August Album Picks

Twin Heavy – Willie J Healey Released through Yala! Music Twin Heavy was the first I had heard from British singer-songwriter Willie J Healey. Right away, he won me over with the charismatic first track “Fashun“. It’s no surprise, considering the collective influence and inspiration from George Harrison, Iggy Pop, and Neil Young. I’m a…

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Duckwrth: SuperGood Album Review

As we grapple with a year marked by cultural turmoil, consumers seek out media that transports us to a more carefree time. Endlessly affable rapper Duckwrth answers this call with SuperGood, the South L.A. native’s second full-length album after 2016’s I’m Uugly and a slew of critically acclaimed mixtapes and EPs. Recorded in the first few months of 2020, SuperGood is a tantalizing yet wistful effort, captivating listeners with the prospect of what this year could have been.   The album plays…

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July Album Picks

Flower of Devotion – Dehd Released July 17th through Fire Talk Records Dehd, a three-piece band out of Chicago’s DIY scene, has been releasing music since 2015. Flower of Devotion, their 3rd full-length album, comes after the breakup of bassist Emily Kempf and guitarist Jason Balla. Both members share raw and passionate vocals throughout, only…

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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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Lost Legends: Arthur Brown, the Forgotten Forefather of Rock

The history of music is complicated, and with the dearth of content released, it’s inevitable that most artists get left in the dust of changing trends and technologies, even some of the good ones.  That’s just the nature of the industry.  Not everyone can have a number one hit, or chart-topping album, or an underground…

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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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On the Inability to Remove Politics from the Punk Movement

So, you want to call yourself a punk, eh? Let’s have a chat.  Recently, I’ve seen a few statements from those who self-identify as punks and support the music industry claiming it is “annoying” that some members of the community turn conversations into political statements, or critique those who find themselves taking issues “way too…

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Anthony Fantano’s Complicated Critic Status

Anthony Fantano, “the internet’s busiest music nerd,” is a prominent music critic and journalist on YouTube.  Notably, Fantano runs two YouTube channels: The Needle Drop and Fantano. In recent years, disputes on Wikipedia and Metacritic have occurred of whether or not Fantano’s review scores should be listed under an album’s ratings page. Fans of Fantano…

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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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