Call me an elitist, but part of what I love about Magic Man is that they’re a band very few people know. I realize that in writing a recommendation for them, this is a breach in the system, but they’re so good that it’s worth sharing the wealth. Magic Man is a band comprised of two amazing individuals who, in the true modern form, produce somewhat unclassifiable music — a mix of indie, lo-fi, pop and electronica, according to the duo, Sam Lee and Alex Caplow.
Their music is a paradox: simultaneously easy to listen to and deeply complex. The layers in the band’s songs are immense, so that every play elicits a completely different response and exposes new sounds that I swear weren’t there the last time I listened. At the same time, however, I can easily turn them on and let the music wash over me; it’s neither distracting nor overwhelming, and their album, “Real Life Color,” has at least one track fit for any mood you might be in. I can firmly say that I can’t recommend Magic Man to fans of other specific bands because Magic Man, in all their brilliance, sounds like no other music I’ve ever heard. I first heard of the group because I went to high school with its members in Newton, Mass., and I do take some pride in that, even though, as a non-member, I rightfully shouldn’t. It’s been a pleasure watching such skill escalate beyond talent shows and into national tours and the release of a full album. The only thing Magic Man could do to improve would be to make a second album already; they’re too good to stop at one. “Real Life Color” can be downloaded for free at

Sklar is a member of the class of 2014.

The Kingdom of Sweets comes to Rochester

A classic holiday traditiion for many families, this showing of "The Nutcracker" was a collaborative effort between various organizations in the community.

Please don’t look at me while I’m studying

I almost felt like a real college student for a second, instead of the precarious pyramid of nocturnal raccoons (in sunglasses and a trench coat, of course) that I actually am.

Understanding our complicity in white supremacy with Dr. Belew

Dr. Belew reminds us all that understanding our involvement in the perpetuation of white supremacy is the first step in creating social change.