2018 Best Albums

By Keegan Priest 1. Room 25 Noname With her debut album Telefone, Noname crafted a perfect blend of spoken word poetry of bubbly production that created a new standard for what modern jazz-rap is supposed to be and began to popularize the rise of young Chicagoan artists like Saba, Smino, Mick Jenkins. But maturity seemed […]

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  • How NPR’s Tiny Desk Gives Modern Music Life

    By Keegan Priest In a world filled with trap high hats, 808s, and computer-generated pianos, modern music of all genres has seemed to fall into the trend of ‘artificial’ music. As much as one can appreciate the complexities and emotion constructed by many modern producers, not very many can play a real instrument. With a […]

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  • Carmel Arts Festival Recap

    by Katherine Zhong   The 21st anniversary of Carmel Arts Festival presented by the City of Carmel has welcomed worldwide artists to share their unique creations in art, music, film, and literature. Among those pieces of art, seventeen students from University High School featured their work in this grand celebration. The art of these students […]

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  • The Case for Vinyl

    By: Keegan Priest  Since 2010, 110 million people have registered to a music streaming service. Companies such as Apple and Spotify have provided us the world’s largest music database. With thousands of hours of songs from all across the globe spanning from the past hundred years, some could say streaming is the best thing to […]

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  • Album Review: Flower Boy

    By Keegan Priest    Album: Flower Boy Artist: Tyler, The Creator Released: July 23, 2017 Genre: Experimental Hip-Hop, Jazz-Rap, Alternative R&B, Neo-Soul Rating: A (92%)   Following the days of the release of Flower Boy, many pop culture publications and news sources began to obsess over the themes of homosexuality exposed throughout the piece. Some […]

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  • Which Musicians Will Stand the Test of Time?

    By Rhea Sharma There aren’t many people who don’t know the lyrics to songs such as “Hey Jude,” or  “Bohemian Rhapsody.” What did artists like The Beatles and Queen all have in common? They stood through the test of time! But what makes them stand out more from the other artists of their generation? What […]

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  • Lush by Snail Mail Album Review

    by Keegan Priest Rating: A- (91%) In a genre like Indie-Rock, sounds become blurred. With 40-50 years of genre evolution, creative innovation has become a scarce thing. And it’s because of this lack of progression that has turned me off to lots of modern rock music. Although it’s a cynical way of thinking about it, […]

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  • Crazy Rich Asians: Worth The Hype?

    By Karen Wang If there’s one thing that can be said about Crazy Rich Asians, it’s that it definitely brings the Asian, and it does it well. The film, which began screening across the US on August 15, has reached a level of commercial and critical acclaim and recognition once thought to be impossible for […]

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