Music

Welcome to “Chromatica”: Lady Gaga Returns to Her Pop Homeland

This dance-central album might just provide enough refuge with a bedroom dance party to make us forget we can’t listen to this music at a real party.
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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases New Refined “Dedicated Side B” Quarantine Album

Even though there are overlapping themes in other Jepsen songs and the material isn’t exactly new, there are still some gems in this album that represent the best of her discography.
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Keeping Afloat With SadGirl

As part of the Associated Students (A.S.) Program Board’s “Live on the Rise” series, the Los Angeles band SadGirl performed and answered questions on a Zoom livestream this past Wednesday night.
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Steve Aoki Brings the (Virtual) Rave to You

Isla Vista’s favorite DJ, Steve Aoki, brought the rave to everyone’s living rooms this past Sunday night for a one-and-a-half-hour-long live set streamed straight from his Las Vegas mansion. 
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Artsweek’s Official Pandemic Party Playlist

Here’s a quarantine playlist to enjoy while partying at home with your roommates.
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Tracks of the Month: April 2020

Here's a list of Artsweek's favorite new tracks from April 2020!
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TikTok: A Cultural Reset of Popularizing Indie Music

Regardless of how you feel about TikTok, there’s no denying that it has had a significant role in reshaping the music industry.
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DaBaby Takes the Heat on “BLAME IT ON BABY”

“BLAME IT ON BABY” sees DaBaby try to emulate the success he found with his first two projects by leaning on his signature aggressive vocals and sardonic flow.
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Rina Sawayama’s Debut Album is a Career-Defining Project

Rina Sawayama’s debut album, “SAWAYAMA,” is finally here, and lives up to the years of hype fans have accumulated towards this project.
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Thundercat Said It Best, “It Is What It Is”

Just enough musical content for a simple drive around town or a walk with a dog, Thundercat managed to condense his entire album into a 37-minute masterpiece.
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The Strokes’ (and the World’s) New Abnormal

Perfect for our new abnormal way of living, the Strokes have come to cure our quarantine depression by releasing their first album in seven years.
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Track Review: “The One” by The Lemon Twigs

The Twigs always serve their indie rock style meshed with ‘70s pop glam, and they have already proven they will continue to do so on future projects.
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Tracks of the Month: March 2020

Need some new songs for your quarantine playlist? Look no further!
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Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” Blends Past and Present, Brilliantly

On “Future Nostalgia," Lipa carefully constructs her sound around ‘80s pop and brings it to the present, embracing retro trends while putting a fresh perspective on them. 
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In Review: “After Hours” by The Weeknd

New listeners can revel in a melancholic sound that they may not be familiar with yet, and long-time fans can take comfort in the fact that The Weeknd has not really lost sight of who he is after all.
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