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Music Monday: A Super Playlist

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Nate Fritts to the Lacrosse All Stars! This isn’t his first time on the site of course, we had the pleasure of meeting Nate on the Rhino Lacrosse Camp Tour a couple summers back. Nate hales from Portland, Oregon, played at Bowdoin College (NESCAC) in Maine, and now resides in Boston, MA where he researches concussions and brain diseases when he’s not laxing.


First off, congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, 2013 Super Bowl champions. Between the 49ers’ respectable comeback, Jacoby Jones’ record-setting kickoff return, Beyonce, Colin Kap’s record-setting rushing touchdown, the power outage, the antler spray, and the Destiny’s Child reunion, that was just a great all around game. In honor of the runners-up, the first song brought to you on this week’s Music Monday is by San Francisco’s own Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Spread Your Love”

“Spread Your Love” was a hit off of B.R.M.C.’s self-titled debut album, B.R.M.C. (2008). The reason I’m bringing this one out of the vault is because it has resurfaced as the theme song for the new Ketel One commercials (note: LAS says drink responsibly). A dear friend of mine had introduced this band to me over the holidays so when it showed up on mainstream television I was eager to share it with you. If you dig this track, get on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes – whatever the kids are using these days – and explore B.R.M.C.’s discography. It won’t disappoint.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Wings”

This next jam is from none other than Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, who have blown up in the past few months with their hit single “Thrift Shop.” This song has been out for months, but I want to be sure you see and hear the original music video before the NBA All-Star game in a few weeks, which has chosen to promote with an edited version of “Wings” and an alternate, NBA footage-based video. It is awesome to see this dynamic duo continuing to rise after releasing The Heist (2012), a truly independent hip-hop album. If “Thrift Shop” is the only track you’ve heard from the album, take a gander at the rest. I’m sure we can look forward to many more hits from these two.

The Underachievers – “The Mahdi”

One last track for the hip-hop lovers out there. This single comes off of Indigoism (2013), which was released last Friday by this rap crew from New York City (shout-out to my man Connor Wilson). I like to end Music Mondays with a good song for the bus rides, and “The Mahdi” just fit as an easy-going, chill beat that reminded me of Hieroglyphics, another great alternative hip-hop group that should be in your arsenal.

That’s it for this week’s Music Monday. Keep pushing through the pre-season. Got to love the smell of new lax mesh in the air…