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Neutral Milk Hotel perform in Brooklyn in 2014. 

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Why Neutral Milk Hotel put on the best concert of 2015

December 11, 2015

At the most impressive musical event of 2015, two men in beards and beanie caps bounded about the stage playing all manner of weird instruments, from accordions and hand saws to trumpets and trombones....

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Kitchen fire causes evacuation at Osprey Fountains

December 2, 2015

Student residents were evacuated from Osprey Fountains on Dec. 1 after a non-drill fire alarm rung at around 12 a.m. Residents reported that a pot left on a burner caught fire in House 13, causing the...

UNF’s resident string ensemble performs at Recital Hall

UNF’s resident string ensemble performs at Recital Hall

November 30, 2015

It’s easy to hear beautiful music around UNF’s Fine Arts Center, but on Nov. 20, that music became much more arresting thanks to the school’s resident string ensemble. The Lawson Ensemble, led...

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Spinnaker Record Club: Enter the Garden of Delete

November 25, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere. We are all ashamed of the past. Every so often, an embarrassment...

Spinnaker Record Club: DJ Paypal makes the next great footwork record

Spinnaker Record Club: DJ Paypal makes the next great footwork record

November 17, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere. Let’s just come right out and say it: this is the best footwork...

Spinnaker Record Club: Majical Cloudz get sentimental on Are You Alone?

Spinnaker Record Club: Majical Cloudz get sentimental on Are You Alone?

November 10, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere. When I saw Majical Cloudz open for Grizzly Bear in June of 2013,...

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Now Playing: Sicario brings the Drug War home

October 16, 2015

Yards away from the homes where we lay our heads, a war rages. Across a border, a nation boils with the most horrific violence imaginable. Fathers are taken from their families. Families are taken...

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Spinnaker Record Club: Run the Jewels’ cat remix album is pawsitively vicious

October 13, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere. The following is filled with cat puns. Very bad ones. You have...

Drummer Zach Hill hammered away on the kit for over an hour. 

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Anatomy of a show: Death Grips bring down the house at Freebird Live

October 12, 2015

Where you stand at a Death Grips show is everything. More than any other band, your position in the venue affects your reception of the violent din they create. And the best possible positions are either...

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Spinnaker Record Club: Force and fury await on Deafheaven’s New Bermuda

October 6, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere. The last time I tried to listen to Deafheaven’s album Sunbather,...

Spinnaker Record Club: Why Oughts Sun Coming Down is the most crucial rock album of the year

Spinnaker Record Club: Why Ought’s Sun Coming Down is the most crucial rock album of the year

September 29, 2015

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Spinnaker Record Club: Battles holds Lana Del Rey at bay

Spinnaker Record Club: Battles holds Lana Del Rey at bay

September 22, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkhLzHuUYmo] If there...

Spinnaker Record Club: The Weeknd doesnt know what to say on Beauty Behind the Madness

Spinnaker Record Club: The Weeknd doesn’t know what to say on Beauty Behind the Madness

September 15, 2015

Spinnaker Record Club is a weekly selection of music releases designed to introduce students to sounds they may not find elsewhere.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqt8Z1k0oWQ] Even for...

Spinnaker Record Club: Foals refine their signature style with What Went Down

Spinnaker Record Club: Foals refine their signature style with What Went Down

September 8, 2015

Welcome to Spinnaker Record Club! Every week, we’ll review a small selection of the latest music from all genres, focusing on artists and releases the average, busy student might not consider. Let’s...

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UNF ranked in Princeton Review’s “2016 Best Colleges”

September 3, 2015

The University of North Florida has been selected as one of the Princeton Review’s “2016 Best Colleges” for the Southeastern region. This is the seventh consecutive year UNF has been selected...

Album Review: Beach House steps out of its comfort zone with Depression Cherry

Album Review: Beach House steps out of its comfort zone with Depression Cherry

August 26, 2015

You know a Beach House song when you hear one, for they all sound very similar, nearly to a fault. Their tempos are slow and languorous, and Alex Scally’s guitar slides across keyboard textures,...

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TV Review: What happened with ‘True Detective’?

August 21, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4uxGbhO4ag] On Aug. 9, HBO finished following up one of its biggest hits with its most high-profile flop. True Detective, which astounded audiences and critics...

