meet the mag: honey punch

Since the relaunch of Decaf, I have made a big deal out of creating a community within the walls of Decaf, focusing more on awareness and highlighting talent than competition.  Within the online publication community, there are so many talented creators and sites that really aren't getting the attention I think they deserve. Because of…

the september playlist

  For some good vibes and even cooler people, be sure to check out this month's playlist, and like always, let us know what your favorite songs have been this month.   Seashore // The Regrettes I Wear Glasses // Mating Ritual American Dreamer // Kyd the Band Seventeen // Peach Pit Blow Your Mind…

it’s good to be back

So, it's been a little while. Yes, I know this isn't even close to the first time I've said this, and I'm sure it won't be the last. But, nevertheless, it feels good to be back. I've taken the last few months to really think about what I hope to gain from Decaf. For a…

“Praying”: The Return of Kesha

by Nick Wilmer  Four years since the release of her last effort, the EP Deconstructed, Kesha has finally returned with new music. "Praying", a piano laced, rock inspired ballad, takes the singer-songwriter into a new direction. Its lyrics, which speak of searching for a sign from God to keep living, are the most powerful from any…

Harry Styles’ New Direction

by Nick Wilmer After five years as a member of the phenomenon that is One Direction, Harry Styles released his highly anticipated debut solo album, Harry Styles, on May 12. The lead single, "Sign of the Times", shocked audiences around the globe. Who would have expected one of the decade's biggest pop acts release a glam-rock inspired ballad,…

Last Week in Mainstream

by Nick Wilmer On Monday, Billboard announced the nominees of their 24th annual Billboard Music Awards. Drake leads with 22 nods, followed by Twenty One Pilots with 17, Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13, and Beyoncé with 8. The show will air on May 21 on ABC. Tuesday brought two shocking announcements, with Kendrick…

This Week in Mainstream 

by Nick Wilmer  Last Sunday, the family of Christina Grimmie, a singer-songwriter and contestant on The Voice who was tragically murdered last summer, released an animated music video to "Invisible", the lead single from Grimmie's upcoming posthumous album. The video was a beautiful tribute to Grimmie, as it depicted her as a super hero. Taken from…