Playlist Friday: 2017 faves

by Kyle Bray For me, 2017 was a solid year for music. Some of my favorite artists like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, and HAIM all released great albums. I was also introduced to two great new acts, Khalid and BROCKHAMPTON. This playlist consists of my top songs from my five favorite albums of 2017:…

OPINION: Why ghostwriting is okay

by Kyle Bray Lyrics are one of the most important parts of a rap song, and traditional hip hop culture rewards people like Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z for their lyrical genius. A rapper’s skill is judged based on many factors, but a rapper’s lyrical ability is often their most judged quality. Rappers who do…

Editor’s playlist: November favorites <3

by Nicole Cooper When I listen to music on Spotify, I usually just search for songs/artists that I already know about and love. I haven’t always used it to discover music, but lately I’ve been listening to the songs suggested for me by the app, or using the “Browse” tab to check out new releases.…

Taylor Swift hits the mark with “reputation”

by Kyle Bray With her fifth studio album 1989 grabbing a Grammy Award for album of the year, and her dramatic feud with Kanye West, Taylor Swift’s next project was highly anticipated. After the overwhelmingly negative response to the release of the album’s first single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” expectations for her sixth…

Ruelle: Maggie Eckford’s musical alter ego

by Carissa Dunlap Nashville based singer-songwriter Maggie Eckford is the voice behind the theme songs and cinematic soundtracks of many of your favorite hit television shows. However, Eckford hides her voice behind the mysterious and dark alter ego, Ruelle. Eckford grew up always writing poetry and short stories, and playing piano to songs from musicals…

Playlist: Opening with a bang!

by Brendan Kane If not for a great opening track, many albums may never be given a fair chance by listeners. This is why the first track is the most important and often the best track on an album. This playlist is a collection of some great opening tracks from various artists and albums.