Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 6:49pm

Everyone knows that Robyn song, right? “I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her,” she sings, lamenting in the shadows of a club while she dances on her own in spite of her sadness. In the wake of those very unprecedented times everyone seems to be talking about, what I would do to stand in a corner like that, feeling the sweat of others press up against me, listening to bass that might give me permanent hearing damage.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:57pm

There’s nothing more satisfying than turning a key in the ignition of a well-oiled car. Well, maybe getting crisp bills from the ATM, breaking the smooth surface of a freshly-opened jar of peanut butter or stepping into a boiling shower after being out in the cold. There might not be a true leader of satisfaction to rule them all, but as I started my first car early last month in the parking lot of a Chelsea DMV, I had never felt anything like it. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:55pm

We all know the old Miley Cyrus. The Miley that we watched for years on “Hannah Montana,” the girl that tweens of a certain age all wanted to be, the girl that we saw go through the trials and tribulations of growing up under the gaze of an unforgiving public eye. Whether we knew her as the doe-eyed teenager on the TV screen or the scantily-clad dancer with her tongue sticking out, the musician’s rocky road toward a true sense of self was never private. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 1:20pm

While a good number of us were reaching the end of Netflix and embracing sweatpants chic as the new normal, singer-songwriter Jesse Palter was busy. The Michigan native and former Music, Theatre & Dance student, now based in Los Angeles, felt the pandemic was an opportunity for change when stasis felt suffocating. Parting ways with her previous record label Mack Avenue Music Group, Palter found new strength in the tricky transition to life during COVID-19. 

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:08pm

Live shows of the modern era are considerably different than they were in the ’70s, ’80s and even ’90s. Not seeing a sea of iPhone flashes in the crowd makes a marked difference in the experience of live music, as people danced and sweat and screamed the lyrics to the songs they knew and loved without the thought of an Instagram story hanging in the balance. The Struts, a British band known for their ’70s glam-rock sensibilities and the strength of their anthemic music, are no stranger to recreating that feeling — a timeless sense of freedom and fun that lasts.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:20pm

Puberty is, at its most base definition, a living hell. Between the ages of ten and 14, most people enter a stage of extreme growing pains and unexpected sweatiness that haunts our memories for the rest of our lives. Remembering those years is almost like having war flashbacks, with every mundane moment holding the emotional intensity of a life-or-death situation despite their true reality. Embarrassment felt like death, and happiness felt like a million fireworks going off at once.

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 3:09pm

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 6:32pm

“A groupie is someone who loves the music so much she wants to be around the people who make it,” famed groupie Pamela Des Barres said in her 1987 memoir “I’m With the Band.”

“A fan is content with an autograph or a look from the stage, or a selfie. A groupie takes the next step. And that takes a lot of courage. But they do so totally willingly, sometimes hoping for a romance, or a one-night stand — or sometimes hoping to marry them,” she continued. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 7:30pm

Lianne La Havas’s newest album, a self-titled record of anthems and lullabies, is perfectly representative of herself as an artist. The collection of 12 songs firmly defines her ingenuity as a singer-songwriter, encapsulating her chameleonic musical aptitude through the ebb and flow of a lilting guitar. Even in the most brash and declarative moments on the album, La Havas’s supreme control and calm when navigating the most climactic emotions is an astounding feat. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 3:42pm

There is nothing like a good romantic comedy to make you reevaluate your love life. Watching any movie with a boy-meets-girl plot results in what my mother calls an “I’m going to die fat, broke and alone” moment, as terrible as that sounds. It’s the kind of feeling that makes you want any semblance of validation immediately, especially from a potential romantic partner.