In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), national collegiate and professional sports, as well as many school districts and universities have suspended or canceled events over the last month. At a time when most entertainment is being postponed or cancelled, UK pop star Dua Lipa breaks the rules by releasing her second album, Future Nostalgia, a week early. With this release, I believe she solidified her name amongst the greatest pop legends and seems to channel past icons like Brittney Spears, Gwen Stefani and Madonna.
The album opens strongly with Into My Arms. This song brings memories of a long road trip to the beach and you finally reach the sea. The tune is accompanied by a music video, as well. It’s an absolute blast and will definitely be a go-to song for spring 2020.
It's been five years since we heard a full project from Tame Impala. His 2015 cult-favorite album Currents introduced me to the psychedelic rock genre. Its influence smothered not only pop music, but hip-hop as well. Genius even calls Tame Impala "rap's favorite rock band". Tame Impala performs as a band, but all writing, vocals, instrumentation and production comes from Australian singer Kevin Parker.
Millions of people from all over the globe, including me, have followed English singer, songwriter and actor Harry Styles closely since his debut on X Factor in 2010. After the rise and fall of One Direction, Styles has continued to release solo music while maturing in his style and sound. I thoroughly enjoyed Harry's previous self titled album, so my expectations were high going into Fine Line.
The Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA lit up in purple for the return of the Jonas Brothers, Dec. 12. Earlier this year, the three brothers Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas officially reunited after a six year musical hiatus. Their comeback album Happiness Begins released June 7 and debuted No. 1 on Billboard 200. Following the success of the release, the brothers posted tour dates for the Happiness Begins Tour. Shows sold out in minutes and left fans wanting more from the
Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures of our generation. You may admire him for his art and contribution to culture, or criticize him for his brash lifestyle decisions. When you think of his name, you may think singer, rapper, designer, producer, filmmaker, architect, or CEO, but with the release of his long-awaited album Jesus Is King, another title comes quickly to mind: Christian. Personally, I couldn't have been more excited for this album. I have followed West very close for years, and enjoy most of his work. Whether it's music, shoes, or clothing, West has inspired me and many others to pursue their dreams, regardless of what people say. Now Kanye is pursuing a different dream, one inspired by Jesus Christ.
If you know anything about Netflix’s smash hit science-fiction horror series, Stranger Things, you are most likely familiar with all of its endearing characters. My personal favorite has always been Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery.
Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a songwriter. There's something beautiful about being able to artistically and creatively express myself. I wrote my first song when I was 13 and played it for everyone that would listen.
Ten-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift wins over the hearts of her followers with timeless breakup songs and catchy tunes. In 2017, Swift revealed a new version of music with a darker, more adult-sound. Based on the fall of her reputation in the midst of celebrity feuds, Swift named the album Reputation. As said in an interview at Town Hall for SiriusXM, Swift used her character reinvention to sort and process her persona transformation, transitioning into a place to write Lover, her fresh new album. Lover released Aug. 23 and contains 18 songs, more than she’s ever placed in one album. The album embodies many lighthearted and more pop-themed sounds from her fourth album, Red. “I once believed life would be burning red but it’s golden," Swift said. This line from Daylight, a song from her 2019 album, shows Swift’s outlook on life since the Red era.
When I first heard The Eagle and Child, it was January 2018, at Hume Lake winter camp. I was impressed by the unique twist they placed on old hymns, larger than life stage presence and original songs that provided an anthem for the weekend. I hadn’t followed the band closely since then, but my friend Alex Rurik was a strong advocate for them. He wore their merchandise constantly and consistently played them in the car. When this album released, several friends had high opinions and encouraged me to do a review. I decided I had to see what the hype was about.