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HIGH NOTES: 7 Songs That Will Connect You to the Spirit of Ayahuasca

British-Portuguese musician Nessi Gomes had an artistic awakening after living in Central America; could her work contain thinly veiled references to ayahuasca? According to traditional belief, ayahuasca is not just a powerful psychogenic substance - it's a spirit. When you ingest the Amazonian plant, "Mother Ayahuasca" scans your body and soul for places [...]

By | 2018-07-02T01:16:13+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: This Is What Music Does to Your Brain

On October 10, 2017, I was plotting my escape from my boyfriend's squished studio apartment. Everything about it made me want to scream: the way his beard felt on my face when he went weeks without shaving, the pizza boxes he'd carelessly strewn all over the kitchen, the obnoxious Homer-Simpson-like "doh" he emitted when he [...]

By | 2018-06-05T18:38:17+00:00 June 4th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: 6 Ways to Make a Music Festival Exciting Without Drugs

When I first started going to music festivals, drugs were among their main appeal. Then, my body started telling me it couldn’t handle drugs like it used to, so I had to get creative. Over several sober weekends, I developed methods to preserve festivals’ excitement without the illicit substances. That’s not to say, “Don’t do [...]

By | 2018-05-09T17:54:38+00:00 May 7th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: Music Can Completely Alter the Course of a Trip

I’m in a living room overlooking the water in Vinkeveen, The Netherlands, surrounded by a dozen people tripping on ayahuasca, when the ceremony’s leader approaches my bed. “This song is for you,” she says. “I’m being guided to come to you.” She sits down in front of me and looks into my eyes as Libby [...]

By | 2018-03-27T15:53:43+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

REVIEW: Ultra Miami Was An Exercise in Letting Expectations Go

Music festivals are disappointing. There, I said it. Every few weeks or so, somewhere in the world, people spend a ton of money on plane tickets, festival tickets, and hotel rooms, then spend a ton of mental energy figuring out what to pack and what to wear for some festival that will probably disappoint them. [...]

By | 2018-03-27T19:39:33+00:00 March 26th, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: 9 Drug References in Lyrics You Probably Sang as a Kid

When you’re a teenager, you start to realize that a lot of the songs you liked as a kid were about sex. Then, when you reach your 20s, you start to realize many of them were actually about drugs. A lot of drug terminology can fly right over your head if you’re not a user and [...]

By | 2018-03-06T17:23:12+00:00 March 5th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: 10 Female Artists Who Reference Drugs in Their Music

When you hear the phrase “sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” you usually picture male musicians: Lou Reed croaking out the words to "Heroin" or "Waiting For My Man;" The Weeknd's famously numb face; Kurt Cobain finding God in "Lithium;" The Beatles on LSD; Neil Young's coke booger immortalized in The Last Waltz. Stereotypes about [...]

By | 2018-01-29T22:32:13+00:00 February 5th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: A Music Festival, Post-Ayahuasca

When I arrived in Mexico for my first three ayahuasca ceremonies, I had a checklist of questions to address: What repressed childhood memories were shaping who I was? Why did I hate my mother so much? Could I stop lying? What was wrong with lying if I didn’t get caught? So, I was surprised that [...]

By | 2018-03-30T15:10:32+00:00 January 8th, 2018|COLUMNS, High Notes|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: What Music Is Like on Every Popular Drug

Drug culture and music culture have long overlapped, from the psychedelics at 60s and 70s rock festivals to the MDMA, cocaine, and ketamine in modern nightclubs. People bring drugs to these settings not just to facilitate social interactions but also to appreciate the music on a new level. In fact, 69% of 21 to 29 year [...]

By | 2017-11-20T13:17:50+00:00 December 4th, 2017|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

HIGH NOTES: How Ketamine Became a Club Drug

photo: Scott Houston At a Manhattan club in 1997, Jenna*, 42, snorted speed she was told was laced with ecstasy. A few minutes in, her body felt frozen. For the rest of the night, she alternated between paralysis and “dancing like a madwoman.” “I would sit on the steps and wait for the [...]

By | 2017-11-02T18:55:30+00:00 November 6th, 2017|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments