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Adam Young recreates history through musical scores

Brandon Schreur

November 10, 2016

“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

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...

Review of Derek Minor’s ‘Reflection’

Mark Peless

October 21, 2016

Michigan born and Tennessee raised rapper Derek Minor (formerly known as “PRo”) has been adding his flavor of southern hip-hop to the music scene for over a decade now. Under his second stage name, Derek Minor released his ...

“22, A Million” a symbolic journey for Bon Iver

Jordan Petersen

October 7, 2016

Bon Iver, the primary creative vehicle of Justin Vernon, has returned with the follow-up to their 2011 expansive self-titled album. The new album, titled “22, A Million,” is instantly curious, as each song is paired with a s...

Review of Frank Ocean’s “Blonde”

Brandon Schreur

September 16, 2016

“Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favorite part of life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for whe...

Long-awaited “The Life of Pablo” encapsulates the bizarre existence of Kanye

Jordan Petersen

February 18, 2016

In what was perhaps the most unorthodox album release in music history — complete with name changes, a live-streamed fashion show, last-minute track listing edits and day-of mastering on an ambitious 18-tracks — Kanye West has fi...

Local electronica band Filmloom releases new album, ‘Perennial’

James Li

April 17, 2015

Listening to the sonic spectacle of “Fog Magic,” the second track on “Perennial,” you would be forgiven for thinking its creators were Icelandic. It may come as a surprise, then, that “Fog Magic,” an achingly cinematic...

Kendrick Lamar’s new album: artistry, poetry, and bitter truth

Daniel Woodiwiss

April 10, 2015

When I sat down to write a review of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s newest venture, I already knew I had a tall task ahead of me. Anyone remotely familiar with the rap/hip-hop scene (and perhaps even some who are not) is aware both...

Album review: Steven Wilson’s ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’

Jonathan Hielkema

April 10, 2015

Whether progressive rock was ever truly progressive (or ever truly rock for that matter) is a point of much tedious debate among admirers and detractors of the music. It might then be to his benefit that Steven Wilson prefers...

Sufjan’s ‘Carrie and Lowell’ does not live up to the hype

Jonathan Hielkema

April 10, 2015

I beg the reader’s forgiveness for beginning this review by talking not about Sufjan Stevens but about Soren Kierkegaard. French philosopher Henri Lefebvre writes of Kierkegaard, the great Danish poet of anguish, “He hates...

‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’ album is a feel-good trip

Jonathan Hielkema

February 6, 2015

Noah Lennox, the Lisbon-based musician who releases his solo work under the Panda Bear name, takes pains to avoid sending out bad vibes with his music. Following the radiant work of psychedelic pioneers like Brian Wilson and later...