Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 3:39pm

On Dec. 13, 1963, Bob Dylan was given the “Tom Paine Award” by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee for his political activism. A visibly shaken, and likely drunk, Dylan said he accepted the award on behalf of “everybody that went down to Cuba,” then unleashed a doozy: “I got to admit that the man who shot President Kennedy, Lee Oswald … I saw some of myself in him.” The crowd booed him off the stage. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:01pm

The Strokes are a transportive band, not just in the tongue-in-cheek nostalgia of their stylistic references, but in the way their music can fixate you in memories. Of course, the music we hear at one time in our lives inherently grounds itself in our memories of that time, but this fact could not be more personally applicable to Is This It, the band’s bittersweet debut album, released in 2001. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 11:42am

Given the current circumstances, the future for small music scenes like hardcore is uncertain. Gigs can’t be played and bands can’t be paid, so what are bands to do? Recorded releases give a band an audience, but records are expensive and don’t pay the bills; performances pay the bills, and now bands can’t perform, leaving them with outstanding invoices, recording fees and unsold merchandise. Bands are making no money and their livelihoods may be at risk.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:13pm

I feel exhausted after I finish an online midterm I’m positive I bombed. I walk out of my room and into the living room of my cottage; my parents’ eyes are glued to CNN, while my brother’s are glued to his phone. Big bold letters line the bottom of the screen: “White House task force could soon recommend Americans wear masks.

The same images of the president speaking come onscreen. It seems they are running out of new footage to use.

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 5:43pm

John Prine was the best to ever do it, plain and simple. It’s the objective truth. When Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, three giants in the American songwriting scene, all claim that someone is the best American songwriter of all time, you have no choice but to listen, and John Prine was that someone. In terms of commercial success, Prine pales in comparison to the aforementioned behemoths, but in terms of legacy and influence, he’s right up there with them, maybe even a tier above.

Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 2:04pm

Just days before his passing, Mac Miller begged Thundercat to appear on his Tiny Desk performance. The bassist initially refused, as the excursion would require him to take days off from his European tour. But he eventually took on the request and surprised Miller, and the pair performed songs from Miller’s album Swimming.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 3:09pm

Some say the place you’re from is what makes you who you are. If that truly is the case, then Sean Bowie certainly is a complex person. Born in Miami and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, they attended college in Southern California and briefly resided in Leipzig, Germany. Bowie, better known by their recording name Yves Tumor, now lives and works in Turin, Italy. If that was too much, here’s a streamlined version: first Miami, then Knoxville, then Southern California, then Leipzig and now Turin.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 4:05pm

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

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

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: