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Playlist of the Week Feb 3 – Feb 9

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: swetshopboys.bandcamp.com Swet Shop Boys - T5 Former Das Racist member Heems and actor Riz MC (recently appearing in Rogue One) have teamed up to form Swet Shop Boys, releasing their debut album Cashmere in 2016. An enjoyable listen throughout, Swet Shop Boys balance entertainment an...

The xx has an unknown, exciting future

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The xx cemented their sound with their first album “xx” (2009): the familiar echoing guitar, the tag team singing duo of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim and the groove provided by Jamie “xx” Smith. The trouble with having such an acclaimed debut album is that it is difficult to match up. Af...

Playlist of the Week Jan 27 – Feb 2

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: pitchfork.com Foxygen - “Follow the Leader” This past week Foxygen put out “Hang”—an ambitious return to stability from a band known for its turbulence. Employing a whole 40-piece orchestra to execute frontmen Sam France and Jonathan Rado’s vision, “Hang” takes on a drastically larger sound ...

Playlist of the Week: Jan 20-26

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

January 20, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: koolad.bandcamp.com “THE NATURAL”-Kool AD Kool AD hasn’t been sitting on his hands since the breakup of Das Racist in 2012. In 2016 the Bay Area rapper released 10 albums on his bandcamp with a gargantuan total output of 282 songs. The releases in 2016 explicitly explored different subgenr...

Playlist of the Week: Dec. 9-15

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

December 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: stonesthrow.com “Best One”-NxWorries NxWorries is a duo consisting of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, and the pair recently released the latest in the history of great collaborative albums on Stones Throw Records. Anderson .Paak arrived on the hip-hop scene in full force this year, del...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

December 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: awakenmylove.com “Redbone”-Childish Gambino Childish Gambino has done a lot of reinventing himself in the past three years. When “Because the Internet” came out in 2013, Donald Glover was still splitting his time between “Community” and his relatively new music career. Since the...

“Starboy” catches The Weeknd’s fans’ ears, breaks Spotify records

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter

December 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The release of The Weeknd’s new album “Starboy” broke records. Becoming one of the highest streamed albums on Spotify during its first weekend, “Starboy” reminds people of the fetching nature of The Weeknd’s music. His ability to create catchy beats that entrap the listener is shown within ev...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter

November 18, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

A Tribe Called Quest - “We The People...” Legendary New York jazz-rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) returned this week with their new album “We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service.” Coming out 18 years after their previous album and just months after Phife Dawg passed away in...

UPBeats showcases little-known names, high-quality music

Leo Thurman, Contributing Reporter

November 18, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

I heard about the University Program Board’s (UPB) UPBeats: Indie Pop Night on a rather last minute basis, but I was intrigued, as a fan of independently-produced music and local record labels. I had not heard much about either of the night’s artists, Surfdeer and flor, and neither was reviewed ...

Getting to Know Royal Teeth

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Hailing from the great state of Louisiana, Royal Teeth released their first EP, “Act Naturally,” in 2011 and their sophomore EP titled “Amateurs” drops from Round Hill Records Nov. 18. After listening to a few songs I can attest that their music is pleasantly energetic with infinitely more d...

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