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3 Artists From University of the Arts You Need to Check Out

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The University of the Arts is home to some of the most talented, up-and-coming artists in Philadelphia. Over the years, there have been hundreds of dorm-formed groups that record their compositions at the nearby Merriam Theater Studio. These artists eagerly await performing at local music venues or even at the secret DIY spaces that abound in our college music scene. Here are three of Trebel’s top picks from University of the Arts to be on the lookout for this year. 

Malik Ninety Five

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Malik Ninety Five describes the style of his music as “Left-field Hip-hop and R&B with some other stuff blended in.” In October of 2015, Malik released single and music video,“You & I”, that created pulse throughout the University. Fans can expect new music to be released in the early months of this year. His latest project will be completed by the end of 2016.

Check Malik Ninety Five out on Facebook and follow him on Twitter . You can listen to his music on Soundcloud

“You & I” by Malik Ninety Five



Motherer, a four piece band from the University of the Arts describes their music as, “An amalgam of Psychedelic Rock, R&B, and American Roots Music.” Currently, having released three records throughout their career, they have the intent to release another. They are: Two (2014), And– You Shall Never Return!! (January 2015), and their latest release BeachBirth (December 2015). They are now in the writing process for their expected record to be released in 2016. Like them on Facebook and hear their music on Bandcamp.

Cute Girl From English


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Cute Girl From English is by far the most notorious and outrageous band on campus, merging the fields of ska and punk. Following their debut, Band’s Over, they are working toward a new record for 2016. You can catch CGFE at different Philly venues, basement shows, and festivals around the city. Check out their album on Bandcamp and like them on Facebook

With such a variety of music  at the University of the Arts, this handful of artists only scratch the surface. Be sure to support their future projects, performances, and tours. They’re sure to leave a lasting impression.

About Jake Varrone

Jake Varrone is a writer, music producer, and guitar player based out of Philadelphia, PA. He attends the University of the Arts('16) and studies Music Business Entrepreneurship and Technology.

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