Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:56pm
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Willie Nelson’s latest album, That’s Life, brings a new flair to some of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits. Largely staying true to the original Sinatra source material, old-time fans of these favorite tracks will find Nelson’s take an easy switch. However, Sinatra’s hits, filled with his boyish charm and flirtatious crooning, benefit greatly from Nelson’s coarse, aged vocals and image. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 12:09pm
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It’s been nearly eight years since Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power reunited as the widely hailed group Fuck Buttons. It’s not as if they haven’t been busy, though. Hung has worked on several side projects, and Power has been focusing on building up the name of his own solo project, Blanck Mass. 

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 2:02pm
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Have you ever felt the urge to cry but the tears just won’t come? Maybe you don’t even feel sad, just in need of a good release?  

The first time I listened to Cassandra Jenkins’s An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, I found warm tears rolling down my cheeks as the final song faded out, not so much a sad cry as it was a meditative one. The Brooklyn musician’s latest album has that emotional effect, poetically tackling pain and the past with introspective intimacy. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:07pm
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Taylor Swift released her self-titled debut album in 2006 at only 16 years old. In a way that no one could have predicted, Swift emerged as the ruler of the pop and country music charts for the next fifteen years, all the way up to her most recent release, evermore, in December 2020.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:07pm
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After school, my high school jazz band would gather in the band room. For 30 minutes before rehearsal, the student musicians would socialize, share music and licks and improvise together. It was a discordant but friendly atmosphere. One day, someone called out “Spain” and everyone’s face lit up. The drummer counted us in, and everyone started playing. It was the first time I had heard of the piece, and I had to google the chart, but I was instantly enamored with it. It was so fresh, so bright and very compelling.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 2:45pm
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Due to the pandemic, the long-standing tradition of the Eurovision Song Contest was canceled in 2020. The competition, held for over 70 years, has seen the likes of Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Enya and ABBA enter and gain fame. It’s been a way for countries across the globe (but primarily in Europe) to playfully compete with one another and, as the years have progressed, intense fandom has naturally arisen from this. Who could blame them?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 2:41pm
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The snow is piling up past my downstairs neighbor’s window, and I can only imagine the darkness they have to face now. I imagine Lael Neale’s Acquainted with Night playing through their apartment as they watch the snow turn into mountains before them. The second song on the album, “Every Star Shivers in the Dark,” ends with an instrumental exit that feels like the snow slowly building itself into this great, powerful mountain beneath me, unaware of the dark days it may drag along with its white blankets.

Monday, February 22, 2021 - 5:25pm
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Remember sitting next to a friend in the library and sharing earbuds to introduce them to a new song? Or hearing something unfamiliar at a party and immediately looking up the lyrics to save it to your phone? Since the days of easily experiencing music with others are gone (for now), the music beat decided to make up for some lost opportunities by holding a virtual listening party last week.

Monday, February 22, 2021 - 11:44am
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With a relatively unheralded release, Lil Tjay and 6LACK’s “Calling My Phone” has been rapidly accumulating streams worldwide, and is even threatening to dethrone Olivia Rodrigo’s chart-dominating “Drivers License” in the U.K. The smooth R&B track has exploded onto the scene and could give each artist their highest-ever charting single, an important accolade for rising stars like themselves.

Monday, February 22, 2021 - 11:42am
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Indigo Sparke has a way of gathering the stars and keeping them in her pocket, handing them out on her guitar strings as she sees fit. The Australian singer-songwriter’s debut album, Echo, surrounds you, yet never leaves you feeling claustrophobic. It is as wide open as the deserts she drew inspiration from in the making of this album.