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COLUMN: The final playlist for finals week



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Hippo Campus released "Landmark," on Feb. 24. It can be good music to study to if you enjoy listening to music while you study.  Photo courtesy of Transgressive Records Buy Photos

Music is everywhere. It’s on your car radio. It makes its way through your earphones while you’re wandering campus. It plays at the bars, at parties. Sometimes your neighbors play it so loudly that it shakes the walls of your apartment.

Music, for me, is always on. The only times I’m not listening to music are when I’m in class or at work. So, talking about music for an entire semester has been great. 

I reviewed bands like Hippo Campus and Grizzly Bear. I talked about artists ranging from Mac DeMarco to Taylor Swift. I wrote about Freddie Mercury and interviewed students to talk about how they felt about Bob Dylan coming to town. 

I even got to interview famous Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison – and he still follows me on Twitter. 

Overall, this semester I’ve grown as a writer and found deeper meanings to almost every album I listen to. I've conveyed these deeper meanings to anyone who stumbles across my music columns this semester.

I look for new music as often as I listen to it — basically all the time. I sleep with music on, can’t drive with the radio off and never forget a pair of headphones. Discovering new music and reviewing both new and old albums for an entire semester has been an absolute dream. 

If there’s one thing I love more than good music, it’s sharing it with anyone and everyone. There were a lot of things I considered reviewing this week, like Paramore’s new album “After Laughter,” Twin Peaks’ “Down in Heaven” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced” to name a few. If you’re looking for a new album and haven’t heard any of these, check them out. 

If you've been searching for some new artists to study to, and  lyrics don't throw off your study groove, I suggest looking into Beach Fossils, Archy Marshall, Josh Garrels or The Temper Trap.

If you’re looking for a playlist that lacks lyrics to listen to while studying for finals, I’m not sure if I’ve got the right one, but Deep Focus on Spotify is one of my absolute favorites to have playing while studying.

If you’re looking for a playlist for the times where studying gets old and a dance break is needed, I’ve got one for you. Listen to “Take a study break, you’ve been going too long” here

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