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

August 24, 2018

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...

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie
August 24, 2018

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...

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

July 25, 2018

“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...

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

The Weeknd released
April 6, 2018

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...

The xx has an unknown, exciting future

“I See You” Review
January 27, 2017

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....

Untitled but inspiring

March 17, 2016

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...

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