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Hi I'm Katie, I am a junior at Butler. I am a Strategic Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. I love being involved in campus and hold positions in College Mentors for Kids and Dawg Pound. I am also a Butler Student Ambassador, Morton Finney Scholar, and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am huge Indy sports fan! Currently I am studying abroad in Sydney Australia!

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Tune In Thursday

Living in Australia has introduced me to a lot of music that I probably would have eventually found out about but not as fast as I find out about it here. Australia doesn’t really listen to much of the music we listen to, or maybe it is just the people I’m hanging out with. There doesn’t seem to be much country (even though Toby Keith is coming to Australia?), and rap doesn’t seem to be that big either. On top of that no offense to Australia but their rappers aren’t that great. Either way I’ve been loving most of the music I hear, which is typically super hyped and mostly dance music! Here are a couple of songs that I’ve been listening to lately in Australia!

Summer – Calvin Harris
I love this song and Calvin Harris. A lot of clubs here play this song because it starts out pretty chill and then the beat drops and you can’t help but dancing. Most clubs here are dance clubs so the type of music that usually plays in clubs back home wouldn’t really work here. That’s also mainly because we go to bars back home! Either way this song is perfect for a sunny day.

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Rufus – Take Me
I’m so excited that I actually get to see Rufus while I’m in Australia. They have this really chill vibe that once again I can’t wait to listen to in the states with the windows down in my car. You are probably starting to see a theme with music in Australia that it is mostly dance music, but I’m ok with that! In the states they have had to change their name to Rufus du sol I believe but you can still YouTube them under Rufus and find their videos!

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Sam Smith – Money on my Mind
If you haven’t heard of Sam Smith you are missing out. Right before I left for Australia they were starting to play more of his songs on the radio back in the states. Now he’s starting to come out with so many more songs and they just keep getting better. If you think you like this song check out the song Latch. Even better he has acoustic versions of his songs that are just as beautiful as the original.

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There’s a little taste at what I’ve been listening to Australia. Let me know what you think!

Music Monday: Grammy Edition

Last night I watched the Grammys, which I hardly ever do. A lot of the artists I listen to are never on the Grammys, so I never really seen any point, but last night I thought why not. I mostly watched the Grammys because I didn’t feel like crying through the Bachelor Sean and Catherine’s wedding. Yes, I’m that person.

There were 3 amazing performances in my opinion. I think two of them are pretty obvious.

#1. Beyonce ft Jay Z – Drunk in Love
My Beyonce obsession just recently started. I don’t know why but I never really felt the whole Beyonce craze thing, but her new album I just can’t. It is so good, and then her performance on the Grammys just killed it. I don’t know why they put her as the first performer because then after that I almost felt like the show was over.

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#2. Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons
THIS WAS SO AMAZING. SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I saw both Kendrick and Imagine Dragons this past summer and they were so good individually that when I heard they were collaborating I was so happy. If you didn’t know I have a thing for rap so Kendrick was a given, and then after seeing Imagine Dragons in concert they totally changed my opinion on them. If you have the chance of seeing these two live you have to do it!

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#3. Daft Punk ft Pharrell and Stevie Wonder
It doesn’t get much better than this. Even if you aren’t fans of Daft Punk who doesn’t love Stevie Wonder? There’s not much to say for this one besides you’re going to want to get up and dance to this.

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There were obviously other performances that were awesome too. John Legend’s performance broke my heart because of how sweet it was. I really liked Kacey Musgrave however where they placed her performance was unfortunate!

What did you think about last night’s performances?

Tune In Tuesday

Can’t you tell I’m getting just so crafty with titles for my blogs? Just kidding.

Lately my friend Trai and I seem to just DJ for each other. Some of the songs on this list are songs he found and some are ones that I found. Either way we have come to the conclusion that our jobs after college should be the people who produce the top 10 artists to watch for the new year. Don’t get your hopes up. Trai is pharmacy so this dynamic duo probably will not happen. Until then why not check out my top 4 songs right now!

