Pinegrove Explores Time and Place With New Album 11:11

Pinegrove's new album, 11:11, is about the state of the world and the listener within it. During 11 tracks, it touches on personal, political, and environmental themes. The instrumentation is similar to their last album, Marigold. Acoustic and electric guitars form the basis of the songs while pedal steel and vocal harmonies add layers of… Continue reading Pinegrove Explores Time and Place With New Album 11:11

Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Hip-Hop Greatness

Like all music, hip-hop is constantly evolving stylistically and lyrically. However, in recent years rap has become progressively more mainstream, and now is the dominant genre in the music industry. Though this increase in popularity is exciting for hip-hop fans, it does not come without a downside. With this shift into the mainstream, more and… Continue reading Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Hip-Hop Greatness

Michael Gaspari’s Senior Recital Celebrates Neurodivergence

Michael Gaspari wears their heart on their sleeve. It’s something I noticed as soon as the fourth-year double-degree student let me into Wilder Main, where they’ll be performing their new album On The Bridge for their senior TIMARA recital on Saturday, May 21, at 8 PM. Even amidst the drum kits, percussion machines, amps, pedals,… Continue reading Michael Gaspari’s Senior Recital Celebrates Neurodivergence

Park Bom’s soulful voice and deep emotion

From YG Entertainment’s girl group 2NE1, Park Bom released fifteen albums beginning in 2009. In November 2016, she left the group because she was implicated in an affair involving drugs. In 2010, Adderall, an amphetamine drug prescribed to treat her ADHD, caused a problem when she entered South Korea from the US. However, her final… Continue reading Park Bom’s soulful voice and deep emotion

Samuel Hoffacker Dazzles in Senior Recital

Samuel Hoffacker’s senior recital was a chaotic spectrum of emotion. Using a variety of percussion instruments, he performed a spectacular array of compositions ranging from early classical to electroacoustic Latin rock. The performance was a patchwork quilt of tempo, volume, and energy.  The grandiose nature of Warner Concert Hall starkly contrasted the 30-people in attendance,… Continue reading Samuel Hoffacker Dazzles in Senior Recital

DJ Kopano Talks Musical Curation and Centering Blackness

If you’ve been to a show or a house party at Oberlin recently, you’ve probably heard of Kopano. The multidisciplinary artist is a dual-degree third-year at Oberlin College and Conservatory, but they’ve also been performing prolifically for several years in Chicago’s South Side DIY scene, having opened for abolitionist Angela Davis and previously collaborated with… Continue reading DJ Kopano Talks Musical Curation and Centering Blackness