Søren Kierkegaard, a major philosophical influence of Elliott’s, wrote, “My melancholy is the most faithful mistress I have known; what wonder, then, that I love her in return.” No sentence better encapsulates Elliott’s approach to confronting despair through art.

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Despite the implications of the word “mixtape,” Angel’s Pulse deserves to be taken seriously. It’s lighthearted, but that doesn’t mean it’s not heartfelt.


Play/Ground was a sensory overload, tailor made for the interests of young women like me.


Madlib and Gibbs know that they’re the best, all they had to do was prove it to the world. They have once again secured the honor of releasing the best rap album of the year. Hell, this dynamic duo may have just released the album of the year.

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I don’t like The National any less after seeing them live, but it’s now clear that they should be placed in the category of bands that are much better on Spotify than they are on stage.


Glover has had a full career under the Childish Gambino moniker to primp and preen the set, giving us, the audience, a novel opportunity to observe what the true final form of an artist might look like — one whose body of work has been iterated upon and is now better understood, one whose grand finale has been set in his sights.


From talking to my driver taking me back to the airport, as well as to an old man whose car we backed into in a Walgreens parking lot, the locals of little Manchester, Tennessee love the festival and all the business it brings along with it. The signs leading into the town say things like “Birthplace of Bonnaroo” and “Home of the Farm,” an endearing local touch that eliminated my worry that the festival would be seen as a yearly invasion of outsiders, preying on small-town hospitality.


Hobo Johnson is proof that music can be introspective and creative without ever being good. He has the emotional immaturity and awkward sexual frustration of Pinkerton-era Rivers Cuomo without any of the musical talent. “We should go and get a friggin' cup of coffee / And I’ll act friendly and I won’t pull any stunts / But I’m a little stunt puller from birth / So I don’t know what to tell you.” Gag me.


Leaving the bathroom at around 3:30 a.m., I was stopped by a gruff staff member who reminded me that it was Father’s Day tomorrow. He told me that as a father of five, what he treasures the most are the notes his kids have written for him over the years. He handed me a pen.

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For seventeen years, Bonnaroo Music Festival has established itself as one of the paramount summer festivals in America. Taking place on a massive farm in Tennessee, every year the festival is home to some of the most momentous performances and colorful characters you can find.