UF Student Government Presents Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros & The Knocks

This Friday on Flavet Field at 7:30 p.m. there will be a free concert open to the public thanks to the UF student government.

The indie rock band, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is an 11 member group that draws inspiration from the hippie movement of the ’60s and ’70s. They have headlined at major music festivals across America like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, etc. Their most recent album is self-titled and the focus is love. Not just love for your significant other or best friend, but love for everyone and everything. Their positive, happy-go-lucky lyrics and the upbeat, folk sounding guitars mixed with a few other instruments makes anyone listening want to dance and smile.

Their most popular song is “Home,” and I think it embodies everything that is so wonderful about this band. You can listen to this song below.

Although The Knocks don’t necessarily fit into my music taste, their electro-pop sound will be a good, high energy opener for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. This electro-duo consists of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson. They are also known for their funky remixes of songs from all different genres due to their diverse taste in music. They have worked with some of the biggest names in electronic music industry like Skrillex, and they have worked with a diverse group of smaller DJs like Com Truise, Jaybird, and Edwin Van Cleef.

A song of theirs that stands out to me is The Knocks’ “Learn to Fly” Com Truise remix. One of the most interesting aspects of electronic music is the evolution of songs through remixes as other artists add a new take or a new angle to the song. Com Truise is known for his self-declared “slow-motion funk” sound, so he added layers onto this traditional electronic dance music song to transform it into a song that suits his genre (and my music taste) more. You can listen to the remix below.

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About ashbystrauch

Ashby Strauch is a journalism student at the University of Florida with a love for the Earth and its inhabitants. She is passionate about learning, storytelling and social media. Ashby is currently a staff writer for GainesvilleScene and a health reporter for The Student Body Magazine. She aspires to tell the stories that need to be told--whatever they are and wherever that takes her. One of her particular interests is how storytelling can bring about societal change. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time outdoors. Her mantra: be the person your dog thinks you are.
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