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Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 11, 2019

It’s late May, and I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of my mom’s car parked in front of my now-ex-girlfriend’s apartment. I’m sobbing uncontrollably into my hands as they rest on the steering wheel. The breakup was not entirely out of the blue, but it still hit me hard. My summer hadn’t...

The B Side: Let artists’ unfinished work rest in peace

The B Side: Let artists’ unfinished work rest in peace

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

February 6, 2019

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion’s newest project, Members Only, Vol. 4, was released on Jan. 23—just in time for his 21st birthday. The project features verses from the rapper himself along with many features, yet there’s one small detail about this album that shouldn’t be overlooked—XXXTentacion di...

The B Side: Less is more in the streaming age

The B Side: Less is more in the streaming age

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

November 14, 2018

My first listen of Vince Staple’s newest project FM! disappointed me. It had nothing to do with the quality of the album but rather the length. FM! clocks in at 22 minutes in length, 14 minutes shorter than the rapper’s previous album Big Fish Theory despite it including only one more song th...

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

By Kyle Bray, Managing Editor: Visual and Design

October 17, 2018

Brockhampton self-proclaimed itself as the “best boy band since One Direction." Its quick rise to fame and early success proves the group earned the title. The hip-hop collective set a new career milestone when its first major label album iridescence claimed the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 2...

Music Column: Chicago rap rises from underground

Music Column: Chicago rap rises from underground

By Joseph Green

April 11, 2018

The history of hip-hop tends to focus on music from the coasts. When the genre was born in the 1970s, most of its early pioneers came from New York City. Later, in the 80s and early 90s, California artists unleashed their own take on rap music. After this, it became common practice to define hip-hop as a...

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

By Joseph Green

February 14, 2018

Winter is not a good time of year for my mental health. It happens like clockwork every February—the rejuvenation I get from seeing my family and friends over the holiday fades, and soon depression and anxiety burrow into my brain for the rest of the winter. Given my attitude toward this time of year, ...

Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

By Joseph Green

October 25, 2017

Music these days can be overwhelming. Dense production surrounds us with synths, reverb, and electronic effects I can’t even put a name on. Vocals undergo thick layers of distortion before they reach our ears. It seems the goal of production in modern music is to see just how big sound can get. Maximalism...

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By Joseph Green

October 4, 2017

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September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

By Joseph Green

September 28, 2017

I was walking to the grocery store a week ago on the first chilly night of the fall. It wasn’t far, just a few blocks, but I plugged in my headphones anyway and hit shuffle on my summer of 2017 playlist. I had spent the last few months perfecting it, but I found myself skipping song after song. The...