In order for the music industry to make money, they need to show what racks up the most profit nowadays, due to the presence of music streaming services and decrease in record sales.
With the upcoming Met Gala marking the beginning of a new decade — and unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and quarantining — I have decided, after hours of scouring the internet for as many Met Gala looks as I could find, to commemorate this turn of the decade by rewinding and remembering some of my favorite looks.
In recent weeks the live entertainment industry has gone dark, including Mendelson’s own tour to support If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…, but she refuses to let that stop her from performing. She flips on her “party lights,” crystalline specks that electrify the gray curtain backdrop in her Brooklyn home, and arms herself with her keyboard, acoustic guitar and harmonica.
As garbled as the pseudo-electronic finale to “Baba O’Riley” felt, I couldn’t help but feel The New Abnormal somewhat mirrored that same disjointedness. Though, on their first new material in six (six!) years, the band seems to be at least waxing a very ‘80s shade of nostalgia.
With The Slow Rush, Kevin Parker dwarfs his previous expeditions into psychedelia. The guitars that electrified InnerSpeaker and Lonerism are ousted by additional layers of synthesizer elements that expand his sound from psychedelic, to otherworldly.
Gabi Abrão, a digital/spiritual theorist known as @sighswoon on Instagram, discussed the intersections of internet culture and modern spirituality — a sort of pop psychology for The Age of the Influencer. She makes memes, using them as sort of “micro-essays” for a new brand of self-help.
“My focus is not to exclude white characters, it’s to bring in black characters,” said Charles regarding his comics that take place in Africa.
Based on the lineups already released, it’s clear that, for another year in a row, there is a gender imbalance in festival lineups. Men continue to make up the majority of the coveted top headlining slots at festivals and women’s names are scarcely seen in the larger fonts.