Editorial: Music to your ears

The Temple News introduces its annual Music Issue.

This week, The Temple News presents its annual Music Issue within the Arts & Entertainment section. Music is an integral part of both the Philadelphia and Temple experience – and no, we’re not just talking about that token acoustic guitar player on Liacouras Walk. It’s your study music, your weekend plans, your friends’ band, all existing within your earbuds, basements and venues scattered on and off Main Campus.

Music is a personal experience for everyone, and our Music Issue presents a variety of content in the paper and online that expands genres, as well as a multimedia component with an in-newsroom acoustic recording session with Girl Scouts, a band comprised of students. In the future, The Temple News is going to work toward bringing more artists into the newsroom to bring you videos to accompany articles.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Jenelle Janci talks with Ryan Crump, a World Cafe Live employee who started Philly Drum Project, a drum collective that opens up a network of resources in the city for musicians. Junior Evan Lescallette’s documentary “My Basement is a S—hole” explores the DIY scene that has formed a deep network and community of people supporting off-campus house shows. Music columnist Kevin Stairiker talks about why every student should experience a house show before graduating in his last “Fear of Music” column of the semester.

Additional articles include a look at Record Store Day, the 15-member rap group Ghost Ghang, a professor producing for Lauryn Hill and the Philadelphia reggae rock band, Post Sun Times, among others.

The Temple News realizes it can’t capture every component of the thriving music scene this city supports in five pages, but the Music Issue is meant to highlight a few movers and shakers. If you know of a music project or group that deserves to have their voices – or music – heard, The Temple News is always open to taking notes.

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