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In the opening lyrics to the song “IDFWN,” San Antonio native Izaq Roland raps, “You a John Doe, I can’t f*ck with you” — lyrics that are made simultaneously ironic and all the more genuine by Roland’s enigmatic presence on Twitter and Soundcloud. He recently emerged from a five-month-long hiatus — which included a bulk deleting of tweets and song links — with his new single “Like It’s Hot.” The song appeared without much context first on...

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Senior music major John Morgan has been creating music at Trinity University since his sophomore year. When he lived in Thomas, Morgan created his first EP, “Quiet Hours,” in 2016. He used his friend’s equipment and some of KRTU’s equipment to create the album while the quiet hours kept him holed up in his dorm. “I was just stuck in my dorm, passing the time, and I had been listening to Alex G, a friend of mine....

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On Monday night, a piece of pop music glitter, followed by a storm of star-shaped confetti with “just another graceless night” printed in handwritten font, landed in Houston. A figure I had previously suspected to exist only in an ephemeral state took a corporeal form, filling the cavernous Toyota Center with the eponymous melodrama of 2017’s best album. Lorde’s tour for her latest album, “Melodrama,” presented a dance-filled yet emotionally potent celebration of her music,...

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A permanent feature of modern life is technological envy. Due to the rate of technical progress and astute marketing, a new phone or computer only feels new for a few months until a newer, faster model comes out. In this way, we have a consistent, periodic reminder to update our notions of what constitutes the bleeding edge of technology. This is very different from how awareness of personal and cultural change proceeds. These kinds of...

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“Maybe I shouldn’t have worn a sweater today,” said Joseph Kneer, conductor of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra. He lifted his baton and began another run of the fast and regal “Awake the Harp” movement. Despite the orchestra’s resonating, clear and bold sound, Kneer halted the piece midway through to correct an error. He uttered a profanity, removed his sweater from over his shirt and tossed it to the floor below. In response to the unexpected...

Lil Pump is a disease within the rap genre. What started in the 1970s in the streets of New York City has now turned into a 17-year-old kid from Miami, Florida saying “Gucci gang” 54 times in a two-minute song and having it go platinum in less than a year. Rap has evolved since its earliest days, but the roots of rap, and its ability to carry meaning and purpose, are still alive and well...

If you walk into any professional or minor league sporting event, chances are you’ll hear loud, upbeat music blaring over the speakers. You’ll hear music during timeouts, in between innings, during the halftime performance and as players step up to the plate. You might even see Russell Westbrook dancing, if you happen to be at an OKC game. Why is that? It’s because music in sport is important. As an athlete, I can say that...

“I’m not really sure there are music notes, or where they exist in time and space,” said Forrest Pierce during his hour-long presentation at the Celebration of Living Composers held in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 13. “But here we are.” As a fan of music without much technical knowledge, this sums up my experience listening to three composers discuss their approaches to writing music. That afternoon, Dan Forrest, Forrest...