Ben Schmitz
Class of 2019

Articles by Ben

Taylor Swift’s endlessly vague ‘Reputation’

The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now because she’s dead. But who killed her?

Are Rochester’s music stores fading out?

To many, there's something particularly sad about the closing of a record store. You lose a community space, an exciting relationship between you and tangible music. In Rochester, these places are integral to underlooked art and culture, which only intensifies the loss.
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Rostam exhibits potential on ‘Half Light’

Rostam’s immense talents and ability to draw from a large pool of influences leaves him vulnerable to losing sight of the importance of having foundations to his songs.

CT Recommends: Dan Barrett

Connecticut musician Dan Barrett's expansive discography as Have A Nice Life and Giles Corey exhibits his talents in capturing depression, mortality, and all aspects of human despair across a multitude of genres.

Who is UR rapper Tee Kravitz?

Tee Kravitz is the musical alias of sophomore Tom Bentley, a rapper who considers the community and resources at UR integral to his music.

Redbeard Samurai sets sights high for musical future

Redbeard Samurai’s sound is one that seeks to combine the broad appeal and entertainment value of hip-hop with the refinement, intricacy, and musicality of jazz and soul music.

On image and art

The machine that is the music industry puts too much emphasis on an artist's brand than their creative output.

‘Next to Normal’ offers powerful anecdote on mental health

"Next to Normal"'s effectiveness in portraying just how confusing and terrifying mental health problems can be was captured well by the ROC Players production.

Sheeran sells out (again)

Ed Sheeran is losing the very things that make him a compelling pop star, with hubris and swagger replacing his former honesty and down-to-earth image.

Sun Kil Moon invites listeners to think more

It is exceptionally rare, especially within the realm of music, that we get such a realistic look into someone else’s head.