Author: Kiran Swamy

A Sample of Today’s Ukrainian Music

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, two artists have caught my attention. One is a pop-star, while another is a YouTube rap sensation. While very different, they are both relevant to Ukrainian culture.


The Arctic Monkeys Return and Miss the Mark with “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”

It has been five years since the Arctic Monkeys last released anything. The long-awaited, sixth album titled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino launched fans into outer-space with an unorthodox vibe, Bowie-esque composition, and obscure central theme. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino threw fans for a loop. My waves of emotions went as followed: Happy that the Arctic

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Cole World, No Blanket: J. Cole Offers a Thought-Provoking Take On Life’s Vices.

J. Cole isn’t one for tip-toeing around the unsaid. In fact, I’d say he is the champion of bringing what’s unsaid into the center of our societal forum. Before you continue reading, this must be known: I have been a J. Cole fan since his Friday Night Lights mixtape. So yes, I’m one of those. Therefore,

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Spring Finally Blooms With George Ezra’s Long-Awaited ‘Staying At Tamara’s’

It took four years, but the wait is finally over for new music from English singer-songwriter George Ezra. Fans can hear his voice again with the release of Staying At Tamara’s, the follow-up to his debut studio album, Wanted on Voyage. Ezra dropped the lead single, “Don’t Matter Now,” in June 2017, nine months before the

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