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Yungblud debuts “Weird”

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The British revolutionary talks new album, fans and his global digital tour
December 4, 2020
"It’s about if I can f****** get people from all walks of life who never thought they would be together, together then my job is done.” 

Harry Styles ‘dressed’ to impress on the cover of Vogue

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Dressed is in quotations because, yes, he wore a dress. 
November 30, 2020
Our age-old societal norm that every person must strictly subscribe to one or the other is unnecessarily destructive and restrictive. There’s a great deal more to worry about in this world than men who might enjoy a dress. 

Goons Talk Tunes: Maggie Rogers, LANY and holiday tracks

Goons Talk Tunes: Maggie Rogers, LANY and holiday tracks
November 23, 2020
Tune in for Nick and Emma's favorite tracks from 2020.

Mom Rock’s “I Wish Every Day Was Today” brings light to darker days

Photo Credit: Logan Wilder. From left to right: Tara Maggiulli, Wilson Reardon, Curtis Heimburger and Josh Polack
The Berklee originated group emerges as upcoming stars in music industry
November 20, 2020
Featuring four catchy, feel-good songs on the EP, “I Wish Every Day was Today” truly is a must-listen if you are searching for a soundtrack that will lift you up and generate positive energy.

“The Queen’s Gambit” is more than just a game

“The Queen’s Gambit” is more than just a game
It’s hard to make chess interesting, but this Netflix original series does just that
November 19, 2020
The writers managed to transform chess from a classy game of wit into a tactical and psychological war between two individuals.

Taylor Swift can now legally re-record all albums owned by Scooter Braun

Taylor Swift can now legally re-record all albums owned by Scooter Braun
The pop star confirmed that she will re-record her first five albums- but why?
November 17, 2020
"Young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make."

How “The Boys” flips the superhero standard

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Prime's original series is a new take on the classic superhero dynamic
November 10, 2020
Atypical of the more common PG-13 superhero films, “The Boys” is not afraid to tackle mature real-world issues with its intricate storytelling, witty dialogue and a whole lot of gruesome action sequences.

Ashton Irwin comes into his own with solo album  “Superbloom”

Album cover shot by Ryan Fleming
The drummer turned singer steps outside of the band to show a new side of himself
October 30, 2020
Irwin should be seen as a dark horse in the running, with the possibility of reaching the heights of artists like Harry Styles and he shouldn’t be taken for granted.

What does a live performance look like during a pandemic?

With physical gatherings out of the picture, performers are exploring unexpectedly innovative new ways to keep the arts world alive
October 29, 2020
Digitally viewing performances, a practice once underutilized, if ever utilized at all, has now become an essential medium for the performing arts to make their voices heard, and for the first time, be more accessible than ever.

Chaz Cardigan bares all in “Holograma”

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The new EP bleeds the past, present and future of the singer-songwriter
October 25, 2020
“Holograma” goes there, while still being easy on the ears, but effective on the heart.

Dorian Electra releases their second album “My Agenda”

Photo taken by Charlotte Rutherford
The pop artist releases a synth-pop commentary on incel culture that’s over all too soon
October 23, 2020
Born Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg, their androgynous, electronic voice, outlandish lyrics and ambiguous, yet campy look might be offsetting to the uninitiated.

Ariana Grande creates a perfect White House in new music video

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The pop idol soars to the top of the charts with "positions"
October 23, 2020
Pop queen Ariana Grande blows fans away with new single “positions” and an accompanying music video that shows President Ari taking over Trump’s office
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