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Dylan Grosz
Dylan is a senior majoring in Symbolic Systems and Economics. He very much enjoys playing guitar, listening to music, and reading FiveThirtyEight. As the Data Visualizations Director for the Stanford Daily, Dylan hopes to offer his data-driven approach to journalism as a vessel for others to navigate the vast, stormy seas of society. He will also usually do so in an overly dramatic metaphor.

Embracing Brockhampton

Several minutes after hearing BROCKHAMPTON’s especially playful mic check, their superfans rushed the meadow at Frost Amphitheatre. Most caught the ire of security personnel and slowed their all-out sprint, appeasing them by blurring the line between power walking and light jogging. Though the boyband was a couple hours away from performing, an especially lively lineup…

Modeling the Draw

Modeling the Draw is a calculator that mimics Stanford’s annual residential Draw. Using linear regression on historical draw statistics from 2014 to 2018, Modeling the Draw estimates your chances of getting into your desired residence for the upcoming school year. Try the calculator now! Contact Lily Zhou at lilyzhou ‘at’ stanford.edu, Charles Pan at cpan22…

Treasure Island Music Festival features a variety of awesome acts

Eight hours of raving, roaming and manmade dust storms weren’t enough to stop people from crowding the main stage of the Treasure Island Music Festival. The main act that night was the ever-psychedelic Tame Impala, and despite the groovy stylings of Jungle on the second stage, a strong contingent of Tame Impala hyper-fans skipped their…

Damn, Peggy: The Stanford Daily talks with JPEGMAFIA

In an interview ranging from new music to our favorite 90s Nickelodeon cartoons, The Stanford Daily got a chance to speak with rapper JPEGMAFIA over the phone on his birthday while he was eating at Chili’s. Coming off of the success of his new project “Veteran,” JPEGMAFIA and his deconstructed take on trap music has…

9 Acts to check out at Treasure Island Music Festival

In less than a week’s time, I will be heading to the Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) as it kicks off this Saturday in Oakland. With headliners A$AP Rocky and Tame Impala, TIMF boasts an extremely exciting and high-energy lineup even compared to previous years.   In no specific order, here are nine acts to…

The Breeders: a cross-generational appeal

Kim Deal howls a muffled siren as Jim Macpherson taps out the start to “Cannonball.” With a bass lick from Josephine Wiggs and a groovy riff from Kelley Deal, The Breeders of 1993’s seminal “Last Splash” are reunited at last. As “Cannonball” bangs on The Masonic’s vaulted ceilings, the sleeping cells of youth in the…

A look at BROCKHAMPTON, a hip-hop anti-collective All-American Boyband

Last week, BROCKHAMPTON stormed Camp Flog Gnaw painted blue, pompously rapping their truth to a crowd of thousands, but just a year ago, their dreams remained locked away behind starry eyes. Rather explosively, BROCKHAMPTON has taken over as indie hip hop’s darling, thanks in part to their consistently enthusiastic fan engagement and acclaimed releases of…

Reflections on funk and punk

Emblazoned across the wall adjacent to the stage were trippy colors flowing back and forth between audience and performer. On the docket for the night were California-based funk bands Atta Kid and Thumpasaurus, hosted by Stanford’s own Jazz Consortium in the living room of 576 Alvarado. With an hour each, both bands took similar musical avenues…

Father John Misty gets it half-right on ‘Pure Comedy’

Under the moniker “Father John Misty,” Josh Tillman has spent his last two records sarcastically musing about himself. Tillman’s experiences and relationships hold the central focus of 2012’s “Fear Fun” and 2015’s acclaimed “I Love You, Honeybear.” On these records, he exhibited a calculated abuse of simplistic and fun lyrics about his experiences, weaving nuanced…

The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring the hype to Oracle

After funk-rocking for nearly 35 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have certainly accumulated a diverse fanbase. Last month, parents and children, fans alike, flooded into Oakland’s Oracle Arena, most donning red-asterisk T-shirts from performances past. Whether they were carrying a drink already or patiently waiting to overpay for one, the older fans started to bubble with…

Thundercat’s ‘Drunk’ offers a sobering message on escapism

Coming off the acclaim of his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” and his own “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam” mini-LP, bass virtuoso Stephen Bruner, better known as Thundercat, turns to a clear lyrical message on “Drunk,” his first full studio album in four years. Clocking in at about 51 minutes and 23…

Interview: Moon Hooch Makes “Energy Music”

In the wake of Moon Hooch’s new EP “The Joshua Tree,” I chatted with founding member Mike Wilbur about his Brooklyn-based trio. From their roots busking in the subways of New York, they have since translated their urban performance efforts into three studio albums and, now, an EP. Wilbur and his bandmates James Muschler and…

Review: Homeshake’s ‘Fresh Air’ is an ode to failed communication

A modulated voice introduces the artist’s sophomore full-length “Midnight Snack” by adding a question mark to his name: “Homeshake?” Who is Homeshake? On first listen, Peter Sagar seems like a slightly underproduced solo artist, a naive descendent of a possibly saturated slacker rock genre, simply a former touring guitarist for the successful Mac Demarco. However,…

A Slacker Rock Revival

You have to try in rock despite what you’ve recently heard on your alt rock radio. The rise of slacker rock acts like Mac DeMarco and Kurt Vile has communicated a more laid-back approach to the industry, through its subdued instrumentals and seemingly easygoing lyrical themes. Born out of the 90s, our group of unconcerned…

Pixies live in concert: Setlist outshines performance

After unsuccessfully trying to sneak my way in to cover this 21+ concert, I sat outside Santa Cruz’s The Catalyst wondering what I would be missing in a Pixies’ live show. After growing accustomed to listening to the same late ’80’s and early ’90’s studio material while staring at the same four static album covers…

Pixies’ ‘Head Carrier’ makes messy progress

Pixies once had a monopoly on the loud-quiet-loud song structure, a late ’80s revolution in a seemingly established rock music landscape. Tame, at times tender, vocal performances from Black Francis and Kim Deal would usually blast open into a chorus of angst and discord. Frontman Black Francis brought in the raw with his bipolar voice…
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