Megan Thee Stallion incites ‘hot girl shit’ at private concert

Looking through my emails on a random Thursday afternoon, the title of one screams out to me by saying “You have been selected to the Amazon Music Live event Ft. Megan Thee Stallion!”. The disbelief that ran through my body that I was chosen to see Megan Thee Stallion perform her new album Traumazine the following Thursday made me jump out of my seat with glee! A building in Melrose was held as the venue that seemed to be a small space to have an …

PCC’s Latin Jazz Ensemble serenades Lancers in live concert

PCC’s Latin Jazz Ensemble serenaded Lancer’s Pass last week, collecting passing students who were entranced by the genre’s infectious rhythms. The ensemble, led by Dave Tull, played classics from the Latin jazz repertoire, such as Mama Guela, Como Fué, Llegó La Banda and Mambo Diablo, and swing songs redone in the Latin style. Cantaloupe Island is a jazz standard that the ensemble played as a samba and There Will Never Be Another You was played as a mambo. The ensemble played the jazz standard Mr. …

Restless nights never end with Taylor Swift’s latest ‘Midnights’

Following a reveal at the MTV music awards, weeks of cryptic teasers on TikTok, and several fan theories, Taylor Swift has released her tenth studio album, “Midnights”. The album combines aspects like the theming of “Reputation”, the upbeat pop of “1989” and the deep, spiritual lyrics of “Folklore” to deliver a rollercoaster of emotions. “Midnights” follows 13 sleepless nights throughout Swift’s life, whether it’s staying up wondering if that special someone actually loves you or being provoked by thoughts of revenge, this album has it …

‘CHARLIE’: Puth produces perfectly fine pop on imperfect third album

Released on Oct. 7, “CHARLIE” shows 30-year-old Charlie Puth in the depths of romantic melodramas as he yearns, mourns, and details his past relationships with pop and rock influences spanning the 80s to now. Coming off of the heat of a 2018 Grammy-nominated album, Puth’s self-titled 2022 project continues the artistic exhibition of his divided attentions as an overtly intellectual, perfectionist producer and a desperate-to-be-liked, but never-in-love singer-songwriter. The first track, “That’s Hilarious”, starts off the album with a rebuttal to a pitiful and begging …

‘Tune out all the noise’: PCC students set study habits to music

During an end-of-summer afternoon, the sun reflects off the shiny Center for the Arts building as PCC Freshman Alex Peña sits on the grass in front. While enjoying their lunch, they tell the story about their finicky process of finding peace through Rock and K-Pop music while studying for their Public Health Science degree. “Well, I have ADHD, so if I’m not listening to music, I’m listening to everything else,” says Peña. “So when I listen to music, it just helps me tune out the …

The survival of Poo-Bah, Pasadena’s last great record store

Independent record stores are a dying breed. In the age of algorithms, music communities have migrated online. Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have replaced ritual crate digging at local shops. Even as music consumption continues to grow, physical album sales account for a shrinking portion of music revenue, causing more and more shops across the country to fold. The only way for stores to survive is to adapt. Poo-Bah Record Shop, currently in its third home, is living proof here in Pasadena. Since …

Talent can’t save Omar Apollo’s boring single

Apollo enters on a guitar, with a soft strumming and emotional pattern sounding similar to song intros for bands like Weezer, Radiohead, or The Eagles, a feeling of distaste and repetition that every artist has already attempted before him. In today’s world of music, it’s best to get to the point, Apollo should have used the time to be different and exciting. His use of melodically familiar guitar riffs are an excellent tool for a song, but when done with little effort, it makes you …

‘DAWN FM’: The rise of the Weeknd’s mature sound

2021 marked a decade of Abel Tesfaye, known more by his stage name The Weeknd, telling the world of his tumultuous lifestyle. Over the span of three mixtapes and four albums, he has successfully branded himself the master of recounting the late night escapades that lead to morning regret. The true king of passing off heartache as jadeness. In 2022, however, Tesfaye returns with an album that breaks free from this self made mold. Dawn FM, a 16-track album that plays like a radio station …