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Ayoni Thompson

Ayoni Thompson interviewed by V Magazine

May 21, 2020

USC Thornton Popular Music student Ayoni Thompson was interviewed by V Magazine about her music and inspiration. The artist was the “Pick of the Week” in the magazine’s Creativity 01 series highlighting up-and-coming creatives. Thompson discusses how she got her start writing music, artists that have inspired her sound, and her creative process while writing […]

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Brian Robert Jones releases LP with band Human Natural

May 13, 2020

Bassist Brian Robert Jones (BM ’15), an alum of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has recently released a debut LP, Only Human Natural, with his pop funk duo Human Natural. Jones and his bandmate, Hannah Winkler, began releasing music together in 2018. Euphoria magazine sang the album’s praises, writing, “Every single vocal stem, beat, […]

Remi Wolf

Remi Wolf releases two new singles to warm reviews

May 7, 2020

Popular Music alum Remi Wolf (BM ’18) recently released two new singles and music videos, “Woo!,” and “Photo ID” on Virgin EMI/Island Records, after releasing her EP You’re A Dog! in October of 2019. In an interview with Wolf, i-D Magazine calls “Woo!” “impossibly fun.” A recent Hypebeast review says “Remi’s vocal range truly shines […]

Jessica Harper

Singer-songwriter Jessica Harper featured in Daily Trojan

May 5, 2020

The Daily Trojan featured Popular Music student Jessica Harper in a recent article about her journey as a singer-songwriter. The sophomore released her EP Michigan in the spring of 2019, and is soon to release a music video for her song “Rainy Day.” Popular Music faculty members Sean Holt and Michael Arrom both remark on […]

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Thornton students talk transition to remote classes with Daily Trojan

April 21, 2020

In an article published April 13, the Daily Trojan interviewed students from USC Thornton and other USC performing arts schools about the unique challenges they faced in the transition to remote instruction, and how they and their instructors have adapted to the new format. Dominic Anzalone, a sophomore in the Popular Music program, told the […]

Kathleen Grace

Kathleen Grace releases single ahead of April 17 album release

April 8, 2020

Jazz Studies alum and current faculty member Kathleen Grace (MM ’04) has released a new song, “Everywhere,” off of her forthcoming album Tie Me To You, made in collaboration with pianist Larry Goldings. The duo released the album’s first single, “Where Or When,” on Feb. 10. “It’s a strange time to be releasing music but […]

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Daily Trojan highlights Live! From Somewhere performance series

March 31, 2020

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-led newspaper, recently highlighted USC Thornton’s new video series, Live! From Somewhere. The series was launched on March 16 in response to recent closures and event cancellations, and as the school’s artists have looked for ways to continue making music while social distancing. Live! From Somewhere presents homemade performances by Thornton […]

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Ludwig Göransson featured on new single from Vargas and Lagola

February 10, 2020

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08) is featured on a new single from Swedish songwriters and producers Vargas & Lagola, titled “Somebody That Understands Me.” The ‘80s rock-inspired song includes an extended guitar solo by Göransson, who’s most known for his GRAMMY and Oscar-winning work as a producer and composer. Vargas & […]

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King Princess nominated for GLAAD Media Award

January 28, 2020

King Princess, known off-stage as Mikaela Straus, has been nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist. Her nomination comes after the success of her debut album, Cheap Queen, that released in the fall of 2019. Straus is a non-degreed USC Thornton alum who studied in the popular music program. Her keyboardist, […]

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Nate Sloan talks pop evolution with The Wall Street Journal

December 16, 2019

Musicology faculty member Nate Sloan and podcast co-host Charlie Harding recently sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk about the pop history and analysis they cover in both their popular podcast, Switched on Pop, and now their book of the same name which released on Dec. 13. Sloan, who studies the history and […]

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