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Yung Lean’s Poison Ivy is a Further Descent into Pop

Yung Lean’s Poison Ivy is a Further Descent into Pop

November 7, 2018

Yung Lean descends further into pop territory on his newest album, Poison Ivy, and it sort of works.

Suicide’s Pioneering Proto-Electronica

Suicide’s Pioneering Proto-Electronica

November 7, 2018

Suicide, an early electronic duo composed of singer Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev, refused to fall victim to this dulling effect.

Yves Tumor Drops Contender for Album of the Year

Yves Tumor Drops Contender for Album of the Year

September 19, 2018

By Kieran Press-Reynolds Yves Tumor has been primed for a big release for a while, and Safe in the Hands of Love delivers. It’s an explosion of energy, curls of color transmitted through intoxicating percussion loops, heartrending soul ballads and blaring noise, all ...

Welcome to Astroworld: Travis Scott’s Psychedelic Rap Playground

September 19, 2018

By Kieran-Press Reynolds Travis Scott is known by his followers as a hip-hop maverick and certainly the man to watch in 2018. Since his first studio albums Rodeo and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, he...

The Examined Life: Sun Kil Moon’s Benji

The Examined Life: Sun Kil Moon’s Benji

September 12, 2018

By Adam Payne-Reichert When we were younger, many of us had an older relative, neighbor or some other figure whom we saw as almost immeasurably wise. We were grateful whenever these people would sit us down and tell stories about their youth, infusing each tale with valuable life lessons. Yet for some of us, our older, more discerning perception has not been ...

Vansire Sets High Bar for Dream Pop Soundtrack of the Summer

Vansire Sets High Bar for Dream Pop Soundtrack of the Summer

April 25, 2018

By Olivia Nangle With their soft vocals and sweet synths, Vansire’s sound is something out of a dreamy time loop. The lo-fi dream pop band captures the enchantment and intimate beauty of the Midwest t...

Astral Weeks and Live Melodies

Astral Weeks and Live Melodies

April 11, 2018

By Adam Payne-Reichert There’s something uniquely enjoyable about seeing live music. People might argue as to where this special quality originates, be it from superior sound quality or highly stimul...

When Music Meets Protest

When Music Meets Protest

February 7, 2018

By Meredith Nardino All sides of the entertainment industry are facing intense scrutiny for decades of systematic misconduct, yet the music industry has somehow managed to avoid the conversation...

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...

The Rap Character and Characters of Medvillainy

The Rap Character and Characters of Medvillainy

January 31, 2018

by Adam Payne-Reichert In many ways, much of popular rap these days can feel as if it’s lacking character. Much of the lyrical content contained in chart-topping hits often seems tired and uninsp...

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...

Swift Needs to Speak Now

Swift Needs to Speak Now

November 28, 2017

By Leonard Chiang Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with. Gazing out with cryptic equanimity from the cover of her sixth album, Reputation, she has fueled a feeding frenzy for the nation’s culture writers. Of...

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