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Brett Newski ’09 Collabs with Musical Heroes for New LP; Plays Union Terrace July 1

A revival of  ’90s alternative, Wisconsin’s lo-fi alternative geek rock outfit NEWSKI enlists a friend/musical influence on every track for their forthcoming LP.  enlists a friend/musical influence on every track for their forthcoming LP. From veterans like Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Brian Vander Ark (the Verve Pipe), Ryan Miller (Guster), Miles Nielsen, and Scott Terry (Red Wanting Blue) to overseas acts like H Burns (France), The Secret Beach (Canada), and The Shabs (South Africa), NEWSKI compiles an internationally collaborative album from Brett’s own tiny house in Wisconsin. The durable three-piece will hit American, European, and South African highways for a 100-date touring year behind the new LP. Featuring Steve “Mr Bicep” Vorass on drums, Sean “Tubs” Anderson on four-string, and Brett Newski ’09 on guitars and vocals.

NEWSKI has played with Pixies, Violent Femmes, Courtney Barnett, Gin Blossoms, Manchester Orchestra, Better than Ezra, Barenaked Ladies, and Nada Surf and has been featured in Rolling Stone, NPR, American Songwriter, SiriusXM, Boston Globe, NBC, Billboard, and SPIN.

“You will leave their show thinking ‘wow this is really not my thing,’ or ‘THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE BAND.'” — Mike Mains

“I really respect NEWSKI’s hustle as a middle-class musician. … [He’s] running his own show and steering his own ship. It’s very inspiring.” — Ryan Miller of Guster

“I work at a venue, I’ve seen a million bands. … NEWSKI’s live show is so great and well-dialed. He is great at what he does.” — Door Guy, Casbah, San Diego”Showcases the unapologetically frank but not overly aggressive nature of 90s alt. rock perfectly.” — American Songwriter

“I like the sound and the way he is forcing the world to contend with him.”  — Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes

“NEWSKI is a band but namesake lead singer Brett Newski is a one-person army of positivity and community. Catchy tunes that grab your ear and then you dig deep and hear how they cut to the heart of it all.” — Jim McGuinn, WXPN

Watch: “Chemicals” featuring Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws at

Stream: “Chemicals” on all digital platforms at

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Leah Hunter ’05 has joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as associate commissioner for external affairs, where she oversees agency-wide communications activities regarding the FDA’s public health and regulatory activities.