Finding an feminist identity through musical activism in a corrupt and patriarchal country
Rutgers New Brunswick-formed psychedelic rap group Cook Thugless’s third album “Money” dropped on April 20: a 17-track LP that built on their past works in maturity and vision while staying true to their Thugless style. The seven-man group’s first full-length after graduating from university focused on the idea of what consumers really want to hear […]Read more "Cook Thugless delves into satirical dystopia based on “Money”"
You could make whole playlists curated around the music industry’s response to President Donald J. Trump so smooth you would think the tracks were part of a deliberate collection, meant to be played that way. The common link between these songs stems from collective awareness of individual responsibility to speak out about the social injustices […]Read more "Music’s responsibility to culture: “Land of the Free” by Joey Bada$$"
One of the best ways to hear new music is at festivals. The rush of energy from a live performance and responding crowd can create a link from the new artist to their sound, unmatched in magnitude or joy by simply finding a new artist when listening to Spotify radio. Diet Cig, a pop-punk duo […]Read more "I “Swear Diet Cig is Good At This”"
Simple turned to sublime when frankie cosmos strung six chords together to create the one minute and 46 wonder “schmuck in the room” from her 2014 demo album “affirms glinting.” The song’s lyrics are hinged to ideas of social anxiety and the stress of social situations that any introvert can relate to. Every verse describes […]Read more "How It Sounds: schmuck in the room by frankie cosmos"
New Brunswick is probably best known for being home to Rutgers University, a world-class research institute and New Jersey’s state school. But if you’re interested in music, then you probably know about New Brunswick because of the vibrant underground music scene. From basement shows to DJ-Producer collectives, and most recently Sofar Sounds secret shows, NBNJ […]Read more "Music Scenes: Getting inside NBNJ’s local beat"
Jazz band johnnycola (lowercase for the aesthetics) shock up the New Brunswick basement show scene last fall with the release of his EP “Unbind,” an upbeat jazz album set to pop melodies that stood alone from the typical pop-punk band sound. After a few semesters playing local shows and promoting that first release, John Colaiacovo III […]Read more "Inside the making of johnnycola’s next release"