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XXXTentacion Fails to Impress on Debut

XXXTentacion Fails to Impress on Debut

By Ravi Joshi-Wander

October 17, 2017

“I do not value your money, I value your acceptance and loyalty,” claims XXXTentacion in the intro to his debut album 17. After listening to the album in completion, it becomes clear that the Miami-based songwriter is owed neither. XXXTentacion, stage name of 19 year-old Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, wa...

Sweet/Sexy/Savage

Sweet/Sexy/Savage

By Kavi Dolasia

March 10, 2017

Since the release of her Grammy-nominated mixtape “You Should Be Here” almost two years ago, Kehlani’s sophomore album has been a highly anticipated release. Hailing from the Bay Area, the R&B singer is known for balancing her soulful, intimate tracks with exuberant, catchy pop anthems. Her latest ...

Overlooked Albums of 2016

Overlooked Albums of 2016

By Ravi Joshi-Wander & Abby Frazee

March 2, 2017

2016 was one of the biggest years for music in recent times, with Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, David Bowie, Radiohead and dozens of other major artists releasing fantastic, critically-acclaimed albums. However,  there were many other great albums that flew under the radar of the average listener. The follo...

How Frank Ocean Single Handedly Destroyed Every “Norm” in the Music Industry

How Frank Ocean Single Handedly Destroyed Every “Norm” in the Music Industry

By Emily Pavis

September 5, 2016

Following 4 long years of silence after the success of his shockingly honest portrayal of the 21st century teenager in “Channel ORANGE,” 28 year old artist Frank Ocean has given his fans what they’ve been waiting for, and so much more. Not only has Ocean released a follow up album to “Channel...

Kevin Gates’ “Islah”

Kevin Gates’ “Islah”

By James Finn

May 4, 2016

The term “vulnerable” is rarely used to describe gangsta rappers.The likes of Mac Dre, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, all of whom pioneered the genre, hardly provided a template that encouraged their successors to wear their emotions on their sleeves. But on his major-label debut, “Islah,” ...

To Stream or Not to Stream?

To Stream or Not to Stream?

By Claire Donohue

April 8, 2016

I spend an embarrassingly large amount of my life with my headphones on, or getting knocked around at a local concert venue. Like so many teenagers, music and the culture that surrounds it is a way I’ve been able to define myself during high school. But our listening options don’t resemble the gr...

Cate Hayman: YouthArts Finalist

Cate Hayman: YouthArts Finalist

By Hannah Chorley

March 3, 2016

A self proclaimed “Mill Valley mom,” Cate Hayman spent the month of January hiking in the morning, doing pilates, and getting coffee with her friends — as well as auditioning for 14 college-level musical theater programs. Hayman, who graduated from Tam in December following the first semester...

This Month in Music

This Month in Music

By Tam News Staff

February 2, 2016

January is always a busy month for new releases. As artists strive to make their mark on the new year, 2016 is already shaping up to be a revolutionary one for the industry: from Conrad Sewell’s chart topping ballads to Ty Segall’s garage rock madness. So let’s dive into this month in music. ...

Problems of the Passenger Seat

Problems of the Passenger Seat

By Wanya Williams

February 2, 2016

We all encounter weird moments like seeing a homeless man running around naked, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video, and even being in the passenger seat. Yes, I said being in a passenger seat can be the weirdest thing ever. You might not think so. Sometimes it can be cool to ride shotgun in your fr...

Listening to My Music, Not You

Listening to My Music, Not You

By Wanya Williams

December 14, 2015

While I’m chilling slapping, “Count Up” by 10YP, I see Karim trying to get my attention. Putting on those headphones is a sign to leave me alone. Whatever Karim is trying to tell me better be important or funny, because if it is not I’m probably going to ignore Karim for the rest of the day....

Vince Lars: Saxaphonist to the Stars

Vince Lars: Saxaphonist to the Stars

By Franny Kiles

December 10, 2015

Vince Lars has been a beloved guest artist in the Tam jazz band and symphonic orchestra for nearly seven years, but his time spent in the Tam music community is just a snippet of his life as a musician. Over the years, Lars used his skills as a saxophonist to perform with Beyonce and Destiny’s Child...

Artist of the Issue: Annie Blackadar

Artist of the Issue: Annie Blackadar

By Megan Butt

November 5, 2015

At the age of three, freshman Annie Blackadar entered the monumental world of music after observing a violin class. “There was a beginner’s violin course after my [beginner’s music] class  and I would stay and watch them,” Blackadar said. “I asked my parents if I could play violin.” He...