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A Convergence of Atmospheres: A Review of Coliseum's Anxiety's Kiss

Anxiety’s Kiss, the fifth studio album by Coliseum under Deathwish Inc., is an impeccable resonance under the duration of (approximately) 37 minutes, coming off as enticing enough to make 2015 an impressive year for Deathwish Inc., such as Lightless Walk by Cult Leader, Rust by Harm’s Way, and, of course, Anxiety’s Kiss from this one Louisville-based post-hardcore band. This album was produced by J. Robbins from Jawbox, who also produced their 2011 EP Parasites and their third studio album Sister Faith, which was released in 2013.

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Into the Unknown: HONNE from 39,000 Feet

There’s a reason why I’ve always preferred window seats in airplanes. I can be alone with my own thoughts while peering through a window of a big machine 39,000 feet from sea level. In long flights, I can see sunrises, sunsets, and I can physically cross the shackles of different time zones. Eventually, I would feel the sudden realization that I am 39,000 feet apart from the world and all its shenanigans, where civilizations rise and fall for thousands of years. I would peer down and I see territories and seas where every human memory is created and nurtured. 

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From the North to the Stars: A Playlist

There are a lot of things associated with the north; the radiant Northern lights, Freyr, the Norse God of fertility and peace that travels through seas with his golden-bristled boar, dead warriors called Einherjar who are brought by Valkyries to Valhalla, and the nine realms unified by the world tree Yggdrasil. A lot of beautiful things come from the north, including various, remarkable music scenes. This mixtape features music writer Ralka Skjerseth’s selection of some of the finest tunes from the Nordics, sincerely brought to you from the north to the stars.

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Dream Sequence: On Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo and Montages of Color

Paris was a beautiful, physical place when I visited, even when it was raining. When I took pictures, they were in technicolor. The Eiffel Tower was gold at night, luminous. In the mornings, we ate madeleines with butter and jam, and took the subway to Notre Dame or the Galeries Lafayette or wherever we wanted to go in France, just so long as we were going somewhere. We were in our own spectacular film: a sequence of pretty hues and dissolving transitions. It was stunning, surreal.

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A Change of Sound: A Review of Title Fight's Hyperview

This Kingston-based four-piece has prominently been known to immerse themselves in the post-hardcore and punk scheme; I first got into Title Fight when they were on their Run for Cover days, and it’s somehow whimsically enthralling to discern vehemently significant changes of their sounds on Hyperview—this album is distinctively influenced by shoegaze, dream-pop, and post-punk elements with their intense use of reverb and chorus pedals, and would remind you of the likes of Slowdive, Teenage Fanclub, and Whirr in a blink of an eye.

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Hard to Swallow: A Review of The Red Pill

The Red Pill tackles the latest issue Western society is addressing: Men’s Right Activists, otherwise known as MRA’s. Director and presenter Cassie Jay takes us—and herself—on a journey through the minds of MRA’s and what, exactly, their agendas are. She interviews Paul Elam, controversial founder of the website "A Voice for Men" as well as popular feminist-turned-MRA Warren Farrell, writer of The Myth of Male Power. Alongside these in-depth discussions are voices from other "everyday" MRA’s and their radical feminist counterparts. 

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A Blackgaze Act: A Review of Deafheaven’s New Bermuda

Deafheaven has always been formidable when it comes to manifesting sounds that envisage deep poignancy entombed in belligerent darkness with poetic lyrics. Currently one of ANTI- Records’ rosters after previously signing to Deathwish and Sargent House, they're back with their new album New Bermuda; an irresistible pulchritude of their sound colliding with elements of dark despair that their listeners can feel thriving in their hearts.

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Decibels for A Young Vine: A Playlist

This compilation of tracks consists of ten songs from artists (all featuring female lead vocals) of diverse genres and backgrounds. Each song leaves a different impression and vibe onto the listener; one might be a poignant anthemic lamentation that drives the listener to drown in a visceral existential grief, another might be a catchy and youthful love song that causes the listener to reminisce about their youth, another might be a heartwarming tune that soothes your heart, another might be a fast-paced thrashing tune that sends vibes of aggressive chaos, and so on. It is a representation of how our lives, and the emotions we unleash toward life, are the same; they are not static, and every road we pass through leaves us with a different feeling each day. 

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