Top 100 Songs Of 2016

The power of the song was alive and well in 2016. When I think of the tracks that didn’t even have the chance to make the top 100, by artists like David Bowie or Anderson .Paak, I can’t help but feel like even if 2016 was horrible, we were blessed to have great music coming […]

Reflecting On Angel Olsen's "Sister" During Election Night

I didn’t start out thinking “Sister” was my favorite song of the year because of any political reasons. I had a multitude of thematic, musical, and emotional reasons for loving that song – reasons that, previous to my current (apparently liberal) worldview, would have been appropriate given my position as a music journalist. On election […]

What Does Your Enjoyment of Sam's Town Say About You As A Killers Fan

By all accounts, the opening of Sam’s Town, the Killer’s sophomore album and follow up to the overnight radio changing Hot Fuss, is numb. Not numb in a musical sense, just numb with a sort of anticipation. The title track, which kicks off the album, is the equivalent of a free sample; arriving just before […]

Building a Carly Rae Jepsen Concept Album

Building a Carly Rae Jepsen Concept Album Carly Rae Jepsen… Pop star. Short hair enthusiast. Queen. For someone whose career could’ve easily been tarnished by the massive success of “Call Me Maybe”, enough people took notice of how great the rest of her breakout album Kiss was to give her the time of day for her […]

Lydia Loveless, Wheeler Walker Jr., and What It Means to Be "Outlaw" in 2016

Lydia Loveless, Wheeler Walker Jr., and What It Means to Be “Outlaw” in 2016 Analyzing the “Outlaw” in “Outlaw Country The phrase “Outlaw Country” is a pretty empty feeling phrase – not because I don’t like the genre of music, but because it doesn’t really feel like it means much beyond its own conventions. Musically […]

Stranger Things vs. Stranger Things

Stranger Things is a 2016 television series on Netflix. In fact, it’s a very good television series on Netflix. If one were to argue Stranger Things Season 1 was the best thing Netflix had ever released, I would maybe be inclined to agree with them. See, if you haven’t heard of or seen Stranger Things […]

Reassessing Schoolboy Q as the Wheat Thins of Rap

In a recent conversation with a friend, the subject of Schoolboy Q’s status in hip-hop was debated and, in a rare moment of rap chat unity, we were both somewhat at a loss to figure out how to classify him. In a list of the top 10 biggest rappers right now, there was something juvenile […]

So Yesterday

So Yesterday: From Disney to MTV, An In-depth Look At Why Hilary Duff’s Music Career Failed, And How Her Wholesome Image Provided A Breath Of Fresh Air In The 2000’s In July of 2014, Hilary Duff released her first music video in almost six years, and I know what you’re thinking: “That was 2 years […]

A 1000-Word Breakdown Of Prince’s Greatest Guitar Solo

Opinion: A 1000-Word Breakdown Of Prince’s Greatest Guitar Solo There are things that have happened across the course of the music culture that are justifiably spoken in hushed whispers or, better yet, never spoken about at all because they allude description. I could talk about a number of Prince songs and stories – falling into […]

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