pop culture

Modern, popular, and iconic pop culture moments in music. From current events, to trending topics and more.

Katana Haley4 days ago
Decoding Childish Gambino's 'This Is America'
At Vanity Fair, Austin Collins’ review of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” analyzes the artistry and reveals the deeper meaning behind the quick flashes of explicitly consequential imagery. The multi-hyphenated entertainer Donald Glover dropped a bombshell video sparking a flurry of conversation around the topics of American life, gun control, racism, and most importantly, negating the existence of these issues for voguish diversions. America at large would rather be pacified rather than clo...
Josh Bennett 18 days ago
Is Rock N' Roll Dead?
I call it the auto-tune age. The present, nowadays, for today the sound of perfectly in key mumble rappers loom. The mainstream, as they call it, is filled with non-worthy 'beat-tapes' and meaningless...
Sarah Lynn25 days ago
A Letter to The Late Jonghyun
Dear Jonghyun, I miss you dearly. Nothing has been the same since you left us last December. I find myself still thinking of you daily. Most people say that it's stupid or dumb that I cry over a celebrity. I still wear your ring everyday and keep that signed picture on display. You had made an impact on my life whether I had known you personally or not. The band you were in, SHINee, was one of the first bands that I got into and honestly you really stood out to me. You had the most unique voice ...
Amir Royalea month ago
Artists & Audiences (1.1)
1988, Garvey High School. Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor chills in a lunchroom with his soon to be A Tribe Called Quest brethren, Kamaal “Q-Tip” Fareed and Ali Muhammad. It’s their senior year. The boys are just “lounging,” as Phife puts it quirkily, watching some of the flyest “honeys” around the block walk by them. Phife becomes infatuated with one of the girls– a femme fatale by the name of Flo– and in the coming days learns a valuable lesson in how misogyny and sexism can easily be flipped upon m...
Queer Fangirla month ago
Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft was born on April 3rd 1991 (making her 27, as of this year) in LA, California, to actor/comedian Jamie Alcroft, from Ohio, and Canadian figure skater, Sarah Kawahara, who is of J...
Is BTS Slowly Breaking the K-Pop Stereotype in the United States?
If you're ever on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or any social media site - really, there's a very high likelihood that you've stumbled upon at least a couple of photos or videos regarding the globally recognized boy group, BTS. Love them or hate them, you have to admit that the world is curious about them. From their comeback stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards to having their newest album Love Yourself: Tear debut at number one on the US charts, there's nothing stopping the band from becomi...
Chants Bartrupa month ago
Race, Femininity, and Music Videos
Many investigations have been conducted regarding the representations of gender (for example Wallis, [2010]) and race (Conrad, Dixon, and Zhang [2009]) in music videos. As Cara Wallis notes, music vid...
Micah Jardeea month ago
All Five My Chemical Romance Albums Ranked
Those more than vaguely familiar with the work of the mid 2000's rock band may read the title of this and think to themselves "What? Five? They only released four studio albums?!?!". And while that is...
Consent Is Sexy
I love country music. Most of you who have read my past articles with the header “Musing on Music” are already aware of this. Perhaps you don't know that I love it for the funny, yet relatable songs l...
Juan Nisbeta month ago
Why Is Pop Music So Sh*t These Days?
We've all thought it though, haven't we? Every time you put the radio on, you know exactly what to expect, even if you don't know any of the songs. It's always the same sh*t.Okay so let’s say it’s 199...
mina johnson2 months ago
Girl Groups to Listen To
From the Spice Girls in the 90s to Little Mix now, the world has seen a whole lot of girl groups. The Fader released an article in June of 2018 hosting the question, "Where are all the girl groups?" I...
Mark Cridland2 months ago
The Image of Music
When I was researching my article on What Is Metal? a number of people mentioned 'the look' of musicians and how important it is:"To be honest, so much of what is 'metal' now has little to do with mus...
Justin Young2 months ago
Greatest Showman's Gay Anthems
Everyone who has seen this musical masterpiece will tell you to go and see it for yourself. It has an indescribable power with its hypnotic music and stunning visuals. But it's more than just those th...
Spencer MacAdam2 months ago
'Straight Outta Compton' Sequel???
Released in 2015, Straight Outta Compton told the story of the up and coming rappers based out of Compton, California. The plot involved Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, DJ Yella and MC Ren who came togethe...
Samuel King2 months ago
Making Freddie Straight
"The only thing...more extraordinary...than their music...is his story." Recently, 20th Century Fox released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Set to a ...
10 Relatable Broadway Songs
For Even the Least Musical
Joey Rupcich3 months ago
Life in Plastic, It's Fantastic!
“Wait, it gets cold in Wisconsin?” I sat there dumbfounded in my badger sandals as I had to explain to a friend from Maine that yes, it does get cold in Wisconsin. In the course of my one year in New ...
Sarah Rush4 months ago
Artists to Look Out for in 2018
It doesn't matter what genre you listen to, I've got you covered. At the beginning of the year, Fall Out Boy released a new album. It was exceptionally controversial considering everybody knows them f...