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Think of record stores and how they organize guitar music by subdivisions: metal, punk, rock, reggae. But rap is generally relegated to one confined section, and sadly, housed entirely under one classification, despite boasting styles and strands just as diverse as the ones allotted to guitar bands.
Instead of chastising Kanye fans for riffing on their hero worship, maybe it’s time to start demanding more from the so-called “Cute Beatle.”
For a brief period, I was Watertown Middle School’s biggest Green Day fan. But 2004’s American Idiot came out while I was in seventh grade, and I couldn’t get into it. Its mock-political premise was different from the snotty pop-punk Green Day, the band I initially fell in love with. The inherent schmaltz of ubiquitous radio smash “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” didn’t sit well with my budding music identity.
“They don’t make ’em like they used to.” That chestnut is trotted out to remind us of the supposed halcyon days of manufacturing—a pointed questioning of the authenticity of modern industry. When applied to music trends, it remains equally problematic, but despite this there’s a longstanding movement based on that very same premise of misinformed nostalgia. This trend, which outright rejects all things contemporary, even has its own term: rockism.
The music landscape is in a near-constant state of flux, and at the heart of all this activity is music journalism
It happened again not too long ago. I was at a friend’s party when, meaning well, she introduced me to her longstanding college group as her “hipster” friend. What a burden.
After two years of hard work, dubious rewrites, and countless creative arguments, two juniors have an animated series of its own in the works, and the passion the two hold for cartoons shines brightly in its engaging and complex story.
Transgender Awareness Week provides laughter and learning with trans comedian Jeffrey Jay.
Senior Jamie Loftus performs a 30 minute stand-up routine for her honors thesis.
Dragtoberfest provided a colorful show in the Cabaret this past Friday night.
Dillon Riley samples WECB's fall programs.
2012 Emerson grad Allison Gillette highlights renewable energy alternative in documentary.
Emerson juniors Charlie Fay and Jordan Perry don’t have too much to say about their comedic experiences, at least not right away. What they really wanted to talk more about was their new apartment by Northeastern — namely, the sad state it was in.
Senior Donnie Welch mixes social media with slam poetry down in New Orleans.