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Charli XCX Paves Way for Future of Pop on ‘Charli’

Charli XCX Paves Way for Future of Pop on ‘Charli’

★★★★☆ British pop singer Charli XCX mixes authentically human emotion with nonhuman, digital sounds to electrifying success on her latest album “Charli.” The project sees Charli return to her winning formula of leading with collaboration and boundary-pushing electronic pop; the singer is an artist and a curator of the future[Read More…]

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@applemusic/Instagram | Lana Del Rey's matures on "Norman F-----g Rockwell!" and releases her best album yet while maintaining her now iconic persona

Lana Del Rey Reimagines Herself on ‘Norman F—–g Rockwell!’

★★★★★ Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album “Norman F—–g Rockwell!” marks a watershed in the singer’s career and image. Featuring her typical dreamy, psychedelic sound and sharp yet escapist lyrics, Del Rey innovates her style and overall persona by revamping the subject matter of her songs. The record still latches[Read More…]

RECORD REWIND: Taylor Swift’s Ever-Shifting Identity

RECORD REWIND: Taylor Swift’s Ever-Shifting Identity

“Lover,” Taylor Swift’s latest release, sees the megastar return to the never-ending love present in her early albums, veering away from the icy and tough persona curated on her previous release “reputation.” However, this renewed embrace of her famously bright persona doesn’t necessarily translate into a coherent artistic development. My[Read More…]

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

★★★★☆ Atlanta hip-hop duo EARTHGANG fortifies its standing among rap’s most promising newcomers on its first major label debut, “Mirrorland,” with fun, bouncy bars over eclectic production with roots in funk music. EARTHGANG, composed of rappers Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, has been recording and releasing music on and off[Read More…]

@THEREALKANO/INSTAGRAM | Kano's first album in three years, "Hoodies All Summer" encapsulates the frustration and intensity that launched grime music from U.K. neighborhoods to worldwide renown.

Kano Reinterprets Grime Genre on ‘Hoodies All Summer’

★★★☆☆ “Hoodies All Summer” by London grime artist Kano is unified by its sparse, unconventional production and thoughtful lyricism. Instead of danceable rhythms and blustery lyrics, the grime legend employs spoken word-style sermons that sprawl across uneven percussion.  Kano’s depictions of British street life and his critique of violence and[Read More…]

by September 5, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
@BRCKHMPTN/TWITTER | The rap collective finally reflect on and confront the ousting of Ameer Vann, but the album begins to repeat itself as it continues on.

BROCKHAMPTON Addresses Controversy on ‘GINGER’

★★★★☆ BROCKHAMPTON continues to wrestle with the sudden ousting of member Ameer Vann on “GINGER,” their most deeply personal and intimate album yet. Boyband and rap collective BROCKHAMPTON burst onto the alternative pop-rap scene in 2017 with their critically acclaimed “SATURATION” trilogy, but the years since have been mired in[Read More…]

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: The Japanese House Entrances at The Sinclair

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: The Japanese House Entrances at The Sinclair

Perhaps the most memorable thing I heard during my four-day trip to Boston was someone in the rustling crowd waiting for English indie pop act The Japanese House, Amber Bain’s stage name, plainly declare, “She has the voice of an angel.”  On my Boston-bound train, I discovered her upcoming performance[Read More…]

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: The 1975’s Third Album Analyzes Virtual Isolation

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT: The 1975’s Third Album Analyzes Virtual Isolation

One of the first things I do upon waking up is check my phone, and this urge to stay connected does not go away for the rest of the day. I want to read every notification from every app, to the point that I leave my phone facing upward so[Read More…]

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The Summer in Music

Songs of the Summer Suge (Yea Yea) — DaBaby North Carolina rapper DaBaby is beginning to make waves in music with his bouncy breakout hit “Suge.” Inspired by Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, DaBaby puts his bravado on display, claiming he is a young CEO like Knight and declaring himself unafraid[Read More…]

GEORGETOWN RANGILA FACEBOOK | The Hilltop flourishes with student performers, including a cappella groups like GraceNotes. Hanna Chan (COL '19), center, shares her passion for singing and reflects on the challenges she faced as a musician.

Seniors Shine on Campus, Release Original Music

Whether in large showcases at Gaston Hall or intimate open-mic nights at Uncommon Grounds, sounds of music reverberate across Georgetown University. Guitars strum harmoniously while voices echo with soul. Hoyas partake in the music scene on the Hilltop through electives in choir, orchestra, jazz ensembles and even electronic music. Student[Read More…]