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Julia Holter branches out in new album

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Julia Holter’s fourth album, “Have You In My Wilderness,” begins with orchestral lead single “Feel You.” Holter asks in the chorus: “Can I feel you? / Are you mythological?” and calls to mind the poetic beauty inherent in daily life. With this track setting the stage, “Have You In My...

Playlist of the Week: Sept. 25

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2015


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"The Yabba”—Battles Listening to Battles is to hear the sound of three guys—John Stanier, Ian Williams and Dave Konopka—who are beyond excited to create music together. “The Yabba” is proof; a seven-minute rollercoaster ride of infectious grooves and constantly changing textures that dr...

Albums to look forward to this Fall

Charlie Topel, Contributing Reporter

September 11, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As the summer draws to a close, classes start and leaves begin to fall, many highly anticipated albums will be released. Below are just a few choice cuts of soon-to-be-heard albums that have already been getting some major hype. Lana Del Rey—“Honeymoon” (Sept. 18) Lizzy Grant’s fourth album...

Playlist of the Week: Sept. 11

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2015


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“Stay In My Corner”—The Arcs Born from Dan Auerbach’s insatiable appetite to create groovy songs with sweet melodies, The Arcs is the latest venture from the guitarist best known for his work with The Black Keys. “Stay In My Corner” is a shimmering standout cut from the group’s debut ...

Playlist of the Week: September 4, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2015


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“S.O.B.”—Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you hear a song with a groove so infectious you just have to get out of your seat and dance. “S.O.B.” is one such song: a romping, stomping break-up anthem penned by Denver crooner Nathaniel Rateliff and his band, Th...

The “Cherry” on top

The “Cherry” on top

Charlie Topel, Contributing Reporter

September 4, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“There’s a place I want to take you,” coos Victoria Legrand, one half of dream pop duo Beach House, on the opener to their fifth studio album, "Depression Cherry." This track, “Levitation,” sets the tone for the album, as Alex Scally’s instrumentals fill the air around Legrand’s voice with...

Playlist of the Week: August 28, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

August 28, 2015


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“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”—The Dead Weather Continuing to prove themselves the best group Jack White has even been a part of, The Dead Weather’s dark and brooding attitude makes “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” one of the best rock songs released in 2015. Meandering through a tense ...

Playlist of the Week: Essentials of Summer 2015 Edition

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

August 21, 2015


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“Losing Touch”—Albert Hammond Jr. Readers beware: The title of “Losing Touch,” the latest single from guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., is a bit of a misnomer. Since shifting his focus away from The Strokes toward his own solo career, Hammond Jr. has only sharpened his skills as a songwriter ...

Playlist of the Week: April 24, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2015


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“Raising the Skate”—Speedy Ortiz “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,” sings Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis on “Raising the Skate,” the second track from the Massachusetts quartet’s new album “Foil Deer.” As unabashedly feminist as it is catchy, this tune will keep you on their toes wi...

Playlist of the Week: April 17, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Blitz”—Ava Luna As brazenly strange as they are brilliant, Brooklyn’s Ava Luna deliver high-volume R&B with a twist on the aptly titled “Blitz.” Alternating between giant distorted guitar riffs and a mellow, Prince-influenced slow jam, this tune’s ebb and flow makes an engaging listen ...

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