By Progress Staff

Summer is just around the corner, and while packing up dorm rooms, apartments or just driving around, The Progress staff is listening to a varied collection of music. We’d like to share who we are listening to and why with our readers.Editor Cassondra Kirby got hooked on The Killers after seeing them open for Stellastarr*. Since then, she has found the singles they have out now and is awaiting their full-length album “Hot Fuss,” set for release on June 15.

Katie Weitkamp, managing editor, comes across a lot of new music through press releases, but the one standout this year was Panurge’s “Throw Down the Reins.” The catchy first song “Sweet Fanny Annie” had her hooked in the first 30 seconds.

Nathan Gray, assistant photo editor, suggests listening to Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Lap steel guitar player Robert Randolph is the front man of this powerful band that is gaining the respect of many music lovers across the nation. The band is a synthesis of southern gospel, delta blues, ’70s funk and the jam bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s. They can be loud and funky or soft and melodious. The band would be perfect to take on any road trip or to play during a backyard BBQ.

Tracy Haney, Accent editor, is really into Hoobastank right now. She has been a fan since the band’s self-titled 2001 album. The band is kind of like Incubus, has good tunes and she said the lead singer is pretty hot.

Copy editor Eric Barrier said he has been annoying his friends by listening to Modest Mouse’s “The Moon and Antarctica” a lot lately. Modest Mouse does not necessarily have a specific sound, but the band’s music is inspired and creative. He especially likes the songs “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” and “3rd Planet” because of their lyrics.

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From the bands’ mouth

The Killers

picked by Cassondra Kirby, editor

The Progress spoke with Mark Stoermer of The Killers. He answered the following questions about his band.

Q What is your favorite song to play?

A Probably right now “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” because I really like playing the bass line. I think that’s my signature sound right there.

Q What song do you wish you had written?

A Maybe that New Franz Ferdinand song “Take Me Out.”

Q How often do you tour?

A This is our first U.S. tour and we’ve only done two U.K. tours before this, so this is the first time we’re really getting out to the whole country. But we’ve been on tour for about nine weeks now. Three weeks in England, about five or six weeks. We’ve also played Vegas (and) a couple of shows in LA.

Q Why should I listen to you?

A Because I think we have good songs and (are) offering something different than all the other bands coming out. One thing about (us) is we have something for everyone, even though we aren’t’ trying to appeal to everyone. You’ll probably at least like one or two (songs); hopefully you’ll like all of them.

The Killers will release their first full-length “Hot Fuss” June 15.

Panurge

picked by Katie Weitkamp, managing editor

The Progress spoke with the band members of Panurge. They answered the following questions about their band.

Q What is your favorite song to play?

A Daniel: “Thirty Silver”

Chris M: “You’ve Pleased the King”

Chris L: “Mixed Cavalry”

Jon: “Sweet Fanny Annie”

Q What song do you wish you had written?

A Jon: “See Emily Play” by Pink Floyd

Chris L: “Mayor of Simpleton” by XTC

Chris M: “Heroes and Villains” by the Beach Boys

Daniel: “Happy Birthday”

Q What are your goals for the band?

A Total world domination.

Q How would you describe your music?

A It’s a mix of all the music we love – folk, electro, psych, pop, rock, etc.

Q When will you come to the United States, and when you do will you come to Kentucky?

A We’re hoping to be there this summer. Since we’re on the West Coast we’re only going to make it to the western states, but if things go well we’ll be in Kentucky on the next tour.

Panurge’s “Throw Down the Reins” is available in stores and on the Internet now.