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Edward M. Litwin

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“Half-Light” is the Best of Rostam’s Sensibilities

While “Half-Light” has its flaws, it succeeds in showing exactly how valuable Rostam is as a producer and instrumentalist, as well as in highlighting his songwriting craft.

Cover of "Bad" by Michael Jackson

‘Bad’ Turns 30: Revisiting the King’s Rockingest Album

30 years later, it’s time Jackson was praised for his riskiest and most experimental work.

Steve Aoki's Yardfest Performance

Who Should Be the 2017 Yardfest Headliner?

Rakesh Khurana is a multitalented man and as a musical act, he could be legendary.


‘DROGAS Light’ Welcomes Lupe Fiasco to Complete Irrelevance

This is an album from one of rap’s formerly rising stars that will be utterly forgotten within the year, and it leaves little confidence that the rest of his trilogy will be good.


Oscar-Nominated Shorts Aim for the Heart

While feature film nominees such as “La La Land” and “Moonlight” played the leading roles in Monday evening’s Academy Awards ceremony, the contenders in the short film categories (live action and animated films) did not gain as much attention. Nevertheless, many of these works show as much genius and innovation as any other competitors.

Ed Sheeran in "Castle on the Hill"

Music Video Breakdown: "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran

It goes to show that if you’re just distant and hardworking enough, one day you too could grow up to be as superior as Ed Sheeran is.


‘Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings’ Shows the Calculating Mind of One of Music’s Greats

Redding utilized every moment on stage to further his career, promoting his new single and covering hit songs by white artists like The Beatles—whatever he needed to get the audience to buy his records.

Donald Trump

Late Night Comedy Unpacks the Aftermath of the Election

Many late night comedy shows tried to do post-election coverage as they would any other subject, but no one was really laughing this week.​


‘Ten Hymns From My American Gothic’: An Optimistic Second Generation American Experience

“Ten Hymns” functions as a stunning album that explores themes ranging from achieving the american dream to generational differences in privilege between immigrants and their parents.


Emo’s Seminal Concept Album: A Retrospective on ‘The Black Parade’

Despite being a concept album, the narrative of “The Black Parade” is somewhat muddled, with very little consensus on what the actual story is.


More of the Same: ‘H.G.T.V.’ by Pusha T

Pusha T is at his best with this sort of brag rap that puts down any foes in his crosshairs. As far as subliminal Drake diss tracks go (and in 2016, there are a ton), this one’s a little bit harder than the average, but Pusha T is generally a harder rapper.

Courtney B. Vance '82

Alumni Spotlight: Courtney B. Vance

Award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance ‘82 spoke with The Harvard Crimson about his path to fame on stage and screen and his time at Harvard.


Sneaks’s ‘Gymnastics’ is a Minimalist Wonder

The album is a work of extreme minimalism that comes together through an incredibly tight flow, making “Gymnastics” an exercise in bringing the most out of bare bones.