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Hip hop heads often engage in lively debate about the genre’s best and worst. Some scrutinize lyrics endlessly while others judge rhythm and delivery, Some claim Kendrick Lamar is king while others cry for Drake as rap’s monarch yet both camps fail to realize that the crown really belongs to Miami native Lil Pump. King Pump has risen from the dark pits of Soundcloud into popular summer playlists, WorldstarHipHop and beyond. His 17-year-old charm has brought about a new sub-genre of rap rife with zoned-out pillheads, yet his geniusness has completely reshaped the genre’s look and sound. King Pump paints a very real picture of our generation’s existentialist paradoxes. On “Molly,” he tells the tale of a wild night out. “I’m on the molly, I’m on the bean,” he whines and raps about fucking your sister garbed in designer clothing. It is a precise commentary on the angst that millennials…

September 25 is now an official holiday at Stony Brook University. It marks the day when one of our students embarked on their journey to national meme fame, from a humble dorm room in Tabler Quad.   The journey, involving Wonderwall, a red dildo, and an iPhone video has blessed us all and we are most thankful for its existence.  On September 25, 2016, Romeo Barrientos posted a video of a student, who will go by the name of D-Boy, covering Oasis’ most notable single, “Wonderwall.”  D-Boy has a nice voice, but the most pertinent aspect of the video was not his vocal ability.  In this video, a bright red dildo became an integral element in D-Boy’s rise to fame. D-Boy and his fellow suite-mates bought the object on Amazon after a room inspection prompted the idea.  The original plan was to lay it around their room in order to…

State of the Union On Jan. 27, 2017, I parked my car in the Student Health Services lot behind LaValle Stadium—usually an area you’d be hard-pressed to find parking in, now nearly completely vacant. I made my way over to the back doors of the Student Union – a stoic grey building that looked more akin to a prison dining hall than a student space. There was a strange presence to it, sternly imposing itself into the landscape of the Stony Brook campus. Locked,  of course it was. Though the building had been officially “closed” for over a month now, WUSB was still broadcasting from the second floor – just as it had been doing for 42 years. As the campus radio station for over five decades, it’s hard to overstate its importance as an integral factor in developing University culture. Since 1962, WUSB maintained a staff of countless…

It wasn’t exactly your regular, run-of-the-mill, punk rock band but when Shari, Nikki and Kate got together, responding to an advert on Craigslist by Nikki, the chemistry was instantaneous. They came together as the self titled “Girlwave” band. “I was dating this tall lanky guy at one point and he was like, ‘you’re so pretty and so thick,” Nikki said, explaining the band’s unusual name. “I was like, yeah, Thick. That works.” Nikki’s idea of naming the band “Garbage Ghost” didn’t work. It was a Saturday night and the band sat at a bar in East Williamsburg, just a block away from the location of their first show, after performing at this year’s South by Southwest at Austin, TX. “It was great, the crowd was very chill and we had a lot of fun playing at the show. We also ended up playing at a small show in Asheville right…

Last night, Sheer Mag played Revolution in Amityville and brought their new twist on classic rock to Long Island. No band has been able to replicate the distinct 1970’s sound that bands like Led Zeppelin pioneered in a way that can earn them proper critical respect and praise. But Sheer Mag may change that. They blasted through bangers from their first three EPs, as well as some new songs. Each one sounded like a powerpop and punk fusion version of Led Zeppelin or the Jackson 5, but to compare Sheer Mag to any other previous band would be an injustice to their distinct and innovative sound. Iron Chic, the local “best band of all time” (author’s opinion) opened the show. Though the crowd wasn’t as big or as loud as it should have been, and the stage wasn’t anything fancy, both bands carried the show with their impressive technical, skill…