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“Haiz” is fun but fluffy

November 20, 2015

When Hailee Steinfeld announced her intention to release her first single, I was extremely skeptical. I had somehow convinced myself that there was no way someone who had so firmly established herself...

Ellie Goulding gets lost in “Delirium”

November 13, 2015

In “Delirium,” Ellie Goulding’s third album, Goulding follows the pop formula very well: catchy vocals + emotional lyrics + heavy beat with dance breaks. But no one who hears any song from this album...

Nights re-releases album

September 24, 2015

A shoegaze-rock fixture on the Cleveland music scene for years, Nights—comprised of vocalist Jenna Fournier, guitarist Frank Maraldo, drummer Chris Dalman and bassist Vincenzo Mauer—re-released their...

A sad girl on her honeymoon: Lana Del Rey releases new album

Sad girl anthems dominate
September 24, 2015

After firmly taking a place in the current culture thanks to a disastrous Saturday Night Live performance, in support of her first major album “Born to Die,” Lana Del Rey once again takes her spot...

Julia Holter branches out in new album

September 24, 2015

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...

Likenesses create perfect Cleveland dream-pop

Likenesses' new cassette tapes became available this September
September 11, 2015

There’s nothing particularly new about the musical art form we know as rock ’n’ roll, but that doesn’t mean that the combination of vocalist backed by guitar, bass and drums can’t still be awe-inspiring....

Miley and her drugz: A review of her newest album

September 11, 2015

Miley Cyrus dropped a free 23-song album on SoundCloud after her performance on the VMAs on Aug. 30. Her performance on the VMAs to “Dooo It!” and the music video for the song left many hesitant to...

Be afraid of Halsey on her new album “Badlands”

September 11, 2015

“God damn right, you should be scared of me,” bellows Halsey during “Control,” a track off her debut album, “Badlands,” creating a nearly perfect introduction for a blue-haired pop star in...

Kendrick Lamar unleashes artistic metamorphosis with “To Pimp A Butterfly”

Kendrick Lamar's latest album, released out of nowhere last week, explores issues of race in America and show off the rapper's non-mainstream style.
March 26, 2015

In many ways, Kendrick Lamar’s second masterwork, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” is the antithesis of the modern rap album. Clocking in at a sprawling hour and 19 minutes in length and featuring very few...

Too weird to beat The Beatles

The Flaming Lips' new album brings a psychedelic album to an even weirder place.
The Flaming Lips makes fwends on cover album
October 30, 2014

It’s a wonder why The Flaming Lips felt the need to cover the entirety of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” award-winning, culture-changing shockwave of an album… but they...

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