Isabelle Mencia, University of Florida
The 2000s were blessed with iconic pop punk bands that bring you not only nostalgia, but excitement in every playback.
Sierra Emilaire, Southern Adventist University
After the death of frontman Ben Barlow’s dad derailed the British group’s tour, their newest work explores mortality from an intensely personal point of view.
Kieran Benson, Luther College
Ella Jane’s latest single is a reflection of her talent and cements her as an artist to watch out for in 2021.
Alex Luna, University of California, Berkeley
The much-anticipated CD Projekt Red game is finally here, but last-gen console users are stuck with terrible glitches and no one knows who to blame.
Brian Anderson Gil, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
These two California twins draw from a huge range of influences to make a sound that may not be commercial, but remains true to their artistic vision.
Rose Younglove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
They say it’s not good to keep it bottled up, but is letting it out doing more harm than good?
Matthew Robison, University of South Florida
Moving away from lo-fi demos and unfussy EPs, the best punk and hardcore exhibited a tendency toward spirited ambition.
Marie Christensen, George Fox University
In a time when so many seem embroiled in pessimism, there’s something out there that speaks to hope.
Isador Pinto, Ringling College of Art + Design
The Japanese genre evokes the sounds of neon city life, and it’s starting to make a splash in the West.
Taylor Sprinkle, University of Texas at Austin
Hot girl summer isn’t over yet. Keep the energy going with these jams.
Grace John, Rutgers University
K-pop is great, but some variety certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Michael Wu, Case Western Reserve University
What use is rebellion when it’s sponsored by your overlords?
From pop purgatory to sold-out stadiums, the English superstar has created a musical niche that has fans obsessed.
Marianne Quijano, Texas A&M University
Headbanging doesn’t have to be only for guys.
Kylie Harrington, University of Southern California
The singer-songwriter’s latest project is an up-tempo collection of emo bangers.
Jonathan Christian, Northwest Vista College
The Netflix original marks the official return of the once-dead subgenre to the mainstream, but is it a welcome homecoming?
Karen Juarez, University of Illinois at Chicago
I mean, have you heard it?
Sophie Hurlock, Xavier University
Though most of the lyrics were written in the late 70s, they all sound like they’re about Donald Trump.
Olivia Buzzacco, Bowling Green State University
The foursome of music and poetry students are bringing sophisticated funk to Ohio.
Shiloh McKinnon, Reed College
By targeting a tech-savvy demographic and capitalizing on social media acclaim, the app introduced a new type of gaming phenomenon overnight.
Nayeli G. Pena, Colorado College
The band has managed to create a unique sound and aesthetic with every new album, leaving many wondering what else they might have in store.
Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
Directioners, this is truly not the end.
Christopher Duggan, Boise State University
And why shouldn’t he?
Kelsey Rogers, Susquehanna University
This music student knows passion when he sees it.
Hannah Cullen, St. Cloud State University
The new project from Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth might tank, so here are some classics to fall back on if it does.
Michelle Dreyer, Southern New Hampshire University
It’s the singer’s first single in three years.
Christian Zeitler, Carnegie Mellon
Composed of five jazz enthusiasts at Shenandoah University, the Virginia band comes alive onstage with energetic, improvisational brilliance.
Rebecca Friou, University of New Orleans
Though the album succeeds sonically, older fans might struggle to embrace it.
After a decade behind the scenes of many chart-topping pop hits, the singer-songwriter has debuted her own solo studio album.
Sarah Esquivel, University of Texas at San Antonio
With years of artistic experience under her belt, the young musician continues to experiment with her sound on her latest single.
Chloe Noone’s feature on the remix of the song ‘parents’ showcases how crucial TikTok is for the careers of aspiring artists.
Alexa Katherine Will, University of Pittsburgh
Apps such as bopdrop and features like Spotify Wrapped support the idea that a person’s favorite songs can hint at their character. Is this a bad thing, or is there some validity to it?
Nnekakwo Adibe, Lesley University
The world of social media is often full of indignity. It offers an oasis of cruelty just as much as it offers an oasis of opportunity and information-seeking. It perpetuates the rise of bullies.
Emily Davies, Solent University
From the ‘Game of Thrones’-esque Yes, Your Grace to the revolutionary Cyberpunk 2077, here are some games worth checking out from this year.
Sammi Looi, Baruch College
For a mental escape, consider turning to your imagination and sketching out a few elements that could make up your very own fantasy novel.
Aimi Wen, Duke University
Filled with memorable bakes, heartwarming stories and happy endings, the baking show is the perfect break from stressful times.
Arianna Taylor, University of Rochester
Wearing silver pants and a long elfish beard in ‘Holiday,’ the singer gives Christmas a futuristic take. What does it mean to see him in hip-hop as he redefines musical and cultural boundaries?
Callie Rosenzweig, University of Chicago
The TBS reality show united geeks of all kinds. Unfortunately, it was canceled after only three seasons.
Annika Salmi, Yale University
With COVID-19 still an active threat, it is important to stay safe while still participating in spooky fun.
The character may have her critics, but her quirky personality, dedication and generosity make her a positive role model for all.
Hannah Reynoso, University of Iowa
Because of her youthful spirit, Siwa is an inspiration to young kids, but people are quick to criticize the superstar for her over-the-top style.
Juliana Fujii, Biola University
Music has become a multisensory experience. Check out a brief history of how music incorporated the two art forms to reimagine visuals and audio united.
Nora Markey, Wesleyan University
As he rises from obscurity to stardom, the singer’s new album combines bright, reckless sound with dark lyrics about the pressures of fame.
Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
Before Elvis ever took the stage, this woman was combining gospel, blues and jazz to pioneer the genre we all know today.
