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Trenton Chang

City pop: The sound of the Japanese postwar economic miracle

Groovy basslines, artful falls, four-to-the-floor beats with cheesy claps, flamboyant synths and sensitive fades: that is the sound of disco, the dance phenomenon that took the world by storm in the ‘70s and ‘80s, sweeping every nightclub with its contagious hooks and catchy beats. East Asia, with the trauma of World War II not too…

Trenton’s Playlist: Future beats of the week

EDM is dead. The golden age of electronic music is long gone, now only a distant memory. The biggest culprit of this decline is the dastardly phenomenon known as future bass, characterized by sweeping synths that all sound like the same, strange chipmunked vocals, chants from the latest Cymatics sample pack and a hyper-caffeinated euphoric…

‘A Moment Apart’: ODESZA’s new groove

On September 8th, electronic duo ODESZA released their highly anticipated sophomore album, titled “A Moment Apart.” Their first release since their first album “In Return” (2014), “A Moment Apart” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 to critical acclaim, instantly making the album one of the hottest electronic music releases of 2017. Combining influences from…

Zedd dazzles Stanford at Frost

The Stanford Concert Network (SCN) put on yet another successful Frost Music & Arts Festival last Saturday, featuring performers Charles Calvet, Broods and Zedd. Due to renovations, this year’s festival was moved from its namesake, Frost Amphitheater, and was instead held at Stanford Stadium. I’d heard about the magic of Frost Amphitheater: the feeling of…

Caleb Nott of Broods on movements that make you move

  Brother-sister duo Broods rose to prominence in 2013 with their breakout debut single “Bridges,” an emotive, weighty pop-anthem with powerful, heartrending vocals. Broods proved to be no one-hit wonder, coming out with two more convincing albums titled “Evergreen” (2014) and “Conscious” (2016). Hopefully, there are many more to come. Listening to Broods’ music is…

Three years in the making: ODESZA drop singles from upcoming album

  ODESZA looks to please the EDM scene once again with their upcoming new album. Last week, they dropped two new preview singles, “Line of Sight” and “Late Night.” The Seattle-based production duo hasn’t released anything big since 2014’s “In Return,” which featured the hits “Say My Name” and “All We Need.” ODESZA has long been known…

The sound of anime: Connecting feelings with music

Music is emotional. We’ve all heard music that makes us feel happy, excited, pensive or melancholy. Music is also a universal activity. The question, “What music do you listen to?” usually returns an eclectic range of responses unique to each person; I’ve yet to hear someone respond to that question with a droll, “Oh, I…

Electronic dance music: Let there be house

In the beginning, there was Jack, and Jack had a groove. And from this groove came the groove of all grooves. He declared: “Let there be house!” and house music was born … And so the bodies murmured and moved, indistinctly, uncertainly, in dark communion. They jacked their bodies to the beat; they stepped, danced…

Preview: Calling all RYDRZ

JOYRYDE’s new single, “Damn,” an eclectic bonanza of rap vocals and electronic pops, speaks for itself. It is one of the few songs that captures what the listener will ineluctably say upon listening to the track. In any case, it is clear that his music simply does not give a shit. It swerves and careens…

‘The Nickelback of EDM’: Selling out and the price of fame

On Jan. 30, Esquire Magazine culture writer Matt Miller set the world of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) ablaze when he called The Chainsmokers the “Nickelback of EDM.” The story, shared 33,000 times the day after it broke, was quickly picked up by major EDM outlets from Your EDM to EDM Sauce. In the article, Miller lambasted The Chainsmokers…

Artist Pantheon: Music best served chilled

Electronic music has a particular connotation: It evokes images of neon-colored festivals, rambunctious bacchanals and nocturnal excitement. But electronic music is an expansive genre with many sounds and styles. Today, we travel deep into the realm of electronic music and fix our gaze past the chattering festivities — peering instead upon the easygoing, blasé sounds…

Porter Robinson and Madeon bring magic to San Francisco

At first, it was nothing out of the ordinary. The music was loud, the lights were bright, the crowd was hot — standard concert fare. Confetti and pyrotechnics abounded, accentuating the music. Then I noticed that my hands were clapping, my arms were waving in rhythm, my head was nodding, and my mouth was forming…

Preview: ‘Shelter’ Live Tour comes to San Francisco

On Aug. 12, electronic musicians Porter Robinson and Madeon released their long-awaited collaboration “Shelter” to critical acclaim. They announced soon after that they would be embarking on a worldwide tour in support of “Shelter:” the Shelter Live Tour. With 44 shows across three continents in five months, this ambitious undertaking was a well-received surprise. On…

Martin Garrix: 7 tracks, 7 days

Electronic musician Martin Garrix rose to prominence in 2013 with the release of the dance floor hit “Animals.” Recently crowned by DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll as the youngest-ever number one DJ in the world, Garrix, 20, has already had a prolific year, having released the melodic “Now That I’ve Found You,” the vociferous “Lions…

Trenton’s Playlist: For those cold October nights

Late Night on a chilly October night: You stroll into the hall with your friends, cradling laptops, papers and books in your folded arms. You all claim a table in the quiet hall. You queue up and order the food. Small talk abounds: Someone nonchalantly complains about their workload. Finally, food arrives: You all grab your portions…
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