Best entertainment of 2016

2016 was an interesting year. Here at Cadenza, we like to think it was because of all of the stellar entertainment.

Q&A: Patrick Stickles seeks mutual validation through music

Patrick Stickles is the lead singer and songwriter of Titus Andronicus, a punk band from New Jersey that makes music that is big, loud and anthemic, recalling both an era when rock music defined popular culture and the independent bands, like Husker Du and the Replacements, that chafed against its commercial impulses. In anticipation of the band’s March 15 show with Craig Finn at Off Broadway, Stickles spoke with Student Life about the band’s intentions for “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” and beyond.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Kanye, Tidal and the power of musical monopoly

“My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” With this tweet from Kanye West on Monday, we gained a true vision of what Tidal can and will be in the future of the music industry: a dictator’s dream of exclusive titles and monopolistic marketing.

| Associate Editor

Top 10 albums of 2015: 1-5

Senior Cadenza Editor Mark Matousek shares his picks for the best albums of 2015.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

The probable fall of Spotify streaming

As a jazz musician and a lover of music, I was predestined to be the music hipster in my family. But for most of my teenage years, my limited iTunes budget and the unstoppable and addictive force of pop stars’ record producers kept me from really discovering what kind of music was out there.

| Staff Writer

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Emotion”

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.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Point/Counterpoint: “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap

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.

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A Childish Gambino music primer

When Childish Gambino takes the stage in Brookings Quadrangle this coming Friday, his set promises to be ambitious and exciting. Childish Gambino has been on his Deep Web Tour for the past few months, and the biggest question is whether he will try to replicate aspects of the tour at W.I.L.D.

Noah Jodice | Contributing Writer

A man of many talents: Mark Heimann’s intensive quest to conquer everything Wash. U. has to offer

He takes versatility to a whole new level, trumping the notion that passion can only be applied to one field. At a school with thousands of well-rounded individuals, he represents just how unbounded interests can be. From chess champion to instrument intellectual and beyond, there’s no one label you can place on Washington University junior Mark Heimann. “At Wash.

Mia Kweskin | Staff Reporter

Now hear this: Best Coast & Bleached

When “The Mindy Project” premiered on Fox last year, one of the most common critiques of the show was that it lacked focus. Was it a cutesy rom-com or a quirky workplace comedy? Why did story arcs never seem to last more than one episode? And what was with that revolving door of love interests? Here’s my question: if the show is funny, does it really matter?

| Senior Cadenza Editor