Whatever She Wants: A love letter to Phoebe Bridgers and Punisher
2019, sometime in summer, 5:15am, I woke up on a friend’s couch to the sun shining in my face and the sound of a woman playing an acoustic guitar. "Jesus Christ, I'm so blue all the time. And that's just how I feel, always have and I always will." The lyrics were striking but intriguing nonetheless, I realized I had fallen asleep listening to some album that had clearly long passed, and I was now listening to whatever Spotify had decided I needed to hear that night. I don’t know how much I believe in things like destiny and fate, but I do feel very lucky that my body had chosen to wake me up to that song specifically. I added it to my library and quickly fell back asleep, and for the next year or so I found myself returning to that song more and more. It’s excruciatingly sad, with the main focus of the song literally being a child’s funeral, but it’s a pain that I seemed to tempt myself with more often than was good for me. Even still, I didn’t visit the rest of Phoebe Bridger’s discography until months later. I’m not sure why considering how fond I was of Funeral, but it wasn’t until after her next release that I became the “Pharb” I am today.
Audius: Should Artists Care? 🤔
Audius is a new Crypto based streaming platform looking to shake up the industry. It shapes up as a Soundcloud killer but some also view it as a Spotify competitor as well. Let’s dive into the specifics and see what it’s all about.
Most people, at least until recently I think, would look at me and ask "Who?" whenever I mentioned my favorite band. Even with their first Number 1 song on the Alternative Rock charts, a feat I feel was way too long of a time coming, I still receive this perplexed look when I talk about them to someone new.
Certified Lover Boy — Album Review
In the wake of the feud between two of the rap game’s biggest stars, Drake and Kanye have both released their long awaited albums. Two of the world’s biggest stars have dropped consecutively and will control airwaves for months to come. For now, let’s take a look into the long awaited Certified Lover Boy.
"If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power": A Perspective On Historical Motherhood
Warnings: Contains spoilers for both the "If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power" album and film. References to miscarriage, pregnancy, rape, domestic abuse, and related topics.
The Legacy of Queen of Tejano Music: Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
When a true Hispanic fan hears the name Selena, the first name that immediately springs to his mind is Selena Quintanilla, not Selena Gomez. (Fun Fact: Selena Gomez's mother named her after Selena Quintanilla.)
Discovering My Love For Piano
Music is the centerfold of my family. I definitely got my abilities from my mom, but my dad played the part of being the biggest supporter. He’s shown up to every halftime show, concert, performance- you name it. All three of us kids were involved in every single band activity possible, me and my two older sisters.
Ultimate National Park Playlists
This year, much of my free time has been spent obsessively planning a month-long road trip for myself and my closest friend. Both of us are at the quintessential part of our 20’s where if we don’t take the time to drop everything and explore, we won’t ever commit to it again. With pressure to build our careers, and grad school looming over the horizon, we are taking the time to make the most of this beautifully, chaotic period of growth in our lives.
A Musical Education , My Experience of Public Service Broadcasting
I first heard Public Service Broadcasting on BBC Radio 6 with the song “ROYGBIV” an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Be Right Back — Album Review
From the very beginning, Jorja Smith grabs the listener by the ears and demands a thoughtful approach in Be Right Back. This album is both melancholy and soulful in a willful approach to love. Travesty seems to carry in the artist’s voice and reverberates in your soul, almost to the point of poignancy. This short album has a certain sound that we don’t necessarily see in American music; as so, I can appreciate the nuance in the dialect and delivery in each song. There is an earthy, jazzy, funky element that is very subtle yet complements the artist so well.
30 years of Metallica's Black album
I’ve been thinking about writing this for a couple of days. I can’t believe it, 30 years. Last night I decided to go down memory lane and dwell deep into my recollections of this pivotal album in Metallica’s career. I searched for the album on my favorite music streaming service and let the music speak for itself, unbelievably, 29 years after my last listen to this album.
Introducing a Q&A with America’s International Music Unicorn
A cross between the musical likeness of WILLOW SMITH, not to mention an uncanny resemblance, and your favorite Afrobeats artist, she’s on the precipice of superstardom and gushes over being told she resembles both WILLOW and Chloe (Chloe x Hailey). Kamari Deni is a veteran musician and model at the tender age of 21. She’s no stranger to music, though, her newest single, Put In Work may have you thinking she’s a newbie — she’s not. However, she is the ‘first to ever do it’ like she’s doing it. Born in Florida, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and lived in Puerto Rico for a year, she’s International!
Is Young Zerka the Next European Artist to Reach Mainstream American Fame? Top Music Critics Say "Yes!"
We've seen Europe based artists flourish, winning the eyes and ears of other major continents. Names like Enrique Iglesias of Spain, DJ Calvin Harris of Scotland, and Tove Lo of Sweden may sound all too familiar. Let's not get started on the abundance of iconic English music talents that have influenced the United States music industry. Ed Sheeran, The Beatles and Adele are just few to mention. But the eastern European nations have tons of talented artists, it's just that they need walk on the big stage. Enter Young Zerka.
As if Music for the next generation has not become an road block for aspiring musicians, we certainly have seen a spike in young talent over the course in the digital era. For some hidden gems we rarely come across those who are willing to educate themselves in the business and take their own shares of experience to their adavantge and flip themselves in multiple threats in the industry.
"Die daily, we die like the dishes are done. Wash them away, wash them every day." This profound flow of words were interrupted by raw regret floating up from a lonely soul in introspection.
A Punk For All Seasons
“Punk rock isn’t something you grow out of. Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is ‘give us some truth’” ~ Joe Strummer
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