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Features, Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf: Imagining a New Future with Janelle Monáe and Octavia Butler

This piece is part of Off the Shelf, a column where I give a book recommendation inspired by one of my favorite albums. ...

By Colleen Cowie | November 22, 2019
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Dream Setlist: Lizzo

No one can put on a live performance like Lizzo. From flute playing to spitting through killer rap verses to twerking wi...

By Colleen Cowie | October 31, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Colleen Reviews Chastity Belt’s “Chastity Belt”

Chastity Belt turn the focus inward on their latest album. The self-titled LP treats existential dread with compassion a...

By Colleen Cowie | October 11, 2019
Features, Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf: Roxane Gay, Mitski, and the Invisible Weight

This piece is part of Off the Shelf, a column where I recommend a book based on an album that I love. Throughout my life...

By Colleen Cowie | October 05, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Sampa the Great’s “The Return” Signals a Force Has Arrived

Sampa the Great’s latest album, The Return, is an impressive feat. After years of crossing the globe, writing musi...

By Colleen Cowie | September 30, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Colleen reviews Mallrat’s Driving Music

“When I get my braces off, I’m gonna be a rockstar,” Grace Shaw sings decidedly on her latest EP, Driv...

By Colleen Cowie | September 19, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Colleen Reviews Lana del Rey’s “Norman Fucking Rockwell!”

Lana del Rey doesn’t ease you into her latest album, she drops you smack dab in the center of her apocalyptic yet ...

By Colleen Cowie | September 14, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Colleen Reviews WAAX’s “Big Grief”

While Australian quintet WAAX emerge from a legacy of pop-punk and garage rock, they unapologetically assert their own v...

By Colleen Cowie | September 07, 2019
Features, Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf: Tackling the Beast with Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic” and John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden”

This piece is part of Off the Shelf, a column where I recommend a book based on an album that I love. Throughout my life...

By Colleen Cowie | September 03, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Colleen Reviews Clairo’s “Immunity”

For her full-length debut, Clairo takes her career-launching bedroom pop out of the bedroom. The result is a dynamic and...

By Colleen Cowie | August 24, 2019
Features, Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf: Finding Common Ground in Stella Donnelly’s “Beware of the Dogs” and Ali Smith’s “Autumn”

Summer, for me, has always been an opportunity to lose myself in the world of books: whether it’s required summer ...

By Colleen Cowie | August 17, 2019
Album Reviews, Reviews

Colleen Reviews Strange Ranger’s “Remembering the Rockets”

For a band of twentysomethings, Strange Ranger convey an aching sense of nostalgia on their latest album — but als...

By Colleen Cowie | August 15, 2019