#1. Love Me Again – John Newman
Newman is a singer from the UK. Love Me Again is his new hit that top the charts in the UK. His voice is obvious that he’s foreign but I can’t help but love the piano in the background that just makes it so catchy. Plus who doesn’t love some songs they can just move their head to?

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#2. Perfect Form – Cyril Hahn ft Shy Girls
The best way for me to describe this song to anyone is imagine yourself in some super chic all white gallery in Sweden. Then add this song in the music and you will feel right at home. It has this really airy feel to it and on top of that the artist voice is just too smooth. Yes, I realize I describe my songs in really weird ways.

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#3. This Head I Hold – Electric Guest
If you haven’t guessed after listening to this song I clearly like my songs that have this old school vibe to it. This song has been featured in some commercials so when I finally figured out what it was I was really excited! Take a listen and see if you like it too!

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#4. Bloodflows – Sohn
I’ve mentioned Sohn before, but I can’t stop listening to all of his songs. Here is a new one he has just released. I realize this list is a little more chilled out than most of my lists so I’ll try to pump it up next time, but this song is awesome to listen to when you’re just hanging out or when you are driving at night time and just want something really relaxing. The most disappointing thing about this song is that I can’t here it live yet! Sohn isn’t touring yet, sad times.

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Top Five Friday

Every once in a while I usually share with you guys my top 5 favorite songs. In all honesty I could probably write a top five every week, because I always find some new song from friends or that I hear on the radio! Here are my top 5 before people start busting out the Christmas songs.

#1. Stay the Night – Zedd ft Hayley Williams
I love the lyrics to this song, plus Hayley Williams sounds so good! If you didn’t know Hayley Williams is the lead singer of the band Paramore. While this song is pretty repetitive it has a really good beat that you can’t avoid but enjoying.

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#2. Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 – Drake ft Jay-Z
As usual I’m still listening to music off Drake’s new CD. The beginning of the song is this really chill beat, and then half way through the song it changes. You almost start to think it’s a new song, but don’t let that fool you. I think even if you aren’t a Drake fan this is still a song anyone can like. It also uses hints of Wu Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M, which is one of my favorite songs from Wu Tang.

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#3. Your New Beloved – Lovelife
My best friend, Trai, sent me this list off Buzzfeed of 30 songs you should listen to this fall, and literally I can’t stop listening to this song on the list. The effects used on the singers voice add to the really cool almost tribal beat in the background. If you like Bastille then you will probably like Lovelife. Honestly you will like Lovelife no matter what!

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#4. Afterglow – Wilkinson
This another song that came off of the Buzzfeed list. The music video to this song is really cool along with the beat. The singer is from the UK and has a great voice that goes with it. Her accent is clearly heard, but is what makes her voice so good!

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#5. Elastic Heart -Sia ft The Weeknd, and DiploThis song is for the new Hunger Games movie. While I’ve never seen any of the movies I love this song! My favorite part is that if you didn’t know The Weeknd was in the song you get this amazing surprise from him coming in after the first time the chorus played.

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Concert Tour Thursday: Mumford and Sons

So since I failed to do this on Tuesday, because my life is such a mess I figured I would do it today! As I mentioned previously I will be talking about different concerts on either Tuesday or Thursday until I run out of concerts I went to, so bare with me this may take a while.

So on Labor Day I didn’t think I would be going to Mumford and Sons, but my best friend Hank asked me to go with him and who is really going to pass up on Mumford and Sons. I’m not going to lie I’m not some dedicated fan who listens to them 24/7, but I know a couple of their songs. After seeing them in concert I couldn’t stop listening to them. My favorite song by them now is Lover of the Light. They played it at the concert and after that I couldn’t stop listening to it. They are amazing live! They sound exactly like they do on their CD if not better.

