The Berkeley Beacon

Joseph Green

Beacon Correspondent

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Hometown hip-hop: Regional influences in rap

These are the artists I find most interesting: the ones who filter their own vision through a specific regional tradition to create something both familiar and new.

Minimalist music: Folk as an antidote to maximalism

In a world that encourages us to constantly work ourselves at maximum speed, Shannon Lay’s exhortation to embrace life’s small moments of beauty and Florist’s message of honest but hopeful reassurance remind me to slow down, breathe, and take a quiet moment for myself.

September Music: A bittersweet playlist for the changing of the seasons

Give me a happy medium, damn it: music bright enough for the last few pleasant days of the year, but dark enough for the long winter nights to come. Give me September music.