The 19th Street Band: Unrelenting Positivity and Cheer [Exclusive Interview]

Music is in a unique position to drag people out of 2020’s many traumas, and the 19th Street Band is a wonderful example of a band focused on positivity and forward movement. In the face of massive difficulty, the band has managed to both stay afloat and add to their fanbase through a series of at-home livestreams, where the band’s leading membres, Meghan and Caolaidhe … Continue reading The 19th Street Band: Unrelenting Positivity and Cheer [Exclusive Interview]

Tune in Tuesday: Megan Thee Stallion is the GOAT, Clearly

Albums Megan Thee Stallion — Good News Kali Uchis — Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)∞ Kali’s newest album is almost totally in Spanish, a departure from her mostly-English albums beforehand. Embracing her native language brought about new sounds all over the album, departing the more poppy sounds on Isolation and opting for a more grand, supervillain theme on Sin Miedo. The transition goes over beautifully, … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Megan Thee Stallion is the GOAT, Clearly

Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

Mutually empathetic relationships are crucial components of happy and fulfilling lives. To give and receive love is so important, but that can often be clouded by personal insecurities exacerbated by outside pressure. In the American social order, masculinity has been toxically constructed with the goal of oppressing and breaking down non-masculine ideals as a means of holding men above others. Heterosexual relations feature plenty of … Continue reading Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

Billie Essco: An Inspirational, Creative Force for Buffalo [Exclusive Interview]

One of the first impressions you’ll get from Billie Essco’s music is his desire to think critically about the world around him. That willingness to challenge norms and think outside the box, all while keeping up a massive creative output, makes Essco one of the most exciting names in both fashion and hip-hop. He specifically mentions attending Fashion Week 2020 in Paris with this rap’s … Continue reading Billie Essco: An Inspirational, Creative Force for Buffalo [Exclusive Interview]

An Anxious Dance Move: Sam Smith’s “Love Goes”

Sam won our hearts with “Stay With Me” in 2014. Six years later, he has decided to leave his balladry behind and approach dance-pop. But has he, really? Here’s a review of Sam’s latest album, Love Goes. Sam Smith quickly became the crown prince of ballads when he debuted with the heart-wrenching “Stay With Me” in 2014. Following up with the gospel-infused hit ballad “Too … Continue reading An Anxious Dance Move: Sam Smith’s “Love Goes”

Tune in Tuesday: New Music from Giggs, JID, JPEGMAFIA, and Maluma

Albums Giggs — Now or Never Reptaliens — Wrestling EP Kylie Minoque – DISCO Songs JPEGMAFIA — Last Dance! 2 Chainz — Quarantine Thick (feat. Mulatto) Maluma — Hawái (feat. The Weeknd) JID ft. Conway the Machine — Ballads theMIND — Free Trial (feat. Qari & Phoelix) Brittany Howard — You’ll Never Walk Alone Big Shaq — Chicken Shop Freestyle Videos Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: New Music from Giggs, JID, JPEGMAFIA, and Maluma

Waffle Mishap Shares Origin Story, Incredible Talent, Message [Interview]

Finale In Gold is an apt title for Long Island Jazz septet Waffle Mishap’s latest release. As a glorious explosion of funk-laden jazz improvisation, soft rock style, and showtune theatricality, the album (released last month) feels like a ride on the roller coaster tracks that adorned the album’s lead single “Lost Without You.”  Danceable highs like “Back On Track” with its screaming sax and punchy … Continue reading Waffle Mishap Shares Origin Story, Incredible Talent, Message [Interview]

October’s Best Releases: Gorillaz, Nathy Peluso, Xavier Ömar Put Out Statement Albums

Gorillaz — Sound Machine, Season One: Strange Times If this is only season one, I can’t wait to hear the next several seasons. The album contains elite features across genres that spur the project, including Elton John (on the same song as 6LACK!!), ScHoolboy Q, Beck, slowthai, EARTHGANG, GoldLink, JPEGMAFIA, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Skepta. With such memorable features, one would expect them to be the … Continue reading October’s Best Releases: Gorillaz, Nathy Peluso, Xavier Ömar Put Out Statement Albums

Tune in Tuesday: Lou Phelps, Wizkid, Ric Wilson, Tierra Whack Drop New Heat [New Music]

ALBUMS Lou Phelps — EXTRA EXTRA! Releasing a project nearly exclusively produced by KAYTRANADA, the literal embodiment of all things perfect, is no joke. Granted, Kaytra and Lou share a mother and father, but their bond is pushed further than brotherly when this duo shares the studio. The Celestin genes are flying all across this featureless, 7-song, 19-minute breakout project, but it’s not just Kaytra … Continue reading Tune in Tuesday: Lou Phelps, Wizkid, Ric Wilson, Tierra Whack Drop New Heat [New Music]