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Clare Flanagan
Clare Flanagan is a desk editor and writer for the Music beat. A former band geek, she specializes in popular music and new releases. Clare is a sophomore from Edina, Minn. considering majors in Psychology or English. To contact her, please email [email protected]

‘When I Die, You’ll Love Me’: Remembering Lil Peep

​On Wednesday, Nov. 15, just before he was scheduled to take the stage at a concert in Tucson, Arizona, rapper Lil Peep was found unresponsive in his tour bus. In the hours that followed, the musician, who had recently staged a rapid ascent from SoundCloud obscurity to relative fame, was pronounced dead. Though an exact cause…

On ‘Coloring Book,’ Chance grows up

I live in a co-operative house with around 50 other people, and on any given weeknight, our paths weave in and out of each other’s, most of us absorbed in our own respective routines. People type away in the computer cluster, scrape together meals in the kitchen and pace purposefully through the hallways, friendly but…

Aesop Rock’s ‘The Impossible Kid’: A Knot Worth Unraveling

In 2014, data scientist Matt Daniels analyzed a wide range of hip-hop artists in an effort to answer one pressing question: Who has the largest vocabulary in the game? Not surprisingly, renowned wordsmiths like Outkast and the Wu-Tang Clan ranked high on the list, surpassing Shakespeare’s complete works on the measure of unique words used.…

Festival review: At Coachella, worlds collide

From its humble origins as a one-weekend event that emphasized artistry over commercial viability, Coachella has metastasized into a vast, nearly incomprehensible cultural phenomenon. Sprawling over two weekends and acres of dusty, trampled polo fields, it attracts an incredible number and variety of acts and spectators to its five stages. It isn’t too surprising, then,…

Music Beat Preview: Coachella 2016

Festival season is upon us, and what better way to kick things off than with Coachella? A team of Daily writers will be taking on weekend two of the ubiquitous festival, checking out world-class acts under the desert sun and hopefully spotting a celebrity or two while we’re at it. If you’re making the journey…

Andrew Bird’s new album is a ‘Serious’ success

Andrew Bird’s work has long been marked by idiosyncrasy. A solo artist since the early 2000s, his music has persistently exhibited whimsical touches like atmospheric whistling, meandering string passages and eclectic, clattering percussion. For this reason, it’s not hard to recognize any one of Bird’s songs as his own, especially when combined with the complexity,…

The Real Yeezy: A Look at ‘The Life of Pablo’

Sometimes, in the light of his highly publicized antics, it’s easy to forget that Kanye West is actually a musician. It’s been difficult to keep pace with the convoluted journey he’s taken since early successes like “The College Dropout,” to take stock of the seismic changes in his personal and professional identity. From public feuds…

Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ Defies Description

It’s been nearly four years since the release of Rihanna’s last full-length studio album. However, it’s not as if the Barbadian pop star disappeared from the spotlight in this lull between projects — she teamed up with Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Eminem to drop some wildly popular collaborations, maintained a widely-followed social media presence…

Arswain Finds a New Voice in “Spokesmachine”

It’s hard to place alternative electronic duo Arswain in a specific musical category. Since their debut full-length album “Fortress,” their songs have spanned the stylistic spectrum from rap to ambient house to structured, drop-driven EDM. Themes of exploration and indecision are even apparent in their lyrics. On “Blame State”, a track from their latest release, “Spokesmachine,” vocalist…

In ‘Art Angels,’ Grimes explores the possibilities of pop

Grimes has always been somewhat of a shape-shifter. Since she first set fire to the music scene with 2012’s “Visions,” she’s announced her singular identity with genre-defying instrumentals, intricate visual artwork and a full spectrum of vibrant, technicolor hairstyles. (Somewhat fittingly, the cover artwork for her latest album is a cartoonish self-portrait with a long, spindly…

Say ‘Hello’ to the new Adele

This past Friday, British singer-songwriter Adele set the music industry ablaze with the release of her new single, “Hello.” Always private, the singer has emerged from a years-long period of artistic quiet, having focused largely on family life since the birth of her son Angelo in 2012. This gave fans all the more reason to…

Emotional noise: Wolf Alice shreds in San Francisco

Joel Amey had been up all night, but unless he had told me, I wouldn’t have known it. Two hours before taking the stage last Thursday at The Chapel in San Francisco’s Mission District, the drummer of rising British rock group Wolf Alice seemed alert, alive, and fully present in the buzzing pre-concert chaos. Sipping…

Power Play: Spotlight on Stanford’s DJs

It’s dusk on a Saturday evening, and Theta Delta Chi’s Cave Party, a highly publicized all-campus event, is in full swing. In an impressive demonstration of creativity, willpower, and masking-tape mastery, the brothers of TDX have transformed their common space into a convincing cave, the perfect setting for a night of prehistoric debauchery. But though…

Disclosure’s latest: A darker shade of house

It’s no easy feat to make a transatlantic hit record, featuring a formidable list of guest artists and slick, flawless production. And there’s no doubt it’s even harder to follow up such a record with an equally star-studded sophomore effort. But that’s exactly what Disclosure, the British synth-house duo, made up of brothers Howard and…

Drake and Future’s mixtape is a misfire

After experiencing profound commercial success this past February with “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late,” it’s no surprise that hip-hop mogul Drake is once again in a mixtape-dropping mood. This time, he’s teamed up with Atlanta-based trap stalwart Future to deliver “What a Time To Be Alive,” a collaboration heralded by weeks of rumors…

Blackfest honors a wealth of Black talent

Last Saturday, May 21, Stanford’s 2016 Blackfest took place. A music festival organized by the Black Family Gathering Committee, Blackfest feels like a spring quarter sequel to Black Love, both of which celebrate local black art, talent and community while bringing outside artists to campus. Blackfest, however, is more festival than talent show, as evidenced…

Frost 2015: A rave to remember

Walking into the Frost Amphitheater is like entering another world. Enveloped in old-growth trees, the grassy, shade-dappled hollow is largely hidden from view, difficult to find unless you know precisely what you’re looking for. In fact, once you ascend the winding asphalt path to the very top of the amphitheater, it’s hard to believe you’re…

Frost preview: A world-class festival close to home

As the summer of 2015 approaches, festival season is in full swing. From South by Southwest in Texas to Coachella in the southern California desert, the past few months have been full of opportunities to experience music and art in a vibrant outdoor setting. But if you couldn’t make it to Austin or Indio, don’t…

The future of streaming music

From LPs to cassettes to compact discs, recorded music has undergone a significant metamorphosis over the course of the 20th century. Now, in the Internet age, the way we experience music is evolving faster than ever. Download-centered platforms like iTunes have become passé, and even customizable services like Pandora have struggled to remain relevant. Digital…

Stellar lineup set to rock at Coachella 2015

Music lovers, hold on to your flower crowns. This year’s Coachella Valley Arts & Music festival, held in Indio, California, boasts a diverse, high-quality lineup that should delight fans of any genre. Over the weekends of April 10-12 and April 17-19, the Empire Polo Club will host a mix of big names, classic favorites and…

Album review: Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late’

This past Friday, rapper Drake made music-industry waves when he unexpectedly released a full-length album to digital retailers. Fans rushed to download the unheralded “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late,” resulting in projected first-week sales of over 500,000 copies. Released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic records, the album’s defiant lyrics and pared-down sound make it…

The Grammys: More than just music

A night of solemn social commentary and triumphant wins The 57th Annual Grammy Awards, held this past Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, featured a blend of the surprising and the expected. Crowd favorites raked in the trophies, little-known performers staged upset wins, and strong personalities (read: Kanye West) got up to their…
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