The South Korean president got impeached over a lot of accusations from leaking confidential information to her confidante to getting Botox breaching the medical law. What a surprise that so many offenses by the president are surfacing now although it has been four years since she was elected president. It got me thinking, why weren’t people, including me, questioning her legitimacy long time ago? We can blame it on the corrupt media that fawn over the government, but it is also our fault that we have lost the instinct of curiosity to doubt and detect something wrong. Just like Arcade Fire questions if “you’ll die faster than without water”, I think it is important to stay curious and rebellious always. Although Win Butler remarked the song wasn’t “written out of a political sentiment”, I was able to relate that song to what is happening in South Korea. – San Kim

I think My Bloody Valentine’s legendary album ‘Loveless’ can be used as a sort of litmus test for people’s taste in music. Put on the first track, “Only Shallow,” and you’ll typically get two reactions: “Is this even music?” and “Wow, this is weird but this is fucking amazing.” What other album can you think of that single handedly created an entire subgenre and defined the course of alternative rock’s history? What’s so amazing about this album is how it manages to be so loud, so harsh, so dissonant, but after a while becomes so calming. It’s truly a magical quality that My Bloody Valentine perfected on this record, and that no shoegaze imitator that has emerged since has come even close to recapturing. – Michael Semaca

I’ve heard this track a bunch of times playing in stores or in commercials, but I finally learned its name and authorship relatively recently. Its a subtle track that presents dark undertones within its fairly average melody, and the soft vocals of the Swedish duo make this a pleasant song to play in the background, ironically the same as where I’ve heard it before. – Elani Kaufman

I’m a relatively new passenger riding the Homeshake train. The recent singles for their upcoming third release have done a solid job at keeping my attention, so I figured that familiarizing myself with earlier material might be a good thing to do. “Heat” is a nice little tune that features a surprisingly catchy chorus. While the songs on “Midnight Snack” are no doubt enjoyable, they can often lack in memorability. However, the band has begun to make this a thing of the past, as each of the new songs are more dynamic and more interesting than anything Homeshake have released before. But until “Fresh Air” is released on Friday, “Heat” will have to keep me happy. – Jack Kelly

I was most surprised when Spotify revealed to me U2 is on the line up for Bonaroo. Usually my Bono-awareness is up to speed on his current and soon to be whereabouts, but this information was completely new to me! Although maybe out of place in a sea of tents down in Tennessee this summer, it makes me proud of the group to see them broadening their horizons and jamming with modern day hippies. Who knows how many Bonaroo-ers will be there just for the U2, but this realization was a better reason than any to revisit “The Joshua Tree” album this past week. – Jess Peterson

I can’t even tell you how I found this guy, but it’s absolutely fascinating to listen to the things that can be done with a banjo in the right hands. A righteously rolling melody that sounds almost like a harp makes up the entirety of this bite-size soundscape. I would definitely recommend checking out Noam’s other stuff. – Justin Kamp

As I was going through some old music on my phone, I listened to In Utero and realized that if this album came out today, it may as well be just as popular as it was when it came out. Kurt Cobain can channel anger, grief, and rage in a rarefied, pure form that would touch the feelings in our divided nation deeply. A week after possibly the biggest protest in our nation’s history, resentment towards Trump is at a high, which Mr. Cobain no doubt would have approved. As an ardent supporter of the pro choice and lesbian and gay rights movements, Kurt Cobain would be participating in the protests if he were alive today. “Rape Me” foreshadows our president’s incendiary 2005 remarks on sexual harassment by a score. It personifies the apathy that victims sometimes go through when they are abused. The issue is just as present now as it was 20 years ago, and the music of Nirvana has become to the current generation what Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith represented to Nirvana’s generation. – Nick Arger

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Elani Kaufman

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