TRANSPARENT MASK REVIEW: 11/10 STARS

I am so happy I found this mask. I love smiling at people in public. But ever since this global pandemic thing, my gorgeous face has been covered by a bulky mask. So, I went to my friend Chuck – his mom makes strictly Christmas themed masks – and I asked Chuck if he could…

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Ranked: MF DOOM

As if 2020 couldn’t possibly get any worse, the year ended with the announcement of the passing of Danielle Dumille, better known as MF DOOM. One of the most influential, poetic, and skilled MCs to ever live, Dumille produced and wrote numerous albums under a plethora of pseudonyms (Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, DOOM) that will…

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Giving Up the Ghost: Vaporwave, Pastiche, and Hauntology

One thing I’ve always wondered about when I was growing up was what seemed to be the cyclical nature of culture. Growing up in the 2010s, I saw revivals of styles in fashion, music, and art that were present in other previous decades. Almost like a near constant regurgitation of styles and forms that were…

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The Monolith: What Spotify Playlists Mean for Music in 2021

My dad has been a music collector for as long as I can remember. His packed shelves line the walls of our home office, proudly boasting nearly 3,000 CDs in neatly alphabetized rows. As a kid, my dad’s CD collection seemed to contain all the music in the world—requesting specific albums and hearing “Sorry, I…

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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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