Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 3:44pm
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If you were a country music fan in 2014, you either loved, or loved to hate, Sam Hunt. His unabashed devotion to mashing R&B into country music and his clean cut, city-boy image made for scathing fan debate fodder. Whether you sang along to his clever twists of phrasing out loud or under your breath, Hunt’s music was unavoidable. Nearly every track on his debut album Montevallo became a hit. Then, for the most part, he disappeared.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 4:05pm
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The music of Rory Ferreira has seen quite the evolution since his debut mixtape in 2012. Under the moniker milo, he’s transitioned from a style of hip-hop tinged with nerdiness to now embracing art and jazz rap.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 1:44pm
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Over the course of mere days, COVID-19 has changed our lives in ways we never could have imagined. While we’ve heard countless stories of workers being laid off due to the economic strain of the stay-at-home order, musicians, who rely on ticket sales to pay their rent, have been relatively forgotten amid the madness. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:39pm
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Just a few hours before the release of his highly anticipated album Cezinas, Nicolas Jaar took to his blog to provide listeners with some background info. He wrote: 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 1:57pm
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Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia was actually supposed to come out this week, with an original release date of April 3rd. But in late March, a full leak of the album hit the internet. This placed Lipa in a complicated position: postponing her album release would be a seemingly pointless pursuit.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:27pm
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In 2020, One Direction is a distant memory and Fifth Harmony feels like a fever dream. But the groups of the 2010s haven’t completely withered away yet. While other successful acts have succumbed to certain members going solo, Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer has persisted in staying relevant. Their latest release CALM shows how they’ve managed to make it in the new decade. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:20pm
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There’s a point in everyone’s life when they suddenly become an oldhead. Well, the act of becoming an oldhead isn’t sudden. It’s a years — even decades — long process, and its onset can be quite jarring. Say that in your younger days, you enjoyed 1990s and 2000s hip-hop a la 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G., Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West, but now in 2020, you find yourself repulsed by new schoolers like Lil Uzi Vert, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Trippie Redd and Travis Scott.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:46am
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Sufjan Stevens is one of the most fascinating artists working today. His life story contributes to one part of this enthrallment (an aspect that most fans are particularly attuned to). He consistently addresses personal experiences in his work, whether it’s through direct storytelling or atmospheric anecdotes about the places he’s lived. Even more intriguing is his position within the music industry and broader pop culture. Stevens has been able to hold true to his ambitions while maintaining an image in the mainstream.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm
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For most people, the stages of quarantine have gone something along these lines: anger about being stuck inside all day, acceptance that quarantine is a necessary measure, militance in making sure that everyone follows the rules, confusion as to what to do with all this free time and resignation that quarantine is going to last a whole lot longer than anticipated. If your quarantine hasn’t gone down this way, you haven’t been adhering to social distancing and isolation measures, which is wack, and you will therefore be considered a buster.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:20pm
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When my friend told me Donald Glover dropped a new album, I immediately sought it out on Spotify and couldn’t find it. The long-awaited Childish Gambino project materialized on a mysterious website, https://donaldgloverpresents.com, on March 15. My friend joked that Glover uploaded the album on accident before taking a nap — a very probable explanation, but Glover’s move felt very deliberate.