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Flux Playlist: Songs About Home

-Flux Blog Staff

With finals week and graduation rapidly approaching, many of us are preparing to pack our bags and head home for the summer. The Flux blog decided we wanted to dedicate this weeks playlist to songs that remind us of our hometowns. Whether it’s being performed by a local artist or written about our neighborhoods, these are the songs that best represent our turfs!

Mike (Southern California)

  • Jack-Ass -Beck
  • By The Way -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Santa Ana Winds -Cold War Kids
  • Bhang Bhang, I’m a Burnout -Dum Dum Girls

Diana (Northern California)

  • Sitting on The Dock of The Bay -Otis Redding
  • Yay Area -E-40
  • Andre N Andre -Andre Nickatina & Mac Dre
  • Blow The Whistle -Too Short

Jessica (Alaska)

  • You Were Meant for Me -Jewel
  • Anchorage -Michelle Shocked
  • Stephanie Says -The Velvet Underground

Sam (California)

  • California Dreamin -The Mamas & The Papas
  • Good Riddance -Green Day
  • All the Small Things -Blink-182
  • California Girls -The Beach Boys

Jamie (Southern California)

  • Beverly Hills -Weezer
  • Hanging by a Moment -Lifehouse
  • Payphone -Maroon 5
  • California -Phantom Planet

Tamara (Oregon)

  • The Story I Heard -Blind Pilot
  • Working Poor -Horse Feathers
  • Hey Mama -Mat Kearney
  • Make Me Over -Courtney Love

Flux Playlist: Freak Out

-Flux Blog Staff

We’ve all freaked out at least once in our lives. Whether it’s caused by a tough day of work or trouble with friends, we’ve all had those days where all we want to do is kick and scream and yell. Instead of taking your anger out on your pillow or screaming at the top of the lungs, we thought we’d give you a playlist to help release your stress in a more healthy fashion. So next time you find yourself on the brink of a nervous breakdown, grab a pair of head phones, crank up the volume and check out our Freak Out playlist.

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  • Something is Not Right With Me -Cold War Kids
  • Crown on the Ground -Sleigh Bells
  • Just Lose It -Eminem


  • Red Flag -Billy Talent
  • Chop Suey! -System of a Down
  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen


  • Jungle Drum -Emiliana Torrini
  • Don’t Cry Out -Shiny Toy Guns
  • Crazy -Gnarls Barkley


  • Runaway -Kanye West ft. Pusha T
  • 3rd Planet -Modest Mouse
  • Sooner or Later -N.E.R.D.


  • Kiss -Prince
  • Just Got to Be -The Black Keys
  • Protect Ya Neck -Wu-Tang Clan


  • MakeDamnSure -Taking Back Sunday
  • We Used to Vacation -Cold War Kids
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love -The Darkness


Flux Playlist: Songs About Food

-Flux Blog Staff

Everybody knows that Thanksgiving is about one thing and one thing only: the food. An entire day in which we can eat as much turkey and mashed potatoes as humanly possibly without a shred of guilt. And while the holiday may have already passed, it doesn’t mean that some of us aren’t still living off the leftovers from Turkey Day. So here’s a list of songs to listen to while you munch on your leftovers.

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  • Lost in the Supermarket -The Clash
  • Bangers & Mash -Radiohead
  • Red Wine, Success! -Cold War Kids


  • Candyman -Christina Aguilera
  • Pumpkin Soup -Kate Nash
  • Corona & Lime -Shwayze


  • Crap Kraft Dinner -Hot Chip
  • Party in my Tummy -Yo Gabba Gabba
  • The Worst Pies in London -Stephen Sondheim


  • Peanut Butter Jelly Time -Buckwheat Boyz
  • Be Our Guest -Beauty and the Beast
  • Hungry Eyes -Eric Carmen


  • Pork and Beans -Weezer
  • Ham and Eggs -A Tribe Called Quest



Cold War Kids Deliver for Sold Out Crowd


– Mike Munoz

Hundreds of soaked students made the trek to the WOW Hall last weekend on what was a very cold and wet evening. Fans huddled around the stage, desperately seeking warmth before the Cold War Kids concert Friday night. But as lead singer Nathan Willett and the rest of the band took the stage, audience members seemed to agree that walking in the rain was a small price to pay for the show.

The Cold War Kids formed several years ago in Long Beach, California, and in 2006 they released their debut album, Robbers and Cowards. The album found mild success due to their hit single, “Hang Me Up to Dry,” which was a three and a half minute hurricane of raw vocals and a bass line you can’t help but dance to. Over the next couple of years, the band toured tirelessly throughout the US, marketing their raw, yet beautiful sound. In 2008, the Cold War Kids released their second album Loyalty to Loyalty, and since then the band has been one of the biggest names in the indie scene.

In the band’s latest recordings, it’s very easy to see just how much the Cold War Kids have evolved over the years. Early last winter, they released the EP, Behave Yourself, which contained four much more polished track that for some reason didn’t find their way onto previous albums. Songs like “Santa Ana Winds” pay homage to their hometown of Southern California, while “Audience” proves that Willett is one of the top vocalists in the genre. Earlier this year, the band released their third full length album, Mine is Yours, which has been finding regular airtime on college radio stations across the country.

As the Cold War Kids took the stage at the sold out Wow Hall, the audience seemed ready to explode in anticipation. The band kept the crowd guessing, by playing a set list that included their heavier, loud songs as well as their slower ballads. Bass player Matt Maust hopped around the stage in his Joan Jett t-shirt as Willett switched back and forth between his guitar and piano. Although the band’s set list covered songs from all of their albums, there was definitely a heavy focus on their newest recordings.

While Cold War Kids insist that they aren’t a bible thumping Christian band, some of their lyrics deal with faith and family issues. A reminder of this was when the band performed one of their earlier singles “We Used to Vacation,” which tells the story of a man struggling to deal with his alcoholism after a couple of stints at rehab. “Two weeks paid vacation / won’t heal the damage done / I need another one,” yells Willet as the crowd cheers for more. The Cold War Kids ended the concert with an encore performance of one of their first hits, “Saint John,” much to the audience’s pleasure.

“Thank you guys it’s been a lot of fun. Thank you for singing along,” said a sweaty and exhausted Willett as the band left the stage. As audience members poured out of the Wow Hall, they were met with the harsh, wet reality of their trek back home. But after watching one of the top indie bands in the nation put on a stellar performance at the peak of their career, the rain didn’t seem so bad.