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Akua Naru: Creating Conversation With Music

Akua Naru: Creating Conversation With Music

January 31, 2018

By Erin Shanahan and Alvin Halimwidjaya Akua Naru and Dr. Naison met in 2009 and they have been “cool ever since.” Akua Naru, a notable international figure in conscious rap, has worked with Ford...

Alternate Soundtrack of Songs For The Season

Alternate Soundtrack of Songs For The Season

December 6, 2017

By Meredith Nardino Even though this year has felt more like an eternity, I was still shocked to turn my calendar to its final page this weekend. The holiday season has always been one of my favorite times of the year, b...

WALK THE MOON Surrenders to the Pressure

WALK THE MOON Surrenders to the Pressure

November 15, 2017

By Erin Cabrey Pop-rock band WALK THE MOON, the quartet behind the 2014 hit “Shut Up and Dance” off its sophomore album TALKING IS HARD was faced with a difficult task when approaching its newest album, What If N...

Five Male Artists Who Defy Gender Norms

Five Male Artists Who Defy Gender Norms

November 15, 2017

By Meredith Nardino Exploring the influence of female musicians who’ve battled the patriarchy makes you realize there are two sides to this story. Breaking down the patriarchal standards of our society isn’t solely the re...

There’s Nothing Swift Does Better Than Revenge

There’s Nothing Swift Does Better Than Revenge

November 15, 2017

By Elizabeth Smislova And Erin Cabrey Taylor Swift’s music has been the soundtrack to the lives of girls and women for nearly 10 years, and saying the excitement for Reputation was monumental, especially after Swift’s three-year hiatus, would be an...

Professor Breaks Down the Hits On “Switched On Pop”

Professor Breaks Down the Hits On “Switched On Pop”

November 15, 2017

By Erin Cabrey Fordham music professor Nathaniel Sloan co-hosts Switched On Pop, a bi-coastal podcast breaking down today’s top pop songs to figure out what exactly makes them a hit. The podcast is co-hosted with Los...

Black Parade Celebrates Ten Angst-Filled Years

Black Parade Celebrates Ten Angst-Filled Years

November 8, 2017

By Tom Terzulli I discovered My Chemical Romance later than most kids do. It was 2011, when Spotify still in its infancy. One of my friends in the eighth grade class at Our Lady Star of the Sea on Staten Island recommended I downloa...

Indulge In Your Favorite Guilty Pleasure Songs

Indulge In Your Favorite Guilty Pleasure Songs

October 26, 2017

By Meredith Nardino Everyone has those songs they don’t want to admit they love, especially if their friends are always talking about how they have better music taste than everyone else. For a long time, I was afraid ...

Mr. Davis’ Message Clouded By Its Features

Mr. Davis’ Message Clouded By Its Features

October 26, 2017

By Gayathri Thelekatt Gucci Mane’s release from prison on May 26 last year was the talk of the summer for the rap community. The Gucci we remembered, whose real name is Rodric Delantic Davis, who was incarcerated in 2013, was g...

Niall Horan’s Flicker Simmers

Niall Horan’s Flicker Simmers

October 26, 2017

By Shelby Daniel Following three successful singles, Niall Horan gives former fangirls and general audiences alike a well-balanced album in Flicker, his first foray into solo artist territory after the announcement of One Dir...

Empowering Female Artists Against the Patriarchy

Empowering Female Artists Against the Patriarchy

October 11, 2017

By Meredith Nardino If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s female artists taking control of their image, their sound and their style. The music industry has a history of being a boys’ club (like pretty ...

Reboot of “Total Request Live” Might Just Thrive

Reboot of “Total Request Live” Might Just Thrive

October 11, 2017

By Erin Cabrey MTV’s iconic music video countdown staple, “Total Request Live,” returned to television screens on Oct. 2 after nine years off the air. The original show, which ran from 1998 to 200...

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