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Travis Scott’s “Astroworld”: A masterful rollercoaster ride

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As the title suggests, Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” plays out like an amusement park, with enough attractions to keep any listener engaged. Exciting high-speed rides, mind-altering Tilt-A-Whirls and heartfelt carousel rides come together for an hour well worth the price of admission. “Stop...

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

Kyle Smith, Contributing Reporter

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Death Cab for Cutie’s “Thank You for Today” is a concept album that sounds like coming home to find that a loved one has been replaced with an unconvincing robot copy. The album sees the longtime giants of indie rock take their sound in a synth-heavy direction that doesn’t mesh well with their ...

Album reviews: “Beyond Our Dreams” and “August 1791”

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

July 25, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Beyond Our Dreams,” by pianist and singer-songwriter Anita Aysola, is an album that has it all. Few songwriters can boast of having both detailed poetic lyrics and a unique, instrumental sound. Aysola showcases a brilliant mix of forms, including classical Indian and jazz. Instrumentally, the...

Move Over “Starboy,” ‘sad Weeknd’ is back

Move Over “Starboy,” ‘sad Weeknd’ is back

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On March 28, The Weeknd posted a text conversation between him and his creative director, La Mar Taylor, on Instagram about possibly releasing new music that Friday. What resulted was a six-song EP, “My Dear Melancholy,” which is most likely about his very public relationships with Bella Hadid and...

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...

Untitled but inspiring

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Kendrick Lamar never stops working. After releasing his breakout album “good kid, m.A.A.d City,” he began working on his next album. “To Pimp a Butterfly” was released in 2015, earning him awards and accolades. One thing that separated Lamar from modern rap was the style beats featured on...

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