The Roundup: American Horror Story, Taylor Swift, and More

Clara Kasik, Features Editor

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Tune in to The Roundup every week to catch the favorites of your fellow Mustangs!  (Graphic by Ellen Chadwick)

Speak Now by Taylor Swift

Speak Now is my personal favorite Taylor Swift album, despite being nearly eleven years old. Swifties often say that Reputation was Taylor’s best revenge album, but if you ask me I’ll have to go with Speak Now. After critics said that the star had most of her music written for her, Swift wrote the entirety of Speak Now all by herself. The soft country/pop blend is perfect for the warmer weather as well as possibly getting ready for a Speak Now re-recording. Some go-to songs are “Sparks Fly,” a song that makes you want to drop everything and get into the groove, “Enchanted,” about the lead singer of Owl City (!), and “Last Kiss,” about the end of a relationship Taylor thought would last forever.

American Horror Story: Coven

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Above is a picture from American Horror Story’s third season, titled “Coven,” about a group of teenage girls growing into their magical powers. (Photo via FX)

Even if you aren’t a big fan of the horror genre, Coven is sure to have you binge-watching after the first episode. The third season of American Horror Story follows a group of witches in New Orleans navigating through finding the next “Supreme” or head witch. Stevie Nicks herself appears in two episodes singing two fan favorite Fleetwood Mac songs. Some people might say there are too many plot changes, but if you ask me, I think it’s just enough to keep you on your toes. Coven is interesting, fun, and has just the right amount of spooks.

Dissect by Spotify Studios

Thinking about diving deeper into the cultural significance of Beyoncé’s 2016 film/album”Lemonade”? Dissect is the podcast for you. Dissect has an episode for each song on this masterful album, describing how things as small Beyoncé’s clothing during the film is a reference to being a Black woman in America. Dissect is a great resource for educating yourself on the Black Lives Matter movement because the album itself has many references to police brutality, something I didn’t understand the entirety of until I listened to the podcast. Beyoncé’s influential music becomes even more powerful when you understand the meaning behind all of her lyrics.