My Brother and My Taste

In kindergarten, I loved Britney Spears.  My parents bought me the deluxe edition of Oops!…I Did It Again for Christmas, and it was all I listened to for two months straight, mostly because it was the only CD that was actually mine, and the only other options were two Tears

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr playing at The Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia on October 22nd, 2018. All photos by Skylar Watkins.

10 Weirdo Rock Nuggets

Before I get started, let’s make one thing clear: I have spent the last 25 years digging through LPs, internet archives and mounds of other ephemera searching for the most extreme examples of absurdity in the pop format. (I’m painting pop with a pretty wide brush). Formula bores me, and

The Notsolatin Concert Series hits South Philly

Arturo Stable’s concert series in South Philadelphia has turned his living room into a melting pot of musicians and music lovers.

Student Interview: Isaiah Joyner

MBET sophomore Isaiah Joyner’s debut EP Wild Visions releases tomorrow at midnight.

NJ’s New Microbrewery Ruling Negatively Affects Live Independent Music

Truth be told, I don’t know much about beer.  However, I do know that beer and music go hand in hand.  I’m not writing about the issue at hand from a consumer standpoint.  I’m writing about this as a citizen-artist from New Jersey (as many UArts students are or were

Album Review: Sun Not Yellow’s Activity Oriented Meditation

It’s always refreshing to find a band that seems to be writing music inspired by a variety of influences and eras, not just a time period or trend in mind.  In this case, I’m talking about Lancaster’s very own Sun Not Yellow.  I got in touch with the band and

Lo-fi: Bad Technique or Valid Movement?

As a student in a music technology program, one would think that I would strive to engineer and mix recordings so that they sound the best they can. For the most part, I do. However, there is a part of me that loves doing the opposite. Don’t get me wrong,

The Feud Between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Escalates

Nicki Minaj made her debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with the #1 album in 2010.  She quickly became one of the most popular hip-hop artists of the decade. Ever since that powerful debut, Minaj has released multiple hit albums: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), The Pinkprint (2014), and her latest release, Queen (2018), all

Albums of the Summer (2018)

2018 has been a prolific year for music as a whole, and the sheer amount of releases makes it tough to even establish what albums are worthwhile, let alone which rise to the top.  These are my personal top picks (in no particular order) based on a summer of constant

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