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The lights dim at the Fillmore, and the packed crowd cheers, “Blake!” as a tall, looming figure appears from foggy smoke on stage. Idly, he sits on the piano bench with no introduction, not even a wave or a smile. The running of piano notes that open the song “Assume Form” seem to be conjured out of thin air. The crowd goes silent, letting Blake’s melodies fill the space.
Wedged between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the Grammys always seems to be the arts award show that's hastily passed by. The first Grammys were in 1959 when only 28 different awards were given out. Since then, categories have been added and removed, and at one point even reached more than 100. However, even with the addition of new categories, the Grammys still don't feel like they're inclusive to important genres of the music industry, the most obvious being hip–hop and rap.
It’s easy to assume that live albums are just a fast way for artists to make money, given that their tracklists are simply old songs played in a new setting. However, LCD Soundsystem makes you feel their newest live album is more than a cash grab. Much like their last live album, 2010's “London Sessions,” “Electric Lady Sessions” is "live" in the sense that it was recorded while on their American Dream tour over a three–day period at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, N.Y. The 12–song album, released Feb. 8th, includes renditions of their existing hits as well as covers of songs by other artists.
There’s nothing that sets the mood like music does, and let’s be real, no one wants to actually get down to songs like Mo Bamba or Sicko Mode. You don’t need to be hooking up or having sex to listen to this playlist, as long as you’re in the mood for something a little spicy. There are a lot of “bedroom playlists” out there on platforms like SoundCloud and Spotify, but there’s always that fear that you’ll shuffle it and come across a not–so–sexy song that will kill the vibe. Don’t worry, Street has your back with this essential sex playlist, filled with songs that are sure to put you in the mood.
What if I told you that for just $25 you could get a season pass to the Philadelphia Orchestra? Well, it's true, because the eZseatU membership program offers college students just that. That’s an amazing deal, considering that a single ticket ranges between $30 and $100 for non–students, depending on the show and seat. "The eZseatU program was started in 2009 to give college students the ability to experience orchestral music live in a really affordable way," said Geoffrey Cohen, Director of Audience Engagement at the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra is a world–renowned symphony orchestra. In fact, it's one of the “big five” American orchestras, alongside the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. The Kimmel Center, where the Philadelphia Orchestra is based, is only a 20 to 25 minute SEPTA ride away from Penn’s campus. What’s not to love? If that doesn’t persuade you, here are three performances in February and March that are sure to blow your mind.
Michel Legrand, a celebrated composer and conductor best known for his film scores, died on Saturday at 86 years old. Over his career, Legrand collaborated with musicians like Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra, working also as a jazz pianist. Legrand’s achievements are extensive: He won three Academy Awards and five Grammys. His Oscar–winning songs—“The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair and “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” from The Happy Ending—are among his most well–known compositions. However, Legrand’s profession as a composer and arranger of film scores hasn’t always earned him recognition. Considering Legrand's impact on film history, let's take a look at how scores and soundtracks have shaped movies, and vice versa.
“Chano, Chatham’s own,” Chance the Rapper pops with energy in the opening lines of the track, “Juice," off his second mixtape Acid Rap. Referring to himself as “Chano,” Chance gives tribute to West-Chatham, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago where he was born. In “Memories on 47th St.,” rapper Vic Mensa paints a picture of his younger self, as a boy who wants to take on the city of Chicago despite being surrounded by violence and racism growing up on Woodlawn and 47th street. The names don’t end there. Noname. Joey Purp. Saba. Mick Jenkins. Besides being rappers, all these artists have something else in common: they have their roots in Chicago. Over the last few years, Chicago’s music scene has given rise to a myriad of musical groups and artists, but why this particular city? What about it puts so many young rappers in the spotlight? Due to its cultural relevancy and tight–knit community, the Chicago music scene is made up of young artists to look out for in the near future.
