Gustav Honl-Stuenkel

Track Takes: Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part 4”

Track Takes: Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part 4”


After dropping a cryptic Instagram post midday on Thursday March 23, Kendrick Lamar released his first single since Untitled Unmastered a year ago this month. “The Heart Part 4” is a wide-ranging, almost 5-minute reassertion of Lamar’s status in hip-hop. Never one to shy away from non-traditional beats, “Part 4” opens with Lamar rapping over a…

CV: Cameron Avery, <i>Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams</i>

CV: Cameron Avery, Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams


After rising to fame as the bassist for the psychedelic pop group Tame Impala, Cameron Avery takes a starkly different artistic direction in his latest album, Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. Tame Impala claimed their niche in the industry with spacey, dreamlike instrumentals, distorted vocals, and forlorn lyrics, attracting acid-chasing teens and summer festival-goers alike. Eschewing…

CV: Thundercat, <i>Drunk</i>

CV: Thundercat, Drunk


In his latest solo project, Thundercat wraps his disregard for traditional songwriting conventions in a bubbly, well-polished exterior. Drunk, jazz bassist’s third studio album, is a comprehensive investigation of his experience in life, from the high points in love and at parties, to the lows of racial conflict and heartrending breakups. “Let’s go hard, get…

The Weekly List: Grimy

The Weekly List: Grimy


Enjoy the sunny days of Spring Break with fuzzy guitars, relentless bass, and banging beats: Nirvana – Come As You Are: From the best album of the best grunge-rock band of a grungy decade, “Come As You Are” typifies the genre, from its dirty production to its alternative angst. Kurt Cobain’s gruff voice contrasts with…

CV: Future, <i>FUTURE</i>

CV: Future, FUTURE


In his latest project, Future is focused on identity. After retreating from social media and laboring day and night on his latest album, FUTURE, Future has delivered a mixed bag of explorations into his many identities. From Future to Pluto to Super Future to Fire Marshall Future to Future Hendrix, Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn goes by…

Critical Voices: P.O.S, <i>Chill, dummy</i>

Critical Voices: P.O.S, Chill, dummy


P.O.S, born Stefon Alexander, wears his punk influence on his sleeve, opening his newest album Chill, dummy with a weighty electric guitar bassline and growling vocals, as he lays claim to his bold and peerless position in rap. Through the industry’s cultural explosion, rap has increasingly dipped its toes into other styles, as demonstrated by Danny Brown’s manic flows…

The 250: <i>La La Land</i>

The 250: La La Land

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Welcome to the 250, a weekly podcast where Voice staffers watch a movie from IMDb’s top 250 list and discuss their thoughts. This week host, Danielle Hewitt sits down with Amy Guay, Caitlin Mannering and Gustav Honl-Stuenkel to discuss the much talked about La La Land. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes |…

The Weekly List: Chopped and Screwed

The Weekly List: Chopped and Screwed


Originating from the Houston hip-hop scene of the 1990s, “chopped and screwed” refers to a type of remixing that creates a pensive and at times startling reinterpretation of popular songs. To achieve this effect, the same record is played on side-by-side turntables slowed to around 65 bpm, then it is skipped, scratched, delayed, and doubled-up….

Critical Voices: Childish Gambino, <i>“Awaken, My Love!”</i>

Critical Voices: Childish Gambino, “Awaken, My Love!”


The first single from Childish Gambino’s latest album “Awaken, My Love!” was released with little fanfare: a Youtube video of an eerie, gleeful, blue face, accompanied by a song entitled “Me and Your Mama.” However, the buzz around the song immediately snowballed beyond its understated release. “Me and Your Mama” is unlike anything Childish has…

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