Music

From punk to jazz: KWUR Week showcases local underground artists

KWUR 90.3 Clayton FM, Washington University’s own underground student-run radio station, annually hosts a week of free musical events featuring local and student music, open to all Washington University students. This year’s KWUR week, which began on March 25, featured over a dozen acts, with performances ranging from lively jazz waltzes to hardcore punk screams and instrumental folk.

and | Contributing and Staff Writers

Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter”: Yee-haw or Yee-naw?

On March 29, Beyoncé released her ninth studio album, “Cowboy Carter,” the second act of her ninth studio album, “Renaissance.” The album’s aesthetics promised a full-blown country album, with cowboy hats, horses, and American flags galore.

| Junior Scene Editor

On a weekend of major musical releases, Mitski’s ‘Laurel Hell’ carves out its niche

A departure from her usual sound, Mitski’s “Laurel Hell” is still engrossingly emotional.

| Junior Editor

Cadenza Wrapped: Best music of 2021

2021 was a year of musical performance. Here are the albums that defined it.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

WashU pop artist releases new single

Junior Luke Markinson releases a new song, “Tie Me Down,” about internalized homophobia and being constricted in a relationship.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Adele’s ’30’ is a meditation on divorce anyone can listen to

The new album shows a new side to Adele while proving she is still the queen of the power ballad.

| Staff Writer

Concussion Jams: Sound for when you’re concussed

Listening to music is difficult when concussed, but here are some tunes that won’t bother your brain.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

In Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO,” the rapper finds his sound in an impressive way

Lil Nas X is here with deeper, more hard-hitting material, but he still wants fans to be able to dance it out to his songs.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Jazz at Holmes: The intersection of classical music and modern jazz

With the return of Jazz at Holmes, Professor William Lenihan introduces a unique and historical twist to jazz through classical compositions.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

‘Sob Rock’ by John Mayer is sonically brilliant, yet somewhat superficial

John Mayer’s eighth album offers up a beautiful trip back to the 1980s; yet his latest release’s legacy is up to interpretation.

| Contributing Writer

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