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Take it easy, man: A Defense of Genre

Take it easy, man: A Defense of Genre

Niccolò Bechtler, Web Staffer

March 7, 2019

Genre is dead, and I say “good riddance!” Or at least that’s the popular opinion. In music journalism today, it’s regarded as an absolutely white-hot take to say that genre is a goner. Look at Medium, The Guardian, Pitchfork, even the New York Times, and you’ll find similar articles: “Death...

Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac Has “Still Got It” (Like ‘It’ Ever Left)

Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac Has “Still Got It” (Like ‘It’ Ever Left)

Elyssa Dalaker, Web Staffer

March 7, 2019

Last Tuesday night, legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac took the stage at the Capital One Arena for a sold-out show. Decent seats were selling for $200+ apiece, but that did nothing to deter people from coming out in droves, many of whom drove several hours into D.C. to experience “An Evening with Fleetwood...

Celebrating Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and the Reinvention of Modern Country Music

Celebrating Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and the Reinvention of Modern Country Music

Johanna Zenn, Web staffer

March 5, 2019

The most cliché answer to the question “what kind of music do you like?” that a person can think of is probably, “anything except rap or country.” The former is ridiculous of a multitude of reasons, and may be rooted into some sort of implicit, unexamined racism while the latter offers the ...

The Jonas Brothers Broke the Internet

The Jonas Brothers Broke the Internet

Melissa Weinstein, Web Staffer

March 4, 2019

If you haven’t seen the numerous posts, shares, and likes from your Facebook friends just yet, let me be the first to tell you that your favorite teenage heartthrobs are getting back together. That’s right! After six long painful years, the Jonas Brothers are finally reuniting. THIS IS BIG NEWS, PE...

Concert Review: Vince Staples at the 9:30 Club

Concert Review: Vince Staples at the 9:30 Club

Sam Graziano

February 28, 2019

I would consider myself fairly well versed in jazz and rock, both as a listener and as a musician. Using my knowledge and experience I can analyze a performance from each of these styles and talk about the achievements and shortcomings of that performance. I’ve also experienced performances of genres...

In Our Feelings: Connected vs. Connections

In Our Feelings: Connected vs. Connections

Morgan Bluma

February 28, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsZjIKHdlW0 Sorry for the delay, but I’m back and here to pull some more in-depth thoughts out of music, and this week it’s none other than One Direction. You may be thinking, “there is no way you could pull some meaningful messages out of a One Direction song”...

Why I Cover: “Wake Bake Skate” by FIDLAR

Why I Cover: “Wake Bake Skate” by FIDLAR

Milo Paul

February 26, 2019

I take melatonin because I have hard time sleeping. Sometimes there’s no need for me to “wake” as I might end up remaining conscious all through a given night anyway. I’m straight edge and a lousy cook, so “bake” isn’t applicable to me at all in any definition of the word. I can barely...

A Show to Remember: Vince Staples at the 9:30 Club

A Show to Remember: Vince Staples at the 9:30 Club

Shannon Durazo

February 25, 2019

Recording artist Vince Staples has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Ramona Park, Long Beach, California. The standout rapper is a cynical, compelling figure who has achieved complete creative control over his craft, and whose tweets get as much press as his singles. He has a big mouth, an even bigger brand, and kn...

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

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

August Greenberg, Web Staffer

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 his unfortunate passing in 2013. It seems Darondo has always been a flamboyant figure, attracte...

MetaMusician: My Love-Hate Relationship with Cover Songs

MetaMusician: My Love-Hate Relationship with Cover Songs

Samuel Graziano, Web Staffer

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 in a rendition of a RATM tune. Performances like this one that keeps covers on the map of respected...

The Ariana Grande Effect

The Ariana Grande Effect

Elyssa Dalaker, Web Staffer

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 by storm. Following the release of the album, Grande quickly snagged the top 3 spots on the Billb...

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

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

Niccolo Bechtler, Web Staffer

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 I stand by this song and my take on it (which might be rendered even hotter by Vann’s departure...

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