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    Why Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD Was My Album of the Year

    November 30, 2018
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    “Rollin rollin rollin got me stargazing—psychedelics got me goin’ crazy.” The much anticipated release of Travis Scott’s 3rd album, ASTROWORLD, was a midsummer holiday to be celebrated with respect. Arizona iced teas, Backwoods rolling papers, and high school half-friends packed into my mom’s minivan. Though we’d barely interacted since college began, the occasion was momentous […]

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    Mariah Carey Throws Caution to the Wind

    November 30, 2018
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    The average young person knows exactly three things about Mariah Carey:   (1) She constituted half of the most perplexingly turbulent inter-judge relationship ever to grace American Idol, spending most of its twelfth season picking fights with fellow panelist Nicki Minaj. (This is often cited as foreshadowing for the current Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B […]

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    Reckoning with Indie Supergroup boygenius

    November 9, 2018
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    Looking at my Apple Music last month, I noticed that among my most played songs were six by indie artist Phoebe Bridgers and three by indie artist Julien Baker. Over the past few years, female-fronted indie music has become something of a specialty of mine. So when it was announced that Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, […]

    Aspirational Hip Hop in a Troubling Time

    Modern Rap, Memes, and Culture

    February 2, 2017
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    A week ago, a gentleman by the name of Justin Good started a petition on change.org entreating the NFL to “replace Lady Gaga with the Migos for Superbowl LI Halftime Show.” By sheer force of memes, the petition circulated and currently sits at over 50,000 signatures. Publications couldn’t resist the clickbait potential, and sites like […]


    a disparate duo bringing house into the future

    April 14, 2016
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    Funkinevil, a duo known for zany interpretations of house music, has a tricky time slot as the openers for this Spring Weekend. While organizers want to get the party immediately pumping, they also want to make the starting minutes accessible for stragglers and those still a little too buzzed to know what’s going on. Funkinevil […]