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21 Songs by 21 Savage

21 Songs by 21 Savage

| Thursday, April 23, 2020

21 Savage lurks in the darkness of moody trap rap beats, prowling between hi-hats and rattling bass. When he pops out or pulls up, he raps with an ice-cold demeanor, delivering the hardest bars in the most removed manner. And for the past four years, he’s been killing every read more

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21 songs about being 21

21 songs about being 21

| Thursday, April 23, 2020

When I look at our Observer site stats to see how many reads our stories are getting, I frequently see an old article from our Scene department by Allie Tollaksen entitled, “17 Songs About Being 17.” If I’m being honest, I’m a little jealous. This piece was written in read more

Sufjan Stevens rises anew on “Aporia”

Sufjan Stevens rises anew on “Aporia”

| Monday, April 20, 2020

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” — Walt Whitman Eight songs into “Aporia,” Sufjan Stevens changes course. The album, a collaboration with Stevens’ step-father and label manager Lowell Brams, begins in a characteristic vein. Meditations on familiar discord, fatalism, read more

I just wanted to be one of The Strokes

I just wanted to be one of The Strokes

| Friday, April 17, 2020

“I just wanted to be one of the Strokes,” Alex Turner sings to introduce his meandering through the “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.” Alex and I both. One indie-tinged suburbanite among millions, I worshipped the understated, airtight and incontrovertibly analogue articulations of 2001’s “Is This It” and 2003’s “Room read more

Kanye West, Ranked: Part 1

Kanye West, Ranked: Part 1

| Thursday, April 16, 2020

I was born in May of 2000 with two older siblings: an 11-year-old brother and a seven-year-old sister. By age five or six, my earliest memories of music involved crouching next to my brother as he used LimeWire to burn a blank CD full of blink-182, Usher and plenty read more