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Music: Ariana Grande’s Weekly Christmas Song Reviews

Elia Chen

December 13, 2013

Pop star Ariana Grande’s Christmas releases have minor flaws but are, overall, a sweet success. Read More »...

MUSIC: Bastille’s ‘All This Bad Blood’ masterfully blends contrasting elements

MUSIC: Bastille’s ‘All This Bad Blood’ masterfully blends contrasting elements

Athira Penghat

November 30, 2013

Mixing melancholy lyrics and upbeat instrumentals, acoustics and synths, the British alternative rock band creates a catchy yet meaningful album. Read More »...

Music: Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” sets this year’s musical bar

Music: Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” sets this year’s musical bar

Shuyi Qi

November 2, 2013

With deep overarching themes and new Haitian sounds, the indie band’s new album shows other hipster bands how it’s done. Read More »...

Music: “PRISM” not entirely sugar-free, but still refreshing

Music: “PRISM” not entirely sugar-free, but still refreshing

Anjali Bhat

October 26, 2013

Katy Perry’s latest album reveals a subtle new flavor with a mix of classics and more introspective music. Read More »...

Music: Miley Cyrus’s ‘Bangerz’ not as bad as expected

Music: Miley Cyrus’s ‘Bangerz’ not as bad as expected

Shuyi Qi

October 14, 2013

  ...but still kind of bad. Read More »

Music: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ is a step toward musical maturity

Music: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ is a step toward musical maturity

Shuyi Qi

September 26, 2013

Switching to an old-school rock style, the British indie rock band enters new musical territory with positive results. Read More »...

Music: Daft Punk’s un-ironic foray into the past is worth a listen

Music: Daft Punk’s un-ironic foray into the past is worth a listen

Yimeng Han

May 15, 2013

What is weirder: the idea of a masked robotic duo creating vintage, funky music or the fact that their experiment mostly works? Whatever the reason may be, Daft Punk’s cold and futuristic style works exceptionally well with the hooks, beats and indulgent rhythms of the ‘80s music they chose to emu...

Music: Is will.i.am’s ‘#willpower’ brilliant, awful or both?

Music: Is will.i.am’s ‘#willpower’ brilliant, awful or both?

Yimeng Han

April 19, 2013

Mixed Reviews is a feature where we examine recently released songs and albums with perspectives from two different reporters. This week we listened to an album from will.i.am, purveyor of hip-hop. Smitha’s take: “#willpower” works. I did not expect that. To be very clear, I am not a will.i.am....

Music: Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” gives them a second chance for mainstream success

Music: Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” gives them a second chance for mainstream success

Shuyi Qi

April 18, 2013

In the early 2000s, Fall Out Boy had every punk rock loving teenager — including me — bowing down at their feet. Their angsty music nearly compelled me to flip the finger at my parents as the band enjoyed mainstream success. It was glorious. But shortly thereafter, the band experienced a fall and went on...

Music: Brad Paisley’s “Wheelhouse” barely toes the boundaries

Music: Brad Paisley’s “Wheelhouse” barely toes the boundaries

Namrata Ramani

April 16, 2013

Although Paisley made an effort to bring new sights and sounds to country music, the result is still the same landscape. Mixed Reviews is a feature in which we examine recently released songs and albums with perspectives from two different reporters. Here, we review Brad Paisley’s latest album “...

Music: ‘Paramore’ an innovative resurgence

Music: ‘Paramore’ an innovative resurgence

Yashashree Pisolkar

April 11, 2013

Mixed Reviews is a feature in which we examine recently released songs and albums with perspectives from two different reporters. Here, we review Paramore’s latest album “Paramore.” Anjali’s take: “Still Into You” after a strong comeback Considering that the last time I’d listened to Para...

Video: La Pluma coffee house provides casual, “hipster” experience

Video: La Pluma coffee house provides casual, “hipster” experience

Catherine

April 3, 2013

Stand-up comedians, philosophers, interpreters, musicians — La Pluma’s annual coffee house held on Mar. 29 in the Black Box, was a marriage of all these elements. Attendees could watch the performances while grabbing a cup of coffee and a plate of assorted breads, included in the $5 entry fee ...