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Beats n’ Stuff #6: polygonal melodies

Caty McCarthy

November 27, 2014

  Hey guys! It has been two weeks, which means it is time for another Beats n’ Stuff. In this week’s column, I spotlight some tunes from some of my favorite video game soundtracks. From emotionally resonating scores to Drive-esque bops, video game music has evolved in ways the ch...

Beats n’ Stuff #5: noticed by senpai, at last (j-pop edition)

Caty McCarthy

November 11, 2014

As I am typing this, I have just woken up from a brief nap post-25-hour session of driving to and from Los Angeles for the sake of J-Pop supergroup Perfume. I was not always that into J-Pop, whereas I have had a library of anime theme songs on my iTunes for most of my life and that is where it...

Beats n’ Stuff #4: 47 sounds from a haunted house

Caty McCarthy

October 28, 2014

Boo! It is almost the spookiest day of the year (Halloween!!!), and if you are still pining over whatever you are going to dress up as to your PBR-stocked parties, then I have created the perfect mix of upbeat and festive tunes to get you in the trick-or-treating spirit. In this week’s Beat...

Beats n’ Stuff #3: the season of pumpkin spice lattes

Beats n' Stuff #3: the season of pumpkin spice lattes

Caty McCarthy

October 13, 2014

  Yooo! Autumn’s my favorite season, and I always find myself listening to acoustic and string-laden music and twee pop. I went through a heavy Death Cab for Cutie phase during the fall of ’07, where I listened to the quintessential autumn-esque album Transatlanticism virtually everyday because, well, 15-year-old me did not know any ...

Beats N’ Stuff #2: hiphoppin’

Beats N' Stuff #2: hiphoppin'

Caty McCarthy

September 30, 2014

Hello everyone! This week’s playlist theme is “hiphoppin’”, which will explore just that, hip-hop (and trip-hop too I guess). Hip-Hop’s evolved a lot over time, from the smooth rhymes of A Tribe Called Quest to the harsh beats of Dr. Dre to the melancholic yet insanely popular Drake. Th...

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