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The Glee Club is a staple of Penn. Founded in 1862, it’s the oldest performing arts group on campus, with 150 years of history in singing a mix of classics, standards, and hits that showcase the talents of its members. Beyond its male singers, the Glee Club also includes a tech staff and a pit band, the latter of which often performs its own gigs in addition to supporting the semesterly shows. In fact, the Glee Club Band was one of the groups that performed at Street’s Battle of the Bands competition hosted at Smokey Joe’s in November—and they won.
Just a short walk past the row of fraternity and sorority houses on Spruce Street is Don Barriga, a bright, new Mexican restaurant that sticks out under apartments on the corner of 45th Street with a sweet exterior design and a bunch of chairs and tables that beckon passersby to sit down and enjoy its selection. Inside, you’ll find a soft ambiance as the fans hum and the music plays, ideal for a brunch date with some friends.
Norman Fucking Rockwell! is many things—a combination of soft rock and piano ballads, a string of pop culture references to famous artists, a rumination on the tumultuous relationships, and the culmination of Lana Del Rey’s career. Since her beginnings with the viral debut single “Video Games” in 2011, the singer has been characterized by a unique, cinematic quality driven heavily by themes of romanticism and depression. Despite commercial success and solid critical acclaim from records such as Ultraviolence and Lust for Life, there’s always been a slight incoherence in her content, missing a measure of realism and depth. Released Aug. 30, NFR resolves these issues as Del Rey perfects her personal brand of melancholy.
Over the last decade, Netflix has risen from a simple streaming service for studio films and syndicated shows to a bona fide entertainment powerhouse. From House of Cards to Stranger Things, the company has received accolades for works across genres. Bojack Horseman, its critically acclaimed adult animated comedy–drama, has recieved critical acclaim, but it has yet to be recognized by TV's most prestigious awards body—the Emmys.
Beck has been around forever—it’s been nearly 30 years since he entered the music industry, with a career spanning and combining a wide variety of genres, from folk to alt–rock to hip hop to country. He’s won multiple Grammy Awards for his singing and production, including an Album of the Year win for his 2014 album, Morning Phase.
The seven–member supergroup has returned. BTS, the internationally renowned Korean band famous for hit singles such as “Idol”, “Fake Love”, and “DNA”, is back with their sixth EP, Map of the Soul: Persona. Announced last month and released ten months after their last studio album, Love Yourself: Tear, the EP is a 26–minute journey through topics such as self–esteem, love, and support. The fact that BTS fluently conveys their message in every song is a testament to their skill.
You might know at least one of these musicians—Labrinth, the British singer–producer noted for collaborations such as “Pass Out” with Tinie Tempah; Sia, the Australian singer famous for “Elastic Heart” and her David Guetta mix “Titanium"; and Diplo, the American DJ celebrated for his contributions to “Paper Planes,” “Look At Me Now,” and “Where Are U Now.” The artists are talented in a variety of ways, but what if they were to come together and create a magical partnership? Well, it just happened.
If you haven't heard of "Old Town Road", the hit single by Lil Nas X (real name Montero Hill) that came out in early December, it's been sparking headlines for the controversial treatment it's received as a country trap piece. After becoming a viral sensation through the video application TikTok, “Old Town Road” has spread everywhere, rising to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and being celebrated throughout social media.
Sitcoms are a dime a dozen—major entertainment networks such as NBC, CBS, and FOX cycle through them at a rapid pace, each with their own premise and title theme songs. Speaking of the latter, a number of shows last long enough that their signature song becomes instantly recognizable. However, a few of these themes become something more—a celebrated track forever enshrined in the minds of viewers across the world, symbolizing good memories of the times spent watching and laughing at the trials of their favorite comedic characters. Why not rank the best ones?
At the Italian Market in Center City, Koukouzeli beckons with its modest design, boasting its menu on a blue and white exterior. Inside, you’ll find a rustic ambiance and a cozy restaurant, perfect for a quiet dinner date with your significant other.
From the moment PennSori, Penn's pop/K–pop a capella group, began its Spring concert with a medley of songs from internationally renowned Korean band BTS, an immediate infectious energy filled the Houston Hall Class of ’49 Auditorium. People didn’t need to understand all of the words to enjoy the sheer passion in the performance.
