Category: Music

What Taylor Swift Got Wrong This Time

To say that Taylor Swift’s image has changed over the course of her career would be an understatement. Since her first album came out in 2006 she has grown up, and her brand has documented her growth. Along the way, she’s dealt with a series of public criticisms and feuds, most recently with Kanye West,… Read more »

Youth in Khalid’s Debut Album

Khalid Robinson, a singer-songwriter known by his stage name “Khalid,” recently released his first album, American Teen. Khalid started producing music at age seventeen, working on his chart-topping single during his high school’s spring break. The single, “Location,” is characterized by a clean beat with at times a lo-fi-like quality to it. This sound is… Read more »

Art and Soul: Remembering Jazz Photographer Chuck Stewart

You can almost hear the photograph. It’s an image of Dinah Washington, taken in 1963. Draped in a thick fur coat and armed with a heavily annotated score, she is shown in profile: her eyes tightly shut, her mouth open wide. The shot is as loud and colorful as the “Queen of the Blues” herself,… Read more »

Is Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe” Faithful to Christmas?

In a moment of quiet, unbridled irreverence, Justin Bieber once confessed, “I should be chillin’ with my folks I know, but I’mma be under the mistletoe.” A peculiar sentiment, considering it followed another statement of his: “It’s the most beautiful time of the year, lights fill the streets spreading so much cheer…” Sadly, the quotes… Read more »

Where Did Frank Ocean Go?

I, like many other Twitter users, spent the better part of 2015 and 2016 militantly tweeting “WHERE’S FRANK???” If you were anywhere near social media in 2015 and 2016, you would have seen memes, tweets, Facebook posts, subreddit pages, or what have you, all from Frank Ocean fans who were scouring the Internet’s sea floor… Read more »

Bowie and Me

The influence of the late rock star on this author’s life.

Drake’s Subliminal Marketing Campaign

Drake and Apple Music teamed up to sell you a product. Thankfully, they had fun with it – using nostalgia, infectious dancing, and the power of memes.