Please don’t stop the music
CeeJay Bachus | culture editor
With beach season leaving as quickly as it came, the annual autumn staples are coming around again.
Your favorite shows are gearing up with new stories to tell, Starbucks smells like pumpkin and your iTunes library is expanding with the new music the fall season brings. As the semester trudges on, students are decidedly mixed on this year’s offerings.
As always, pop reigned supreme during the summer, leaving listeners to deal with aftershocks in the form of an album.
Popular synth sirens like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga will throw their hats into the arena, but Katy Perry seems to be the songstress in everyone’s ears.
“Yes! Katy Perry all the way!” said Abraham Lovell, junior in fashion merchandising. “Can’t wait to hear what else she has in store for us.”
Catie Almond, senior in communication, is indifferent about pop in general but is also looking forward to Perry’s upcoming third studio album.
“I have liked Katy Perry’s previous albums, so I am somewhat excited about ‘Prism,’” Almond said.
Sixteen-year-old newcomer Lorde is burning up the pop and alternative charts with her single “Royals,” prompting students to anticipate her debut album.
“I’m also really excited to listen to all of Lorde’s album,” said Kelsey Kirkpatrick, senior in advertising. “I think she’s something new and fresh and she’s totally my style.”
Rock, indie and alternative
Indie rock and alternative artists tend to save their best for the fall season. This year is offering up a few exciting choices that very well should entice even the casual fan of wailing guitars and bombastic drum solos.
“I am excited for Cage the Elephant’s new album,” Almond said. “It isn’t as mainstream as (other albums), but I am sure it will be worth a listen.”
This fall is shaping up to be a fun one for indie and mainstream rockers with new material coming from Cage the Elephant, Panic at the Disco, Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon.
“I’ve always loved Kings of Leon’s music and (their single) ‘Super Soaker’ is a good preview of what’s to come for them,” Kirkpatrick said. “They always stay true to their aesthetic and I think that’s why they’re so successful.”
Kirkpatrick added that she’s excited for Panic at the Disco’s new release “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”
“The songs that I’ve heard off the album make me so excited because I love how they’ve grown over the years,” Kirkpatrick said.
“I was not all that impressed with the music this summer,” said Kathryn Emerick, junior in social work. “I usually turned to the songs I already had on my iPod rather than the new stuff I found on the radio. I did like some of the new country songs a lot better than the new pop songs, though.”
On the country side of things, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is set to release his second studio album, “See You Tonight.”
“I’m also intrigued to hear Scotty McCreery’s new album as well,” Lovell said. “Kid’s got a rockin’ voice.”
Two popular hip-hop artists, Drake and Eminem, are scheduled to drop their latest cuts, the sure-to-be somber “Nothing Was the Same” and the hotly anticipated “Marsh Mathers LP 2,” as well.