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Kolja Westhues

Kolja Westhues, Journalist

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Music Review: Brave Little Abacuss Just Got Back from the Discomfort

Music Review: Brave Little Abacus’s ‘Just Got Back from the Discomfort’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
May 19, 2021
The 2010 album is an amazing math-rock emo record that uses weird time signatures, wacky instruments, and satisfying dynamics.
Music Review: Radioheads OK Computer

Music Review: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
April 22, 2021
This experimental masterpiece will forever have impacted all of music with its experimentation.
Dennis Prager, the founder of Prager University, speaks at Turning Point USA, a right-wing advocacy organization. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: PragerU, Conservative Media Outlets Fuel Disinformation

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
April 2, 2021
PragerU is the culmination of disinformation pushed by the online right.
Music Review: Rage Against The Machines Evil Empire

Music Review: Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Evil Empire’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
March 8, 2021
Although it is weak at some points, the politically charged lyrics and high energy make the album well worth a few enjoyable listens.
Music Review: Molchat Doma’s Этажи

Music Review: Molchat Doma’s ‘Этажи’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
February 23, 2021
The Belarusian post-punk band's sophomore LP is one of the best new wave revival albums of the 2010s.
Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

TV Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Continues to Surprise

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
February 8, 2021
The second season of the Star Wars series is a thrilling follow-up to the already amazing first season.
Illustration by Gator Staff.

Music Review: Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘Punisher’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
January 21, 2021
"Punisher" is the perfect culmination of everything enjoyable about Bridgers's music.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice Preisdnet-elect Kamala Harris during a 2019 campaign rally. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Complacency Is Harmful Under Biden Administration

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
January 8, 2021
People need to hold their elected officials accountable, including President-Elect Joe Biden.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders, two U.S. politicians who are self-proclaimed democratic socialists. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Democratic Socialism Isn’t Socialism (And That’s Bad)

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
November 17, 2020
Self-proclaimed socialist politicians in U.S. government are almost never actually socialists.
Music Review: Elliot Smiths Either/Or

Music Review: Elliot Smith’s ‘Either/Or’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
October 21, 2020
Elliot Smith's music channels a perfect balance of complexity and silence.
Photo purchased from Bigstock.com.

Op-Ed: The First Presidential Debate

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
October 7, 2020
Last week’s presidential debate was one of the worst I have ever watched.
Music Review: The Hoteliers Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Music Review: The Hotelier’s ‘Home, Like NoPlace Is There’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
May 18, 2020
The album takes an untraditional path to success.
American flag and folded military uniform jacket. Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: Is the United States Truly Exceptional?

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
May 18, 2020
From aiding foreign coups to ineffective healthcare, the country is not all it's cracked up to be.
Illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

Music Review: Mac Demarco’s ‘Salad Days’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
March 18, 2020
The King of Indie's third album is one of my favorite records.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia commons.

Op-Ed: My Concerns with Biden’s Candidacy

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
March 12, 2020
I’m shocked and dismayed.
Music Review: Tyler the Creators IGOR

Music Review: Tyler the Creator’s “IGOR”

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
March 11, 2020
It's a perfect mix of relaxation and chaos.
Head-to-Head: Student Politics

Head-to-Head: Student Politics

Karly Hamilton and Kolja Westhues
March 2, 2020
A Republican and a Socialist debate the Democratic primaries.
Music Review: Weezer

Music Review: ‘Weezer’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
February 25, 2020
"Weezer" is one of my favorite records of all time.
Music Review: American Football

Music Review: ‘American Football’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
February 13, 2020
The band's first self-titled album is a masterpiece.
Music Review: Rage Against the Machine

Music Review: ‘Rage Against the Machine’

Kolja Westhues, Journalist
February 4, 2020
The debut record is not only their best album, but also one of the best records of the modern era.
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