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Hult Center Notebook, August 2022

The temperature swing is about 40 degrees from the morning to the evening and it seems like Autumn is about here, but the end of summer music selection was no slouch.


Daniel Olbrych – Design and Content Coordinator

Will of the People – Muse: Muse’s latest it’s about as in your face as Muse can be. Subtle this is not. The record has some truly beautiful songs (‘Ghosts’), and honestly a couple that I’m not feeling (But that’s the case for most every Muse album). If you’re familiar with the band, you will feel right at home. It’s not as memorable as Simulation Theory, but it’s more Muse and that’s good enough for me.

As Glenn – Butch Walker: I get major sequel vibes to The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites (2006). Trading lyrics like “Gimme a razor, not to cut myself and talk about it, but to shave off your beard, you look better without it…” for “There’s a heart for every reason, so whatever it may be, just patch it on your sleeve, lean into me”. Butch Walker is the Wizard of Oz of pop music and I absolutely treasure the songs he writes when he’s not behind the curtain. Walker has delivered a theatrical dream album that stars Glenn, a bar singer in Los Angeles, and Glenn is one insightful guy.

Easy On Your Own – Alvvays: I am super down with this new single from Alvvays. Easy On Your Own hits with those dream pop shoegaze vibes that I’m all about. Very excited to see them this when they swing through Eugene on October 21 at McDonald Theatre.

Vicki Infinito – Director of Programming and Booking

Selfish Soul, Sudan Archives – the single I keep hearing is Selfish Soul and damn it is great! I was really excited to listen to her new album Natural Brown Prom Queen that was just released on September 9 and I highly recommend it. I remember listening to her debut album Athena back in 2019 and thinking how much I liked how she combined the violin with hip-hop and electronic so effortlessly.

Big Time, Angel Olsen – And on the other side of the spectrum we have Angel Olsen who I’ve been listening to a fair amount recently. Her latest album Big Time was released back in June and is the kind of album that you want to listen to when you are having a lazy day just sitting in the backyard or on a beach enjoying nature.

Dusty Adair – Talent Buyer

Mr. Saturday Night, Jon Pardi – This album does not disappoint! It has more of the traditional country vibe, and I am here for it.

Only The Lonely, Danielle Ponder – This is a new single from her upcoming album Some Of Us Are Brave. The sound of her voice instantly grabs your attention, and the melody is outstanding. The song has great significance to anyone who has ever been in a lonely relationship.

Abbey Aronica – Marketing Coordinator

A Foul Form, Osees – It’s been hard for me to keep up with this group’s ever-changing name, but one thing that has stayed consistent has been the quality of their music. This album is a bit different than past releases and is much grittier as they’ve entered into the hardcore genre. This just further shows me how versatile this group can be over the last 20ish years of making music as they’ve changed names, styles & sounds, but still manage to make all of their music sound like them & not some foreign experimentation. The album is a short 22 minutes and was recorded in lead singer John Dwyer’s basement for an extra layer of authenticity so if you’re a long time listener or new to the group, this is definitely worth checking out.


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