BTS’s ‘7’ is a Tender Exploration of Identity and Celebrity

“Yo!” — BTS’s seventh album begins with leader RM’s voice exploding over a punchy guitar riff and gritty hip-hop percussion. “Intro: Persona” takes the audience on a journey of identity, as RM repeatedly questions, “Who the hell am I?” Lyrically, RM plies apart the entanglements of persona, shadow and ego that pervade throughout the 20-track [...]

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SuperM at the Infinite Energy Arena: Cosmopolitanism in Color

Ayushi Agarwal/ Copy Editor SuperM, the seven-member brainchild of Capitol Music Group and Korean media juggernaut SM Entertainment, entered the world with a muted flash. SM CEO Lee Soo-man announced the supergroup debut in early August, marketing the members as the “Avengers of K-pop” — and it wasn’t hard to see why, with their blustery [...]

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Daniel Caesar at the Fox Theatre: Warring in the Wake of Controversy

Courtesy of Channelle Russell “My mortality’s staring back at me,” 24-year-old Canadian musician Daniel Caesar sang to a swaying crowd in Midtown's Fox Theatre. On Sept. 10, as late summer enveloped the venue, Caesar teetered between mournful crooner and apoplectic R&B stud. The beats swung molasses-slow and sugar-sweet, as the audience moved with him. When [...]

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