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Of course as always I took a ton of pictures and video. I’m sure it seems like I would suggest every concert to every person, but seriously Mumford is well worth your time and money. Then again I’m slightly biased because I didn’t have to pay for my ticket. I promise you though there are a couple concerts I wouldn’t suggest that every person go to, but I will get to that at a later time.

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Keeping this post short and simple, because I should be studying for my Spanish quiz right now!

Concert Tour Tuesday: The Neighbourhood and Imagine Dragons

I totally meant to do a Music Monday but now as I look at the time I realize that my Music Monday this week is turning more into a Concert Tour Tuesday. I know last blog I mentioned that for the next couple weeks I would dedicate a day to talk about a concert that I went to over the summer or recently, so here is my first one!

Last Monday my roommate, Sarah, and I were able to go see The Neighbourhood and Imagine Dragons! You probably know who Imagine Dragons are, but maybe not The Neighbourhood. The Neighbourhood is a band from California. Recently they just got some success with their song Sweater Weather! I posted a video from the concert, but you should definitely check out some of their other songs. The main reason why I went to this concert was to see The Neighbourhood, but that changed once the concert got started.

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After The Neighbourhood started I was kind of over it. I like Imagine Dragons, but they get so overplayed with songs like Radioactive and It’s Time, so I thought this is going to be ridiculous. Boy did Imagine Dragons prove me wrong! They were so good live. The thing that made me even more excited to see them was the fact that they just seemed so happy to be doing what they were doing. It just seemed like they are at the point in their careers where they have realized they have made it and they feel so awesome about it.

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As usual I took plenty of videos and plenty of pictures. The two videos above are one I took (If you hear people singing I was by some crazy people… and me :)) . In the end if you can definitely see both The Neighbourhood and Imagine Dragons. The Neighbourhood in my personal opinion need to work a little on their live performances. Imagine Dragons is just a great show. If you really know their songs it’s awesome, and they are all so talented and switched instruments at times, it was great!

One more awesome thing about this concert is how close the venue was to campus! This concert was at White River State Park which is somewhere around 10 minutes away depending on traffic! My other concerts are a little further away so I was excited to be so close to campus especially since this concert was on a weekday! Sorry for my mishap of Music Monday, hopefully next Monday will be a true Music Monday!

Music Monday: Packing List

I have definitely been slacking with the blogs lately, but with everyone leaving and packing up it has been kind of crazy to get everything that I need to get accomplished done! So I thought I would throw out a few songs that I have been listening to while I pack.

#1. The Paper Kites – Bloom
This song is a little mellow, but I can’t stop listening to it. It kind of goes with the mood of moving out of the house. The mixture of the two voices of the girl and guy are really sweet.

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#2. Logic – All I Do
If you know me then you knew there would have to be some rap on this list. I really like this song because of the beat behind it. It’s a pretty simple beat, but the piano background is what gets me. It’s not like the typical rap I listen to that is intense, this is way more laid back, which is a change of pace for me.

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#3. Venice – The Lighthouse and the Whalers
So lately I have been listening to a lot of indie bands and this is one of them. I think you can start to see a pattern in the type of indie bands I like, but I really just like the way they sing. I like voices that don’t sound so mainstream and this guys voice definitely doesn’t sound like the norm that’s out there.

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This music Monday may not have been eventful, but it’s difficult when I’m still trying to pack my life away, so hopefully tomorrow I can give a full blog about what’s going on! There are a lot of new things that I can’t wait to share. Until then happy packing everyone!

Music Monday: Who I Thought I Disliked Edition

Typically when I write the Music Monday blogs I am writing about artists that I can’t stop listening to and really like. This Music Monday I thought I would talk about someone who I thought I would never listen to again after one song, but now keep finding more and more songs that I can’t stop listening to.

