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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Freddie Gibbs and ScHoolboy Q Release New Track “Gang Signs”

Freddie Gibbs and ScHoolboy Q have released their collaborative single, “Gang Signs”. Additionally, the duo dropped an accompanying animated music video directed by Aaron Hymes and Gabriel Alcala, in which a rabbit and a turtle represent Gibbs and ScHoolboy Q. Check out the video below.

Taylor Swift and Evermore lawsuit

By Maddie James, Staff Writer
[Photo by: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images]
Taylor Swift’s latest album, evermore, has drawn worldwide attention from fans and media, as well as a more unusual source. Though the music industry is no stranger to bizarre legal issues, a lawsuit filed against Swift from a small theme park in Utah will certainly be one for the history books.

Album Review: Father – Come Outside, We Not Gone Jump You

By Kiah Easton, Editorial Director
[Awful Father; 2020]
Rating: 6/10
Key tracks: “Spell Book”, “Fist of the North Star”, “Come Outside, We Not Gone Jump You”
2020 has been a suboptimal for most but Father seems to be unphased in terms of productivity, putting out his second project of the year. Contrasting Tha Thingz I Do For Money’s stripped-back, dirty pallette, Come Outside, We Not Gone Jump You has a much more meshed sound, with each element glued tightly together making singular waves of sound.