Valerie Khau

Valerie’s Views: On conforming to pop

For some people, pop is an ironic indulgence. It’s reserved for jam sessions in the car with the squad or lit-as-fuck college party playlists. Amid the increasing relevance of social media and the concurrent growth of digital noise, identities validated by exclusivity now demand greater interest in niche genres. A
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Art exists everywhere

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My eyes ran along the walls of the almost-empty record store in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, on a brilliantly sunny Monday afternoon. The endless collection of covers all bled into one another until my eyes come to rest on a very special LP. The vinyl was swathed in vibrant colors
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On the condition of anonymity

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I’ll tell you anything. Really, I mean it. I would be completely honest to you about everything I know — as long as you didn’t know it was me. Turns out, I’m not the only one. Anonymity is a condition that does incredible things. It strips people down to their
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To edit or not to edit

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Let’s talk about Photoshop. What first pops into your mind when you hear someone say that word? Perhaps you will remember the last time you saw lithe, gorgeous models pouting their lips on a glossy magazine cover. You’ll think of how you ran your eyes over their poreless skin, impressive
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Defining ‘real’ music

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Want to join a $6.2 billion industry? Grab a laptop. Download a music-production software. Set your metronome to 128 bpm. And make some music. Electronic dance music has taken the world by storm. Despite its seemingly recent boom, the genre has actually been around for decades. The DJs of the
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TV is not dead

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“Let’s watch TV!” my friend exclaimed, jumping eagerly onto the couch. Perched on the edge of the seat, my now college-age friend looked out of place in my childhood home. “Sure,” I responded hesitantly, grabbing the remote. Although once an entity that would bring me instantaneous happiness, the remote was
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Pussy power

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“Your wife in the backseat of my brand-new foreign car.” Cut to a shot of a perfect blonde, beautiful wife hanging — quite literally — nakedly out of the backseat of Rihanna’s still-sparkling foreign car. “Don’t act like you forgot,” the Barbadian beauty raps head-on into the camera, her eyes
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We speak, Hollywood listens

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Between Supreme Court rulings that upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and the legalization of gay marriage nationwide and the outcry against the Confederate flag’s presence in South Carolina, the past week has exemplified the best of progressive values. Legislation, however, is not the only realm in
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Up in the airwaves

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Static crackles as you lean forward on the edge of the driver’s seat, nimble fingers fiddling with the round dial. Staring into the block numbers of the analog clock, you try to find a signal, when a voice cuts through the noise. “Thanks for joining us on 89.9 FM KCRW
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A guide to ‘good taste’

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Want good taste? Google it. It’s no great secret that you can look up pretty much anything on the Internet these days. Up until yesterday, however, I had no idea that WikiHow could provide me with everything from “How to Dress Like an Indie Hipster” and “How to Let People
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