Music

Jenny Lewis opens a new chapter with solo album

Jenny Lewis opens a new chapter with solo album

BY EMMA MARTIN ’20

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has certainly been busy since her 2014 exit from indie band Rilo Kiley. Her 2014 solo album, “The Voyager,” was the product of five years’ work and reflection and preceded by the hit single and feminist anthem, “Just One of the Guys.” In 2016, she debuted with female rock trio “Nice as F*ck” alongside Erika Forster and Tennessee Thomas at a Bernie Sanders rally. The group released a self-titled LP of garage rock tunes that are a tougher backdrop for Lewis’ folksy twang. Lewis’ latest solo project, her album, “On the Line,” was released in late March and demonstrates that she is just as much a vanguard now as she was in 1998 as a standout lead singer and guitarist in a male-dominated genre

Billboard rejects “Old Town Road,” igniting genre controversy

Billboard rejects “Old Town Road,” igniting genre controversy

BY EMILY ROLES FOTSO ’21

20-year-old Montero Lamar Hill, better known by his stage name, Lil Nas X, has had an eventful few months. It all started with the release of his nowfamous single, “Old Town Road,” in early December. The song was released during the rise of what many call the “Yeehaw Agenda,” a meme that blends cowboy aesthetics with mainstream humor, and bends genres to create what Hill himself calls “country trap.”

Mount Holyoke hosts Five College Jazz Festival

Mount Holyoke hosts Five College Jazz Festival

BY EMMA MARTIN ’20

Rain and gloom outside the windows of the Blanchard Great Room set the scene for a cozy day of jazz last Friday, March 29 at the Five College Jazz Festival. Throughout the day, a steady stream of guests enjoyed jazz styles from various regions and time periods on the Great Room stage. Free and open to the public, the festival was an all-day opportunity to hear live jazz from groups representing the Five College music community.

Solange’s “When I Get Home” an ode to black Texans

BY JAHIYA CLARK ’20

Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles released her fourth studio album, “When I Get Home,” and accompanying 33-minute video, “A Texas Film,” on March 1. From black cowboys to afrofuturistic visions of her hometown of Houston, Solange constructs her album in praise of black Southern life. She uses sounds from today’s mainstream music that are easy to sing and dance along to, while her style and lyricism create something completely new.

Cornell joins MHC Glee for Brahms’ Requiem

Cornell joins MHC Glee for Brahms’ Requiem

BY SABRYNA COPPOLA ’22

The Mount Holyoke College and Cornell University Glee Clubs were joined by a community orchestra to present Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” last Saturday, March 23. A German composer from the Romantic period, Brahms wrote the piece between 1865 and 1868.

“GIRLS” is just the beginning for rising star Yung Baby Tate

“GIRLS” is just the beginning for rising star Yung Baby Tate

BY EMILY ROLES FOTSO ’21

Tate Farris, better known by her stage name Yung Baby Tate, released her debut studio album “GIRLS” this February, a 39-minute homage to womanhood and self-love. Since her beginnings as a producer in 2009, the Atlanta singer and rapper has combined pop, hip-hop and R&B elements to create a fun, unique and catchy sound. Long-awaited after the release of her first EP “ROYGBIV” in 2015, “GIRLS” does not disappoint, combining her youthful sound and rap and production skills to create a promising first work full of potential.

Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” emulates Prince

Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” emulates Prince

BY AHLIA DUNN ’20

Singer Janelle Monae released the music video for her new single “Make Me Feel” last week to much fanfare. The first single off of her upcoming album, “Dirty Computer,” is a bonafide crop-growing, skin-clearing hit that appeals to fans, old and new.