All Girls to the Front: a Brief History and the Resurgence of Riot Grrrl

It’s no secret that trends that start underground end up flowing into the mainstream at one point or another. What is surprising, however, is how quickly stylistic changes seem to be made nowadays. In the age of COVID quarantines and tunnel-visioned TikTok “For You” pages, the Riot Grrrl punk subgenre is seeing a massive boom…

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The Big Man’s Calling it Quits: Santa’s Resignation Letter

Dear Children, That’s it. That was the last one, ingrates. The last Christmas. The last time SANTA is slipping down a dusty chimney to give YOU presents. What kind of socially constructed lore is that? Did you know that a person cannot fit down a chimney? I can already hear you sputtering – “But, Santa,…

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The rAWR-ing 20s: Gen Z Revives Scene on Tik Tok

Nostalgia has been the weapon of choice for several years in the world of marketing. Retailers, media companies, and authors have the formula down: capitalizing off old trends or ideas is a surefire way to avoid the stress of coming up with new concepts, to generate revenue, and to spark public attention – positive or…

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Cataloging The Gizzverse: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s discography, ranked from worst to best

With 16 full-length albums in just eight years, King Gizzard has built an impressive discography in a short amount of time; they’ve crafted their trade in a plethora of genres, ranging from folk to thrash metal.  In any discography with more than ten or twelve albums, there’s often some debate on what the “best album”…

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Wine Pairing: Syrah and Bright Eyes

I drank an entire bottle of wine and listened to the new Bright Eyes album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. The inspiration for this eventual mess was the attempt to combine my two favorite things: music and wine. It may not seem like there is an intersection of music and wine,…

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FITE CLUB ep. 1 – Jesus is Kanye

Our first episode of our first podcast series, FITE CLUB! a podcast where we take your favorite artists’ most controversial and divisive works and discuss them with the fans who love ‘em and the fans who hate ‘em. We started the series off with one of the most controversial figures in American culture right now, Kanye West, and his most recent album Jesus is King.

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Jacob Collier’s New Album is a Maddening Listening Experience

Jacob Collier is, at the very least, interesting as a musician. Having made his start on YouTube by producing Brady Bunch intro-style covers of jazz standards like George Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm”, he quickly cemented his place in online jazzhead culture. Though he wasn’t putting forth original compositions, his talents as an instrumentalist and arranger were made exceedingly…

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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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