Music

Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR” Rejects the Sweetness of Teenagehood

The album’s youthful sporadicness, raw honesty and emotional vulnerability certify Rodrigo’s status as one of Gen Z’s musical forerunners. 
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On This Day: The Beatles’ Escapism Through “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Prior to their 1970 disbandment, The Beatles refreshed their creative drive via the escapism central to their historical concept album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
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Record Recap: The Best and Worst of Music in the Pandemic (So Far)

While this year may be one everyone wants to forget, these are some of the moments that will be remembered. 
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A Conversation with Santa Barbara Musician Conner Cherland

With his new LP, “Love Songs by Conner Cherland,” set to release in June, Cherland shared some backstory about the project and about his career as a singer-songwriter.
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In Review: St. Vincent Gets Down and Out

“Daddy’s Home” adopts a completely new persona by traveling back in time to create new stories.
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In Review: Demi Lovato Dances With The Devil And Comes Back Stronger Than Ever

If there’s anyone who deserves a triumphant comeback album story arc, it’s Demi Lovato.
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On This Day: Van Cliburn, The Pianist That Broke The Cold War

As cheesy as it sounds, Cliburn became the epitome of the commonality of art between all of humankind, pushing past extremist notions of anti-Communism.
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On This Day: “Carrie & Lowell” By Sufjan Stevens

Despite having only a 43-minute runtime, the album covers a lifetime of the complicated relationship between Stevens and his mother, along with the sadness that follows the death of a loved one.
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In Review: Tash Sultana’s “Terra Firma” Flares Up Worldwide

On this multiple-listens-through type of record, something beyond the songs themselves will linger in your thoughts.
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Record Recap: 50th Anniversary Of “Tago Mago” by CAN

The widespread influence of “Tago Mago” is reflected in the subsequent records of musicians who were inspired by the record’s creative exploration.
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In Review: “For the first time” By Black Country, New Road

Black Country, New Road has established itself as one of the most exciting new British exports, frequently drawing comparisons to the American post-hardcore band Slint. 
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In Review: Taylor Swift’s Storytelling Saves 2020, Again

Swift’s new album, “evermore,” both lyrically and sonically picks up where “folklore” left off.
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In Review: “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞” By Kali Uchis

Uchis not only proves her artistic creativity and her ability to blend genres but also successfully embraces and highlights her Colombian roots in defiance of criticism.
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In Review: Kylie Minogue’s Victory Lap With “DISCO”

Minogue has reinvented herself once again with “DISCO,” bringing retro sounds to the future.
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In Review: Tomberlin’s Musical Craft Projects in Her Latest EP

The EP may be disappointing for those seeking pioneering melodies, but it does not fall short of sophistication or sincerity. 
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