by Mackenzie Patel When I’m with you, it feels like walking on electric air.  Although this sultry lyric is whispered in the Magic City Hippies’ Fanfare, the presumed affair between two {hipster} lovers extends to my relationship with this Miami band as well. Listening to their tracks –pulled from their Hippie Castle EP – is… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Paring high-brow musicians with the dregs of college partying is something I think Mozart would appreciate. Who says that black-tie culture can’t mix alcohol as well as adagios? I’ve been studying classical music for over two years and hearing fiery works (i.e. The Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner) reminds me of… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Classical music is no longer limp background of funerals and study sessions: it’s turning people on. Roman Coppola’s Mozart In the Jungle is getting audiences hot and bothered with the operatic sex of middle-aged divas and angsty composers. Yuja Wang is reinventing what it means to be a classical musician one skin-tight… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel I think I’m having a not-being-a-teenager-anymore crisis. March 25th marked my 20th birthday and navigating this transition from angsty midget to mature midget is strange. March was a bouquet of suck and success, two words that have built my college experience so far. Boys {as per usual} wrung emotion out of my… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Yeah, what up, Detroit? Unlike like last month, I was a powerhouse of words this December.  Ideas popped into my mind like gumdrops, with articles like “How I Relate To Biggie Smalls As A White Girl” and “Why Sexualizing Classical Music Is A Great Idea” leaking out. Finals exams only slightly kicked… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hi All! These past few weeks, the Photoshop world of graphic design has infiltrated my internet history, bedroom walls, and course schedule. December was the month of Chris Bigalke, a designer based in Portland that I discovered on Wilco’s Instagram feed. Featuring saturated, grainy colors and outlandish imagery that combines Andy Warhol… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! I’ve been an unproductive marshmallow these past two months, but my head is screwed back on and I’m ready to write again. September and October were solid for only a second, the evenings of hangouts and randomness crawling into a locked time capsule. I won’t remember what I did on… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! I’m an old rag of summertime sun, European adventures, and frustrated overthinking. I’m officially a “disillusioned sophomore” that doesn’t buy textbooks until the middle of the semester and swears freshmen are ridiculous children. My uppity sense of college ownership comes with the territory, but it’ll soon slink away once the… Read More