The Daily Blend’s September Top Ten 2018

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Hi friends! I’m alive! That is, I’ve come back from the worst city in Illinois and am currently in the best city in Illinois. It has been a very long summer, and I have oodles of new music for y’all. I wish I could say that this blog is solely based off of my music choices in September, but unfortunately, I’m not that creative and a good portion of this music is stuff I enjoyed over the summer as well. Also, a bunch of new albums just came out as this blog is being published, so while you all read this post, I’ll be listening to new albums to rave or rant about in about a month. 🙂

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The Daily Blend’s April Top Ten 2018

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Wassuppppppppp everyone! IT’S FINALLY NICE OUTSIDE, WHAT A CONCEPT! I am so excited that it is finally warm and also that new good music is being released! This month’s edition of my music library is full of new releases, both released this month and this year. Keep reading if you’re wondering if certain albums made it on the list. Also, PS, sorry for this being later than I usually do this blog; not only has April been a good month for new music, but also it has been the busiest month of my entire year.

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The Daily Blend’s March Top Ten 2018

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Yo, people of the internet! I am BACK for the month, and I’m so excited for this blog. March is one of my favorite months of the year, and this year’s March just happened to be an amazing month for music!

With everything that is played on my show, you all probably think I have way too much happening in the skull area of my body. So, I want to give everyone a little insight as to what’s going on in my brain, without having to look at the “Recently Played” section on my Spotify. The solution I came to was to tell everyone about the hidden (and not so hidden) gems in my music library for the month. Some of the music I post will be at the top of charts, some of the music won’t be your style, some will be a band’s biggest hit that I’ve just been happening to listen to a lot, and some will be completely unknown to you!

So, to start it off, here’s just a couple of my favorite artists for March, a little bit about them, and some song suggestions:

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The Daily Blend’s February Top Ten 2018

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Hey guys! So, uh, sorry in advance for the lack of variety in this month’s edition of good music. It’s been kind of a pain to put this together because I’ve been REALLY into like three bands all month, so I was definitely scrambling to get all of my eggs together for the month (did you see what I did there??). Regardless, I would never leave you guys hanging; I promise, I’ll always have some good music on here, and I won’t just put stuff on here to fill the blank spots. BUT ANYWAY, let’s get into the prerecorded message for every single one of my blogs!

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The Daily Blend’s October Top Ten 2017

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Hey everyone! My name’s Sam, and welcome to my blog! I will be doing this blog once a month along with my show, The Daily Blend, which is every Monday at 4 PM. So first, introductions. I am a first-year student from Rockford, IL, which is like two (ish) hours north of here. I went to a high school with a performing arts program, which I was heavily involved in! I have also been a dancer for the past 14 years. When not doing my show or homework, I play for UIC’s rugby team and play and write music with some friends (not that it’s actually going anywhere…). I love all different styles of music, although I tend to favorite anything with guitars and drums over other music genres (oops). On my show, I play so much different music to give everyone something diverse to listen to, because let’s be honest, no one listens to only one style of music their entire life. Continue reading “The Daily Blend’s October Top Ten 2017”

The Best Nights Of Our Lives

The term seems very thrown around nowadays, I have had many “best days of my life” but can never pinpoint just one. However, the night I saw Simple plan for the first time came close. For those that don’t automatically have flashbacks to when they were in their teenage years jamming to Simple Plan, they’re a band formed in Quebec, Canada in the late 90’s. Simple plan is made up of 5 members: Pierre (vocals), David (bass), Sebastien (guitar), Chuck (drums) and Jeff (guitar).

For those that did listen to them growing up: you’re awesome, let’s be friends! After being a fan for almost ten years I finally got the chance to see them live this past Sunday at the House of Blues. Hours before the concert began the line outside of the venue stretched past the LaSalle bridge. As I walked past countless of fans waiting in line I was expecting to see a lot of young fans but was surprised to see nothing but people in their early and late 20’s. I don’t think I ever realized that Simple plan had such an impact on so many of us growing up.


The band’s energy on stage vibrated throughout the venue. They’ve been a band with the same five members for about 15 years now, so it wasn’t surprising to see how well they play together. One guitarist moves to the other end of the stage and the second one takes his place on the other side. I sang every song at the top of my lungs, losing my voice by the end of the night, my feet ached half way through their set. I had been standing for hours lined up, waiting and dancing while the two bands that were opening, Story Untold and Hit the Lights played for us. But I ignored the pain my feet were in (I should have worn comfortable shoes) because I wanted to take the whole experience in, I wanted to take in every band member’s talents in. The hardcore passion in Chucks drumming, Jeff’s focus on the guitar, Sebastien’s easy-going guitar playing on every song, David’s energy and his love for his bass, Pierre’s vocals and energy as well. Overall the ways all the band members interacted with the crowd were amazing.

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Are You Listening to Midnight?

Hi everyone, it’s been a while! I just wanted to update you on some exciting things that have been happening on Midnight with Pearl Girl!

First of all, it’s not “Midnight with Pearl Girl” anymore. It’s now “Midnight with Pearl Girl and Sonia Universe“! Our resident blogger and blog director, Sonia Vavra, will now be joining me as my co-host every Wednesday.

Secondly, “Midnight” is no longer just a music-based show, but more centered around talk or variety. That being said, we want to know what topics you want to hear. Let us know us know if you want us to discuss a certain topic or event by tweeting at me (@pearlgirrrl) or at Sonia (@sonia_universe). Feel free to let us know your song requests as well. We’ll try our best to play it on-air!

Next, Sonia and I usually live steam our shows on UIC Radio’s ustream account. If you’d like, you can watch us talk in the station/ chat with us during our show on the ustream channel as well.


If you want to listen, just go to our home page and click on the big, red button under “listen live” or simply click here! We hope you’ll join us on Midnight with Pearl Girl and Sonia Universe on Wednesdays from 4-6pm!


Lip Sync Battle on SPIKE

Fans of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon may know of the recurring feature on the show, “Lip Sync Battles”, in which Fallon and another famous contestant attempt to be the better lip sync-er. The skit sky-rocketed in popularity with Emma Stone’s crushing win with a rendition of “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled. If you’ve yet to see it, you’re missing out on inspiration for your next drunken party trick.

That’s bae, right there.

SPIKE premiered the show Lip Sync Battle, on April 2nd, inspired by the game made popular on Fallon. It’s hosted by rapper, LL Cool J.

Why should you go watch celebrities lip sync to songs you’ve heard a million times before? Why should you watch a grown man adopt the voice of a teeny-bopper, blonde popstar? You know exactly why: because it’s hilarious. If you’re not convinced, watch the clip of Dwayne Johnson vs. Jimmy Fallon below!

Watch the next episode Thursday on SPIKE at 9p.m!

29th Chicago Latino Film Festival

Absolutely see-worthy films at their best! The 29th Chicago Latino Film Festival is something every Chicagoan should take advantage of. Not only does it include films from all over Latin America but also local film makers; making our city look good! My trip was prompted by the documentary 19 and a day—a film about slain Pilsener /Hip hop artist Jeff Maldonado, Jr. (J-DEF) that I blogged about a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately, I missed the screening at UIC’s Latino Cultural Center but I did get there in time to speak to Elizabeth Maldonado, Jeff’s mother who told me to catch the next screening at this film festival.

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