My Winterland

Originally built in 1928, the Winterland was first and foremost an ice skating rink. In the 1940s, the rink began showcasing professional ice skaters, and eventually held jazz concerts to entertain the good people of San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District. This continued until 1966, when famed impresario Bill Graham took over the venue and transformedContinue reading “My Winterland”

The City By The Bay

I’ve had Journey’s 1978 ode to San Francisco, “Lights,” stuck in my head for the past several weeks. It doesn’t help that I’ve probably listened to the song on repeat approximately 387 times as a result, much to my neighbors’ chagrin as they hear me attempting to belt along with Steve Perry while I shower.Continue reading “The City By The Bay”

The Jonas Brothers: Then and Now

The Jonas Brothers were an integral part of my identity growing up. On my first day of fifth grade, I wore an “I Heart Joe” pink t-shirt to declare my undying love for my favorite Jonas whose wispy 2008 hair made me swoon. I was known as “the girl obsessed with the Jonas Brothers” inContinue reading “The Jonas Brothers: Then and Now”

Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR” Review

Ever since May 21, 2021, nearly all of my friends have raved about the same thing–SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo. Initially, I was skeptical–could an album by a 17 year old Disney star really be that good? However, a few weeks after the fact (and after hearing a catchy bit of the single “good 4 u”Continue reading “Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR” Review”

Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” Review

For the second time in under six months, Taylor Swift has surprised fans with a new album, evermore, released on her 31st birthday. The sister albums, folklore and evermore, were written during the excruciatingly long quarantine period in 2020, and demonstrate Swift’s innate artistry, her confidence in identity, and her established position among a long tradition of American folk musicians.

“Plastic Hearts” Review

As someone growing up watching Miley Cyrus’s attempt to find herself in the public eye, “Plastic Hearts” is an answer to my prayers. While her early 2010s attempt to shed her Disney/Hannah Montana reputation caused quite a stir, Cyrus’s public performances and music releases at that time were clearly a preamble to her current sound,Continue reading ““Plastic Hearts” Review”

The Grammys Don’t Mean Anything Anymore

In recent years, many have wondered why award shows like the Grammys have recently lost viewership. While the ubiquity of online entertainment is partially to blame, the utter lack of award-worthy music nominated for Grammys is another legitimate explanation. Upon reading the nominations for this year’s Grammy nominations, I was especially shocked by the nominationsContinue reading “The Grammys Don’t Mean Anything Anymore”

Can We Just Talk About “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”?

Legend has it that George Harrison decided to write “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as an experiment regarding his theory that “that everything has some purpose for being there at that given moment” (Harrison).  He opened a book to read the words “gently weeps,” then set out to write the song; the product did exactlyContinue reading “Can We Just Talk About “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”?”