James Blake is an artist whose music is so distinct that, despite his significant popularity, it's almost impossible to describe. Blake’s forte lies in his fearlessness to experiment, never failing to bring in mysterious sounds and bizarre electronic interludes. Assume Form, released January 19th, has the elements of a more matured, experienced Blake, featuring a broader range of guests and heavier rhythms, though it's not completely rid of the desolate loneliness of his previous albums. In tracks like “Mile High,” “Where's the Catch?,” and “Tell Them,” Blake collaborates with hip-hop artists from Metro Boomin’ to Andre 3000.
Singing and producing covers is a form of musical creativity that deserves more attention. Not only is it a way to show appreciation for existing songs, but also to draw inspiration from different artists. Often covers don't do the original song justice. However, in some cases, they bring a totally different perspective, twisting it into something completely new. Here are seven covers that are better than the original song:
As someone always looking for different ways to stumble upon new artists, I’ve experimented with a bunch of different platforms to do so, from Spotify’s somewhat disappointing “Made for You” playlists to NPR’s classic Tiny Desk Concerts. Finding the YouTube channel COLORS was like discovering a hidden gem that not only expanded my musical palette by introducing me to up–and–coming artists, but also engaged my visual senses in a way that I had never experienced before. Driven by their motto, “all COLORS, no genres,” COLORS is a YouTube channel based in Berlin, Germany that showcases performances of artists from different genres in an aesthetically pleasing space that matches their vibe with associated colors. I’ve narrowed down seven of my favorite performances from hundreds of videos to get you started:
The concept of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series is simple: musicians from all different genres are invited to perform an intimate concert at the desk Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. Only at a Tiny Desk Concert can we experience T–Pain’s “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” without any special effects, or see Tyler the Creator use the desk itself as a stage for his performance, setting up lights with varying shades of bright colors to reflect the themes of his “Flower Boy” album. However, these two sets are amongst the most popular of Tiny Desk Concerts; T–Pain’s video has over 13 million views and Tyler’s has almost seven million. Here are five underrated, equally as great, Tiny Desk Concerts that you need to check out from this year:
The highly anticipated film, Bohemian Rhapsody, was released in theatres on November 2nd. With Robot star Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury, the movie celebrates Queen and explores the extraordinary life of its leader. In this day and age, many of us have only experienced the iconic music of Queen, but don’t know all the details of Mercury’s revolutionary existence. Here’s a quick crash course to prepare you for the movie:
Not All Heroes Wear Capes is the album Metro Boomin wanted us all to be waiting for. Just seven months ago, Metro announced his retirement from hip hop via an Instagram post. However, the retirement was short lived as billboards started appearing in New York City that read “METRO BOOMIN’ MISSING PERSONS.” Then, Not All Heroes Wear Capes finally dropped, packed with features from artists like Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Gunna, Young Thug, and Swae Lee. Not All Heroes Wear Capes is Metro Boomin’s debut studio album after becoming infamous for playing a huge role in productions like Future’s DS2 with “Mask Off” and of course, Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.”
It’s family weekend, and you have three days to show your family that yes, you really are doing fine in college. Here are a few activities you can do over the next few days that will ensure your family is happy with their decision to travel all this way to visit you!
It’s both a blessing and a curse that New York is less than two hours away from campus. Exploring the city is an expensive venture, especially if you’re a college student. However, if you budget your trip right, it’s totally possible to have fun in the Big Apple without your wallet taking a huge hit. Here’s how you can spend a day in New York for under $100:
Don’t know what to do with that party outfit you brought to college that you’ve never worn? Don’t worry, neither do plenty of other people. However, there is always someone out there looking for a deal on new clothes—potentially, your clothes. Turn your cramped up closet space into cash with these four apps on which you can buy and sell clothes.
We’ve all had those days where we don’t want to eat at another dining hall, but we also don’t want to spend real money on food. Is it possible to avoid that dilemma altogether? This week, I tried to find out in the only way I knew possible: challenging myself to only eating free food for 48 hours.