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Taylor Swift hits a high note with ‘Reputation’

Janelle Conti, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

In one of the first striking lines in “Reputation,” Swift sings “I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me.” This can only mean one thing: Taylor Swift has got a big reputation, and she’s thriving in it. Afte...

Album review: Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.”

Blake Staat

April 28, 2017

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

With hype building up after two surprise song drops, including an enigmatic concluding message of a potential album release date, Kendrick Lamar chose Good Friday to give his fans a new album entitled “DAMN.”Adding a 4th LP...

‘Sign of the Times’ Proves that British rock never goes out of Style

Janelle Conti

April 21, 2017

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

It was only a matter of time until Harry Styles released his own material. Since One Direction’s hiatus in December 2015 and the release of his other bandmates’ solo records, fans have been anxiously awaiting Styles’ return...

Sheeran returns after sabbatical with “Divide”

Jackson VanHaitsma

March 10, 2017

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

Following a yearlong sabbatical from music, the red-headed English guitarist returns with “Divide,” stylized as “÷.” Ed Sheeran, most famous for his tracks “Sing” and “Thinking Out Loud” from his 2014 album “X,”...

“Life Without Sound” creates new waves for Cloud Nothings

Brandon Schreur

February 3, 2017

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

Listeners and fans never really know what they’re in for upon the release of a new Cloud Nothings album, EP, LP, experimental project or any other type of set they might put out. In the past, the band has worked with softer...

Calvin SAO pick the best albums of 2016

Richard Chimes

January 13, 2017

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

“Lemonade” - Beyonce Jordan Petersen In keeping pace with the infamous surprise release of her 2013 self-titled album, Beyoncé released “Lemonade” this year with little warning. Paired with a 60-minute film, ...

“Awaken, My Love:” Childish Gambino’s comeback

Hannah Ebeling

December 9, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

Listeners have witnessed firsthand Childish Gambino’s growth and experimentation throughout his musical career. However, no one could have seen this coming. Three years after the release of his last album, “Because the Inte...

Lady Gaga shows some nuance with “Joanne”

Jackson VanHaitsma

November 18, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

A queen of pop, Lady Gaga is well known for hits such as “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way.” In her first solo album since 2013’s “ARTPOP,” which received mixed reviews, “Joanne” marks Gaga’s triump...

Adam Young recreates history through musical scores

Brandon Schreur

November 10, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

“Not long ago, I found myself reminiscing the last half decade of my career. I recalled what it was like writing my first songs, recording my first album and touring in a 15-passenger van. […] It was then that I stumbled upon...

Joyce Manor delivers with “Cody”

Grant Stiles

October 28, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music Reviews

In 2014, Joyce Manor released “Never Hungover Again,” a ten-song burst of pop-punk that served as a big leap for a band with roots in emo and punk. Now with 2016’s “Cody,” the band isn’t turning back. After creatin...