New Music Friday (July 22)

Coming at you with this week’s issue of New Music Friday! This week’s issue is full of new artists and a great new playlist to check out! Let’s get into it Sunni Colon News broke early last week that Frank Ocean emerged from deep space hibernation to once again publicly promise his new album at the…

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY

It’s Friday. Time for your weekly fix of new music to power you through that final day of work/classes. Let’s get right into it: Bobby Tarantino x Logic I do have to say, I’m a huge fan of the no-frills no-hype midnight album release. However, I do feel like the two incredible singles released in…

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY

Hey, you there. Great Britain may no longer be in the EU, but it’s the end of the work week, so put on your casual wear, leave the tie and/or blazer at home, and take these tracks, albums, and playlists for a spin today. Johannesburg x Mumford & Sons A beautiful by-product of the South…

Conscious Rap or Christian Rap?

Editorial Note: In the wake of tragedy, we are often at a loss for words. However, silence in the wake of such tragedy can only embolden its impression. For the families of those slain and injured during the events of Saturday’s shooting in Orlando, I offer my deep condolences. Such a heinous and brutal act…

A Look Inside

Much of my taste in music is greatly influenced by my Ethiopian-American identity. I vividly remember sitting in my dad’s car on rides to school, surrounded by a swirl of Ethiopian Orthodox hymnals, the ethio-jazz of greats like Mulatu Astatke and Tilahun Gessesse, as well as the sounds of early 2000’s Atlanta hip-hop. Growing up in a…

Dre’s Flashback! Contralto: The Real Sirens of R&B

– This is the first article in a new column by contributing author, D’Andre Carr. I don’t know if I want to characterize it as forgotten or unacclaimed or an under-praised voice, but it needs to be said and I’m going to say it—the contralto vocal performance is the heart of R&B. And my aim…

Artist Spotlight: Vince Staples

To understand many of the current musical phenomena we now see, we must often travel back in time to understand their beginnings. To understand the ground-breaking nature of Vince Staples’ work, we must first understand the music of the 90’s West Coast rap influences that came before him. The 1990’s were an era marked by…

Artist Interview: Opia

Check out the track “Falling” HERE The past 24 hours have been quite the whirlwind for Cole Citrenbaum and Jacob Reske. They’ve risen from releasing their debut track, to cold-emailing a long list of music bloggers, to now fielding calls from managers and representatives from record labels, all only a few days after posting their beautiful…

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I first learned the power that music could have when I was about 12 years old. I was sitting in my middle school orchestra class, as our teacher began to teach us about the different periods of classical music. It was a lecture I’d heard a few times before, and therefore decided to daze off…

What You Know ‘Bout That? Vol. 1

So, this is intended to be the first in a long series of updates that will center around righting a serious musical wrong. If you, like me, have grown up in the constant shadow of elder family members at cookouts alluding to your dearth of knowledge in pre-2000 musical phenomena, then this series will equip…