Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 5:41pm
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COVID-19 has given the phrase “bedroom pop” a whole new meaning. High profile musicians across the world have flocked to video conferencing and streaming platforms like Zoom and Instagram Live to perform and chat with fans more than ever before, often from the comfort of their bedrooms. British singer and experimental-pop superstar Charli XCX took this ascending intimacy between artist and listener and cranked it up to the max.

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 5:12pm
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Before her debut, Rina Sawayama was the kind of low-key singer you’d come across on Spotify and think, Holy shit, she is going to have a career. Her first EP, RINA, remains one of the best musical projects of 2017. She burst onto the scene with a fresh pop sound that was in-your-face, uniquely undiluted and over-ornate. Her writing was breathtaking, her voice was sublime and her beats were out of this world — thanks to her producer, Clarence Clarity. He brought the best out of her, and she brought the best out of him: a musical match made in heaven.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 3:03pm
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There’s no better time to play “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” than when you’re trapped at home with little to do. The same can be said for most video games, but especially so for “New Horizons”; no better game could have been released on March 20, 2020.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:39pm
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I played video games as much as any other kid growing up in the GameCube era. My earliest memories of video game music come from playing “Sonic Adventure 2” on the Dreamcast, where you could listen to the original soundtrack from an extras menu. I was particularly fond of the hip-hop songs that played during the Knuckles stages; God only knows how many times I listened to the Pumpkin Hill theme song.

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4:19pm
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New Orleans rapper Jay Electronica is one of the greatest enigmas in the history of hip hop. He first came up in the mid-2000s with hits on MySpace. He then started dating singer Erykah Badu; the eccentricity of her partners after dating her has been the subject of memes in the hip-hop community.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 3:38pm
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New York City 8-bit band Anamanaguchi doesn’t seem like a recipe for mass-appeal music. You can explain their genre by saying “If you like video games and anime, you’ll love Anamanaguchi.” But when I try to imagine a band that takes those mediums as its main influences — not to knock on video games and anime — I imagine niche tunes that only meganerds like myself would enjoy. Definitely not thoughtful, multilayered or widely appealing music. But [USA] is all of the above.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:41pm
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Sometimes, when you pair up a producer and a rapper who each have their own signature sound, you can immediately imagine what their collaboration might sound like. If I said Metro Boomin and Lil Wayne were dropping a single, anybody familiar with both artists could already hear the hazy, southern rap banger forming in their head.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:52pm
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During a drive to Ann Arbor with three other people in my car, I asked each of my companions to queue two songs on Spotify for us to listen to along the way. Two were quick to add their songs, but one of my friends was hesitant to add something to the queue. “I don’t know what to add, just skip me,” she insisted, but I demanded two songs from her. So she reluctantly queued two songs.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 5:40pm
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It was a full house at the screening of “Tesla” I attended in Salt Lake City. Sundance attendees filled up a magnificent theatre with a capacity of well over a thousand. I wasn’t closely following which films were the ones to look out for at Sundance 2020, so I had no idea it would draw such a huge audience. Bystanders clamored outside the theatre for someone to give up their tickets. But the excitement didn’t surprise me.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 2:06pm
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Who was Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post journalist whose Oct. 2, 2018 disappearance at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey dominated headlines for weeks on end?