A Look at Female Heroism (and Lack Thereof) in the Music of the Lumineers

by Maya Khesin I fell in love with the Lumineers’ music last summer, and this love and admiration only intensified when I was lucky enough to be able to go to their concert just a few weeks before the new strain of the coronavirus closed schools and businesses and certainly excluded the possibility of live… Continue reading A Look at Female Heroism (and Lack Thereof) in the Music of the Lumineers

Review of Folklore: Taylor Swift's Unexpected Album

The old Taylor is yet again dead! Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album came as a surprise with absolutely no fanfare leading up to the release. Whimsical, indie, folk-y (as the album title may suggest), and both introspective and retrospective, are all words that could be used to describe Folklore. These words could not so easily… Continue reading Review of Folklore: Taylor Swift's Unexpected Album

A Comparison of Catullus and Rosalía

Catullus 85 Rosalía – Maldición Cap.10: Cordura   As evidenced by many of his poems, the Roman poet Catullus is known to have a complex relationship with Lesbia, a fictional character who is widely thought to be Clodia Metelli, one of Catullus’ lovers. Catullus’ poems are strongly believed to reflect the nature of his relationship… Continue reading A Comparison of Catullus and Rosalía

What's New and What's Different in Gary Clark Jr.'s Third Studio Album: A Review

Gary Clark Jr. essentially revived the Blues into mainstream music with the release of his album Blak and Blu in 2012. His incredible guitar playing is often likened to Jimi Hendrix or B.B. King; his guitar solos demand for attention in every track, and they obtain it with ease. Although aspects of R&B, soul, and… Continue reading What's New and What's Different in Gary Clark Jr.'s Third Studio Album: A Review

Haunted: A Review of Phoebe Bridgers' New Album, Punisher

The cover art of Phoebe Bridgers’ sophomore album shows the 25-year old standing alone in the desert against a backdrop of strange rock structures, looking up at the night sky, wearing a skeleton suit and bathed in source-less, almost extraterrestrial red light. The spacey, unfathomable image is simultaneously ancient and futuristic, and sets the tone… Continue reading Haunted: A Review of Phoebe Bridgers' New Album, Punisher

After Hours and The Weeknd's Identity Crisis

Since Abel Tesfaye’s commercial breakthrough and Grammy-winning Beauty Behind the Madness swept over American radio waves, the artist more commonly known as The Weeknd has been troubled by a dilemma over his public persona. The same artist whose original blend of underground-electro, indie, and prominent thematic elements of drugs and sex lit up Canadian R&B… Continue reading After Hours and The Weeknd's Identity Crisis

Freud, Prufrock, and Bon Iver

Text on Freud / The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock / Holocene The id, ego, and superego, theorized by the late neurologist Sigmund Freud, are components of the human psyche. These three concepts determine how humans make judgments and decisions based on the goal of reducing stimuli and for the purpose of self-preservation. Freud asserts that… Continue reading Freud, Prufrock, and Bon Iver

Review: Hozier's Wasteland, Baby!

Pure poetry if nothing else, the songwriting on Hozier’s sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby! Is raw and honest. Each song is a different picture painted with passionate lyrics exploring dualities in life: love and death, joy and sadness; as well as other heavy, yet exciting themes like mystery and despair. Unique rhythms, decorative guitar, and grounding… Continue reading Review: Hozier's Wasteland, Baby!