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On Blonde

by David Hurtado “OK, IF ONE PERSON MANAGED TO STOP THEMSELVES FROM SPINNING THIS MORNING.. WHILE THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING KEEPS GOING.. WOULD THAT PERSON THEN GET SMASHED INTO BY THE OBJECTS AROUND HER AND CAUSE MASSIVE DESTRUCTION UPON IMPACT? OR IS THAT POOR PHYSICS? i know, i know..quit asking dumb ass questions to the […]

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It’s No Good Unless It’s Real: Beach House at King’s Theatre, Brooklyn (11/3/16)

by Julia Medina On Thursday, November 3rd, crowds of quirky but well-dressed people filtered into the newly refurbished King’s Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Having traveled all the way from Yale to the theatre, I was among them, also quirky, maybe not as well dressed. Beach House came out a couple minutes after nine, and with […]

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Notes from Clearwater

by Annie Rosenthal After I graduated high school, I spent the first few weeks of the summer of 2015 walking around the city listening to podcasts, doing some half-hearted job hunting and trying to get gap year plans in order. When my friend Dio emailed me and asked if I’d want to volunteer with her […]

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Puberty 2: Mitski and the Growing Pains of Adulthood

by Nicole Mo The first track on Mitski Miyawaki’s new album Puberty 2 opens with just a drum machine playing rapid-fire under restrained vocals. The song builds—pulsing synths, ripples of guitar, and full-throated sax gather to a gorgeous shattering of the constructed stasis. The first 90 seconds of “Happy” is an aural telescope, journeying from a […]

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Stressed Out

by Laurence Li Twenty One Pilots say they’re not hip-hop, but they are. In true hip-hop mixological tradition, they blend synthesizer and drums with brutally honest lyrics on their 2015 hit Stressed Out. Kanye exerts significant influence, although Twenty One Pilots would never admit it. The song’s mixture of synthesizer with self-criticism is at the […]

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Change of the Guard

by Max Vinetz In this contemporary jazz epic, Kamasi Washington brings Miles Coltrane, Mahler, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat along for the journey. You may have heard him before, but you probably haven’t heard of him. Meet Kamasi Washington, the man whose tenor saxophone permeated the world on Kendrick Lamar’s latest release, To Pimp A Butterfly. […]

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Patti Smith’s “Eighteen Stations”

by Sara McCartney Patti Smith, Cafe ‘Ino, Bedford Street (2013) Punk Priestess Patti Smith is better known for the big: loud, attention grabbing rock shows, big ideas, cosmic poetry, and an emotionally devastating memoir, Just Kids, which documents the cultural history of New York in its hipster heyday. By contrast, her new art exhibit, Eighteen […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]