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Darondo: The Extravagant soul funk singer sampled by Kendrick, Mac Miller, Vic Mensa, and others

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February 24, 2019

William Daron Pulliam is known to diehard soul fans as Darondo--an elusive singer with a distinctly powerful voice. Graham Reid wrote a detailed and comprehensive history of the singer on Elsewhere, after...

MetaMusician: My Love-Hate Relationship with Cover Songs

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February 24, 2019

Earlier this month Denzel Curry performed a cover of the Rage Against the Machine classic “Bulls on Parade.” It was amazing to say the least. Energetic, angry, and sweaty-all the things one would want...

The Ariana Grande Effect

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February 22, 2019

You’d have to be living under a rock not to recognize the cover for Ariana Grande’s latest #1 album, thank u, next. It’s the eagerly anticipated, confident breakup album currently taking the world...

The Boyband Manifesto: Brockhampton’s “Boogie” and the Death of Genre

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February 21, 2019

Author’s note: I originally wrote this piece in sorta flaccid academic style last spring, when Saturation III was still a hot release and we didn’t yet know how hard Ameer Vann sucks. Nonetheless...

The Social Dig: “BLK Magic”

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February 20, 2019

“BLK Magic” by iLLism speaks to the intrinsic value of Black culture just in time for Black History Month.   Black culture, via an American lens, is rich. It can be argued that American...

Art Imitating Life: How A Star is Born Romanticizes the Power Dynamics of the Music Industry

Art Imitating Life: How A Star is Born Romanticizes the Power Dynamics of the Music Industry
February 18, 2019

Content Warning: discussions of sexual assault, abuse, and substance use   Article contains spoilers for A Star is Born (2018)   Last week, the New York Times published an exposé of...

Five albums for Black History Month

Five albums for Black History Month
February 16, 2019

Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming (2011, Daptone) Genre: R&B/Soul Verdict: The real deal, no time machine present. The late Charles Bradley was cut from the same cloth that...

Let’s Talk About the “Teal Album”

Let’s Talk About the
February 16, 2019

Procrastination got the best of me. On January 24, 2019, Weezer came out with their twelfth studio album, and fifth self-titled album, also known as the Teal Album. Yet here we are, about three weeks later...

James Lepinsky is Listening: Deerhunter – “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappared?”

James Lepinsky is Listening: Deerhunter -
February 14, 2019

Verdict: Pop and sound is everywhere! Money! One of the most notable bands to come out of the 2000s indie rock smorgasbord, Atlanta band Deerhunter have always jumped out different styles and genres...

Agendered and Going On a Bender: Punk Experienced by a Non-Binary Fan

Agendered and Going On a Bender: Punk Experienced by a Non-Binary Fan
February 12, 2019

The topic for this article could make for a compelling 200-page memoir in and of itself but I’ve been tossing this concept around in my head for awhile and I suppose it’s time I spilled some guts before...

Phoebe Bridgers Has No Chill

Phoebe Bridgers Has No Chill
February 11, 2019

It’s another day, and indie/folk songstress Phoebe Bridgers has created another side project, this time a collab with indie rock titan and Bright Eyes front man Conor Oberst under the moniker Better...

My Year in Songs

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January 28, 2019

While I sat and thought about my 2018, I realized that I couldn’t remember things that clearly. But I could (almost) always link a song back to a moment. Bear with me. January: “Timmy’s Prayer”...

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