There’s been a distinct hole in the center of pop music of late; for every groundbreaking, record-smashing talent akin to Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, or Madonna, there are hundreds of one-hit wonders or newer acts primed to mainly function entirely as derivative homages and complicated tribute acts opposed to unique forces within the music industry.

Just in regards to the three aforementioned pop diva icons alone, there are direct ties in sound and scope to Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga — while both of these artists are fantastic and legendary in their rights, there’s still a great amount of time and…

There’s something special about a song you’d describe as “romantic”, without being a song about straight-faced boy-meets-girl romance. “You’re Looking At Me” from Jazz singer/songwriter Cece Bullard is like a love letter to the self. For a song that’s so strongly put together, it walks that perfect balance of rigidity and fluidity. Bullard has been a growing jazz staple for some time now, inspired as a kid and even getting to have a memorable encounter with the late Ella Fitzgerald. Her passion is smeared across an auditory canvas with her clear and moody vocals, and it’s served by steady percussion…

Rocker Dan Ashley pens a love letter to his past with the nostalgic Redbud Road. It only makes sense that a former journalist with a knack for telling stories to people could be able to dig inward to tell others his. It’s the kind of song that feels most in place with something from the 70s like The Cars or the Knack. It’s textural and even the rhythm of it is akin to driving down an actual empty road. For some background on Ashley, he’s had an extensive news career dating as far back as 1996 and has been privy…

It is easy to take the importance of things for granted. To get them confused. No matter our best efforts to live otherwise, no matter how much evidence to the contrary or what we resolve, we treat each day like we will live forever. We hear a term such as “communication” and automatically believe we understand, frontwards and backwards, what that means. Michael Moseley’s book Ignition: Superior Communications Strategies for Creating Stronger Connections draws from his extensive experience working in the communications sector for political bodies, corporations, and other public organizations. …

The American underground has always been one of the cutthroat indie music circuits on the planet, but the last ten years — and the advent of technology that has come with it — have certainly upped the stakes for rising names more than any of us could have anticipated ahead of time. Trevor Drury has been in the trenches for a while now, and though his music has attracted a lot of fanfare from the indie press, critics, and curious fans interested in something a little fresher than the mainstream can offer, he hasn’t sold out any of his creative…

With impossible strength contained only by the speakers through which its pulsations penetrate, “Muro I (The Goal Feels Impossible)” infects our airspace with a lurid mass of sound soon to find its anti-melodic shape in the five minutes that follow. There is no prerequisite introduction to the perfectly toned noise we’re to encounter in this composition and the nine it’s accompanied by in El Velo de Lo Irrepresentable; only two artists in Federico Balducci and Francisco Javier Sanfuentes who will silently forge a volcanic but non-virtuosic show of masculine musicality in this piece, their first album together. …

Despite being a rapper, Rebecca “DawgGoneDavis” shares more in common with Bob Dylan than say, 50 Cent with her single “Boulders Weeping (Cry No More). A difficult and provocative track that will linger with for days to come, Davis doesn’t shy away from topics that might make even the most mainstream artist squirm and handles it with a level of maturity even some other artists stumble on. …

Sean O’Keefe in collaboration with The Career Leadership Collective, has hit a big swing with the new book Launch Your Career: How ANY Student Can Create Relationships with Professionals and Land the Jobs and Internships They Want. Frankly the book should be mandated reading for any young millennial or ‘zoomer’ out there fresh out of college. In an era where black-and-white thinking has taken the reins for many young people’s ambitions and qualities of outlook, Launch Your Career pivots everything refreshingly back to basics. While modern in its thinking and style, O’Keefe if anything brings everything back to success strategy…

2021 is the year of the American rookie, and if you didn’t think so ahead of listening to the debut EP from Brielle Brown, The Well, I’ve got a feeling you’re going to after soaking up the record’s six unique songs.

Driven by the lead vocal Brown sews into its most dynamic harmonies, The Well touches on themes of parenthood, climate change, divinity, and the manner in which an artist cultivates their identity outside of their influences, all while sticking to an instrumental foundation as appealing to folkies as it is fans of indie rock and alternative country. There’s no…

Helen Yu’s new book is an example of both precise, knowledgeable writing about an easily exclusive topic for specific audiences and something that is a product of its time. More and more the corporate world is being forced to grapple with a changing cultural landscape, and with that demands reflecting said landscape’s specific alterations when it comes to the tenets of industry. Some are choosing to implement heavily Eastern spiritualist touches to company practices, such as the incorporation of meditation, certain forms of holistic and corporate psychological practices, and a step-by-step breakdown of essential business practice to make leadership more…

Colin Jordan

Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer

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