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Summer Lovin’ Playlist

Whether it’s a budding romance, a summer fling, or you’re finally reunited with your long distance partner, here’s a playlist to celebrate summer love: I’m Alive - Michael Franti & Spearhead If the song wasn’t lively enough, the music video is a explosion of color and energy. If you like ...


Why I'm so angry that Taylor Swift beat Kendrick Lamar

There are plenty of fair complaints from a logistical standpoint about why it’s completely ridiculous Taylor Swift’s 1989 won the 2016 Grammy for Album of the Year, such as that it came out in 2014 or that last year’s Grammy’s was already swept by Swift’s “Shake It Off.” But I want to ...


Kanye West: A History of Sampling Genius

Sampling has been at the heart of hip hop since its origins in the Bronx, though it’s not always used today and often takes a backseat to beats. I think it’s possible to use samples poorly (see: “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derulo), but Kanye West tends to sample in memorable and really creative ways. ...


Better than a pierogi? Here's some awesome Polish pop

I recently got back from a semester abroad in Kraków, Poland, and despite the fact that most people listen to American and British pop, I still discovered some awesome international music. Here are a few of my favorite songs (+ one artist): Nic do Stracenia – Mrozu It only seems right to start with ...

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