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Visual Albums: Janelle Monáe. Jonna Lee. Machine Gun Kelly. Nadine Lustre. Halsey

The past few years saw a rise both in the sheer number of musicals and musicians experimenting with the visual album format, blurring the lines between long-form music video and movie. When Olivia Rodrigo, 2021’s breakthrough pop artist, released a visual album AND a ‘prom experience’ (SOUR Prom, since removed from Youtube, but almost entirely available as a playlist), it really showed that the format … Continue reading Visual Albums: Janelle Monáe. Jonna Lee. Machine Gun Kelly. Nadine Lustre. Halsey

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Live Performances : Phoebe Bridgers. Julien Baker. Lucy Dacus. boygenius. (Bonus: Better Oblivion Community Center + a punk “Funeral”)

“Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time” – Phoebe Bridgers (Funeral) “I’m just as good as anybody / I’m just as bad as anybody” – Lucy Dacus (Timefighter) “Nothing turns out like I pictured it/ Maybe the emptiness is just a lesson in canvases” – Julien Baker (Appointments) We return to our live performances recommendations with four 2018 Brooklyn Steel concerts that actually form … Continue reading Live Performances : Phoebe Bridgers. Julien Baker. Lucy Dacus. boygenius. (Bonus: Better Oblivion Community Center + a punk “Funeral”)

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Heard on: Vivian Girls – The Other Girls (“Playlist”, 2021, dir. Nine Antico) + a playlist for the movie

As we will probably make it a habit to cover movies about, or heavily influenced by music, the latest to be featured in our “Heard It On” section is the 2021 French-language “Playlist”. True to its title, the movie is a veritable “updated my playlist” kind of film, one which, if you’re a fan of indie rock or willing to alternate your Erik Satie with … Continue reading Heard on: Vivian Girls – The Other Girls (“Playlist”, 2021, dir. Nine Antico) + a playlist for the movie