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The photograph has a warm, sepia tint. Ethel Cain sits on a chair in a long, white dress. She is leaning on a side table with a photograph hanging above her. Wooden slat walls are behind her. The image is blurry and grainy.

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Albums as Narratives: Preacher’s Daughter by Ethel Cain

Clara Blankenship Music Journalist When I first heard Ethel Cain’s album Preacher’s Daughter, I was underwhelmed. Do not get me wrong, I recognized how gorgeous it was, but I felt I was missing the point of connection. I found a Fader podcast interview with her on Spotify a few weeks ago that came out after her release. I relistened to the album afterwards, and my experience completely changed.  Ethel Cain is […]

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Harry Styles stands in a white collared top with dark jeans, in an upside-down room centered with a brown couch, bordered by a side table and chair. The room is lit by natural light.

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Harry Styles Album Review: Harry’s House

Ashley Farnie Music Director The topic of artists shifting genres throughout their musical careers is a polarizing argument. The artist is accused of “abandoning their roots” or becoming molded by the mass media, without their personal autonomy considered. Regardless of the verdict, this recurrent issue questions the validity of our categorization of artists within genres.   Should we evaluate each album as independent, taking a sort of new critical literary […]

todayJune 8, 2022 121 3

Alt-text: Blue tinted picture of the right side of lead singer, Jack Antonoff’s face. Album name is in the bottom right corner in gold cursive.

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Bleachers: Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night Album Review

By Sofia Gualy Music Journalist Music mogul Jack Antonoff and his band, Bleachers, created one of my favorite albums of 2021. After a quick run with his previously successful band Fun, Antonoff began his project with Bleachers in 2014. These New Jersey natives have created some of the most popular indie-pop songs of the 2010s and are continuing to create massive hits in the 2020s.  Take the Sadness Out of […]

todayFebruary 26, 2022 25

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Beach House: Once Twice Melody Album Review

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist I am always torn on what to listen to on a long drive. A playlist, maybe? An album? On a recent drive home, I decided to shuffle the New Releases playlist on Spotify, hoping to find some fresh music. A new Beach House album began playing, and I was immediately taken on a wonderful musical journey that, thankfully, livened up the usually dull drive on […]

todayFebruary 9, 2022 84 2

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Ada Lea:one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden Album Review

By Shack Khoza Music Journalist "Expressive Indie Rock" are the perfect words to describe this amazing album titled one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden by singer/songwriter Ada Lea. This album is for those who are more invested in lyrics and listening comprehension than the music or instrumentals. Every song in this 11-track album more than tells tales or stories. They illustrate narratives about remorse, resentment, and regret, […]

todayNovember 21, 2021 66

The screenshot is of a music video where Cornelius is performing a cover of Passionfruit cover at a Spotify event

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Cornelius’ Fantasma: A Journey of Colors

By Victor Guevara Music Journalist After a usual night of scrolling through the YouTube recommended page, I stumbled upon a bright orange-colored album with the title of Fantasma. With it instantly catching my eye, I clicked and was taken on a journey through different worlds and colors. Initially released on Aug. 6, 1997, and reissued in 2016, the third studio album by Japanese musician, Cornelius, is as fresh as ever. The […]

todayNovember 16, 2021 84 1

A skull on a black background with the eyes also looking like the faces of two character drawings. The skull has teeth missing and is surrounded by an array of incarnations and roses with the album title “Yours, Dreamily” coming from the top and “The Arcs” coming from the bottom.

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The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily, Album Review

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist Music has always been a big part of my life, but for some reason, I had never listened to many different genres until high school. The album that changed what I knew about music was Yours, Dreamily, by The Arcs. The album had an interesting cover, so I decided to give it a listen. Listening to the first track on the album was a strange experience. “Once […]

todayNovember 8, 2021 64

Album cover is an illustration of Cullah’s face close up. The color of the illustration is split in the middle of his face, with gold on the left and blue on the right.

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Cullah: ½ Album Review

By Isaiah Gatlin Music Journalist Cullah is a genre-bending master. Bouncing from folk, rap, and western; the visionary within Cullah is not bound by the typical frame of an independent artist. In fact, ½ (Half), Cullah’s newest album released on April 27, 2021, makes this his 15th album over 15 years to be released royalty-free. Cullah prioritizes his music’s accessibility rather than profit. His music is created from a place […]

todayNovember 5, 2021 31

Picture of the lead singer used for the album cover. She is standing in front of a junkyard with crushed cars and debris.

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Wednesday’s Twin Plagues: Playing with Noise

By Victor Guevara Music Journalist On their sophomore album, North Carolina's five-piece collective, Wednesday, grimes up their shoegaze-like sound, adding distortion, wailing guitars, and haunting vocals to create a noise-filled album sure to catch any listener. Starting the album off, the title track “Twin Plagues” throws the listener into an ominous, eerie environment. Slowly building momentum through the layers of fuzzy distorted guitars and lead singer Karly Hartzman’s emotion-filled vocals instantly […]

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