Tokyo nights

I went to Japan this summer. Though we traveled for most of the two-week period, we spent a good 5 days or so in Tokyo, an urban studies nerd’s dream come to pulsing, loud, colorful life.  Even though I knew that  live music of the non-J-pop variety isn’t a huge thing there, I’d anticipated seeing…

I refuse to call them “Girl Bands”

In music, genres are kind of silly. They’re like filing cabinets- helpful for classifying and organizing a large volume of information, but more or less unnecessary in the 21st century. When you’re sifting through subgenres as unwieldy as shoegaze and dreampop and trap and grime rock and so much more, you wonder why any of…

2015 Year-end Catch Up

  Keeping up with the times is hard.  In fact one of my friends is constantly making fun of the fact that I know next to nothing about the moment’s pop culture and my references generally date back a good 10 years (sorry, ‘It’s my verb’ is still a great phrase).  And usually I could…

Another One (year in music, that is)

Killin’ it (or being drunk-ass bitches) at our 2015 Halloween reunion It was our favorite time of year.  The weather was starting to shift towards that scary thing they call winter.  Days were depressingly gray and short.  Final exams pretty much destroyed our will to live. And we began thinking that listening to Christmas music…

Letting Musicians Be People: A theory on the music industry

  So it’s 3 AM and I’m sitting around the kitchen table with my roommate, who also happens to be a recent Berklee College of Music grad and musician-in-the-making.  We had a long night, in which society really tested our faith in humanity, and with some wine were ranting out our concern and frustration.  In…

A Love Letter to Discover

Spotify’s Discover playlists give me FOMO.  That moment, Monday morning, when I realize the week’s been too crazy or I’ve been too out of it to give my Discover playlist a proper listen and reap the killer musical benefits is a sad one.  I start worrying about what I missed out on.  I fear the…

Real Girls, Race, and Relevance: The Worth of a Music Video Today

  So I should probably start by admitting that I don’t watch music videos.  I think this year I’d seen a couple of Gambino’s and ‘Uptown Funk’ solely because of the fact that Donald Glover and Bruno Mars are both wicked enjoyable to watch, and ‘Bad Blood’ because I wanted to hear Kendrick’s part since…

PBR&B & Me

Spotify probably knows me better than I know myself. It could—and let’s be real, in this day and age, probably does—track my mood, sleeping patterns, exercise routine, and work schedule. And last December, I found that it scarily accurately gets my taste. After Spotify generated a playlist of new music for me based on my…