The artist that I am talking about is Alex Clare. After his song “Too Close” hit the airwaves this past year I thought I would never listen to anything else by him, because of how overplayed it was. That all changed the other day when I was listening to 8tracks and an acoustic version of an Etta James cover of Damn Your Eyes came on. I had no idea it was Alex Clare and ended up loving his rendition of it. The reason why I decided to write this blog is because 5 minutes ago I found another song on 8tracks that I like. Who was it by? Alex Clare. I’m starting to think Alex Clare is haunting me now, because I said I would never listen to him again.

The point is for this Music Monday, don’t judge an artist by their first single. Their CD could actually be a really well developed tone of amazing beats and really good lyrics that you would never know about. Below is the two songs from Alex Clare that I can’t stop listening to, but I’m sure the more I listen to his album the more I will find.

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Mix Monday

I know a lot of us on the Butler blogs usually do Music Monday, but I thought I would mix things up a bit and do a re(mix) Monday. I started listening to this website that I used to listen to called 8tracks. People can make any kind of playlists with all kinds of different songs. It is kind of like Pandora, but 8tracks tends to offer a lot more of lesser known artists and a lot more remixes of songs! That being said here are my top 5 remixes of songs from 8tracks.

#1 No Angels – Bastille
Bastille is a band from the UK. They have their own songs, but also have really awesome remixes. One of them is No Angels, which mixes the newer band The Xx and their new song, Angels, with the old school TLC song, No Scrubs. I can’t stop listening to it!

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#2. Two Weeks of Hip Hop – The Hood Internet
I really like indie bands, and as many people know I love rap. This song combines Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear and rappers Dead Prez. It’s just a really cool spin on the Grizzly Bears song because it’s such a chilled back song with really cool instrumental. The rap just adds this really awesome twist. You notice the Grizzly Bears song more towards the end.

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#3 Wicked Games – Huglife Remix
I think I have mentioned the original version of this song in a previous music Monday. This song is originally by The Weeknd, but Huglife does a really interesting mix on it. I think it’s just cool because the girls voice is really airy and cool. Plus the weird echoing they put on it just make the remix work.

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I know that there are a lot more I had, but I can’t think of them right now, so maybe next Music Monday will once again be a Mix Monday!

 

Top 5 Songs Right Now

If you keep up to date with my blogs you know that I occasionally write a blog about new songs that I can’t stop listening to! Sometimes it’s the artist itself and a lot of their songs or sometimes it’s just one song. Right now here are my top five SONGS that I can’t stop listening to.

#1. Lullabies – Yuna
A found this new application on Spotify called Tunigo and they make playlists to match certain moods or party playlists, basically anything you can think of. The playlist I found this song on is called Hanging Out and Relaxing. This song is just that, relaxing. This singers voice is insane. It’s super easy to study to this song.

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#2. Man On The Moon – Kid Cudi
This song isn’t that new at all, but this song also showed up on one of my Tunigo playlists and forgot how much I love it. I love the instrumental on this soundtrack, it’s actually another song called Aquarium that Kid Cudi just laid a verse over. I like both songs without or without the lyrics. Either way I think I’ve been playing this song way too much because people in my hallway are beginning to notice.

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#3. Feel Tall – Oncue
I don’t know what it is about this song, but I seriously can’t stop listening to it. I think it’s the chorus because I really like the guys voice at that part. Sometimes songs are really good music to just study to and I love finding rap songs that are easy to listen to while studying.

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#4. Pyramids – Frank Ocean
I love Frank Ocean. I don’t know why I just started liking this song, but it’s so awesome. I really like the second half of this song. It’s a 9 minute song but right at the 430 mark it goes into this super chill part that I like. Frank Ocean’s voice is just too smooth and I can’t get enough of it.

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#5. Run – Knux ft Kid Cudi
This song is so good to workout to, because it just gets you really pumped up. I’ve never heard of the Knux before Tunigo introduced me to them, but I really like this song! I haven’t heard any of their other songs yet, but I plan on checking them out more!

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