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The Top Albums of 2016

10. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service If the rule is that rap is a young man’s game, A Tribe Called Quest is the exception. Dropping eighteen years after The Love Movement, Tribe’s secret album We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service rounds up a slew of current heavy hitters, including Kanye and Andre 3000, and effortlessly assimilates them… continue reading

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Genre of the Week: Plunderphonics

The music scene has always been full of tiny artistic pockets. All it takes is a small group of likeminded artists, a splash of good luck, and willing fans, and before you know it a Scene has evolved. This is where we get gems like vaporwave, witch house, and lots of other genres that probably seemed very cool at the time. This week, we’re featuring… Plunderphonics Key artists: The Avalanches,… continue reading

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Vulfpeck’s The Beautiful Game: A New Era of Funk

In 2011, four University of Michigan students Jack Stratton, Woody Goss, Joe Dart, and Theo Katzman first met providing backing music for a mutual friend. The four discovered they made quite the jam band, and started creating grooves in their spare time. Stratton conceived the idea of creating a faux German funk group inspired by the studio musicians of the 60’s and 70’s, and thus, Vulfpeck was born. Relying solely… continue reading

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Erykah Badu: Anything but Single

Despite critical success, a handful of famous boyfriends, and an eighteen-year-long career riddled with controversy, “Erykah Badu” has never become a household name.  Though infamous within the hip-hop community for her mystical, life-altering effect on her boyfriends and revered in the R&B community for her impact on neo-soul music, she’s never achieved mainstream status. To clarify, Ms. Badu’s work has appeared on both the R&B charts and the Billboard Hot… continue reading

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Genre of the Week: Electroclash

Peaches (Merrill Beth Nisker) The music scene has always been full of tiny artistic pockets. All it takes is a small group of likeminded artists, a splash of good luck, and willing fans, and before you know it a Scene has evolved. This is where we get gems like vaporwave, witch house, and lots of other genres that probably seemed very cool at the time. This week, we’re featuring… Electroclash… continue reading

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Panorama Fest 2016- Day Three Recap

The thing people tend to forget about festivals is that they happen in the summer, and summer is hot. So when my girlfriend and I landed on Randall’s island for day three of Panorama Festival, we quickly bought some ice cream sandwiches and posted up in the shade on a hill looking down at the main stage, staying there for about the first half of the day. The first artist… continue reading

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A Millennial’s Tribute to Prince

Today would have been Prince’s 58th birthday, though he didn’t believe in celebrating them—or even counting time, for that matter. As the world continues to mourn his death, I cannot help but remember the start of my relationship with his music and the effect it had on me as a writer. In the sixth grade, I had just two hours to myself after school each day before my parents would… continue reading

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Boston Calling Spring 2016 – Day Three Recap

Michael Christmas’ stage presence is a little bit silly: at 22 years old, he’s ragging about his birthday, talking about his hero Wiz Khalifa coming to Boston five years ago, and delivering tracks like “Bubblin’” and “Michael Cera” while laughing in between. Praise to Christmas for not letting the opening set on the final day phase him – he tried to get the crowd fired up by offering some merch… continue reading

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Boston Calling Spring 2016 – Day Two Recap

Despite the fact that they are originally from New York, Palehound has been a Boston regular their entire career. Ellen Kempner, with her nerve driven low-fi style, first found success in the various small clubs and DIY venues in Allston and Cambridge. Filling the same role as Krill did last year, it has become a tradition to ring in the first afternoon with a hometown favorite. She thanked Boston for… continue reading

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Boston Calling Spring 2016 – Day One Recap

by David McDevitt (International Affairs/Economics), photos by Emily O’Brien (Interaction Design) Tastemakers has made it to every Boston Calling since its inception, and it has been wonderful to see how the festival has grown into itself. From a cold and trying Saturday in 2013 to the fully formed festival-circuit mainstay that it has become. After this year Boston Calling will be officially saying goodbye to the place where it was born,… continue reading

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Prince: The Beautiful One

  Editor’s Note: A discography overview feature on the expansive career of Prince was planned, written and sent to print for the forthcoming issue of Tastemakers, weeks before today’s tragic news. In light of the circumstances, we’ve decided to bring it to the web as well with a new introduction by the author. -Ben Stas, Editor in Chief … I wrote this discography because I love Prince and the news… continue reading