Post Tagged with: "face the music"

Cultural Appropriation Hits the Mainstream

At this point, writing an article about cultural appropriation and race in pop music, specifically within hip-hop, is nothing new. Images of Miley twerking, Taylor Swift attempting to twerk, and Katy Perry and countless other pop icons mainstreaming black aesthetics punctuate our recent cultural consciousness. Arguments about “blackness” in hip-hop[Read More…]

by April 24, 2015 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Seeing and Feeling Live Music

On the night of its Tuesday album release, Alabama-born, Philadelphia-raised Waxahatchee brought a new breed of intimate punk to Black Cat. Waxahatchee, the newest indie-music incarnation of lo-fi darling Katie Crutchfield, captivated the crowd with raw lyrics, balanced against a backdrop of pounding rock. Named for the creek near Crutchfield’s[Read More…]

by April 10, 2015 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Making the Mundane Extraordinary

Courtney Barnett is the quotidian lyricist our generation needs, although we certainly don’t deserve her. With deadpan wit and rambling, 1990s grunge-soaked style, Australian singer-songwriter Barnett captures everyday life in “Depreston,” the first single off of her debut rollicking full-length album “Sometimes I Sit, and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit.”[Read More…]

Of Records and Road Trip Playlists

Spring break was a series of ice-cold cars and off beat record stores. After a sunrise flight into Chicago, Jack and I found ourselves at the mecca of Midwest hipsterdom: Wicker Park. In Wicker Park, grunge is alive and well and being alternative is still too mainstream. The slew of[Read More…]

by March 14, 2015 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Sia Shakes Things Up

For an event that is self-proclaimed, marketed, branded and sold to audiences worldwide as “music’s biggest night,” the Grammy Awards are only somewhat about music. The formula for the Grammys, and the plethora of other entertainment awards ceremonies during the winter awards season, is fairly unwavering, save for a few[Read More…]

by February 13, 2015 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

The Music Muse

I was sitting in a coffee shop above another coffee shop on a street lined with coffee shops when a man from Detroit came onto the speakers. Americana folk music mixed with the familiar whirl of the espresso machine and soft chatter of my neighboring caffeine fanatics filled the room[Read More…]

by January 30, 2015 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide

Carefree Songs for a Sunny Season

Spring has most certainly arrived on campus. The birds are singing, flowers are blooming and people are dressed like it’s 85 degrees, even though the thermostat barely reads 50. But regardless of the temperature, spring brings an air of excitement to the Hilltop. Suddenly, it seems, no one has class[Read More…]

by April 12, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Old Favorites for New Playlists

My musical education was a haphazard thing — I learned a third of what I know from my dad and his love of The Kinks, a third from my brother and his refusal to be ashamed of having Miley Cyrus, Phish and Tupac on the same iPod and the remaining[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Download New Scores For Slopes and Shores

Ah, spring break. The mere words bring to mind mid-afternoon naps on the beach and nights you will barely remember. As I’m not really good at being a young person, I’ve never done the typical, tropical spring break. This year I’m headed to Ireland to drink copious pints and get[Read More…]

by March 2, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Listen to Your Heart

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, the roads are still covered with fading rose petals and there’s hardly a blood diamond left on the shelves of Jareds. All the world heaves either a sigh of relief that they can temporarily forget about their loneliness, or a sigh of depression that it[Read More…]

by February 17, 2012 0 comments The Guide