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clarisse angkasa tinashe spring weekend


on blunts, dicks, and the greatest performer today

If you’ve been to a party in the last 15 months or so, you’ve probably heard “2 On” and, by extension, Tinashe’s lovely voice as she sings about—what, exactly? What does it mean to get 2 on? It’s a question that you don’t really think about when you’re at the party, but instead when you…


millennial rap, ready to take on the world

Tink’s arguably greatest song is “Ratchet Commandments,” an adaptation of Biggie’s “Ten Crack Commandments” that Tink released in early 2015. It’s got everything you could ask for: clever, incisive lyrics, themes of female empowerment, and a Mean Girls reference (“Y’all can’t sit with us,” she croons in the chorus). Upon first listen, she does sound…

Mary Oconnor southpark march 16 2016

the delicate satire of south park

buckle up, buckaroo

The appeal of “South Park” has long rested on its ability to take on current events with wit and irreverence, distilling big issues into easily digestible episodes that manage to make you both laugh and think a little. Among my favorite “South Park” episodes are the two-part “Go God Go” and “Go God Go XII,”…

michelle ng what lies ahead for kesha march 2 2016

what lies ahead for kesha?

the scary power of record labels

Pop quiz #1: What song was the first to go No. 1 in the current decade? The answer is “TiK ToK, ” Kesha’s debut single (not counting her chorus for Flo Rida’s “Right Round, ” for which she isn’t even credited) that made her glitter-soaked style a household name in 2010. Following it were platinum…

the top 50 songs of 2015

a year in review

50. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate” “Lost in the riddle you gave me / Caught in the middle, you played me” Marimba! Voice cracks! Kooky lyrics that range from the overwritten (“Shot through the cracks of the earthquake / My body’s moving into retrograde”) to the unneededly symbolic (“And you’re the dynamite in my chains”) to…