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Mellow songs 

With the stress of school and the cold weighing us down and the winter blues pushing us further 
into the dumps, sometimes you just have to kick back and listen to some great music. Here are a 
few tunes to help you relax and forget your troubles. 

1. “Have You Heard?" - Joshua Hyslop 

This acoustic song is riveting, with Hyslop starting off softly before swelling into a powerful, soulful 
belt. Most of the song is sung in questions, though the only question you’ll have after listening is why it 
took you so long to discover him. 

2. “Landslide” - Liam Titcomb 

"Landslide” is the diamond in the rough on an otherwise unremarkable album. With its catchy, 
rhythmic use of a tambourine and repetitive chords, the song is almost hypnotic as it lulls you into a 
comfortable, content mood. 

3. “Modem Times” - Zaac Pick 

A selection from Pick's latest £P Whitewater, "Modern Times" flows as effortlessly as the waves on the 
album cover. The use of violins and cellos complements the soft tune perfectly, and the song brings up 
feelings of lazy, relaxed afternoons. 

4. “Here, Here and Here” - Meg and Dia 

Slightly more up-tempo than most of the songs on this playlist. "Here, Here and Here” strays from Meg 
and Dia's usual pop sound. The catchiest partis the chorus, as the line "Here, here and here. He pointed 
to his heart and mind and ears” swells with power throughoutthe song. 

5. “Bleeding Out” - The Lone Bellow 

Reminiscent of bands like The Script and Mumford and Sons, The Lone Bellow is on the right path to 
follow in the successful footsteps of these bands. The song's beat has just enough urgency to it without 
making things seem hectic, and is a great snippet from their debut album. 

6. “Entwined” - Jason Reeves 

With its dramatic use of piano and pauses, "Entwined” is a striking song that uses sparse arrangement 
to maximum effectiveness. This song is unlike anything else of Reeves', who tends to lean towards a 
more traditional indie sound on most of his other songs. 

7. “Love They Say” -Tegan and Sara 

While many are criticizing sister duo Tegan and Sara for making the move to a more mainstream pop 
sound, "Love They Say” is proof that the transition was well worth it. This song is by far the best one 
off their latest album Heartthrob, and the sisters' soft and breathy voices contrast beautifully with the 
upbeat music. 

Chris Brown is at it again. The singer allegedly got into a recent scuf¬ 
fle with rival singer Frank Ocean over a parking spot — while he's 
still on probation for beating up former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. 
The two singers have been feuding over TVvit ter for months, and their 
anger has now spilled over into physical violence. 

Of course, this news isn't exactly shocking. Brown's built himself a 
bit of a reputation for fighting and having anger problems lately, and 
this is just the latest in a listof recenttroubles for the singer. In addi¬ 
tion to his attack on Ri hanna, Brown was also i nvolved in a fight with 
friends of hip-hop star Drake at a New York nightclub last year, and 
has allegedly had several outbursts during interviews. 

Why Brown continues to get himself into these situations is any¬ 
one's guess, but it's getting old fast. It's not like he gains anything 
from them, since all he's getting is bad press about how crazy he 
seems forgetting into these situations. If he keeps this up, someone's 
goingto give him a taste of his own medicine — and he'll have no one 
left to feel sorry for him. 

Flop Culture is a semi-regular feature in which Gateway pop culture 
pundits shake their literary fists at ridiculous events or celebrities 
deserving of an inky bitch-slap. 

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WRITTEN BY Alana Willerton 

OMPILED BY Alana Willerton I