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Smooth Bananas: The Artists of TikTok

Since the advent of the internet and social media, the distribution of commercial music, that is music you are likely to hear on the radio, has become a whole new ball game. Despite its shortform video format, the social media app TikTok has become an incredible way to get a song to go viral. …

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Smooth Bananas: The Hold Steady’s ‘Open Door Policy’

The Hold Steady’s latest album is much like their own careers: born out of tough times and rough roads, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The album, produced and released by Frenchkiss Records, Vagrant Records, Full Time Hobby, and Washington Square, is the rock band’s eighth studio album and features 11 tracks of …

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Smooth Bananas: A Brief History of Taylor Swift

The superstar artist Taylor Swift is more than a household name. She’s a monolith in the music industry for a lot of complex reasons.  Swift grew up in Pennsylvania but soon migrated to Nashville, Tenn. to pursue a career in country music. She quickly became a hit sensation with her …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘Medicine at Midnight’

“Medicine at Midnight” is the newest addition to the Foo Fighters’ catalog but unfortunately for them, they should have just stayed on the shelf.  The album, produced by Greg Kurstin and released by labels RCA and Roswell, is the tenth studio album by the Foo Fighters. The album contains 9 songs of …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘OK Human’

Weezer has had their ins and outs in the spotlight, the creative vision of Rivers Cuomo usually harpooning through any direct criticism. “OK Human” is no different despite its aural change.  The album, produced by award-winning producer Jake Sinclair, is the 14th studio album from the alt-rock band. Sinclair is also known for …

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‘Love Goes’ is a newfound sound for Sam Smith

Sam Smith has been known for their freewheeling yet nonthreatening pop sound. However, Smith has become something new with their new album.  The album, released by Capitol Records on Oct. 30, features 17 tracks of varying lengths within the range of two to five minutes and encompassing approximately 57 minutes. The …

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Christmas music is back again. Why does it keep returning?

Christmas music seems to be an ever-present monolith in our life the moment Halloween is over and not even COVID-19 can kill our obsession with the seasonal songs. Why on Earth do we instantly become enthralled with Christmas music after spooky time when a large swath of Christmas music isn’t even that good?  …

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