What are U listening to? Arts staff picks songs for the spring

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By Arts Staff

With Springfest just around the corner, Ryan Asselin ‘15, Elana Katz ‘14 and Sam Bertschmann ‘14 choose their favorite springtime songs of old and new for the season.

RYAN’S PICKS:

“Lay Me Down” by Dirty Heads & Sublime with Rome

This is the ultimate spring and summer song. The relaxing chorus instantly makes me happy, making me remember all of the good times from the past few summer seasons.

“A Beautiful Day” by Gym Class Heroes

From their first album, which is not available on iTunes, “A Beautiful Day” is a great way to start any day, especially one spent primarily outside in nice, warm weather.

“Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Catchy and well-written, “Can’t Stop” is one of the few songs I can listen to nonstop.

ELANA’S PICKS:

“My Number” by Foals

Foals’ lastest album, Holy Fire, is their best yet. This is the second single off the album and is ideal for a spring and summer jam. I’m looking forward to seeing them in Clifton Park this May.

“San Francisco” by The Mowglis

I am currently in a deep love affair with the city of San Francisco, and this song is a great example of pop-rock. It makes me want to dance, and I’m excited to see what else the Mowglis come out with.

“Entertainment” by Phoenix

I wasn’t surprised to hear this on the radio. Phoenix’s new album, Bankrupt!, is full of upbeat jams for the spring, including “Entertainment,” which draws inspiration from K-pop.

SAM’S PICKS:

“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey

Written for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which hits theaters next week, Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” nicely captures the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ill-fated lovers, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, making it an excellent addition to an already impressive soundtrack.

“Amie” by Counting Crows

From their 2012 album Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation), which is completely comprised of cover songs, Counting Crows offer a great rendition of this Pure Prarie League tune. I hope they play it when I see them with the Wallflowers in Boston this June.

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