Your Life Will Improve When You Stop Hating Pop

At some point in our lives, we’ve all had that friend who has been the Pop Hater. You know the one: no matter what you put on, from Drake to Billie Eilish, they will turn up their nose and vehemently reject listening to anything they consider to be “pop.” You may be thinking, “I don’t have any friends like this, what are they talking about?” In this case, I envy your freedom. However, if you’re thinking “this is dumb, why would somebody defend pop?” I have some bad news for you, you are the pop hater. Growing up in the mid 2000s, I must admit that I, too, was a pop hater at one point. My middle school self would scowl if shown anything featuring Justin Beiber or Ke$ha. But after some reflection and exposure therapy, by the end of high school I had been shown the light. 

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An Homage to Classical Guitar

Italian guitarist Emanuele Buono

How well does the guitar, a plucked instrument, play works designed for other instruments? On Saturday, March 20th, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society streamed a performance by Emanuele Buono as part of their International Series. In the 50 minute pre-recorded concerte, Buono answers this question with arrangements of works by Bach and Schubert.

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a moment to remember

Ambrose Akinmusire’s trumpet has a voice, and that voice has stories to tell and feelings to share. Akinmusire’s 6th album, on the tender spot of every calloused moment, is many things: critically acclaimed, the 2020 Grammy award winner for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and a showcase of profound technical skill and experience. But beyond accolades, the record is a collection of gentle whispers, heated shouts, pleas, promises, disappointments and triumphs. 

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More Than Another Song About Tokyo

Rina Sawayama: SAWAYAMA Album Review | Pitchfork

What does it mean to be out of place? Where do you call home when you’ve been traveling your whole life? Who are you if you’re always trying to be something else? These questions have no obvious answer but Japan-born and UK-raised Rina Sawayama does her best to do so in her debut 13 track album SAWAYAMA, released in April of 2020.

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Rick Ross Keeps Building

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Rick Ross’s on his Throne

Following a year full of traumatic experiences for Black Americans and Black people worldwide, National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk concerts celebrated Black History Month by exclusively featuring Black artists in February. On the 16th, Tiny Desk released a performance by entrepreneur and rapper Rick Ross, in just his second career appearance with a live band. Accompanying Ross was Thaddius Tribbett on bass, Monty Reynolds on keys, Rashid Williams on drums, backup singers Elijah Blake and Troy Tyler, and DJ Sam Sneak.

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