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It Doesn’t Count as Losing Your Virginity Unless You Did It While Listening to Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani Featuring Akon

by Charlie Bardey You probably remember it like it was yesterday. You probably think about it every day. You probably spend every second of every day thinking about it. You probably are literally incapable of thinking about anything else. That’s right—I’m talking about the magical moment you lost your virginity. It happens for each of […]

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Fuck the Ukulele: A Lament

by A.R. Canzano In the contemporary music culture, the ukulele has become inexorably associated with the Quirky. Zooey Deschanel, as the Quirky’s poster child, wears polka dots and strums. Ingrid Michaelson strums, too—and sings about sweaters. She rhymes words like “honey” with words like “money” and “funny.” Like the sweaters in her songs, the ukulele […]

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Unsurprising: Album Release Tactics in the Age of Beyoncé

by Greg Suralik A few minutes before midnight, in the early morning of December 13th, 2013, an album was made available for purchase on iTunes. The album was not announced with fanfare—its minimalist cover artwork, with the artist’s name in pink over a jet-black background, was unceremoniously displayed on the digital store’s front page. No […]

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El rap es guerra: Rap as Warfare in Castro’s Cuba

by Stefanie Fernandez “You really need to listen to more Spanish music,” she told me as we were walking down the street back to our summer apartment. I didn’t bother to tell her that in Miami-Cuban culture, Pitbull was not the norm, nor that Romeo Santos and bachata, are not as popular in South Florida […]

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Back to 1989: Father John Misty & the Culture of Nostalgia

by Stephanie Smelyansky Taylor Swift is a pop phenomenon of the 21st century. Lou Reed is an experimental rock phenomenon of the mid-to-late 20th century. Father John Misty isn’t a much of a phenomenon at all outside of his moderately successful stint with Fleet Foxes and his less successful solo venture. These three artists had […]

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Father John Misty’s Declaration of Love

by Sanoja Bhaumik Joshua Tillman is on a quest to be genuine. In his efforts to achieve this evasive goal, in 2013 he adopted a new persona and has since created a sarcastic album riddled in irony. I Love You, Honeybear (2015), the second album released under the name Father John Misty, delves into a […]

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Sound Self

by Olivia Klevorn My parents are the same. Both grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Parkway South High School. Both thought the movie Tree of Life was vastly overrated. Both know Jim Moriarty, my mother’s Irish Tennis Captain High School Boyfriend. Both watch their favorite sports alone and cursing. Both have been to […]

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On Having a “Cool Dad”

by Emma Keyes Teenage rebellion is a time-honored tradition that kids are supposed to start considering on their thirteenth birthdays and then get over once they move out of their family homes. I mostly missed that integral stage of life because I never had any reason to rebel. My dad was cooler than I was, […]