Hip-hop since it’s birth was viewed as a counterculture or a subculture. However, within its community, it was perceived as so much more. It was a way in which the youth used multiple platforms to be expressive. Its growth into becoming one of the most influential art forms across the globe has been incredible to watch. Nowadays you have hip-hop influences within nearly every genre of music there is. You also have hip-hop artists across the water having a similar impact both in their home country as well as some success here in the U.S., which isn’t easy to do. London rapper, DC, is steadily growing into the next big thing from the U.K. rap scene. 

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The internet is a bizarre place. Once considered by many to be an information superhighway, and a realm of endless possibility, the internet’s good name has been sullied over the years, as the amount of entertainment content has gone up. Memes, online gaming, and YouTube have contributed to a culture of “internet trash” that leads mothers across the world to limit their children’s internet activity. However, as the timeless saying goes, there is always treasure to be found in trash, and nothing is a greater testament to that than the band 100 gecs.

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In the last few years, American society has been obsessively nostalgic for the 1960s and ’70s. Every other movie with a theatrical release is set during the Woodstock era, bootcut flare jeans and jumpsuits have re-integrated themselves into popular fashion, and we can’t seem to let go of the glam makeup. But, one part of pop culture that is severely lacking in that free-love vibe is music. But, it isn’t completely barren. Houston born band Khruangbin uses sounds inspired by Indian and Thai funk music to resurrect the original lofi sound, a production style that utilizes elements usually regarded as imperfections are included to create a more authentic and unique execution.  

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After playing for only four people in a dim college auditorium, it was evident that musician and non-fiction writer Michelle Zauner’s previous rock band, Little Big League, wasn’t working out. Then, shortly after this disappointing performance, Zauner received the crushing news that no 25-year-old wants to hear. Her mother, Chong Mi, was diagnosed with stage four cancer.

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This alternative rock band from Alabama that sounds more like an old school soul group is turning heads with their soulful-rock mix debut album Boys and Girls. Alabama Shakes is taking the music world by storm with their experimental styles and their magnetic stage presence. Like many musical groups, Alabama Shakes began back in high school when one band member, Brittany Howard (lead singer).

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