Journalist of the Week: Morgan Klein
Morgan's article on Animal Collective's frontman, Avery Tare, impressed me. Ipso facto, she's our Journalist of the Week! Morgan is a freshman, new to CV, and we are very happy to have her on board. As a member of Beyond Unison, it's obvious she has legit taste in bands and her articles are definitely worth reading!
JP: What was the best live show (or shows) you've ever been to?
MK: Dr. Dog at The Electric Factory in Philly--easily the best show I've ever been to. All the guys had such an awesome stage presence and they were arguably better live than on the album. Not to mention, they foster such good vibes in their fans that it was a ridiculously good time.
JP: If you could pick three headliners to headline any festival, who would they be and why?
MK: If I could pick three headliners for a festival, I would choose X Ambassadors, Hozier and alt-J. X Ambassadors because they're simply mad good. They have this sick walking-through-the-woods-in-a-post-apocalyptic-world vibe about them that is so intriguing. Hozier is a definite first round pick because he is super edgy and has a similar eerie tone that I'm really into. Finally, alt-J would no doubt bring a huge crowd, with songs like Tessellate and Breezeblocks gaining them recognition on top of being a super unique group with a style all their own; it's a no-brainer.
JP: If you could pick a space, building, or field on campus that is underutilized musically, where would it be and why?
MK: The library. I know it sounds absurd, but think about it--it's such an open space, there are so many options, I'm thinking like library concert series. Or even just some coffeehouse tunes.
JP: Your article on Animal Collective's frontman Avery Tare was very descriptive. What made you get into their indie/trippy/alternative music?
MK: I actually think my big brother introduced me to Animal Collective a few years back, and I've always been on this tear to be into the same music as he was. Now that I think about it, I was totally turned off by the sporadic, noisiness of their music the first time I heard them. But I was determined to like them so I kept playing their music; after a few listens, my ears really started to enjoy the factors that I initially hated. It was like cracking a code and each layer fit perfectly into place and I've been hooked ever since!
JP: Who are you most excited to see this summer?
MK: Death Cab for Cutie will be in Boston in May, so maybe that will happen for me--they're, hands down, my all time favorite band, so that would be CRAZY. I don't even know how I'd handle seeing them live, honestly. Other than that, I'm looking forward to some serious festival-age come beach season.
JP: At this rate, where do you see Uptown in the years to come as a music venue?
MK: After Campus Vinyl's Winter Jam, and the events we have lined up--Uptown are totally on the rise. I think, as a music venue, it's super convenient and pretty rad space - all it needs is to be utilized more.
JP: We're really pumped to have you on CV! How did you hear about us?
MK: I'm stoked, too! Jen Lassen knows me through my A Capella group--Beyond Unison, and she mentioned that she thought I would fit in well with CV, so she sent me the app and I applied right away! I couldn't be happier to get to chill with the crew every week and exchange music.