Crimson staff writer
Clara V. Nguyen
Arts Vanity: A Sonnet for 14 Plympton Street
Outgoing Editor-at-Large and former Music Executive Clara V. Nguyen ‘23 looks forward to a peaceful retirement. To suggest songs she should listen to in her newfound free time, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Alpha Zulu’ Review: A Soaring Rebirth for Phoenix
On Nov. 4, the French indie band unveiled a set of sleek pop-rock vignettes straight from the Louvre.
‘Asphalt Meadows’ Review: Death Cab for Cutie Pave a New Path
Instead of smoothing life over with the silver-tongued charm of their early days, the band lets “Asphalt Meadows” grow like weeds fighting through concrete.
‘The Foundations of Decay’ Review: My Chemical Romance’s Epic Revival
At once a eulogy for the past and an oath for the future, the six-minute rock epic resurrects MCR’s legacy as emo legends.
‘Sidelines’ Review: Phoebe Bridgers Shoves Her Fears Aside
A quietly resolute statement of bravery written for the upcoming TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel “Conversations with Friends,” Bridgers’ latest work rises to the forefront of her discography both on its own and in dialogue with her previous output.
‘As It Was’ Review: Harry Styles Unlocks the Unsaid
Styles announced “As It Was” as the lead single off his upcoming album “Harry’s House,” and the honesty of his longing for bygone days will surely hit close to home for many.
‘Spellbound’ Review: Judy Collins’ First All-Original Album Enchants
Judy Collins’s song covers are nothing short of alchemy. Her first album of all original material that, also as if by magic, evokes collective nostalgia for her own beloved recollections.
‘Laurel Hell’ Review: Mitski Returns in Full Bloom
Mitski’s creative fire, still an unstoppable force after her two-year break from performing, clears out a space to soothe the pain that such drastic change can bring.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert: Not Your Average DMV Trip
Rodrigo couldn’t have chosen a better venue for her Dec. 7 NPR Tiny Desk (home) concert than a vacant DMV office, whose “interesting vibes” she noted during her set of four songs from “SOUR.”
Arts Vanity: On Love and ‘League of Legends’
I still wonder at how a game whose goal is destruction so powerfully asserts the joy of creating — and how, when my friend Leo and I were hundreds of miles apart, it was Summoner's Rift that brought us closer than ever.