Houston is a place of great variety. You don’t have to have ever been to Houston to experience its multidimensional reality. A pair of headphones can place you in a candy-painted cruiser with the Yokohama tires that UGK bragged about in the ‘90’s. You could just as easily envision yourself in a club, following the direction of Destiny’s Child or Meg Thee Stallion. Of course, an auditory tour of Houston is not complete without a trip to Astroworld. The soundscape of Houston has only evolved with time, and new voices are constantly emerging. Not among the least of them is…


“On this stage here tonight is something legendary,” DJ Drama pronounces in the opening minutes of Call Me If You Get Lost. “He goes by the name of The Creator. But you…you call him Tyler Baudelaire,” Drama insists, serving as host to the triumphant return of his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series. His guest of honor, introduced as Tyler Baudelaire, doesn’t exactly fit the bill of traditional Gangsta Grillz associates. Then again, nothing is very traditional about Tyler, no matter the persona he adopts. In this case, for whatever aesthetic or artistic pleasure he is looking to satisfy, Charles Baudelaire, historical…


I love spontaneous inspiration. Its the best, and also at times the worst. Sometimes it hits me while I’m at the supermarket, or maybe while I’m driving long distances, or a variety of other unrelated activities. In the case of this review, I was doing research on some of the best break-up albums of all time for another article I recently published about heartbreak albums and their relation to the summer months. Near the top of the lists I viewed was this album, Joni Mitchell’s Blue. I don’t always follow through on these unprovoked motivations, but there was little standing…


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One of the most exciting parts of discovering new artists is piecing together their identity. While every artist is unique, you can almost always trace their sound, voice, or writing to artists of the past. Its innately harder for some than others; some influences are worn more outwardly, some internalize their muses. Unraveling the DNA of these creatives is typically a non-linear path, making for an entertaining exercise with no concrete measures, statistics, or binaries. The more complex the artist, the harder it is to create some kind of metric to explain their artistic composition. Though it is intensely easy…


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If you don’t think you know Joyce Wrice, you probably do. She keeps herself busy. In the past couple years, she’s appeared on songs with Westside Gunn, The Free Nationals, The Cool Kids, The Alchemist, and Rejjie Snow. She sang backup vocals on several tracks from Aminé’s most recent album Limbo. Most emphatically, she just released a new album that will serve as an auditory guide for this summer. If you aren’t familiar with any of these discography features, perhaps her nostalgic traits will remind you of your 1990’s-2000’s R&B favorites. Inspired by the depth of songwriting from artists like…


My idea of summer is a little clouded after our most recent run-in. Its almost like near-complete isolation and a damn-near apocalyptic environment was a little too overwhelming for my mind to maintain its typical rejoice for the evolution of spring. Summer typically provides some of my favorite things — easing of responsibility, opportunities for mischief, warm weather, and, of course, good music. For me, there are different kinds of good music. There’s your conventional “good” music, the songs you hear on the radio or poolside or playing out of car windows: “Bodak Yellow”, “One Dance”, “Despacito”, “Boo’d Up”, the…


I thought it would be fun to review Olivia Rodrigo’s new album. That is, until the reviews came pouring in from other sources that made me feel as if my insights were insignificant. For some of the best reviews of SOUR, check out articles from NPR, Pitchfork, and The Wall Street Journal. They are all much more insightful and well-written than any analysis I could provide. I really like this girl though, Ms. Olivia Rodrigo, and I really don’t know what to do about it. …

Kieran Kohorst

I write about what I like.

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