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J. Cole: the King of Disappointment

April 27, 2018

J. Cole is an artist who should be better than he is. His great talent as a rapper and his willingness to talk about social issues, like drug abuse and poverty, make him stand out among his pop-oriented...

Cardi B makes “Money Moves” on debut album

April 13, 2018

In a raw and unfiltered telling of her story, Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” marks her arrival onto the hip-hop scene, making it clear that she’s here to stay. The debut album features 13 tracks,...

Twenty to a New Million

October 14, 2016

22, A Million sheds a new light on an untouched side of Bon Iver, one that is filled with raw emotion. Upon first listen, one may be confused in the face of this new sound that he has displayed. However...

The Lumineers play to their strengths

April 22, 2016

“But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my life, / And when I die alone, when I die alone, when I die, I'll be on time,” sings Wesley Schultz, the lead singer of the Lumineers....

The life of Kanye

West's latest album is both a mess and a masterpiece, and features guest vocals from Frank Ocean, Sia and Kendrick Lamar.
February 19, 2016

A lot has changed for Kanye West since he last released an album. He became a legitimate fashion designer, he got married and he became a father. While being an influence in the rap industry, he has garnered...

New Chairlift album fails to inspire

January 29, 2016

As a casual Chairlift listener, I’ve always noticed that the indie pop outfit from Brooklyn has been in a weird place, musically. You probably remember them best for “Bruises,” a sing-song synth...

Samfox’s new EP “The Feels” gets emotional

Members of Samfox practice
January 15, 2016

Samfox’s upcoming EP ‘The Feels’ is appropriately named. Filled with growling vocals full of anger, dance-happy guitar riffs and sluggish rhythms, the local band cycles through a range of emotions...

David Bowie says goodbye with “Blackstar”

January 15, 2016

On the morning of Jan. 10, the world awoke in shock to learn of the death of David Bowie, popular music’s legendary chameleon, fashion icon and fearless innovator. Just two days after the artist’s...

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...

Dive into new Joanna Newsom album

The harpist and singer-songwriter is back with Divers, a concept album focusing on love and the passage of time.
November 6, 2015

When harpist Joanna Newsom debuted with “The Milk-Eyed Mender” in 2004, the then-22-year-old’s verbose lyricism, antiquated folk instrumentation and “untrainable” voice piqued the interests of...

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