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Playlist of the Week Feb 10 – Feb 16

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

February 10, 2017

Source: complex.com Kehlani - Piece of Mind Kehlani released her long awaited debut album SweetSexySavage after a long career buildup that started in 2011 when her cover band Poplyfe took home fourth place on America’s Got Talent. Did I mention that she was only 15 when she was on America’s Got Talent...

Playlist of the Week Feb 3 – Feb 9

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2017

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...

Playlist of the Week Jan 27 – Feb 2

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter

January 27, 2017

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

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

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

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...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter

November 18, 2016

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...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter

November 11, 2016

Source: discogs.com Gorillaz - “November Has Come” With hints of a new Gorillaz album dropping almost weekly, I recently revisited their fantastic album “Demon Days.” MF Doom takes charge on the track “November Has Come” while Murdoc Niccals sings backup, asking us, “Where did it go?......

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter

November 4, 2016

Saba feat. Noname- “Church / Liquor Store” Hip Hop You may know Saba as the featured artist on Chance the Rappers’ “Angels,” but he’s firstmost a Chicago West Side native who recently released the full length mixtape “Bucket List Project.” On “Church / Liquor Store,” through wi...

Playlist of the Week

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 28, 2016

Playlist of the Week - Halloween Edition, Oct. 28-Nov. 4 Note: This playlist will not include “Monster Mash” or the Ghostbusters theme.   “Thriller” - Michael Jackson I had to get the corny choice out of the way. While it might be as over-played on Halloween as much as “Monster Mash...

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