Abby Webb, Rice University
It’s been 50 years since the festival, but its message lives on.
Sam Shepherd, McGill University
Broadway-bound composers and producers should look to the Classics for musical theater inspiration.
Christopher Duggan, Boise State University
Completing a four album cycle, the new release from the indie folk band is another intriguing chapter in the band’s creative evolution.
Maddy Ipema, Columbia College Chicago
Hip-hop culture needs to make female representation and diversity a priority.
Kathryn Milschewski, Carthage College
Taylor isn’t crying over boys anymore.
Caleb Dukes, Rice University
Is it really all sunshine and rainbows?
Alicia Owens, Georgia State University
Latin music is gaining popularity, but these artists still need to make their way on to your playlists.
Following K-pop can be overwhelming, so here’s a breakdown of where and how to get the best content.
Kala Horvat, University of Georgia
You should seriously be anticipating the upcoming debut solo album from the Fifth Harmony star.
Sydney Hawkins, Alabama A&M University
Here are 10 motivational tunes that will get you through the upcoming school year.
Hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett talks about alienation on this EP.
Taylor Sprinkle, University of Texas at Austin
Move over men, Tommy Genesis is here to reclaim the female body.
Aliza Pelto, Pratt Institute
This oft-forgotten category should be on more people’s minds.
Rebecca McKinley Parsons, Wake Forest University
Let’s dive ‘head first’ into his newest release, ‘bright side of the moon.’
Kristin Auld, St John’s University
These two YouTubers are creating something new out of the familiar.
‘WILLOW’ finds serenity in the Cosmos.
Ashley Peterson, Geneva College
From their name to their message, the band’s faith comes first.
Caleb Clark, Hillsdale College
Ra Ra Riot has some good ideas and some mediocre songs.
Emma Dailey Mitchell, Columbia College Chicago
He went viral years ago and he’s still singing his heart out.
Sophie Westergren, Ithaca College
Looking for a summer podcast to wrap your brain around during a long car ride?
Rickea Bell, Saint Peter’s University
“NH2” is coming, folks.
Mela Lozano, University of Texas at San Antonio
He will have you reminiscing about your first love in every song.
The bop brings R&B vibes and creative sounds.
The raw debut album is a narrative toward self-discovery and meaning.
One up-and-coming artist and her Friends are fusing pop and jazz into musical masterpieces, one song at a time.
With ‘Phantom Palace,’ Kevin Johnson introduces his own brand of ‘time travel pop.’
Logan Floyd, Mercyhurst University
The hilariously foul-mouthed Australian puppet comedian has a big introspective side.
Eric Alexander, University of Colorado Denver
One of the U.K.’s fastest-rising producers is expanding his signature style.
Tom Pinto, Ringling College of Art and Design
Dr. Luke: doctor of music but ruiner of morals and reputations
Rocco Romano, University of Iowa
Listen outside of your comfort zone.
Taylor’s signature cryptic messages are back.
Aubrey Doerr, Chapman University
After much anticipation, is ‘The Big Day’ everything it’s been made out to be?
Lauren Prestia, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Even though he’s gone, the New Orleans funkmaster lives on through memories and samples alike.
Clarence Dodge, Sarah Lawrence College
The chilling climate change warning is a stunning blend of activism and art.
Haley Cohen, Quinnipiac University
This Dream Theater album’s lyrical insight into mental illness is still relevant today.
Only Postmodern Jukebox could see Eminem in gypsy jazz.
If you find yourself in a music rut, don’t despair.
Zailin Peña, Southern Adventist University
Dive deep into the true crime genre this summer.
The musician’s latest release reframes our issues as an opportunity for self-improvement, rather than an excuse for self-pity.
Sarah Mease, Columbia College Chicago
The powerhouse musician ups the ante by doing two simultaneous tours, Enigma and Jazz & Piano.
Nigerian musician Burna Boy could be the next breakout artist.
The Chicago MC’s debut album is a 22 track love letter to God, marriage and his wife that’s heavy on enthusiasm and light on most everything else.
Rap and hip-hop is once again turning to Africa for inspiration.
Classical music isn’t dead, it’s just evolved into something greater.
