Almost immediately something was off with Initiation Rituals. It’s not the production, which is stellar (Kroupa uses no less than 50 distinct live samples for each Alleged witches track), but rather the choice of samples that is strange.


As the city begins to open up again, I believe more and more definitively that Galcher Lustwerk’s Proof was my top album of COVID isolation. In early July, Lustwerk released Proof on Ghostly International, a quick, 27-minute infusion of deep house, hip hop inspired vocals, jazz instrumentals and far-out, austere chord leads.



Each summer we're blessed with an epic EDM banger playing in your favorite DJ's set, but we are currently living in Summer 2020 – a parallel universe void of nightlife. With festival season canceled and day parties nowhere in sight, it's a real struggle to get excited about the "Song of the Summer." However, I've stumbled upon a gem that is a fitting soundtrack for these days like this.


When someone asks me what kind of music I like, I no longer know how to answer the question. Punk Rock is my original heart music. It is the first music I heard that defied clichés and consumerism of so much “Top 40” that I grew up with. It is through punk that I first heard the call to social justice, a call that was amplified by the explosion of