As autumn rolls around, Cadenza recommends a trio of television debuts and local concerts to get your first-semester pop culture consumption off to a promising start.
Burnham first achieved fame the same way so many young stars do: on YouTube, where he started posting original comedic songs in 2006 at the ripe, old age of 16.
When AMC announced that it was creating a spinoff of its milestone horror-fantasy classic “The Walking Dead,” I was skeptical. But quickly after its Sunday night premiere broke the record for the largest series premiere in cable history with 10.13 million viewers, “Fear the Walking Dead” was declared a success.
This summer, while many comedy fans were distracted by Amy Schumer’s meteoric rise and Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” departure, Comedy Central quietly introduced one of the best new series of the season: the faux reality show/period piece “Another Period.” Billed as “Downton Abbey” meets “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the show is set in Newport, R.I., in 1902, and follows the high-society Bellacourt family and its downstairs help.
If there’s anything remarkable about Carly Rae Jepsen as a public figure, it’s how profoundly unremarkable she is. In a pop landscape that favors the bold personalities and relentless self-branding of Drake, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Jepsen takes the opposite tack, a minnow in a sea of sharks.
This summer, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” demonstrated the power of new music distribution methods (the song first appeared on SoundCloud), riding a wave of momentum that began early in the year and drove the song into “song of the summer” contention. The song also sparked Fetty’s rapid ascendance, landing him two more top-15 hits (“My Way” and “679”) and a Drake remix. With Fetty’s debut album scheduled for a September release, Tyler Friedman, staff writer, and Kimberly Henrickson, film editor, debate the merits of the singer’s breakthrough hit.
It may sound daunting to put yourself out there and audition, practice or simply share your work with a new group of people. But I promise, it’s worth it—there is nothing quite like this community, and your college experience will be all the better for getting involved. But where do you start?
We know you mourned the lapse in Student Life’s pop culture commentary during your summer internship, road trip or desk job. In an effort to atone for their absence, Senior Cadenza Editor Mark Matousek and Managing Editor Katharine Jaruzelski share their favorite pop culture artifacts from this summer.
As finals begin to consume our sanity, here’s what’s filling Cadenza’s delirium-induced fever dreams of warm weather and not spending all night in Olin.
Though they’ve been relatively silent since their hugely successful sophomore album “Gossamer” in 2012, Passion Pit hit the public full force this week with the release of their third studio album, “Kindred.”