Giddy up boys, Spacey Kacey is the new sheriff in town.
Amber Amortegui, Palm Beach Atlantic University
This crooner’s heavily soulful sound is filled with hard work and heartbreak.
Madison Feser, Seton Hall University
It’s not all about trucks, beers and hometown girls.
Smith’s second album is a considerably rare yet beautiful approach to rap music.
The latest album by the Christian rapper dives deep into themes of pain, depression and introspection.
The Flaming Lips still have it decades later.
Each song has something to offer listeners — whether it be positive or negative.
Take a listen to the Austrian musician’s newest track, ‘Snake Charmer,’ and three other songs that put a new twist on swing.
As the eligibility period comes to a close, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish look to dominate.
The Japanese genre evokes the sounds of neon city life, and it’s starting to make a splash in the West.
Hannah Jumer, Converse College
Smart home speakers are becoming incredibly popular but have been inaccessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community — until now.
This mixtape is inherently political and emotionally charged.
Five years on, it’s time to take a look at one of jazz music’s unlikelier duos.
Dreamville finds strength and inspiration in numbers.
They’re leaving their Disney personas far behind.
Katelyn Melder, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
These artists are shedding light on a subject that is often left in the dark.
Ingrid Michaelson’s new album sets the ever-popular ‘Stranger Things’ to music.
Carli Moses, Union University
Does she just need to calm down?
Thom Yorke and Paul Thomas Anderson collaborate to create a surreal music video.
Here are the details about the rapper’s detainment in Sweden.
Hot girl summer isn’t over yet. Keep the energy going with these jams.
EDM producer Marshmello is making more of the same.
With their raw talent and catchy ballads, how could they be ignored?
It’s time to look behind the scenes of this multibillion-dollar industry.
The DNA test wasn’t kidding when it said she was 100% ‘that b—h.’
The annual awards ceremony aims to showcase the best of black performers, and the 2019 Awards did just that, with established legends and fresh faces alike.
Funk’s not dead.
The Jonas Brothers aren’t the only brothers taking the music scene by storm.
Long pushed out of the spotlight in favor of performers, songwriters are finally getting to be the center of attention.
Charlotte Susser, University of Chicago
Step aside, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Madalyn Watson, Baylor University
Lay back, relax and let these podcasters do all the research while you tan poolside this summer.
How the body-embracing tunes we love today came to be.
The folk-rock band explores the generational impact of addiction.
The electronic music scene is in desperate need of a feminist revolution.
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib deliver some old school hip-hop nostalgia.
Simona Barca, American University
Help yourself to these awesome podcasts.
Luke Hebert, Baruch College
Yeezy there Kanye … You’re getting a tad too culty.
This album honors black pride and celebrates diversity.
Broadway is getting better, but The Great White Way still has ways to go before becoming truly accessible.
What’s next for these two artists?
Crybaby’s headin’ off to high school.
Mark Ronson’s latest work is a fun sort of sad.
Meet Blood Cultures, the elusive electro-pop band that aims to play with your nostalgia.
You can only listen to the waves for so long.
This isn’t a shout out to my ex, but it is a shout out to all the people who haven’t heard Little Mix’s bops.
Mac Miller’s self-awareness and inner trauma remain, but his spirit transcends.
A recently released album, a coinciding tour and the promise for brand-new music in 2020 – emo kids’ favorite goth rock band is coming back.
I’ve been coming out of my cage for the past decade and a half, and I’m not doing just fine!
The funk group Lettuce continues to innovate and expand their sound on this amazing new album.
The duo’s music combines their Appalachian influences with poignant lyrics about nostalgia and loss.
Marie Christensen, George Fox University
Being open on both YouTube and in her music has paved the way for the musician’s success.
This uniquely Canadian podcast and radio show uses the debate format for laughs, and oftentimes, adds some insight into political discourse.
It’s not exactly the classic teen angst sound, but it spoke to us.
When straight singers write LGBTQ+ anthems, can the final product ever do more than pander?
K-pop’s biggest stars sit down with each other to remind everyone that they’re still normal people.
Consider these a soundtrack for your summer days.
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