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The Alt-Rock Chick: Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant’s music is wildly ambitious, pushing beyond boundaries, and hitting you hard in the gut, making a lasting impression from the moment you hear it. Read about nine of their most iconic tracks here. (image via: twitter.com)

Sports
The World Baseball Classic Was Much More Than Excitement

USA! USA! USA! Team USA can finally scream “We Are the Champions” after high expectations to win the World Baseball Classic. It did not come easy though, as Team USA had to beat highly-skilled opponents in the Dominican Republic, Japan, and WBC runner-up Puerto Rico in consecutive games. Team USA was aided greatly by their … Continued

Film
The Trunk Movie Club: The Fly

A classic horror film that tells the tragic tale of a brilliant scientist and an unfortunate incident with a fledgling teleportation machine and a house fly. (image via Youtube)

Sports
ESPN’s Dan Dakich Joining Cowherd in Iowa Fans Minds

IOWA CITY – Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd reigned atop Iowa fan’s list of most despised sports voices for a over a year. He’d experienced some heat from other critics of the Black and Gold but may have found a rival in ESPN analyst Dan Dakich. It’s been a while since Iowa fans heard from … Continued

Sports
Champions League Draw Reveals Elite Matchups

The UEFA Champions League unveiled its quarterfinal draw on Friday, revealing a host of appetizing matchups between Europe’s most elite clubs. Here are all of the ties, including a heavyweight bout between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and an attacking showcase in Borussia Dortmund vs. AS Monaco. Will FC Barcelona build on their momentum after … Continued

Sports
Hawkeye Women Prove to be Elite

Last night the Hawkeyes Women’s basketball team defeated the Colorado Bison at Carver-Hawkeye Arena 80-62 to advance to the Elite Eight in the WNIT bracket. The Hawkeyes benefitted from 49% shooting from the floor and 36% from deep. The big contributors for the Hawkeyes were Senior guard Ally Disterhoft and Sophomore center Megan Gustafson. Disterhoft … Continued

What the Lab Means to Us (And Should Mean to You)

As we all make our way through our lives, blindly groping for meaning and purpose amidst a confusing world, harsh, unjust, full of arbitrariness and randomness, struggling and yearning and fighting to win even a sliver of relief or a modicum of dignity, we are, to a man (and woman), left with only one truth, one intrinsic reality, one universal condition: life fucking sucks sometimes.

Moreover, life fucking sucks a lot of the time.  Seldom will things go the way you want to, and even if you get on a roll, good luck following you like a brainless and doe-eyed Weiner dog for years and years- ultimately you will die: death is the great leveler of odds and wrecker of point spreads.

And the worse part is that we’ve got it pretty good.  The only way to feel worse about yourself about feeling bad for yourself is to remember that your petty, privileged, ‘first-world’ problems are so petty, privileged, and ‘first-world’ as to be non-existent in the Grand Scale of Bullshit.  When you think about the amount of unmitigated suffering in the world, lives that begin in misery and end in agony, it puts your aforementioned cosmic malaise into perspective- and makes you feel like an asshole.  There’s just no relief!

But there is!  For here is The Lab: modern, hip, a safe haven for expression, for experimentation, for open and honest artistic endeavor.  For as long as you care to imbibe in its splendor, an hour, three, several, our beautiful Lab is here, blasting its braggadocio and earnestness for any who care to reap its benefits.  And benefits there are a-plenty; if you just dig on the vibes we give.

And so we, the DJs, enthusiasts, and creative entities of the Lab pledge thus:  we will not be bound by stupid fashions or expectations but those which we set for ourselves; we will not settle for anything that yields to destructive negativity; we will always strive to do what has not been done, with the goal of fostering an atmosphere and sound that is groovy and personal.  We are the alternative to The Alternative.

And failing all that, we’ll at least have some fun.  Or just make random noises for an hour.

This guy knows what we’re talking about.

Floreat Lab!