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BU’s One-Man Band

Spitzer Space Telescope brings high-energy folk rock to BU Central and beyond


Nannan ZhongSpitzer Space Telescope

Click on the audio player to hear Dan MacDonald (CFA’10), also known as Spitzer Space Telescope, fuse high-energy rock with folk traditions in his song "People of the Hills."

For some of his songs, aspiring singer-songwriter Dan MacDonald (CFA’10) duct tapes a tambourine to his foot as an accompaniment on stage, but “most of the time," he says, "it breaks ’cause I stomp the s–t out of it.”

MacDonald, otherwise known as Spitzer Space Telescope, is a one-man band of sorts — guitarist, harmonica and tambourine player, and vocalist.

“There aren’t too many negatives about performing solo,” says MacDonald, who studies painting at the College of Fine Arts. “I simply can’t tap into the energy I could with a band. Everything is simplified. And my mistakes are completely exposed. I can’t hide them behind a wall of sound.”

The Michigan native launched SST in 2005 and describes his style as energetic folk rock that draws on traditional songwriting and the spirit of the ’60s, with a dab of “the potty mouth of a sailor.”

MacDonald next performs on Saturday, April 26, at BU Central for WTBU Day. On Wednesday, May 14, he’ll take the stage at T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. For much of June, SST will tour the Midwest and the East Coast — from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Fort Wayne, Ind., to Philadelphia, Pa. Visit SST’s MySpace page to see the complete schedule, hear more songs, or purchase an EP.

Caleb Daniloff can be reached at cdanilof@bu.edu.


12 Comments on BU’s One-Man Band

  • Anonymous on 04.04.2008 at 11:40 am

    Oh my god! He is amazing! Why haven’t I heard of him before? He needs to be signed, and quickly!

  • Anonymous on 04.04.2008 at 2:42 pm

    Where is this music!

    Where is this music represented today — this kid jumped out of some ’60s woodwork alright, and I like it. a lot.

  • Anonymous on 04.04.2008 at 2:43 pm

    Not what I expected, and that’s a good thing.

  • Chris on 04.04.2008 at 3:49 pm

    Been a long time fan of the spits. What can you say, the kid’s got chops!

  • fellow classmate on 04.07.2008 at 10:07 am

    he got talent!!

    Dan has always had great talent. I am defiently excited about seeing SST play a few times this summer.

  • Anonymous on 04.07.2008 at 12:32 pm


    I’ve seen this kid live, he kills it. I highly recommend seeing him play to a crowd if you haven’t before.

  • Richard Smyth on 04.07.2008 at 8:58 pm

    fun to watch

    This guy has real talent and it’s a ball to watch him play. He is the real thing and deserves to be discovered.

  • Anonymous on 11.07.2008 at 9:04 am

    wow i just discovered him today through butoday’s music sessions and im already in love with his music! thanks so much!

  • kamagrarx on 09.15.2009 at 12:07 am

    Wow!! Amazing

    I have never heard about this guy before but I loved this song! really

  • Dogstar on 10.13.2009 at 9:08 pm

    Well Damn! This kid is so much better than I was expecting! Thanks for the post.

  • guru85 on 11.08.2009 at 10:10 am


    Good song, i’m like it!

  • Frank on 01.05.2010 at 7:48 pm

    Unusual but really good

    I’m impressed, he really seems to have alot of talent and the style is really unique.

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