How Black Musicians Created House Music

From the very beginning, it was the gay and black people that kept dance music alive. Mel Cheren, West End Records Despite what ABC News might tell you, house music didn’t come from white French people. David Guetta did not, “bring house music to the United States”. The genre was born out of the underground…

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Hands off Tianna Arata and Elias Bautista

As I am sure you have heard, Tianna Arata and Elias Bautista were unjustly arrested during a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism on July 21st in San Luis Obispo. Both Arata and Bautista face felonies, five and two respectively, putting their futures in jeopardy. Naturally, public outrage ensued across The Internet. Infographics detailing…

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Protest Music of the ’60s

Come on fathers, and don’t hesitate / To send your sons off before it’s too late / And you can be the first ones in your block / To have your boy come home in a box (“I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag”, Country Joe and the Fish) In this current time of political unrest and civil disobedience, we…

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Say What? Say So! How TikTok Has Revolutionized Music Streaming Culture

TikTok: love it or hate it, you can’t help but admit that it’s been an expanding social media outlet and dominated pop culture. If you hate it, I understand; I was once there too. But one day, I decided it was time to investigate how trends and music circulates on this controversial app. Because of…

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A Soundtrack to the Apocalypse

Whether we like it or not, we’re living within the midst of one of the most historically significant periods in our society’s history. Some looming, ominous feeling walks hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic: one reminiscent of the apocalypse. People are engaging in it, too. Movies like Pandemic and Outbreak were some of the most streamed…

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Rebecca Black’s Influence on the Neo-Novelty Artist

February 9, 2020: the nine year anniversary of the 2011 hit “Friday”. It is unlikely any of us marked our calendar and celebrated, but nevertheless Rebecca Black commemorated the holiday with a heartfelt Instagram post detailing her pubescent struggles with depression and her since “glow-up”. Those of us who heard the news were reminded of…

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