Entries by Austin Merchant

Hold On


Starting a band takes a lot of initiative and cooperation, and it’s finally coming together for Parker Tinsley ’15, Owen Pishna ’17 and Sam Roll ’15 who just formed a new band named Hold On.

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Indie Spotlight – New Politics


Pop punk has really made a comeback lately, with Fall Out Boy and Blink 182 dominating the radio and a flurry of new bands showing up in unexpected places with their own unique styles and takes on the genre. One of these fresh new bands that nobody seems to know about is New Politics, from none other than Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I wouldn’t say I’m a dedicated fan of pop punk or dance punk, but I love New Politics. Their electric guitar-centered instrumentals, heavy beats, and upbeat sound have completely won me over.

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How to be Hip (Satirically)

These days, the key to success in high school is to be constantly better and cooler than everyone around you. Being sufficiently hip in today’s society can seem difficult, but it is actually something anyone can be successful at.

Being hip is more than an act. It is a commitment. The key to being hip is to carefully choose who you associate with. Sincerity and kindness are for squares. The first step to being totally hip is to eliminate all your genuine, boring friends from your social circle and replace them with cool people. Don’t even make eye-contact with anyone who doesn’t share your radically progressive opinions. If one of your “friends” supports the incorrect candidate…

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The Mercury Cafe proves to be worth the drive


Way up in Five Points, just north of Downtown Denver, there is an organic, wonderfully offbeat haven for bohemians and artists called the Mercury Cafe, informally known as “The Merc.”

It’s a long hike from Littleton (about 30-40 minutes via I-25), but there’s really nothing like it anywhere else in Colorado.

The Merc serves live music, dance and poetry, wholesome and organic food, outstanding coffee and tea, and some of the most interesting decorations anywhere. True bohemians can be hard to come by in a place like Denver, but they exist, and they’re hiding in this unique hangout.

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Indie Spotlight – WALK THE MOON

Although not “technically” independent, Cincinnati-based WALK THE MOON is breaking the indie scene with their energetic sound, bright guitar riffs, and accessible style.

Many people are already familiar with their lead single “Anna Sun,” and a few people might know their song “Tightrope,” but their latest album, Walk the Moon, is full of colorful singles beyond just the ones that get the radio play.

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