“Trap Queen” is a Love Song and a Banger

I’m not huge on love songs. I find break up songs more my style—unrequited love at the very least. The best art often comes from a place of deep pain. Of course, songs exist outside of this binary. Pop music tends to eschew a central message. Most radio hits currently… [Read More]

Self-Help Books and Trap Music Aren’t That Different

A few days ago, I was talking to my dad on the phone and mentioned a TED Radio Hour podcast on “Success” I had listened to earlier. I should probably mention that my dad is pretty old school, but practical to a point where he’s open to new ideas. That… [Read More]

So You Want to Fall in Love at a Music Festival

I wake up this morning to write a piece on finding love at music festivals and I sit down at my computer still fuming from the news that The Weeknd brought out Kanye during his set at Day 2 Weekend 2 of Coachella. My left eye is literally twitching and… [Read More]

The Five Stages of Grief: One Direction Style

I’m 23 years old but between you and me, I’m crazy about One Direction. So you can imagine the extreme devastation I experienced when I found out that Zayn quit the band nine days ago. I know that the news has been hard on everyone, but it’s especially been rough… [Read More]

Quiz: Superhero Movie Subtitle or EDM Concert

Superhero movies and EDM concerts have a lot in common. They are dumb, they make a lot of money, people die, and they advertise themselves with grandiose, intergalactic, and ambitiously meaningful words. As we approach festival and blockbuster season, we’ve put together a little quiz to test whether you can… [Read More]

The Unofficial Guide to Playing Music at Parties

Much like sports or politics, music can be very divisive. Living room debates about how such and such song is better than another, or how so and so’s new album would have been a classic if x, y and z, are just part of the listening experience for many. And… [Read More]

What Indie Artists Are Looking At: An Investigation

Indie artists like to look at things in their album covers. Whether or not they stole that tendency from the late dear leader Kim Jong-il is eternally up for debate, and to be fair, we all like vaguely looking at things—myself included. However, musicians are shockingly and consistently more opaque… [Read More]

Virtual Reality and Lifting the Celebrity Veil

It was unclear why back in March of last year Facebook spent $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR, the company behind the virtual reality gaming headset, Oculus Rift. The popular theory at the time was that Facebook was investing in technology of the future, and would somehow take what Oculus… [Read More]

Celebrity Beefs: Whose Side Are You On?

Whenever my friends fight, I seem to be in the middle of their arguments and I feel obligated to pick a side. Lately, however, it’s been hard for me because my favorite celebrities seem to be getting into fights and I can’t be there for them emotionally during these difficult… [Read More]

Using Drake Lyrics as Photo Captions Part 2

Yesterday I described how Drake’s lyrics work particularly well as Instagram and Snapchat captions. Here is Part 2 in which I break down the rest of the lyrics in If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, in order to find the best potential captions. Visit Part 1 and add me on Snapchat: andy_verderosa… [Read More]