WQHS Goes to the Movies: BlacKkKlansman

WQHS Goes to the Movies: BlacKkKlansman

It seems like 90 percent of movie trailers now begin with the words “based on the incredible true story”. The “true story” pitch is so common that it’s almost lost meaning. The reason I say “almost” is because of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman – a truly stunning film that powerfully executes what really is an incredible … Continue reading “WQHS Goes to the Movies: BlacKkKlansman”

Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece

Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece

The first time I heard Lou Reed’s Berlin, I didn’t notice the distressing nature of the album.  The music was so beautiful that I forgot to listen to the lyrics, which follow the relationship between Caroline and Jim, a prostitute and a drug addict, respectively.  As the album progresses, we watch Jim become controlling and jealous, … Continue reading “Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece”

Robyn Joins Kindness on Single “Cry Everything”

Robyn Joins Kindness on Single “Cry Everything”

“Cry Everything” is Adam Bainbridge’s first release as Kindness since their 2014 album, Otherness. For an artist as devoted to collaborations as Bainbridge, this apparent absence can be misleading. In the time since Otherness, they have contributed to Solange’s A Seat at the Table, as well as Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound and Negro Swan. This … Continue reading “Robyn Joins Kindness on Single “Cry Everything””

Ravi Coltrane Manages Duality With Style at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Ravi Coltrane Manages Duality With Style at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

It was a hard week. The intense mental stress that often comes with the territory of being a college student left me in a state of both wanderlust and homesickness on the eve of spring break. I needed to escape, to run away to a place both familiar and unknown, to re-find a comfort in … Continue reading “Ravi Coltrane Manages Duality With Style at Chris’ Jazz Cafe”

WQHS Goes To The Movies: Alden Reviews ‘Citizen Kane 2’ AKA ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

WQHS Goes To The Movies: Alden Reviews ‘Citizen Kane 2’ AKA ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

My first instinct is to call Isn’t It Romantic Rebel Wilson’s magnum opus – but I cannot do this in good faith, because with the level of directorial skill that she portrayed, I know there are many more great things on the horizon. While I initially believed that rom-coms were masterpieces, Rebel Wilson’s character argues against my … Continue reading “WQHS Goes To The Movies: Alden Reviews ‘Citizen Kane 2’ AKA ‘Isn’t It Romantic’”

Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey

Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey

When I first listened to Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy,” I was completely unaware of its sheer importance. I was unaware of its musical relevance and its impressive commercial success. I just remember bopping my head up and down a little to the Tom Tom Club’s sampled beat and wondering why I never looked into Mariah Carey’s … Continue reading “Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey”

Isaiah Rashad is Today’s Ideal Hip-Hop Act

Isaiah Rashad is Today’s Ideal Hip-Hop Act

Last summer, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment, embarked on what might have been the tour of the summer: The Championship Tour. However, a surprising absence from the lineup for the tour is featured in the videos, the young buck Isaiah Rashad. It is certainly artists like Kendrick, SZA, … Continue reading “Isaiah Rashad is Today’s Ideal Hip-Hop Act”

Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self-Titled Debut Is Less Than Promised

Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self-Titled Debut Is Less Than Promised

Phoebe Bridgers may be the hardest working musician of the past year, especially when it comes to collaborations. After spending last year putting out an EP with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker as boygenius, releasing a Christmas single with Jackson Browne, and otherwise touring with songs from her debut Stranger in the Alps, she now … Continue reading “Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self-Titled Debut Is Less Than Promised”

Still Woozy Bring Vibrant Energy to Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday Night

Still Woozy Bring Vibrant Energy to Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday Night

Even on a Wednesday, Still Woozy packed the house at Johnny Brenda’s. When I arrived just before the opener came on, the room felt rather empty. However, after another hour, the venue was totally filled. Those who came early enough were treated to Cehryl (pronounced Cheryl), who boldly performed entirely on her own. She played … Continue reading “Still Woozy Bring Vibrant Energy to Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday Night”