Mia Kellner, University of St Andrews
The first two seasons of the German sci-fi series gained popularity for their mind-bending depiction of time travel. The third season brings the sprawling saga to an end.
Kaitlyn Nuebel, University of Pittsburgh
These role models from the LGBTQ+ community have helped me become a more authentic version of myself.
James C. Loftis, University of North Texas
The actor and musician’s fourth studio album shows just how much he has matured both musically and creatively throughout his career.
Mirella Gonzales, Texas Tech University
Maybe it is a good thing that all these shops don’t ship.
Bradford Smith, Louisiana State University
After two decades and traversing multiple genres, the rock duo has stayed loyal to the musical tradition that got them started.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
The latest streaming platform is bringing 10-minute ‘quick bites’ of TV straight to your phone. It’s a great idea, but the shows need some work.
Ian Nordin, University of Texas at San Antonio
Users are able to enter a virtual reality where their social awkwardness is not only accepted, but embraced.
We’re clearly not okay (in a good way).
Kate Carter, Middle Tennessee State University
It might be easy to dismiss dad sneakers and other chunky footwear, but they’re en vogue right now for a reason.
S. T. Perez, Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Style takes its cues from the past — could we possibly see an echo of 1920s for the new ’20s?
For fans of fantasy looking for a feminist addition to the genre, this series may or may not live up to expectations.
Abby Webb, Rice University
Currently on Netflix, this BBC makeup contest revives a genre in dire need of revamping.
The series opens with a lizard man eating a sorcerer’s head. Need I say more?
Dylan Kazanova, University of Texas at San Antonio
Space city is much more than ‘Astroworld’; these rappers personify the city’s culture with their unique beats and styles.
Gabriel Egbert, University of Louisville
This Canadian comedy continuously creates chuckles.
Meredith Day, Davidson College
While it hews close to a lot of Christmas movie tropes, the film subverts just enough of its conventions to create something compelling.
Blair Krassen, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
The newly released 2019 fall/winter collection is here to keep you both fashionable and warm.
From dub to off-kilter anarcho-punk, these recordings find freedom in the macabre.
No more basic black cats, please.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
With the school year well on its way, we’re in search of new ways to distract ourselves from those 10-page essays and hours of work.
Madalyn Watson, Baylor University
And why are these questions keeping me up at night?
Caleb Dukes, Rice University
Are you here for ‘Norman F—ing Rockwell!’?
Caleb Clark, Hillsdale College
Nigerian musician Burna Boy could be the next breakout artist.
Rebecca McKinley Parsons, Wake Forest University
Giddy up boys, Spacey Kacey is the new sheriff in town.
Madison Feser, Seton Hall University
It’s not all about trucks, beers and hometown girls.
Ingrid Michaelson’s new album sets the ever-popular ‘Stranger Things’ to music.
EDM producer Marshmello is making more of the same.
Eric Alexander, University of Colorado Denver
The thriller fails to live up to the Netflix standard.
Ashley Peterson, Geneva College
If you need a break from all the YouTube drama, check out these incredible channels.
Kathryn Milschewski, Carthage College
Consider these a soundtrack for your summer days.
Kala Horvat, University of Georgia
Drag is so much more than competing for a crown.
Jam out or binge-watch? With these soundtracks, you can do both.
As the band’s members have grown, their sound has changed. Some fans aren’t happy about that.
Carli Moses, Union University
In her lyrics and life, Rogers exudes a confident self-assurance.
Layan Sasa, University of Texas at San Antonio
Inspired by the birth of his son, Ezra Koenig et al. explore the rhythms of life.
Gabrielle Sheehan, Montclair State University
Colin Boyd, Ithaca College
The four-person ensemble has already hit six-digit plays with their single, ‘Existential Crisis.’
The student-radio-run music festival in Austin is the first of its kind, and an absolute can’t-miss.
E.L. Meszaros, Brown University
The stakes are high, but Cyan has a track record of delivering.
You’re definitely gonna miss it all.
The Nashville dark-pop savant is combining his confessional songwriting with a sultry, haunting sound.
Maya Butler, Baylor University
Take a chance on it!
She might be an award-winning musician, but country fans are hesitant to embrace the left-leaning songwriter.
Her new short-story collection, ‘You’ll Never Believe How These Kids Get Murdered and Other Clickbait Tales,’ is obviously macabre, but subtly stunning.
Megan Mehta, University of Illinois at Chicago
It might be one of the most visually stunning films of the year.
Tatianna Salisbury, Northern Illinois University
As an actor, writer and producer, Green has quietly had a hand in some of the most iconic media of the 21st century.
Daisy Orozco, Cal State University, Northridge
The best books of the year, as voted by you. Did your favorites make the cut?
Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
Rest in peace, Stephen Hillenburg
Nicole Andrasko, University of Pittsburgh
‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ does what few much-ballyhooed albums do: it lives up to the hype.
Moiz Rizvi, University of Texas at Austin
Because nowadays, who needs more bulls***?
‘The Great Depression’ cycles through the stages of grief, exploring the spectrum of mental health on the way.
Candace Baker, University of Texas at Austin
This isn’t the last we’ve heard from Beto.
Sara Perkins, University of Indianapolis
Tucker’s gender confirmation has shifted the duo’s sound, giving the twosome entirely new vocal options.
Brandon Sasserson, University of New Hampshire
The Chicago-based musician is everything good about timeless hip hop.
Erika Skorstad, Champlain College
From a society populated solely by women to a young ghost who delights in wearing a sheet, these stories will haunt you in every possible sense of the word.
Danielle Richardson, Florida State University
Rumors of the Disney actress being cast in the upcoming live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ have fans singing ‘choose the girl.’
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