Murjani Rawls


Author, freelance writer, and photographer 


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PHOTOS: Mike Shinoda honors a friend and heals with friends during 'post traumatic' release show

Every concert has their own moments that will always stick to you. It’s a feeling that is better told as a story than captured on a device. Every album cycle or every tour leg has its own unique experiences, but the Post Traumatic EP release show in New York was something different. Linkin Park had been a staple in the fabric of alternative rock for close to 20 years before the tragic suicide of Chester Bennington on July 20th, 2017. When you revisit most of the material now, the songs have a d

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PHOTOS: Paramore dances through the pain with purpose on tour five

“Forget the bullshit that’s going on outside of here for two hours and be here with us.” lead singer Hayley Williams of Paramore proclaimed to the packed Barclays Center crowd in New York. A little over a year ago, Paramore’s fifth album, After Laughter was released. For a band that is always known for being transparent and honest with their emotional state, the album couldn’t have been more timely. If you take a look around, things seem very heavy. Whether it’s with the current political disco

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The Wombats' Matthew Murphy speaks on Los Angeles, their latest album, and upcoming tour

In speaking with lead singer/guitarist Matthew Murphy, you get a sense fulfillment that being a 15 year veteran in a band can only bring. The Wombats, hailing from Liverpool, England have been a mainstay within the indie rock/pop genre and continued their spin on the genre with 2017’s Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. It’s still many of the elements that you would recognize from The Wombats with some psychedelic guitar and pop sensibilities. Before embarking on a tour with Weezer and Pixies

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PHOTOS: Governors Ball 2018 featuring Eminem, Jack White, Halsey, and more!

On the last night of Governors Ball, I stood at near the main stage as people funneled in about thirty minutes before Eminem appeared. The crowd demographic was seemly split into two halves. There were some older people who showed up right before who bought a ticket just to see him.  Then, there were younger fans, seemingly around 18-21, that tried to fit in like tetris pieces. Some fans camped out at the main stage most of that Sunday only adding to the Khalid main stage crowd that was one of t

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Peaks and Valleys: Sleeping With Sirens find new ground on 'Gossip'

“I’m 31 now and I wanted to make a record that sounded my age.”  lead singer Kellin Quinn stated in an interview with Beats 1 about their fifth album, Gossip. As a music fan, there is great privilege in growing older with the band you love. A symbiotic relationship in aging when it comes to life and music. Certain types of lyrical themes don’t fit the way they used to or a certain sound doesn’t fit like that flannel shirt you used to wear when you were a kid. In order to grow, you have to let go

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Kanye's Victory Lap: Celebrating 10 years of 'Graduation'

Flashback to September 11th, 2007. On that date any year after 2001 there is a need for remembrance, but in the annals of hip-hop history that particular day in 2007 was one that arguably changed the future of urban music. Two of the genre’s biggest names, Kanye West and 50 Cent, were set to release their albums on the same day. For some, this might be any other sales week as it’s not uncommon for two big names to share a release date, but that was not the case here. Kanye and 50 Cent wanted to

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Sam Smith Begins To See Light In The Darkness On 'The Thrill of It All'

“Burning” starts off with Sam Smith in an accapella setting. Smith has this uncanny ability to draw you into a song and make you care about it. The first lyrics go like this: “No insurance, to pay for the damage Yeah, I’ve been burning up since you left” Love is a flame and there are many caveats to it. Sometimes it burns so bright that you can’t control it. There are times where the fire you have for someone is much warmer than the person has for you. As a result, everything inside is left

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REVIEW: On "Revival," Eminem tries to figure out where to go next, while taking us to places where we've already been

The opening of Eminem‘s ninth studio album, Revival begins with “Walk On Water.” No beats. No stationary jabs at some current pop culture icon. Just simple piano. The standard with previous Eminem albums is a more playful first single besides the motivational “Not Afraid.” Eminem’s much famous alter ego, Slim Shady usually serves as an ice breaker. The conversation starter. A gateway to whatever state of consciousness that Eminem has at the time. Providing art for the world to hear is a nerve wr

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