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Staff Picks Playlist: Pride Month

By Faith VaraMusic Director July not only marks the first official month of summer, but it also marks the official end of Pride Month, a celebration honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  While many see this as only a month-long celebration, members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to celebrate and express their gender identities and sexual orientations in the fight for equality and inclusion. In honor of the many […]

todayJuly 1, 2021 60

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The Importance of the Cassette Revival

By Faith VaraMusic Journalist In recent years, the cassette tape found itself in a stage of revival as listeners rediscover the delights of the only music format that can be rewound using an old pen. Cassette culture is thriving in the DIY music scene where labels are pushing tapes to fans via online music platforms such as Bandcamp. And although the recent revival of tapes hasn’t made nearly as much […]

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The Slacker Rock Revival

By Faith VaraMusic Journalist I love the term ‘slacker rock‘. Whoever summoned up the phrase to describe the sound and musical approach of early ‘90s acts such as Pavement, Guided By Voices and Dinosaur Jr, really hit the nail on the head. The genre consisted of bands who purposely played a bit sloppy, with slightly out of tune guitars being strummed loosely, and lyrics being sung by singers who often […]

todayNovember 29, 2019 351

The album art of Palm’s two albums and one EP


Palm: Rock’s Newest Experiment

By Faith VaraMusic Journalist Have you ever wondered what a band would sound like without traditionally learning how to play their instruments? Well look no further than Philadelphia’s experimental art-rock band, Palm. On the surface, Palm might look like a normal band: two guitars, a bass, drums and a couple singers. But if you listen to anything the group has released, it becomes clear that this band is definitely anything […]

todayNovember 18, 2019 3

Vocalist of Kero Kero Bonito sings to the crowd, with the guitarist on the left and the rest of the band on the right. There are blue and purple stage lights flashing in the background


Kero Kero Bonito at Paper Tiger

By Faith Vara Music Journalist On Thursday night, Kero Kero Bonito, alongside opener Negative Gemini, brought the heat to a cold, rainy night at Paper Tiger. Despite the temperature being in the mid 40s, a long line of fans waited outside the venue for hours, all eager to see the show. Once we were all let in, fans started heading to the stage in an effort to get a good […]

todayNovember 11, 2019 15

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Arctic Monkeys: Rarities & B-Sides

By Faith VaraMusic Journalist Some groups in the digital age don’t even bother with singles anymore, let alone B-sides. However, one group certainly doesn’t follow the normal music industry trends: Arctic Monkeys. The Sheffield, England four-piece have been prolific since their first album release in 2006, evolving and maturing their sound along the way. One thing that’s never changed, though, is their commitment to the lost art of B-sides. Every […]

todayOctober 31, 2019 113

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Revisiting Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 10 Years Later

By Faith VaraMusic Journalist Artist: Phoenix Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Release Date: May 25, 2009 Website: It’s crazy to think that 2009 was a whole decade ago. This is the year Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" was the biggest song of the year and "Avatar" ruled the silver screen. It was also the year French […]

todayOctober 13, 2019 157

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An Introduction to Cocteau Twins In Five Songs

By Faith Vara Music Journalist Formed in 1979 in Grangemouth, Scotland, Cocteau Twins are easily one of the most influential groups to emerge out of the ‘80s indie scene. As the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Robin Guthrie, vocalist Elizabeth Fraser and bassist Will Heggie (later replaced by Simon Raymonde), Cocteau Twins created some of the most outstandingly dreamy music of its time, and can even be noted as the pioneers for […]

todaySeptember 30, 2019 239

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The Sounds of Russian Post-Punk: Five Songs You Need to Hear

By Faith Vara Music Journalist The post-punk scene of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s is one I often find myself indulging in. Recently, I’ve been on the search for more modernized post-punk groups that aren’t the same revivalist bands I’ve been listening to for years. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Strokes and Interpol as much as the next person, but it was time for something new. And […]

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