The Pioneering Women of Philly Soul

Fifty years ago, the sound of Philly Soul was born out of the legendary Philadelphia International Records. With the talents of The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, and others, the label rewrote the standards of soul music by blending in R&B, funk, and doo-wop with massive orchestral arrangements. To celebrate all P.I.R. contributed to the world of music, we’re giving away a Best of Philadelphia International Records prize pack.

Aluna Creates All Black, POC, Female Electronic Festival, 'Aluna & Friends: RODEO RAVE'

Aluna today announces her very own personally curated all Black, POC, Female electronic virtual festival, ALUNA & FRIENDS: RODEO RAVE. One half of the internationally renowned duo AlunaGeorge, Aluna Francis is stepping out solo, riding the wave of freedom that came with her new album, Renaissance, from earlier this year. “Originally, putting together my dream festival line up (Black, POC and women DJs who play dope dance music) was an incredible goal, a chance to show exactly how I see the futu

Taylor Swift - folklore

The second to last song on Taylor Swift’s quiet, exquisite album 'folklore' is called 'peace'. A once-vindictive Swift, once at the mercy of her come-and-go lovers, has finally found peace. Peace can be used to describe everything about folklore, from the sonic atmosphere it creates, to the creative period in which she’s written it, to the cocoon of misplaced longing and self-reflective mental housekeeping that quarantine forces you into. That the fast-paced nature of our lives has finally fall

Seven Comebacks That Defined The Noughties

Bands come and go like seasons— sometimes it's a slow burn, and sometimes it happens when you're not looking. This decade had its fair share of all of it, from spurned ‘90s bands rising from the ashes of the grunge era, to bands that broke up and reformed, all in the same decade. Here are our top seven picks for bands that all but disappeared into thin air, and soared right back. Pop punk was rather unforgiving in 2013. We can’t count on two hands the number of pop punk outfits that disbanded

Hannah Diamond - Relections

Hannah Diamond started releasing tracks a long six years ago, and finally her debut album is here. While the first track, 'Reflections', is a bit of a flat start, it’s by no means representative of the rest of the project, which picks up immediately with ‘Invisible’, a glimmering, hyperreality track with a stunning hook that reminds us what this futuristic artist is really capable of. In this Charli-XCX-meets-Sarah-Bonito album, Diamond explores collapsed relationships, but within that themes

Coldplay - Everyday Life

Listening to the swirling ambience of 'Everyday Life's orchestral, lyric-less two-minute opening track, a listener would never know that a sweeping commentary on seemingly every global issue was to follow. 'Everyday Life' is not an ambient album - as the first track would suggest - but rather Coldplay’s own misguided stab at social justice through song, one that aims to change the world with a touchy-feely, white-savior-esque, disingenuous call-to-unity that borders a bit on naivety. Across the

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Valerie is a music journalist and photographer with 4+ years of writing experience. She is currently a staff writer at Substream Magazine, previously Editorial Intern at Bandsintown, and has contributed culture and music content to the following publications: W Magazine, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, EARMILK, Consequence of Sound, TheFortyFive, Gigsoup.