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Album review: Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.”

Blake Staat

April 27, 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 20, 2017

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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...

‘Wilder Minds’ is a different sound for Mumford and Sons

Christian Becker

May 13, 2015

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If you’ve been hearing music on the radio or in local coffee houses and thought to yourself, “Hey, this new Coldplay song is really good,” you’d be dead wrong. When Mumford released their singles “Believe” and “The...

‘Anatomy of a Moment’ highlights improvised art

Jonathan Hielkema

February 7, 2014

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Collaborations between improvisational artists are nothing if not unpredictable. That is, of course, the nature of the music that they make, defying boundaries and formulae in favor of a more intuitive and unstructured approach. T...

‘Black Radio 2’ makes for excellent music

Jonathan Hielkema

November 11, 2013

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Last year, accomplished pianist Robert Glasper put out “Black Radio,” an album that acted as a colorful and musically excellent index of black pop music, from jazz to R&B to rap. Numerous guest stars, including Bilal, Lupe ...

Eminem proves seniority with ‘MMLP2’

Annemarie Byl

November 11, 2013

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This year has certainly been a good year for returning rap artists. With Kanye West's “Yeezus” and Jay-Z's “Magna Carta... Holy Grail,” Eminem's “Marshall Mathers LP 2” marks yet another middle-aged rap artist produ...

Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ derivative and dull

Jonathan Hielkema

November 7, 2013

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God bless U2. Perhaps the last rock band to achieve universal cultural relevance, they have spawned a veritable army of sincere, quasi-spiritual successors to carry their mantle into the 21st century, while Bono buries himself mo...

Teen singer Lorde impresses with her unique debut

Roselle Paz Landoy

October 22, 2013

Filed under Music Reviews

Needless to say, it has been a good year for female artists in the music industry so far. 16-year-old, New Zealand native Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde, sings of her goals in the music industry in her ...

Shad’s ‘Flying Colours’ loses momentum

Jonathan Hielkema

October 22, 2013

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Shad has always had a flare for quiet and ornate production, using plenty of acoustic and electric instrumentation in addition to sampling and synths. Unapologetically emotional and a tad corny, the tracks he lays down are a p...

Appealing ‘Bones’ from CHVRCHES

Jonathan Hielkema

October 8, 2013

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Contemporary music culture of an accessibly underground sort, embodied in web formed by publications like Pitchfork, the AV Club and Slant, tends to be identified with indie rock music. For nearly a decade, that genre has connoted...

Melt Yourself Down’s intense debut impresses

Jonathan Hielkema

October 8, 2013

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Hailing from London, Melt Yourself Down is an ensemble dedicated to controlled chaos and music without borders. Led by saxophonist Pete Wareham, lately of Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, the band plays music so intense that i...

MGMT’s new album equally fascinating and bizarre

Jonathan Hielkema

September 19, 2013

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Artists that become surprise pop music stars tend to provoke concerned and eager questions from their audiences about their longevity. The way the artists deal with their newfound commercial relevance largely determines the narrat...