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Music Column: Warming up from winter blues
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Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

Winter is not a good time of year for my mental health. It happens like clockwork every February—the rejuvenation I get from seeing my family and friends over the holiday fades, and soon depression and anxiety burrow into my brain for the rest of the winter. Given my attitude toward this time of year, it...

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Hometown hip-hop: Regional influences in rap

As a general rule, the way a rapper sounds is a good indication of where they are from. Over the years, the distinct styles of hip-hop invented in the early days of the genre—the sample-driven drum beats of classic New York rap, the smooth synths and flutes of California G-funk—have become synonymous with the regions...

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Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

Music these days can be overwhelming. Dense production surrounds us with synths, reverb, and electronic effects I can’t even put a name on. Vocals undergo thick layers of distortion before they reach our ears. It seems the goal of production in modern music is to see just how big sound can get. Maximalism is not...