Amped up: Sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, pop-punk finds a new generation on TikTok

Pop-punk is making a comeback with a new generation on TikTok; it’s the perfect place for teens to grieve the small things lost to COVID-19, music columnist Mirabella Miller SC ’23 writes.

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Amped up: Lana Del Rey dreams of freedom from fame on ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’

“Chemtrails Over the Country Club” is a triumphant exploration of gray areas and an example of why we shouldn’t rely on political takes from celebrities, writes music columnist Mirabella Miller SC ’23.

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The downbeat: How to use music to feel less alone and anxious during social distancing

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 compiles an exhaustive list of ways to use music to your benefit while social distancing, whether through creating, sharing or listening to it.

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The bassline: A Swift transition from ‘Red’ to blue — Taylor Swift’s political fight

Music columnist Kyla Walker PO ’22 explores Taylor Swift’s whirlwind transition from political privacy to political activism in “Miss Americana.”

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The downbeat: RIP Pop Smoke — How one artist reintroduced drill music into the mainstream

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 assesses the impact of musician Pop Smoke’s influence on the New York drill music scene after his death. “Almost with Nietzsche-esque transcendence of good and evil, Pop Smoke played by his own rules, and he won through creating a lasting legacy in the eye of the music industry and general population,” she writes.

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The bassline: ‘High Fidelity’ offers modern spin on love and mixtapes

Kyla Walker PO ’22 praises “High Fidelity”‘s soundtrack and its power to influence the narrative and drive the show’s plot forward.

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The downbeat: 5 of the best love (and it’s complicated) songs

Ella Boyd SC ’21 provides a playlist of 5 songs for any romantic scenario, from love to lust to heartbreak. “Love’s intricacies and realities shouldn’t be ignored; after all, the experiences of yearning, heartbreak, confusion, nerves and sensuality are intertwined with love,” she writes.

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