Records I’m Not Ashamed to Own: ‘The Hunting Party’

It is difficult to understate the importance of Linkin Park’s body of work. The influence they had on rock music at the turn of the century defined the sound of rap metal as well as nu-metal; in fact, they are probably one of the only groups worth mentioning when discussing the former. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call their first two albums modern classics.

Blessed Release EP ‘iii’

Canadian art-rock band Blessed released their new EP, iii. The project’s four tracks are each mixed by different people to infuse the EP with an air of collaboration and community. Listen to iii below.

JPEGMAFIA Releases ‘EP 2!’

After weeks of teasing the project on his personal Twitter account, JPEGMAFIA has released EP2!. The aptly named project quickly follows JPEGMAFIA’s previous project, 2020’s EP!. EP2!’s seven tracks make up a combined 17-minute listening experience. Check out EP2! below.

David Byrne to Perform at Benefit Concert, Food for Love

[Photo courtesy of Grandstand Media]
By Mia Jevack, Contributor
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is to perform during a virtual benefit concert, “Food for Love”, to help end hunger in New Mexico. Other musicians performing include the likes of Kurt Vile, Jackson Browne, The Chicks and Nathaniel Rateliff. The concert will be streaming live on YouTube Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Vans unveils “Channel 66”, focuses on local artists

Popular shoe company Vans unveiled their new livestreaming network, “Channel 66”, in a bid to uplift both everyday communities and artists. The broadcasts take place in New York City, Chicago, Mexico City and Los Angeles and “spotlight each city’s unique heritage in sub-culture by programming through the lens of the people who live it,” according to a press release.

Punk’d: Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts have flirted with various types of punk music since their inception, yet none of their albums are as explicitly punk as their last endeavor, Wide Awake! Wide Awake! features witty, political commentary over groovy art-punk tunes. The incredibly well-written lyrics — both political and otherwise — that appear on this album illustrate how much Parquet Courts have evolved from their debut.

Because the Internet: Chris††† – social justice whatever

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor
Does anyone remember the “The Ultimate Showdown” video? The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, of course. “Old Godzilla was hoppin’ around / Tokyo City like a big playground”? This 2006 gem captures a snapshot of the attitudes of pop culture in that year.

Movie Review: The Witches

By Maddie James, Contributor
[Warner Bros. Pictures; 2020]
Rating: 3/10
The last thing that some movies should have is a good cast, and The Witches is one such movie. With performances from Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Anne Hathaway and Kristin Chenoweth, The Witches holds a lot of promise for people unfamiliar with the story, but falls short of its star cast. The Witches is a 2020 adaptation of the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, following the first adaptation in 1990. Aside from a more diverse cast and the updated graphics, the 2020 adaptation hasn’t grown much from the previous version, let alone the book.