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Minority Report: Mixtapes

Stephen Kearse

March 16, 2011

Clause 23 of Section 6 of Article 84 of the Hip-Hop Doctrine duly states, “If a rapper releases a 7 song EP in which only 3 of the songs feature rap lyrics, it is completely acceptable for fans to respond with outrage and/or denunciation of said rapper’s career.” Being the ascetic Confucian tha...

Minority Report: Steve's top music picks

Minority Report: Steve's top music picks

Stephen Kearse

February 23, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single consumer, in possession of a moderate fortune ($10?), must be in want of good music. In the world of Biebers and Gagas and Waka Flocka Flames and Lady Antebellum (I actually know nothing about this group. There’s a reason this column is named ...

Floco’s Modern Life

Floco’s Modern Life

Stephen Kearse

February 9, 2011

At approximately 2:52 p.m. every Friday afternoon, I feel it. By “it” I’m referring to that campus-wide anxiety “to do.” You know what I mean. You don’t really care what you do. You just want it to either a) not be homework or b) not be regrettable (if you withdraw from a class later i...

Here there be Little Dragon

A promo shot for Little Dragon

Stephen Kearse

February 9, 2011

The Masquerade is not my favorite venue. The bathrooms look like replicas of the bathrooms at Auschwitz, the bouncers are all middle-aged men with ponytails (isn’t that illegal?) and the crowd, no matter who is performing — be it hip-hop legend Pharoahe Monche or avant garde country artist Joe Nathan Tailor Swift (I made him up for the sake of this argument) —...

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