Chilombo is a well-executed, smooth album from Jhené Aiko

Chilombo is a well-executed, smooth album from Jhené Aiko

Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer 03/12/20 The juxtaposition of overly emotional lyrics with stoic jazz has always been a mainstay in Jhené Aiko’s music, but it never quite reached its peak before Chilombo. Jhené Aiko’s newest album Chilombo is like floating in a vat of your feelings. The music transitions like water, seamlessly flowing while […]

Father of All… makes strong statement, but lacks musicality

<em>Father of All…</em> makes strong statement, but lacks musicality

Ollie Gratzinger | Editor-in-Chief 02/13/20 California rock band Green Day is back with its thirteenth studio album Father of All…, released on Feb. 7. With punchy guitars and lyrics charged with political exhaustion, the album sounds like a pop-punk tribute to a society wrought with panic. If Green Day set out to make a statement, […]

‘NSP’ returns with slightly homogenous third cover album

‘NSP’ returns with slightly homogenous third cover album

Joseph Phillippi | Staff Writer 11/20/19 Ninja Sex Party (NSP) is a mostly comedic band centered around a man named Danny Sexbang and his murderous best friend Ninja Brian, the stage names of musicians Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht. Most of their songs are centered around their escapades to rock and seduce the general population […]

Earl Sweatshirt’s Feet of Clay messy, but interesting

Earl Sweatshirt’s <em>Feet of Clay</em> messy, but interesting

Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer 11/14/19 Earl Sweatshirt’s latest album, Feet of Clay, is a 15-minute disjointed, chaotic jazz session with a little bit of rapping thrown in. Feet of Clay is sonically similar to Yugen Blakrok’s Anima Mysterium while it lyrically resembles Tyler the Creator. All in all, this album does not really tread […]

Lumineers’ lyricism shines on newest album, III

Lumineers’ lyricism shines on newest album, <em>III</em>

Claire Neiberg | Staff Writer 09/19/19 From dancing to “Ho Hey” at my eighth-grade formal to singing along to “Cleopatra” at my high school coffeehouses, I have always been a fan of The Lumineers’ hit songs, as they bring back joyful memories of growing up. I had high expectations for the Sept. 13 release of […]

Weezer’s ‘Black Album’ another disappointing entry

Weezer’s <em>‘Black Album’</em> another disappointing entry

Salena Moran & Evan Penrod | Staff Writers 03/21/19 Weezer proves they will “do the things they wanna do” even if that means releasing their bland and forgettable 13th studio release, Black Album. Following the Teal Album (2019) and the White Album (2016), the anticipated Black Album was quoted by Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s frontman, as […]

Ariana Grande’s thank u, next shines with standout tracks

Ariana Grande’s <em>thank u, next</em> shines with standout tracks

Natalie Schroeder | Staff Writer 02/14/19 Sweetener was released Aug. 17, 2018, and less than six months later, Ariana Grande released thank u, next. This album is easily one of the best that Grande has written. The anticipation for the full project’s release began when her singles “thank u, next” dropped in November, and “7 […]

Maggie Rogers’ new album meets expectations

Maggie Rogers’ new album meets expectations

Josiah Martin | Arts & Entertainment Editor 01/24/19 Maggie Rogers’ rise to mainstream fame has been swift and well-deserved. A well-known indie pop artist with a reputation for heartfelt dreamy-but-danceable tracks, her transition to major-label success seemed inevitable from the start. Heard it in a Past Life feels like just that — a transition. While […]

DROGAS WAVE tackles complex subject

<em>DROGAS WAVE</em> tackles complex subject

Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer 09/27/18 Lupe Fiasco’s newest album, DROGAS WAVE, is a meditation on the need for pan-Africanism, or as Encylopedia Britanicca defines it, “the idea that peoples of African descent have common interests and should be unified.” This album is a crash course on the ideology of uniting Africans in their sameness […]

Lemon Twigs’ attempted rock opera lacks flow

Lemon Twigs’ attempted rock opera lacks flow

Josiah Martin | A&E Editor 08/30/18 Sophomore albums say a lot about a band, and where they’re moving next musically. It is odd that the Lemon Twigs’ second album should be a concept album, a musical about a young chimp deciding that he wants to attend school. The D’Addario brothers, Brian and Michael, are known […]

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