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Will It Blend #8: Humor

Think of your favorite humorous song. Got it? Now ask yourself whether it makes your list of top ten songs. My favorite humor song is probably “Kitty” by POTUS. It’s hilarious the first time you hear it, and has a pretty sweet bass groove. But it is definitely not alongside the greats in my top […]

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Will It Blend #7: Indie Pop

Indie pop: what does that even mean? The confusing history of “pop” and “indie” complicate what should be a simple issue. The fact is the term indie pop has expanded far beyond the literal meaning. Theoretically, indie would refer to music that is independently produced. Over time, though, it has expanded to include music that […]

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Will It Blend #6: Detached Emotions

In this installment of WIB, we move beyond genres to “the feels.” What is it about music that makes it emotional? How are natural human instincts related to this? And how does detachment lend itself to emotion? When I hear “emotional music,” my mind jumps to ballads expressing eternal love, grief, or other similar emotions […]

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Will It Blend #5: Rockin’ Swing

Beware, there are epidemics on the loose. Swing, no matter if you know swing styles of dance or not, has been known to cause involuntary body bouncin’, uncontrollable shakin’, and stylish struttin’ among listeners. Rock, meanwhile, seems to cause violent head movements, fist pumping, and concerticus jumpicus. Few genres invoke as much involuntary body movement […]

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Will It Blend #4: Nonchalant Spoken-Word Rock

This week’s genre is more widespread than the previous niches. As usual, we will look at this issue by analyzing a main band, chiefly CAKE for this week. There are plenty of bands who have blended rap and rock before, such as the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine. Then, I imagine, someone decided […]

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