BTS breaks boundaries for K-pop on worldwide charts with ‘Love Yourself: Her’

BTS has returned with their latest EP, “Love Yourself: Her” (2017), the group’s first release since the repackaged album of “You Never Walk Alone” (2017) in February. The nine-track EP is part of their new “Love Yourself” series — a concept that will define the next few albums. Released on Sept. 18, “Her” has received […]

Is This Thing On? Dialing into mental health with music

Hey everyone! It’s only week four of the semester, but you may already be starting to feel overwhelmed — I know I am. In this vein, today’s topic is a little more solemn from a lesser known rapper, Logic. When I think of Logic, I associate him with the genre of hip hop that boys in […]

Is this thing on? Breaking the rules

My sixth-grade language arts teacher once said, “First you must learn the rules, and only then you are allowed to break them.” Although she was talking about comma splices, the same logic can be applied to producing a smash hit. For starters, it has to appeal to a wide range of listeners or, at the very least, […]

Vanessa Carlton’s ‘Liberman’ lacks youthful luster of previous works

Every kid who grew up on 2000s pop music will probably recognize the opening chords of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” one of the most popular piano anthems of 2002. With sugary vocals, lyrics about teenage heartbreak and a surprisingly killer string arrangement, the song planted Carlton in the midst of Avril Lavigne and Ashanti […]