Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?

“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.”  Robin Williams Drugs, or drug culture, are often associated with tie-died t-shirts, the south Americas, the 70’s, rock and punk music, and ultimately, Snoop Dogg. Yet, in between those stereotypical manifestations of the junkie lifestyle, there are deeper, subtler, more complex – that isContinue reading “Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?”

Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer – Review

After three years, 5 Seconds of Summer have released their third album titled ‘Youngblood’. The band quickly rose to fame after opening for One Direction on their world tour and they have spent years working non-stop, going from touring straight into the studio, releasing their sophomore album ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ one year after theirContinue reading “Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer – Review”

Writer’s Block Summer Tunes 2018

It’s almost the end of the school year and you know what that means: Summer parties, festivals and travels are fast approaching. Before these fun shenanigans can commence, however, we need to get through the “end-of-year slump”. Are you suffering from chronic lack of concentration and energy despite the fact that you’re consuming coffee likeContinue reading “Writer’s Block Summer Tunes 2018”

Ylvis’ Stories from Norway

  Even those living under the sturdiest rock will remember when in 2013 the sounds of Ylvis’ “The Fox” hit the charts; mixing a comic sensibility with the most recent pop-sounds and blending those with homages to genre-tropes of old, the band had a successful run for about two years before fading into obscurity –Continue reading “Ylvis’ Stories from Norway”

Eurovision Songs You Need To Know (2006 – 2017)

  It is that month of the year again. The Eurovision season has begun. I remember that ever since 2006 I have been watching this big ol’ European glitter party. When I was younger I used to beg my parents to let me stay up late during this one week in May and they did.Continue reading “Eurovision Songs You Need To Know (2006 – 2017)”

Jagd – Civic EP – Review

  Civic is the newest and second official EP released by the four-piece Amsterdam band Jagd. The band has been busy for around three years, in which they won the Q’s Best Award, the Amsterdam Pop Award, toured the nation for 30 shows in the Popronde, and have started off 2018 on the bill ofContinue reading “Jagd – Civic EP – Review”

Ibeyi – Ash Album Review

Ibeyi’s second album Ash is a musical microcosm of contemporary society. The African-Cuban twin sisters distinguish their sound by mixing a multitude of genres, languages and cultures. To quote one of the sisters, Lisa-Kaindé, “Yeah we are definitely using a little bit of jazz, of hip hop music, electronic music, Yoruba, soul music, even popContinue reading “Ibeyi – Ash Album Review”