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MMM Thoughts: Should Lyrics Be Changed After Music is Already Released?

Photo Credit: @tiffanyandco / Instagram In the last few months, alone, both Beyoncé and Lizzo have altered their songs post-release to remove the term “spaz” after ableist concerns were raised regarding the songs “Grrrls” and “Heated,” respectively. Though many Americans seemed shocked that anyone could take offense at the term, the word is considered a… Read more

Calvin Harris – ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Press via Calvin Harris Calvin Harris first broke out in the UK a little over 15 years ago, with the now-Gold certified “Acceptable in the 80s” – an intriguing and singular, if anachronistic, cut of electro-funk. Four years later, he broke out worldwide as a featured artist on Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” The… Read more

Beyoncé – ‘Renaissance’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole for Parkwood Entertainment The story of house music is one of liberation; of marginalized communities carving out a space where they could unapologetically be themselves. As a genre, its roots are radical – its formation can be credited to Black and Queer individuals who refused to conform to a society that… Read more

Alison Wonderland – ‘Loner’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wasserman Music Alexandra Scholler was born in 1986 and raised in Australia. She grew up in Sydney and trained as a classical cellist. During a night out, Alexandra heard the song “Silent Shout” by electronic music duo The Knife and it quickened her an interest in the possibilities that electronic music can afford… Read more

Swedish House Mafia – ‘Paradise Again’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Alexander Wessely Being a teenager in Sweden ten years ago, I saw native household names like Avicii (may he rest in peace) and Swedish House Mafia take the EDM (Electric Dance Music) sound to global arenas. Dismissed at first by many – myself included – as “not real music,” I would soon find… Read more

MMM Thoughts: Do we Actually Need Music Awards?

Photo Credit: CBS.com Have you ever heard the song “McFlurry” by the Sleaford Mods? Banging track. The outro consists of vocalist Jason Williamson mockingly chanting “I’ve got a Brit Award, I’ve got a Brit Award // No Surrender, No Surrender // Animal, five-day bender,” imitating the attitudes of overblown rock stars celebrating dubious awards in a played… Read more

Bob Moses – ‘The Silence in Between’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Zackery Michael A single start-to-finish listen will reveal to just about any listener that the fourth full-length album (joining about a half-dozen EPs) from Vancouver, Canada duo Bob Moses, The Silence in Between, is a strong and tight offering of atmosphere club-type EDM and bouncy, fun pop. Appropriately-titled opening cut “Seen it Coming” is the perfect… Read more

The 64th Grammy Awards: Best & Worst Moments

Photo Credit: Getty Images for The Recording Academy (All Photos) Award show attendance has been reliably falling year-on-year and this year, the Recording Academy seemed less concerned than ever about doing anything to revert that trend, with an overlong, self-indulgent ceremony that ran for a seemingly never-ending 2 hours and 33 minutes. Beyond making a… Read more

Diplo – ‘Diplo’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Maria José Govea Something important happened in the last 2-3 years – well, besides the pandemic, climate change, and never-ending political turmoil -: the standard for mainstream music increased exponentially. Chalk it up to “Bad Guy” or “Old Town Road” – songs that paved a weirder and wilder path for Top 40 music… Read more

Said the Sky – ‘Sentiment’ Album Review

Photo Credit: EMP Media/Halfheart Media Though you wouldn’t guess it from a casual listen, there’s something remarkably ambitious about the second album of Said The Sky – the musical project of Coloradan Trevor Christensen. Like the best albums of our time – take Fetch The Bolt Cutters and Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, for two recent examples – Sentiment attempts… Read more