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‘Kid Krow’: Conan Gray’s debut album surpasses expectations

‘Kid Krow’: Conan Gray’s debut album surpasses expectations
A turned skeptic perspective on the singer songwriter's hard-hitting album
March 31, 2020

onan Gray is an artist from a small town in Texas known for hit singles like “Maniac” and “Crush Culture,” often compared to the likes of singer-songwriter Lorde. Now, as someone who views Lorde...

Blackbear trumps his musical artistry with fifth studio album “ANONYMOUS”

Blackbear trumps his musical artistry with fifth studio album
18-track album titled “ANONYMOUS” is dubbed as Blackbear’s best album yet
May 1, 2019

merging in the music industry in 2012, singer-songwriter, composer and producer Blackbear has graced alternative R&B enthusiasts with his heavy lyrical albums. Extolling the thrill of heartbreak, drug...

The music never ends: Remembering SHINee member Jonghyun

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The release of SHINee Jonghyun’s album after his passing
February 2, 2018
The release of SHINee Jonghyun’s album after his passing

Music: Bad Seed Rising’s ‘Charm City’ EP is not charming

The grungy fashion of the album art, featuring lead singer Francheska Pastor, is hardly reflected in the music. Source: Warner Music Group.
May 20, 2014

Emerging rock group lacks edge and uniqueness. With a grungy cover and raunchy song titles such as “Timebomb” and “Wolves at the Door,” it initially appears that Warner Music Group’s new...

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record
January 16, 2013

A$AP Rocky’s talent for rapping cannot be denied, pure and simple. His knack for changing his flow is still unmatched by the vast majority of modern rappers. He can break out and spit lyrics at blinding...

MUSIC: ’Lotus’ wilts from start to finish

Aguilera’s fifth album has no clear musical angle. From sad ballads to country songs to electronic beats, it’s hard to tell what Aguilera’s style as a musical artist is anymore. Album art taken from RCA and Sony BMG Music Records.
November 16, 2012

Aguilera’s fifth album a chaotic, misguided flop Aguilera’s fifth album has no clear musical angle. From sad ballads to country songs to electronic beats, it’s hard to tell what Aguilera’s...

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop
August 10, 2012

When most people think of Swedish music, opinions might range from kooky to just plain weird. Obscure pop duo Niki and the Dove’s debut album, “Instinct,” does nothing to change this preconception. Confusingly...

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Music: 'Undun' does the unthinkable
December 11, 2011

  To most, the Roots are simply Jimmy Fallon’s house band on his talk show. However, The Roots have actually had a long-established and immensely respected hip-hop career and recently...

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys
December 8, 2011

Fresh off of their tour promoting the 2010 album “Brothers,” The Black Keys has not left their fans waiting for new music. In October, the duo from Akron, Ohio announced “El Camino” would...

Rapper or rocker?

Rapper or rocker?
February 18, 2010

Lil Wayne's new album fails to rock The cover boldly states "Best rapper alive", but the new Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (also known as Lil Wayne) album "Rebirth", released on Feb....

Cobra Starship makes a mess

September 14, 2009

In a world of inebriated nights and flashing neon lights, Cobra Starship takes a shot (or four, from the slurred sound of it), ushering an already stale scene of Day Glo hipsters and one too many "Hot...

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