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    Jams to lighten up the start of the semester

    This week, celebrate the new school year by adding three songs to your newest iTunes playlist.

    1. Goldfinger’s “Superman” relies on upbeat horns and rousing late ‘90s vocals to throw you out of your summer funk. The band waxes lyrical about things any college student could understand, and if you’re the nostalgic type, memories of pulling tricks on that old “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” video game to the sound of this song will put your mind at ease. Sunshine and blue skies bring the best out of this punkish anthem, so feel free to pump it through your headphones on the way to class. You’ll thank me later.

    2. The Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” whistles at you from the moment it starts, catching your attention and setting the tone for a chill way to finish off your afternoon or scarf down a burrito in the Student Union Memorial Center after class. The Black Keys rock a unique, jazzy sound without sounding pretentious, and riding a longboard to the catchy rhythms won’t slow you down — even if some pedestrians might. “Tighten Up” switches gears about two-thirds of the way through, changing things up for the better. You might do the same and give this track a try.

    3. Cage the Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest for The Wicked” might start off your year appropriately if you’re feeling a bit edgy on the first day of class. Cage the Elephant mixes a distinct country twang with catchy vocals and rough lyrics to make for a wildly different listening experience. College doesn’t always give us the opportunity to catch enough shut-eye, and when it doesn’t, it’s good to remember we’re not the only ones. We may not all be struggling with prostitutes, muggers and thieving priests, but rousing ourselves out of our summer slumber is almost as tough.

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