Now Playing: Mission: Impossible gets better with age in Rogue Nation

Now Playing: ‘Mission: Impossible’ gets better with age in ‘Rogue Nation’

August 6, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-qBD17wwrQ?rel=0] As "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" enters theaters, the 20-year-old spy franchise just now seems to be finding its voice.  After an...

Titus Andronicus invents punk opera with The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus invents punk opera with The Most Lamentable Tragedy

July 30, 2015

Punks never really valued excess. That’s what they were all against: those garish corporate rock bands from the '70s – Journey, Boston, Electric Light Orchestra – that Tame Impala is currently...

Now Playing: ‘Trainwreck’ and the misuse of funny women

Now Playing: ‘Trainwreck’ and the misuse of funny women

July 23, 2015

As one of the most subversive comedians working today, Amy Schumer’s meteoric success is unsurprising. Her hit TV show Inside Amy Schumer fine-tunes her brand of comedy first seen in the fantastic...

Album Review: Tame Impala proves that nostalgia is killing indie

Album Review: Tame Impala proves that nostalgia is killing indie

July 16, 2015

When, oh, when will indie music desist from its sickening fetishism of nostalgia? Although rock specifically has been in a freefall of revivalism since the turn of the millennium, our current plight...

In Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06, the living is anything but easy

In Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06, the living is anything but easy

July 8, 2015

After a 2014 with few triple-A hip-hop releases, it’s clear we are in the midst of a stellar year for the genre. Kendrick Lamar infused an entire African-American experience into To Pimp a Butterfly,...

Now Playing: Pixar gets emotional with Inside Out

Now Playing: Pixar gets emotional with Inside Out

July 1, 2015

Think of a memory. An important one, something you couldn’t bear to forget. How does it make you feel? Happy? Sad? Why not both? According to Inside Out, the latest ambitious film from Pixar Animation...

Now Playing: Jurassic World and the new breed of blockbusters

Now Playing: Jurassic World and the new breed of blockbusters

June 24, 2015

It should be obvious to anyone who watches movies that we are currently in the middle of a franchise blockbuster glut.  Some are better than others: Mad Max: Fury Road set a new benchmark for action...

Mad Max: Fury Road is the best film of the summer

Mad Max: Fury Road is the best film of the summer

May 28, 2015

Some weeks ago, a film came out that you were going to see. That film is a product of our moment: a summer stuffed wall-to-wall with CGI-rendered sci-fi adventures, all shambling toward the mass market,...

Movie review: You’re going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, and you’re going to like it

Movie review: You’re going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, and you’re going to like it

May 1, 2015

If reviews are meant to tell people whether or not they should see a movie, then this one is pointless. You’re going to see Age of Ultron.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually, you...

Movie Review: It Follows, a horror movie for your mind

Movie Review: ‘It Follows,’ a horror movie for your mind

April 9, 2015

It can look like anyone. It can take the shape of a complete stranger or a close friend when it really wants to mess with you. It can only be seen by you, so good luck convincing anyone it’s real....

Furious 7: A big dumb action movie with heart

Furious 7: A big dumb action movie with heart

April 3, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skpu5HaVkOc] It’s been a bumpy ride to the screen for the latest Fast and Furious movie, but then again, having to contend with the death of a lead cast member,...

Album Review: Death Grips’ Jenny Death is worth the wait

Album Review: Death Grips’ Jenny Death is worth the wait

March 27, 2015

It’s been nearly a full year since Death Grips, the most exhilarating band of this era, released the first part of a planned double album, then unceremoniously “broke up.” In the span of the...

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Five television shows worth watching this season

March 23, 2015

Better Call Saul – Mondays @ 10 p.m. on AMC [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1xIGfVFb-U] As the unneeded spin off to one of TV’s most beloved shows, Better Call Saul has no right to be...

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Movie Review: Birdman — four Oscars, no substance

February 24, 2015

Note: this review was written before Feb. 22. It is not a response to any awards, although Spinnaker did correctly predict the film’s Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and...

Oscar Preview: Your guide to who will probably win the night

Oscar Preview: Your guide to who will probably win the night

February 20, 2015

The biggest problem with the Academy Awards, I find, is most of the films it recognizes are quite hard to find. Many are still in the theater, which costs money, even gas. Some are available on DVD, which...

Set the mood: Valentine’s Day tracks for the in-love, the out-of-love, the bitter and the sweet

Set the mood: Valentine’s Day tracks for the in-love, the out-of-love, the bitter and the sweet

February 12, 2015

Valentine’s Day can be the definition of misery if you’re single, or it can be the best day ever if you’re in a relationship. Whether you’re sad, heartbroken, in love or anywhere in between,...