Covers are universal—since the dawn of music records, artists have recorded and rerecorded over others’ work, adding their own twists to create something new. From “I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” by Ray Charles, to “Killing Me Softly” by The Fugees, to “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, these reinventions have occasionally popped up on the charts over the years. But why do artists feel a need to make covers? What is the value of making one when the song already exists?
Avril Lavigne has been around for a while—international hits such as “Complicated” and “Girlfriend” came over a decade ago, and the singer was dubbed the “Pop Punk Queen” for her music and fashion style as she dominated the charts. Until Head Above Water came out on Feb. 15, Lavigne hadn’t released a record since her self–titled album in 2013, an up–tempo, pop–rock collection that was relatively well–received but criticized by some for overusing rebellious tropes. Head Above Water comes a few years after the singer’s diagnosis with Lyme disease, which inspired the album that she described on Twitter as "an emotional journey.” But does the album actually manage to reach that standard and serve as a proper comeback for the now 34–year–old? The answer is a hard, unequivocal no.
Hip–hop pervades every city in America—it developed in urban environments and remains a strong musical influence there even as it has taken center stage in popular music within the last few decades. Los Angeles has brought us N.W.A. and Kendrick Lamar, Jay–Z and The Notorious B.I.G. came from New York, and Atlanta provided Outkast and T.I., among others. Similarly, Philadelphia has nurtured numerous hip–hop artists who have carved out their place in the upper echelon of the genre. But who among these individuals are the best to come from Philly? Here are the top five rappers repping the City of Brotherly Love:
Ah, February. A month full of the blistering cold and a barrage of midterms, but also a time for love. Valentine’s Day is coming up once more and cuffing season is nearing its end—so, it’s the perfect time to kick back with your honey and enjoy some love songs. Of course, one can’t assume that everything is going all fine and dandy—every relationship goes through its ups and downs, and occasionally an inkling of worry creeps into your soul. However, music has a special power to heal or strengthen the ties that bind couples together. The best medicine to your relationship woes is a few songs, compiled here, that will make your significant other fall in love with you again:
Mask and Wig isn't your average group–it's the oldest all–male collegiate musical comedy troupe in the country. Although it's filled with integral members such as the performers, business staff, and stage crew, the band is also crucial to tying the show together. Full of musicians from across the country, it's an eclectic group of guys who love to come together and deliver a great show, and Street got to catch up with a few members and talk about this semester's performance.
Sports enthusiasts have the Super Bowl. Movie buffs have the Oscars. And we music aficionados have music’s biggest night of the year—the 61st Annual Grammy Awards—to expel all that pent–up competitive energy into the universe. See how Street’s staff picks for some of the Grammy’s biggest awards measure up against your predictions and that sadly falsified list of leaked winners that surfaced on twitter last week.
Hoodie Allen (whose real name is Steve Markowitz) isn't your average rapper—he’s also a former Penn student that used to stroll down Locust Walk like the rest of us. As an undergraduate, Markowitz (W ‘10) was a member of the Sprint Football team and a brother in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity while working on a budding rap career. He got a job at Google post–graduation, later decided to quit to pursue a full–time career in music, and hasn’t looked back since—he’s released multiple charting albums and EPs in the past decade. Given his time at Penn, let’s take a look at his relationship with the university where he studied and began his rise to success.
2019 is gearing up to be a powerhouse year in music. Plenty of top artists are slated to release new records, from Ariana Grande to The 1975 to Migos. In an age when surprise albums have become more common, it’s fair to assume that a number of singers could follow that trend this year. With that in mind, there’s a few musicians that have made their fans wait far too long for new content.
The moment I met Yoni Gottlieb (C ‘19) on a Thursday afternoon in Starbucks, I could immediately tell he loves his music. Influenced by artists such as Earl Sweatshirt, Mac DeMarco, and Tame Impala, and often spotted wearing a Frank Ocean sweater, the art of song is in his blood—his mom is a professional pianist. We were able to discuss our thoughts on some new album releases this year, from Astroworld by Travis Scott to Daytona by Pusha T, before we jumped into his experiences with music and producing rapper Slim Reaper’s debut album, RIP to the Peaceful (Me).