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

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

Lakshanyaa Ganesh

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 as royalty, I went into my first listens of his earlier singles with high expectations — and was ...

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

Blackbear trumps his musical artistry with fifth studio album

Annie Zhang

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 addiction and sex, Blackbear has produced streaming hits such as the double-platinum selling “Do Re M...

The music never ends: Remembering SHINee member Jonghyun

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Claire Yang

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.

Sarah Ramos

May 20, 2014

Emerging rock group lacks edge and uniqueness. Read More »...

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

Morahd Shawki

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 speed, and just as effortlessly ride a slow beat. That’s what makes his new album “LongLive...

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.

Margaret Lin

November 16, 2012

Aguilera’s fifth album a chaotic, misguided flop Read More »

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

Yimeng Han

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 enough, Niki and the Dove consists of female vocalist Malin Dahlström and male pe...

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Music: 'Undun' does the unthinkable

Morahd Shawki

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 released their latest album, “Undun.” The album does a whole lot more than do their reputation justice — the Roots may have created the best alb...

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Morahd Shawki

December 9, 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 be arriving Dec. 6. With their breakout success with “Brothers,” the band has a lot of hype ...

Rapper or rocker?

Rapper or rocker?

Karishma Mehrotra

February 18, 2010

Lil Wayne's new album fails to rock Read More »...

Cobra Starship makes a mess

Shreya Shankar

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 Messes" into the mainstream.Teens everywhere went wild over Cobra Starship's summer hit single, "Good...