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From shoegaze to lo-fi to introspective indie to drone metal, these songs have one thing in common: They’ll envelop you. More than just lyrics and instrumentation, they’re atmospheric songs that provide a completely immersive, sometimes entrancing musical experience. They’re background noise in the best way.
Upon arriving at USC, you’ll be bombarded with invitations to join just about every organization under the sun. Who knew one school could have so many Bible studies? When do these people find time to stand out on Greene Street and pull unsuspecting new students into their improv groups? Am I actually going to join any of these clubs, or am I just going to take these tablers’ free pizza and never see them again?
Columbia might be best known for football, Five Points and frat lots, but a lot of newcomers might not realize the city is also home to a diverse and growing music scene.
Ari Aster’s second horror flick to grace the big screens wowed audiences this summer. Disappointed, horrified, energized, nauseous: everyone left the theater feeling something strongly, including three of our staffers. Is the near two and a half hour film worth the time? Here’s what we have to say.
Lo-fi. House shows. Goth kids. Punk kids. Folk singers. Hippies. Skaters. Artsy. Folksy. White trash, punk rock, weird stuff. Whatever you want to call it, Columbia has a growing scene of young musicians who write, produce and perform their own music. What's more, they create their own performance spaces; mostly by word of mouth. This ethos, most commonly referred to as DIY music, is a subculture of people making music and building community around art.
It’s Pride month. We go to school in Columbia. Soda City isn’t winning any awards for inclusivity or its booming queer community. When I first came to USC, I was disappointed to find that LGBTQ+ resources, gathering places and advocacy were, well, not as vibrant in Columbia as compared to larger, more progressive cities.
With the recent release of "Rocketman," the sweeping, Oscar-bait-y Elton John biopic, this legendary icon has reappeared in the hearts and minds of the public with vigor. John’s flair for showmanship, captivating voice and persistent songwriting talent helped him rise to the top against all odds.
From Jared who’s 19 and never learned how to read to all those chickens, Vine entertained users with viral content from its founding in 2012 until uploads were disabled in 2016.
“Social Cues” — Cage The Elephant
Forts, waterfronts and plantations are among the Palmetto State's most enticing and iconic tourist hot spots. But for those looking to venture off the beaten path, the state has much to offer in terms of the odd, surreal and even supernatural.
Each year, Indie Grits Film Festival brings a host of short films to Columbia with screenings, panels and awards. However, that’s not all the festival has to offer. The event expands beyond its roots in film to offer a multi-day multimedia explosion of visual art, live music, interactive exhibits and more.
Cedric Umoja is an artist on a mission: to preserve black-owned spaces in the face of increasing challenges.
As students prepare for finals and summer vacation, here's a few gems that can make the last half of the semester just a little more bearable.
This weekend, Girls Block is bringing feminist art to the 1600 block of Main Street. The festival will take place on March 9, one day after International Women’s Day, and will showcase creative work made by women and female-run businesses.
What would alternative culture be today without its music?
HipWaZee, long time purveyor of eclectic fits for Columbia residents and Five Points shopping staple, will be closing its doors soon.
The mixtape: that fond relic of bygone times, when you Sharpied hearts and Blink-182 lyrics onto a blank CD and carefully pencilled track lists onto glossy Memorex paper, or maybe even stole tracks from the radio with an 8-track and home recorder.
Tinder: The easily lampooned, wildly popular, swipe-based virtual dating app. The vehicle that carried our generation into the 21st century dating phenomenon that is online dating and hookup culture.
The indie scene can sometimes feel like a hostile, competitive community full of gate-keeping hipsters brandishing first pressings of The Cure's early work. If you like indie music, some jerk at a party has probably asked you if you even listen to the band on your T-shirt, or explained that their new stuff is fine, but have you heard Father John Misty's first album?