Categories
Reviews

Escaping the Aviary with Eryn Allen Kane

by Anna Ayres-Brown     Very rarely does an artist emerge with the vocal chops and boundary-pushing musical style of Erykah Badu. Badu has pioneered the subgenre of neo-soul, incorporating funk, hip hop, and jazz into a discography that addresses insecurity, religion, and institutionalized racism. For decades, Badu has been challenging musical norms through her […]

Categories
Reviews

When Yeezus Stopped Partying in L.A.

by J. Joseph When Kanye West released Yeezus (and simultaneously started to refer to himself as Yeezus), the music world was divided. On the one hand, his musical production had reached new heights and entered into very interesting territory; it was generally lauded. On the other the lyrics on the album suffered tremendously (and he himself […]

Categories
Letters from the Editor

Letter from the Editor #25: Goodbye Waterface

by Christopher Cappello In November 2014 I got in a car with Jeff and drove one hundred and thirty-four miles to Cambridge, Massachusetts. We were carrying a mixer, two speak­ers, a PA head, t-shirts, a handful of vuvuzelas, and at least two hundred copies of the first issue of the zine that I edited: #23, […]

Categories
Features

Ibeyi’s Ghost Stories

by A.R. Canzano When I listen to Ibeyi, I imagine myself floating along on a slow-moving river illuminated by campfires at twilight. On the shore, two women are singing. They might be ghosts, and they sing spirit-songs. Ibeyi is the name of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, a pair of 20-year-old French-Cuban twins based in Paris. […]

Categories
Features

The Misunderstood Music

by Benjy Steinberg According to family lore, I became a jazz-head at age two. My parents had taken me to a bar and grill in L.A. that happened to have a jazz trio as its house band. I spent the entire meal fawning at the saxophon­ist. Maybe it was the music, or maybe just the […]

Categories
Features

Why We Shouldn’t Forget the Music Video

by Teddy Sokoloff When Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butter­fly in March of 2015, I was infatuated by it. It’s infu­sion of jazz, neo-soul, and funk motifs complements a canonical hip-hop sound that Lamar started in with his album Section.80. What impressed me most about the album was how wildly different it was from […]

Categories
Features

The Power of Music

by Ebony Bradwell I am who I say I am, not who you say I am. That is the power of music. It moves us like a life force that controls our movements. It urges us to action whether we own it or not. Music is the constant that shapes our lives. The standard of […]

Categories
Features

Subjected: A Dialogue of Self and Song

by Allison Primak When I grow up, I want to be Jenny from the National’s album Trouble Will Find Me. When I was younger, it was the Plain White T’s Delilah; later, it was Vampire Weekend’s Hannah Hunt. For me, these songs have soundtracked more than a few self-indul­gent moments—late nights spent in friends’ rooms […]

Categories
Features

How the South Sounds

by Nick Grewal The Carrboro, North Carolina-based record label Paradise of Bachelors is hitting its stride. Its recent slate of releases is strong, and together these records indicate a more coherent and specific vision than many of its competitors in today’s indie label ratrace. Think vintage 4AD, but exchange the ethereal goth music for refined […]

Categories
Features

Life and How to Live It: A Postmodern Intersection

by Christopher Cappello In 2006 my parents purchased R.E.M.’s CD compilation …And I Feel Fine, a collection of hits and b-sides spanning the band’s six-year tenure with the independent label I.R.S. Records. Disc two features a live performance of the song “Life and How to Live It,” recorded in the Netherlands on the band’s 1987 […]