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Reflecting on Melissa Villaseñor’s “Dreamer” and “Safe Place”

This afternoon, I watched the debut episode of SNL comedienne and impressionist Melissa Villaseñor's new podcast "Laughing With Myself," and at the end of the episode she said something quite profound. I'm paraphrasing here so bear with me; she mentioned the importance of laughing at herself because the sound of her giggle ...

The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form

Oh, the struggle of feeling pressure to publish a review on release day! Especially one as deep and sweeping as the latest from The 1975! I'm not complaining though. I might be a bit scatterbrained, which could be a function of the album. It, at 22 tracks long, is a lot to take in. It has one of the longest album ...

Two Feet – Pink – song by song

1. Intro We know him as one of the best in the business at combining electronic bass and electric guitar, so why not start off his debut full-length with a groovy, dub-indie energy? 2. Pink Here is the title track, and it's another banger. Damn, Bill. This vibe is poignant. There are some dissonant vocal samples ...

Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now

After Charli XCX's release last year Charli, that garnered nearly universal praise for its grandiose future pop journey (the melon himself Anthony Fantano named it his favorite album of the year), one would think the follow up would be a bit more subdued. Add in a home recording in a global pandemic and unassuming album art, ...

Clemens & Co – The QuarantEP

Eric Clemens has been an unsung hero of sorts in the Columbus scene for quite a few years now. He's written in a number of projects; solo, as one half of the defunct duo The Brave Weather (Whether), and now as a part of the blues collective Clemens & Co. While Clemens dropped some tasty summer ready jams via Cashmere ...

the biggest band in the world? [single reviews]

The Hunna - "Cover You" The Hunna want to become the biggest band in the world. On the evidence of their new single "Cover You," there are hooks big and bold, and they champion well versed lyrics. So why can’t they propel and be on hallowed stages with the likes of Foo Fighters and Green Day? They may have to tweak ...

Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor

Honestly, I never was a big Paramore fan. Don't yell at me! I just never really devoted a lot of time to this band. But I have always been aware of the bigtime fandom surrounding them—especially that of Hayley Williams. My inner scene kid preferred bandss like Anberlin, Underoath, and Flyleaf. As I aged, I swung ...