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Album Review: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

January 26, 2015

From the title, it’s obvious the new album from Noah Lennox, who forms part of Animal Collective, is about death. It’s called Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper - very straightforward. The listener...

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Inherent Vice: a hilarious, paranoid romp through 1970s Los Angeles

January 14, 2015

Los Angeles, 1970: the Age of Aquarius is slowly being suffocated. The sunny, utopian California dream of the hippies is burning up thanks to encroaching drug addiction, the crushing disgust of the...

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The Interview: the controversial comedy about killing Kim Jong-un isn’t worth the trouble

January 8, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpyVENBPj5c] It’s a simple, yet interesting premise: a talk show host and producer get permission to interview Kim Jong-un, dictator of North Korea, and the...

A long time coming: UNF ousts JU

October 7, 2014

The Ospreys won the River City Rumble 2-0 against their hometown rival, Jacksonville University, this past Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hodges Stadium. North Florida has not beaten the Dolphins since 2009 and...

Lady Ospreys continue to struggle

September 30, 2014

The Lady Ospreys weren’t able to connect for a goal on any of the 10 shots they took during their home game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Friday night. The UNF women’s soccer team...

Album Spotlight: Rustie’s Green Language has a track for all

August 29, 2014

EDM is bad for America. After years of ignoring electronic music, dismissing it as Euro-trash or soulless, repetitive tripe, the Land of the Free has finally embraced it in the worst possible way....

Album Spotlight: Joyce Manor’s fresh take on pop punk

August 7, 2014

Considering that the most famous bands lumped into the descriptive pool of pop punk are Blink-182 (sellouts) and Green Day (huge f---ing sellouts), pop punk is generally one of those genres that one...

Local band Herd of Watts isn’t quite what it could be

July 16, 2014

Jacksonville’s local music scene doesn’t exactly have a shining reputation. The most successful artist to come out of the city in the last 20 years is Limp Bizkit, and today we play host to a school...

Album Spotlight: American Football & Slint

June 17, 2014

Usually, Album Spotlight brings you a look at the latest, most exciting indie music.  This time around, we’re going to do something a bit different.  Two legendary, genre-defining classic albums...

Album Review: Parquet Courts’ Sunbathing Animal

June 12, 2014

One of the most overlooked records of 2012 was Light Up Gold, the debut album from Brooklyn indie rock band Parquet Courts. Self-released on frontman Andrew Savage’s Dull Tools label in August, it...

Album Review: Swans’ To Be Kind

May 27, 2014

Swans are known both for looking supremely graceful and dignified and for being violently territorial, especially when defending their offspring. If you've had a run-in with the Canadian geese – a...

Album Spotlight: Sisyphus

March 27, 2014

This new collaborative project uniting three seemingly disparate indie voices holds many surprises.   Sufjan Stevens became an immensely important artist in the early 00s with a lilting voice...

Album Spotlight: St. Vincent

March 11, 2014

Texas native Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, has garnered a reputation as one of the most interesting indie-pop artists of the last decade. While her sophomore album Actor...

Album Spotlight: Broken Bells – After the Disco

February 10, 2014

What were once Daily Discovery articles have been renamed as Album Spotlights. If one thing could be said about Broken Bells, it’s that they crafted a unique, if uninspiring, sound. Broken Bells...

Daily Discovery: Too True

February 4, 2014

Dum Dum Girls’ excellent 2012 EP End of Daze hit all the right notes thanks to its atmospheric blend of indie-pop and garage-rock.  Their newest album, Too True, delves heavily into goth-rock. This...

Daily Discovery: Mogwai

January 22, 2014

The late 90s second wave of post-rock is a genre known for lengthy, purely instrumental songs that make extensive use of distorted guitar. The typical post rock piece is a 10 to 20 minute squall of...

Daily Discovery: Flying Lotus and Four Tet release collections

January 15, 2014

Fans of Flying Lotus, Los Angeles’ most celebrated electronic producer, had a very good day Dec. 10th. That afternoon, the man behind Cosmogramma and Until the Quiet Comes reached 300,000 followers...

Spinnaker Radio’s favorite albums of 2013

January 15, 2014

The end of the year marks the beginning of the annual music journalism tradition: “best of…” lists. Bands with zero resemblance whatsoever are pitted against each other in a musical battle royale....

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