom are working to create sounds that will be a part of our new generation of music. A common note on blogs about the studio time between the remaining Doors and Skrillex was that they hit it off from the start and immediately enjoyed each other’s different musical styles and rhythms. Apparently, their song direction was established within one studio day together, which is faster than the rest of the artist collaborations. Some other familiar names taking part in the documentary include DJ Premiere, Nas, Pretty Lights, Leann Rimes, Ralph Stanley, Crystal Method and other famous artists of different musical worlds.

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isn’t attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

This weekend with Art Happening

As much as we dread the winter, year after year we stock up on warm clothes and embrace the inevitable winter that triumphs snow records from the year before. However, this year seems to be a little different given that our winter hasn’t really come. For once, our prayers are being answered and the snow Gods are giving us an easy winter but some of us can’t help but wonder, where’s the snow? Now that were finally getting what we have always asked for, which is an easy winter, cool but not unbearable, crisp but not nose-bleed potential, we want it back. We miss the abundance of snow that falls every Christmas allowing us to test out our new skis and sleds.

Luckily, Art Happening misses the adventures of the winter as well and we want to bring winter cheer to all of UD. Plus, what better way to practice the arts than to go ice-skating? One of the more beautiful and eloquent sports of them all and we’re going to go this Saturday from 6-8 PM at RiverScape MetroPark. So get your skates ready and join Art Happening this Saturday, and if you don’t have skates you will be able to rent some for $3 at the door. Let the ice ballerina, or ballerino for you fellas, shine through as we skate our way back into the fun winter we know and love. Also, keep an eye out for more fun activities Art Happening has in store this semester to bring the arts to all students on campus. 

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isn’t attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

The Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling

Starting off this New Year the right way, The Black Keys released their latest album, a new sound that reminds every fan that The Black Keys are simply the greatest. Leading men Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney met at a young age but didn’t come together until later in life when they dropped out of college. In high school the two weren’t friends, Auerbach was captain of the high school soccer team, while Carney was described as a social outcast. When the two finally came together, they had to think of a band name they would both appreciate and love. The “black keys” comes from an artist they both knew named Alfred McMoore, a schizophrenic who would leave incoherent messages on their machines referring to their fathers as black keys such as “D-Flats” when he was upset with them. Creative yet simple enough, the name Black Keys is known world-wide and won’t die anytime soon with their everlasting sounds. 

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isnt attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

Lotus - Colorado

What I’m Listening To: Lotus - “Colorado”


To slow it down during the wrapping up of finals week, Lotus comes in to sooth and relax the hectic thoughts being crammed into your brains. This Indiana style electronic band has made a mark for themselves since they formed in 1999. Lotus is known for their dramatic light shows at concerts, and their varying set lists that require group improvisation on stage. A fun fact about Lotus is that they enjoy making each show a different theme. October of 2008 in Philadelphia, Lotus put on a “live fast die young: the 27 conspiracy theory” show. Each of the five band members dressed as a rock star who died at age 27, including Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Pigpen and Jim Morrison. At the concert, fans also got to enjoy the covers of each respective band that Lotus dressed up as.

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isnt attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

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What I’m Listening To: The Tallest Man on Earth  - “Burden of Tomorrow”

With the release of his second LP “The Wild Hunt”, Kristian Matsson, also known as The Tallest Man on Earth, melted the hearts of his fans once again. In hopes that he released music just like his first album, Matsson followed through with his fans’ requests. It is diificult to discuss this Sweden native’s music without visualizing Bob Dylan. Having a voice as melodic and hypnotizing as Dylan’s early years, it’s no wonder Matsson is able to reach out to a large audience. The Wild Hunt isn’t just another folk album; it’s a rock n’ roll remix of a legend with a twist of Sweden. 

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isnt attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her iTunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.

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What I’m Listening To: The Temper Trap - “Sweet Disposition”

If you haven’t all heard of this Australian Indie Rock band before, prepare to be mesmerized. Almost everyone who has heard them before has been moved and the band’s popularity continues to grow. They’ve been featured in many worldwide commercials, TV shows, and festivals - this band has a sound that no one can replicate. This song, “Sweet Disposition,” is about someone who is gentle, slow to anger, and always looks at the bright side of everything (just like how everyone feels when they hear the song).

Sam DelBrocco is a senior at the University of Dayton where she is studying Public Relations and Psychology. Traveling south to Dayton from Cleveland every year, this Ohio native has found a love for traveling and music. If she isnt attending a music festival or concert, she is at school finding more music to put on her Itunes playlist and share with her fellow UD students.