Hershlay Raymond


Hershlay Raymond was born on a warm summer day in Boston and still considers it to be her hometown, even though she moved to Florida as a toddler. She fell in love with radio in her teens, depending on podcasts from National Public Radio and Public Radio International to entertain her during high school study hall and long car rides.

Currently, she is a junior communication major at Florida Tech and the editor-in-chief of the campus’ student run newspaper, The Crimson. At Florida Tech, she also is a member of the Relay for Life development committee, the student activities funding committee, and the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

When she isn't interning at WFIT or working at her on campus job, she enjoys watching movies, not getting hit by cars when riding her bicycle, and eating frozen yogurt with her sorority sisters.

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The Flaming Lips have been known to stray away from the norm. The band has been known for their psychedelic tunes, the vivid imagery in their lyrics, and their extravagant live performances , which includes lead singer Wayne Coyne traveling on top of the crowd inside a large plastic bubble.

Icelandic-language rock has never been on the forefront of popularity, but Sigur Rós seems to be the exception. With their ethereal sound and light spectacle live performances, knowing what the lyrics mean is secondary or perhaps not even relevant at all.

Sigur Rós’ seventh full-length, Kveikur, begins with a quiet bang. There is this soft static in the distance, and then there is a huge crescendo into fortississimo using industrial, distorted bass. The first 20 seconds of Kveikur is unnerving and menacing, but it sets the tone well for the album. The opening track “Brennisteinn” is a muddled, abrasive, and at nearly eight minutes long, it’s one of the boldest and mystifying tracks Sigur Rós has ever put on a record.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Fitz and The Tantrums were formed in 2008. Their debut studio album, Pickin' Up the Pieces, released in August 2010, made them one of Rolling Stone’s Band to Watch.

Much like their debut, Fitz and the Tantrums’ second album, More Than Just a Dream, relies on the chemistry between co-vocalists Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs. Fitzpatrick leads the vocals, while Scaggs' charm adds an extra layer of fun.

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The National have never been about sugarcoating it or spinning the truth, and they don’t need theatrics to deliver. The beauty of The National has always been their handling and execution of imagery.

Clad in pastels, Vampire Weekend brought Ivy League prep sensibilities to indie rock in 2008 with their self-titled debut. After Vampire Weekend came the band’s 2010 sophomore record, Contra, and the New York City quartet continued their reign of springy pop songs with African rhythms.