Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Jayleen Rolon

Mosaic Society ups the standard for representation in theatre

TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT) and All College Theatre (ACT) collaborated for the first time on Friday, April 30 in their production of Mosaic Society, a collection of monologues from students in a support group setting about topics ranging from compulsory heterosexuality to being a person of color struggling with mental health.

Alfa Mist’s ‘Bring Backs’ brings the forgotten beauty of jazz to life

Alfa Sekitoleko, professionally known as Alfa Mist, is a British jazz pianist, composer and rapper. He is seen as a pioneer of the modern jazz genre who creatively mixes in hip-hop elements. Sekitoleko’s second studio album “Antiphon” was released in 2017 and was very well received, with the YouTube video of the full album currently standing at nearly 8 million views. 

Babygirl’s “Losers Weepers” is outside the box of genre

“Losers Weepers” doesn’t fit completely into either the pop or rock genre, however it does pay tribute to those major influences on the music world. If you plan to give this underground duo a chance, lose all prior expectations of those two genres, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the creativity of the band’s approach to loss.

Cehryl’s “time machine” is a reminder of the poetry of music

If you love lo-fi and poetry, “time machine” is perfect for you. For 21 minutes, Chow tackles loss in an aesthetically pleasing yet authentic way, whether that be the loss of a place associated with youth, or a beautiful summer afternoon long gone.

If you’re angry with the world, NF’s ‘CLOUDS’ is perfect for you

If you’re like me and you are gravitated to the more gentle side of the multifaceted artist NF, tracks like “PRIDEFUL” and “JUST LIKE YOU” will be your forte. If you love blasting angry music in the solace of your room, this mixtape is meant for you. Either way you will admire the talent of NF’s lyrics as he spits clever wordplay as if second nature, showing the true poetry of hip hop. 

Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice:’ many features, same song

Repetition is not inherently a bad thing, but it begs to question why Bieber didn’t take the opportunity to branch out in subject matter. If you’re in love, you love love, or you're Hailey Rhode Baldwin Bieber, you’ll appreciate the many ways Bieber expresses his love and gratitude. If not, maybe a song or two will suffice.

Stephanie Poetri’s ‘AM:PM’ is the perfect way to reflect a year in quarantine

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the announcement of closure for New Jersey public schools, officially beginning quarantine for those like myself who were still in high school, Indonesian singer-songwriter Stephanie Poetri released her debut EP “AM:PM.” 

Zara Larsson’s “Poster Girl” is a hopeless romantic’s paradise

Zara Larsson’s “Poster Girl” came out four years after her hit debut studio album “So Good,” but over a decade after the Swedish singer’s successful career began. After winning the 2008 season of “Talang,” the Swedish version of “Got Talent,” Larsson’s music has been well received in her native country in particular. Additionally, her single “Never Forget You” from “So Good” gained international popularity, further raising expectations for her future music. 

CUB hosts Cody Ko and Noel Miller in virtual comedic experience

Cumulative laughter of 500 people makes a distanced world much closer. On Wednesday Feb. 24, the College Union Board (CUB) held a virtual Q&A style comedy event with internet comedy duo Tiny Meat Gang, which is made up of Cody Ko and Noel Miller.

‘Behind Her Eyes’ is sure to surprise

The best way I can describe Netflix’s new limited series, “Behind Her Eyes,” which is based on the novel by Sarah Pinborough with the same title, is that you step into a maze. It’s a psychological thriller that follows a single mom who longs for more excitement in her life.

Pentatonix’s ‘The Lucky Ones’ blends the worlds of pop and mental health

Five years after the release of their first original album, Pentatonix, the five-member sensational pop acapella group — known for their creative covers of popular songs and their five holiday albums — released their newest album, “The Lucky Ones” on Feb. 12. This 11-track album was two years in the making, said Scott Hoying, the baritone, in a celebratory Instagram post.

A message to those who have lost a loved one to Covid

On Dec. 14, I lost one of my favorite people ever to the disease that has caused millions of losses worldwide; from jobs to fantasies to lives. 

College isn’t everyone’s path, and that’s okay

Elementary school, high school, college, job; it’s the oldest life sequence in the book, and one laid out for me for as long as I can remember.

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