Category: Perspectives

Still Screaming: Remembering the Power of Emo Music

It’s 2018 and I’m getting ready for Brooklyn Emo Night. Is it too on the nose to wear the Dashboard Confessional shirt I bought at one of their anniversary concerts? Emo music, known mostly for dramatic, angsty lyrics and accompanying Hot Topic wardrobes, has mostly retreated into music history, though bands have been making the

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Kendrick Lamar’s Take on The Russia Investigation is a First in Rap’s Relationship with the FBI

From NWA’s iconic “Fuck tha Police” to Macklemore’s cringe-worthy “White Privilege II,” hip-hop has been a direct successor to the soulful protest anthems of the 60s, aiming to topple prevailing power structures. Hip-hop is counterculture by design, and government institutions serve as multi-headed monsters that emcees attack in politically charged songs.

The Power of Music to Divide, Unite, and Create Racialized Spaces

Have you ever been to a bar where everyone sings along to both Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares?” Yeah, didn’t think so. I could see the place from the car window. Not too crowded, but certainly not empty — my kind of Friday night spot. We were all smiles as we stepped out

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How Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ Introduced Me to Hip-Hop

Sometimes you hear an album and suddenly everything you thought you knew about music goes out the window. In 2010 I was that kid who was raised on classic rock and turned his nose up at hip-hop. I enjoyed indie and I’d just begun to get my feet wet in the Philly music scene with the

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Osheaga 2012: “One of the most surreal, bizarre, and thrilling days of my teenage years”

The family had taken up half the restaurant as they all sat amongst themselves by the windows at the front of the establishment. It was a mixture of adults and kids, enjoying food and great conversation, I’m sure. While I kept eyeing them, a couple feet away, I couldn’t make out exactly what they were

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There’s a Problem With Justin Timberlake Performing At the Super Bowl

Let me be clear, I am no hater of Justin Timberlake. I actually favor the N*Sync member-turned-breakout soloist as one of the great performers of my lifetime. However, Janet Jackson is one of the greatest of all time, and I go hard for her. and it was last night that I remembered it's still JANET JACKSON and then

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