Staff Picks Playlist

Acentric Magazine’s Staff Picks of the Week (Vol. 14)

On Volume 14 of Acentric Magazine’s Staff Picks of the Week, we explore classics, musicals, and road trips. This acentric playlist features the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. We hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know.

The week’s playlist features two classic hits from Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder, and a stripped down song from Halsey.


“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” by Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
If you are keeping up with the playlists, you’ve seen Hamilton in here before and might be wondering why a Broadway musical has again made it’s way onto the Staff Picks Playlist. Well to answer that, I am just going to say that I might be obsessed… or I might want to share with you Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genius storytelling. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story is a story-ception sort of moment where we see Hamilton’s wife telling the story of Hamilton inside the Hamilton musical. A little confusing, sure, but the show’s closing song is dedicated to giving its audience a charge to live stories that are worth telling. Live lives that have purpose and meaning, yes, but also don’t live them alone. Live them in community with others to build you up, keep you in check, and live on after you to tell your story. (Shaunna Huynh, Graphic Designer)

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
In another one of my attempts to showcase my fairly wide range in musical taste, I created yet another playlist for myself this week. It’s got some hits by the likes of Dean Martin, Etta James, John Lloyd Young, and Otis Redding. This song is a feel good classic by such a legendary artist. Adam Levine’s cover of this song is a close favorite, but you just can’t beat Frank’s unique sound. Not only are the instrumentals a mood booster, but you’ve got some smooth vocals telling you how amazing you look. *hits repeat* Darn right, Frankie, I look wonderful. Sing that again! (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor-in-Chief)

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
It’s the weekend. You deserve some good vibes. It’s not an incredibly complex song, but nothing makes me feel more up and at ‘em like this song. Really, it’s more like all of his greatest hits. But for today, start yourself off with this classic. Get some R&B in your life. (Melanie Kim, Photo Editor)

“I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes
Country music wasn’t my thing until I got into artists like Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, and Thomas Rhett. This song specifically got me on the country bandwagon because I relate ten times over. Being a teen who gets head over heels attached, all I can say is that I want crazy. The catchy chorus is something that will be stuck in your head for days. It will literally drive you crazy because you want to hear again. Hunter Hayes also has some beautiful songs that makes me want to put five staff picks, but I chose this song specifically because it was one of my first songs that made me fall in love with the honesty in country music. (Camille Wilcher, Social Media Coordinator)

“I’m Good” by The Mowgli’s
Bring on the summer jams, man. This song from that band with the grammatically incorrect name (the Mowlgi’s what?) is a must-have addition to any road trip playlist. It’s a sweet, fun oh so southern California tune – I can practically feel the ocean breeze as I listen. I’ll be grooving to this as long as I can. (Shannon Dodson, Writer)

“Note To Self” by Modern Baseball
Holy Ghost, the latest LP from Modern Baseball might be their best record to date. It packs a pretty powerful punch, both emotionally and musically. The guys have come a long way over the past few years, and it shows. Jake Ewald, one of the band’s vocalists, takes charge on half the album, which features this track. It’s a personal track that immediately caught my attention when I first listened to the album. In a sense, I found myself relating to it lyrically, and weirdly took solace in it at a time when I needed to find some solace the most. It’s true, “where I want to be still seems a thousand miles away,” and it’s similar to something I’ve been reminding myself about over the past few months. (Meghin Moore, Social Media Coordinator)

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin
Thus far all of my playlist picks have been Top 40 songs, but this week I’ve returned to my first love. Being a Zeppelin fan, it’s hard to choose a favorite song and it usually shifts for periods of time. “Ramble On” is one of those little gems that I stumbled upon in Led Zeppelin II and I loved it at first listen. So this week my hands are sore because every time I listen to it, I dramatically and ferociously drum on anything I can find. So to the people that have witnessed my jam sessions while stuck in traffic on the 10: you’re welcome. (Dayna Drum, Managing Editor)

“Red House” by John The Ghost
I’ve been somewhat obsessed with John O’Callaghan’s new, solo project “John the Ghost”. Maybe I’m biased because his band, The Maine, has always been one of my favorites, but John really pulled through with this six song EP. He created something amazing, both lyrically and composition-wise, my favorite being Red House. You’ll have to listen to know exactly what I mean, but this acoustic song’s calm and sentimental vibes have kept me sane these past few , incredibly stressful weeks. (Kelly Young, Photographer)

“Trouble (Stripped)” by Halsey
I’ve been a huge fan of Halsey lately and I’m so glad I discovered Room 93. The chilling combination of her vocals and piano makes “Trouble” my favorite song off of the EP. Halsey is truly talented and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her music. (Brittany Isaacson, Photographer)

“Wine Red” by The Hush Sound
This is another older song that I used to belt out the car windows with my older brother. It is so fun to sing along to once you learn the words. The quick pace of the music and the storytelling throughout the entire song creates an awesome journey. This is by far one of my favorite songs of all time and I will never get sick of it. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do. (Carly Evans, Copy Editor)

“Next Year – RAC Remix” by Two Door Cinema Club
The first time that I heard this song, it made me think of the feeling you have on roadtrips: endless possibilities are stretched out ahead of you! It’s so calm and laidback yet full of excitement and adventure. I feel like the remix completely changes the feel of the original in a really good way. (Erin Wilson, Social Media Coordinator)

“Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” by Louis Armstrong
I love jazz. For that and many other reasons, the three-day trip to New Orleans I took this week to see my good friend graduate from Tulane University was an absolute joy. As brief as the trip was, I can truly say I fell in love with the Big Easy. During the commencement ceremony and my last day in the city, jazz artists Topsy Chapman and Dr. Michael White’s jazz band delivered a gorgeous rendition of my pick this week, and even I found myself – hardly close to a native – tearing up, not only because of the tune’s beauty, but that I missed NOLA even before I left it. This week I pick this song’s performance by the king of jazz himself, Louis Armstrong, simply because nobody can speak jazz like he can (and also my cat is named after him). (Nina Calabretta, Writer & Copy Editor)

“It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” by Underoath
Major throwback to middle school here. Ever since So What?! Fest back in March, I’ve been on an Underoath kick. Afterall, hearing hundreds of voices singing the chorus is enough to give anyone chills.  (Zoe Dillman, Photographer)

Texasby Magic Man
I might be biased since I am a native Texan, but this is a great song. I also just saw the Dallas show on the Hotline Spring tour this weekend and seeing it performed live was the absolute BEST. Alex Caplow really knows how to connect with the audience, he has so much energy that even if you didn’t know any of the songs you would still find yourself dancing along. 10/10 I recommend. (Kathryn Farley, Social Media Manager)

One Dance by Drake
I know everyone and their mother has heard this song at least a few times. Gotta give it up to drake this song is catchy as hell and the beats and hint of reggae just blends awesomely, if that’s a word. I’ve been playing this song all week on my road trip. I’m still not tired of it. (Carolina Rivera, Photographer)

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