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Listen To This: Diane Keaton joins pop star Ashe in ‘Love Is Letting Go’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Devin Townsend, Alvvays and more.
Holden Lay, Candace Patrick, and Jack Solomon Sep 29, 2022

Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton has secretly always wanted to be a singer, and she does just that in Ashe’s latest single, the sweet acoustic ballad titled “Love...

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Review: ‘Hold The Girl’ conveys vulnerability through an exhilarating electropop soundscape

Singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama’s sophomore studio album explores new emotional territory through upbeat dance tracks and compelling power ballads.
Candace Patrick, Staff Writer Sep 26, 2022

Japanese British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama wastes no time before jumping into the depths of her emotional burdens — themes of love, acceptance, anger, growth and more —...

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NYU Mystery Concert: Loop pedals, mosh pits and ‘Happy Birthday’

Students met performers Ethel Cain, Skaiwater and Polo Perks with an outpouring of love.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer Sep 23, 2022

There was a sense of contagious energy in the air as students excitedly chatted in anticipation of the three acts coming, eager to blow off steam from the beginning of the semester....

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: British rapper Loyle Carner undertakes self-examination on ‘Nobody Knows (Ladas Road)’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Carly Rae Jepsen, Björk and more.

This week, Listen To This features a diverse range of genres, from U.K. rap to U.S. country-twinged indie. We would argue that most of these names need no introduction — let’s...

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Review: Ari Lennox navigates relationships and self-love in ‘age/sex/location’

The singer’s sophomore album combines R&B and neo-soul influences to explore the complexity of love in today’s age.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 21, 2022

On her sophomore album “age/sex/location,” Ari Lennox returns with a beautiful blend of R&B, soul and hip-hop elements that merge with her smooth and raspy vocals. This...

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Review: YUNGBLUD’s self-titled album balances introspection and action

YUNGBLUD’s newest album explores the different phases of the self through expression and rock.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 16, 2022

In his self-titled third album, English rockstar Dominic Harrison, better known as YUNGBLUD, continues to explore themes of individuality and self-expression. The album also encourages...

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‘Discoholics Anonymous’ breathes life back to disco

Discoholics’ second album “Discoholics Anonymous” proves as addictingly groovy as its first.
Sandy Battulga, Staff Writer Sep 15, 2022

“Decades have passed since people tried to kill disco, but disco never died…it was only on vacation” is the slogan to Discoholic’s second album “Discoholics Anonymous.”  The...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: Alex G digs deep in his latest song, ‘Miracles’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Suki Waterhouse, Nosaj Thing and more.

Picture this: it’s July 2022. You and your friends get selected for tickets to see Jimmy Fallon. You’re excited because the guests include the legendary Jane Fonda and your...

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EDM superproducer Pauline Herr discusses collaborations and long distance relationships

WSN spoke to Electric Zoo Main Stage act Pauline Herr about relationships, musical inspirations, artistic collaborations and the future of electronic music.
Michelle Zhou, Contributing Writer Sep 14, 2022

Pauline Herr is an all-around breakout star who has been an unstoppable force since she stepped into the electronic music scene. From her solo work to collaborations with talents...

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Electronic producer Rome in Silver on drawing out stories in music making

WSN spoke with Rome in Silver about his musical inspirations, recent collaborations and the kindred electronic producers he admires.
Michelle Zhou, Contributing Writer Sep 14, 2022

Rome in Silver (Vinny Pisciotta) is a constantly evolving musician and trailblazer who doesn’t shy away from experimentation. His distinctive style and sound never fail to breathe...

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Review: ‘Music for Four Guitars’ experiments with hypnotic simplicity

Bill Orcutt continues to push the boundaries of simple melody.
Holden Lay, Staff Writer Sep 14, 2022

Bill Orcutt’s latest solo project is a brief and gorgeous glimpse into his unique bluegrass and blues-infused approach to avant-garde instrumentalism. Coming hot off the heels...

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Staff Recs: Back to school

The Arts Desk spotlights some of their favorite artworks dealing with the highs and lows of college life.

School is back, the semester is anew. Perhaps you’re still not in the mood for four-hour lectures, bulky worksheets or reading theory. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered...