The Best of Summer Festivals

WRITTEN BY Emily Meadows

Sitting on the brink of March, students are ready to thaw out, liven up and start making those anticipated (and well-deserved) summer plans. But for many music fanatics, summer translates to only one thing: festival season.

Governors Ball Music Festival 2012 / Photo via governorsballmusicfestival.com

Governors Ball Music Festival 2012 / Photo via governorsballmusicfestival.com

The days of coast-to-coast travel to secure your camping spot are long gone, and the mass concert craze has sprouted in nearly every region of the country.

Maybe you want to save some cash on gas, or Bonnaroo just isn’t for you. Whatever the case, you’re no longer bound to Manchester or Chicago for a live, musically packed outdoor experience.

Here’s a list of some of this summer’s best northeastern festivals that may be better suited for you, or maybe just a little closer to home:

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Underground Sound / 2.21.13

Underground Sound is a weekly series reviewing the latest releases in alternative and indie music. Every week, we will discuss some of the best new albums in college rock, indie-pop, hip-hop and everything in-between that falls outside of the mainstream music realm. Here are this week’s features:

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WRITTEN BY Sara Cottle

Today’s Inspiration Polyvore board is perfect for this weather. This week has been inspired from gothic roses, dark forests,
dimly light candles with textures, black lips, velvet, and emeralds.

Emerald is going to be a hot color this year and this black
maxi dress is a perfect winter time alternative to long pants. If you were ever wondering what to wear a fashion forward
shag jacket with, this is it.

Keep this gothic chic look in mind for the week when you just want to feel cozy as you’re trying to make it through this weather, and you’ll be sure to keep your edge.

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Underground Sound / 2.15.13

Underground Sound is a weekly series reviewing the latest releases in alternative and indie music. Every week, we will discuss some of the best new albums in college rock, indie-pop, hip-hop and everything in-between that falls outside of the mainstream music realm. Here are this week’s features:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "II" / 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “II” / 2013

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WRITTEN BY Madii Meadows
                       & Sara Cottle

TIP TO BE PREPARED WITH LAYERS

As you all know, Spring is around the corner, and we’ve already been experiencing the bipolar weather of Morgantown. One hour you’re sweating and the next hour you’re freezing. Luckily, there is help to get you through the day comfortably when deciding what to wear on days like described above, and this help is called layering. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when layering so that you can stand out, look fashionable, and make it through whatever weather the day brings.

1.) Don’t be afraid to mix patterns.

2.) The longer the article of clothing the closer it should be to your body when arranging layers.

3.) The thinner the article of clothing the closer it should be to your body (this applies before tip 2).

4.) Use a scarf and blazer instead of an giant jacket.

5.) Mix long dresses with a stylish jacket.

6.) Combine leathers/pleathers with soft sweater material.

7.) Don’t forget about hats

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RECAP OF NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

New York Fashion Week 2013 / style.com / Photo by  Alessandro Garofalo

New York Fashion Week 2013 / style.com / Photo by Alessandro Garofalo

Last week was New York Fashion Week, here are four designers that you should take an extra look at:

Sara’s Picks:
Dimitri
M. Patmos

Madii’s Picks:
Nanette Lepore
Jeremy Scott

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Donora & TeamMate return to 123

WRITTEN BY Emily Meadows                                                                                                                                                     PHOTOS BY Emily Meadows & Cori Lucotch

Best Friends at 123 Pleasant Street / 1.12.2013 / Photo by Emily Meadows

Best Friends at 123 Pleasant Street / 1.12.2013 / Photo by Emily Meadows

Indie pop vivacity took the stage in a familiar form at 123 Pleasant Street Tuesday night. Pittsburgh-based Donora and WVU alumni duo TeamMate returned to the venue’s stage together for a second time, with the addition of local Morgantown-based opener, Best Friends.

While the mid-week show didn’t attract the largest crowd, it did appeal to a vibrant variety of fan loyalists.

Best Friends brought fresh performances from their newest release, keeping their set exuberant as always. Jordan Pack and John Casey swapped divergent vocals for a favorable variety, and Jami Calandros provided the first dose of strong female drumming of the night. The quartet upheld their unique and diverse approach to electronic and pop genres while keeping classic rock and roll vibes in tact. Currently the number one charted album on U92 FM, Best Friends is bringing their talents to the forefront of the current local music scene.

Donora at 123 Pleasant Street / 1.12.2013 / Photo by Emily Meadows

Donora at 123 Pleasant Street / 1.12.2013 / Photo by Emily Meadows

No strangers to Morgantown, Donora returned for another well-received backyard performance following Best Friends. The former mayday! dance party regulars still foster a dedicated following in the area, bringing their soft and sweet danceable pop-rock hooks. Recently featured in a Nationwide Insurance commercial, the trio has gained more expansive recognition within the last year, but proved they haven’t strayed away from their steadfast fun loving roots.

TeamMate kept the party rolling with their effervescent persona, complimented with a second sighting of female drumming from Dani Buncher, a former snare drum player for the WVU marching band. The duo, which just so happens to be a creative collaboration between exes, unites their talents in electronics, keyboarding and percussion to formulate an easy-going yet animated sound. The duo also premiered their newest single, and made sure to give a formal shout out to their Alma matter. Wrapping up just before midnight, the twosome kept fans on their feet until the final minute.

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Carmen Production at WVU

Carmen production at WVU / 2.7.2013 / Photo by Madii Meadows

WRITTEN BY Madii Meadows
                       & Sara Cottle
PHOTOS BY Madii Meadows
Local happenings last week included Carmen, the 3-hour, tragic opera that was showing at the Creative Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The brilliant costume designer behind this run of the show is Mary McClung, WVU’s very own Associate Director of Costume Design and Costume Director. Professor McClung has great experience in her field that includes working with immaculate companies such as Disney and Universal Studios.

I was given the amazing opportunity to work as a member of the costume crew for Carmen, which allowed me to not only get personal with the costumes and actors themselves, but also take a few photos and capture the behind the scenes magic.

It is magnificently apparent that the designs truly capture the personality and story schemes of each character, bringing the opera to life on the stage. From the cigarette girls scantily clad in their linens, to the ladies dressed to the nines with cat-eye glasses and straw purses, the cast of Carmen is delightfully saturated.

McClung’s amazing work with color scheme, especially showcased in the scarlet reds of Carmen’s wardrobe, helps liven the storyline and personify the tragedy. Other common motifs found within the costuming of the show include vibrant florals and bold colors, as seen in the following gallery. The costumes were by Mary McClung.

FBA: The Fashion Business Association (FBA) here at West Virginia University is great way to get involved and network with likeminded individuals who share a passion for fashion and style! Being a member has many perks, like trips, guest talks on hot topics in the industry (portfolios, internships, resume building, etc!), and making a ton of new friends with interests like your own! The Association meets every Tuesday at 8pm in the Mountainlair (room announced the week of). The next meeting is on February 19th, and they would love to have you there! You can find them on Facebook.
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Thursday, February 7th was the start of the semi-annual New York Fashion Week which takes place in February and September of each year.
It’s 8 days of designers debuting their 2013 Collections.
The first show of the week was a New York based design company, Nicholas K.
For more information on Fashion Week and to stay updated visit:
or follow Fashion Week on Twitter (@mbfashionweek)

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