• music

    a skeptic’s guide to spring weekend

    a breakdown of the artists and their most recent work

    April 25, 2019
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    Yaeji  Pop music has evolved pretty far. With internet weirdos seemingly unbagging any remaining possibilities, it’s hard to imagine ever being surprised by a song again. But, when in doubt, there will always be one surefire way for artists to catch ears: Combine two sounds that belong nowhere near each other. Enter Yaeji, whom history […]

    this is brown

    meta political action in poppy and childish gambino

    April 25, 2019
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    I was recently told in a mass email that, when engaging political issues at Brown, my options are either discourse or discourse. Thankfully, I am a productive member of the Brown community, so I have ample opportunity to engage in discourse. In fact, it seems to be all that I’m expected to do. According to […]

    lost in the groove

    one boy’s unhealthy obsession with afrobeat

    April 12, 2019
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    In the future, when science identifies all the different species of human introvert, perhaps gathering them together into the world’s least exciting museum diorama, it’ll be easy to pick me out. I’m the one frozen in furious motion on the plaster sidewalk, headphones strapped to his ears—present for all the world to see, but hopelessly […]

    lonely arts club band

    cultural picks for late night

    April 5, 2019
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    “The neons and the cigarettes” When I arrived at Brown University three years ago, I didn’t have friends. I mean, I’d had friends —past tense—but here, immured in the red brick walls of a main green, under the skyline of an alien city, I felt completely and utterly alone. Sure, there were plenty of orientation […]

    haunted caretaker

    the shining, ambient music, and forgetting

    April 5, 2019
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    The first time I ever watched The Shining, it was well past midnight. I was wedged in between my best friends on a couch in a New Hampshire cabin, the stars alight outside. This was last December—during a brief weekend respite amid finals week, when I could concern myself with nothing but the sound of […]