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Twenty One Pilots’ “Trench” Stays True to their Brand

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Through cryptic messages and obscure letters, Twenty One Pilots have finally released their highly anticipated fifth studio album Trench. The Ohio duo consisting of singer-songwriter Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun (with the help of Mutemath’s Paul Meany), introduce a new dystopian world that revisits dark themes found in their previous works.

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Matangi/Maya/MIA Film Review

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Matangi/Maya/MIA doesn’t follow the typical music documentary formula, but Maya Arulpragasam (MIA) is not your typical popstar. The daughter of a Tamil rebel leader in the Sri Lankan Civil War, Maya moved to England when she was nine years old as a refugee. Growing up in the UK, she struggled balancing her identities as a Sri Lankan and as a British citizen.

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Logic’s “YSIV” Mixtape Review

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Logic’s fourth and final Young Sinatra mixtape is a 75-minute exploration into the mind of Sir Robert Bryson Hall. It delves into topics such as his absent crack-addicted father, the legacy he wants to leave behind and the cash he has made from rapping (a whopping $30 million!).  This tape follows Logic’s incredibly successful 2017 album Everybody which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and the 2018 mixtape Bobby Tarantino II.

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Blood Orange’s “Negro Swan” Album Review

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Devonte Hynes, AKA, Blood Orange, is an artist I discovered several days ago. Not knowing what to expect I was blown away by how beautiful and well made his newest album, “Negro Swan” turned out to be. It is a sixteen track project with a run time of 49 minutes. Initially released on August 24th, 2018; “Negro Swan” is a euphoric and blissful experience that has a deep message. With instrumentalism being seamlessly impressive, vocals that are powerful and soothing, and lyricism that speaks for communities struggling to fit in; this album was a pleasant surprise that surpassed any expectations I had before listening.

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“Raising Our Voice” May Be Yellowjackets’ Best Album of the last 10 Years

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Jazz Fusion is an ever-evolving genre. With so many things to try, and so many people trying them, it’s not going away any time soon. The Yellowjackets have been a mainstay of jazz fusion since the late 70s, and with their latest release “Raising Our Voice”, they prove they are not going away anytime soon either.

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Armani White Interview with WRSU

Armani White, the Philly native artist, took the stage at the ultimate hometown show last month: Made in America Festival 2018. According to an interview with The Inquirer, White has been going to the festival since it began in 2012, as a fan, and finally had the chance to see things from a new perspective.
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Pale Waves’ “My Mind Makes Noises” Shows a Painful Lack of Diversified Songwriting Ability

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Every single year, a relatively unknown band hits the music scene and proceeds to take the scene and the radio by storm. Meet Pale Waves, a relatively new Indie Pop band from Manchester consisting of vocalist/guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie, drummer Ciara Doran, bassist Charlie Wood, and lead guitarist Hugo Silvani. In the last twelve months, the band has played sold out arena’s worldwide in support of the 1975, done numerous headlining tours, and racked up millions of streams online without even releasing a full length album (or more than two songs at the time, for that matter). With the release of debut My Mind Makes Noises, the band attempts to take their lofty ambitions and translate them into a full length album. Do they succeed?

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“Superclean Vol. I” Sets High Expectations for The Marías

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Los Angeles based band, The Marías, have introduced a fresh take on groovy indie music in their 2017 release Superclean Vol. I. The debut record consists of six easy-to-vibe-to songs filled with soothing vocals, sharp percussion, and the occasional leading bass. There is never a point on this record where synchronization is a problem. On their own bandcamp page, they describe their sound as “hypnotic”, which holds true through the entire record.

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Apple Music vs Spotify Tech Review

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Each generation has been plagued with its own set of debates; chocolate or vanilla, cats or dogs, Yanny or Laurel… For music lovers everywhere, the most significant debate has to be Spotify or Apple Music. Of course, nowadays there are so many streaming services that it’s hard to keep track. Apple Music and Spotify however, are arguably the most popular. Let’s delve into what makes a music streaming service great.

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The Kook’s “Let’s Go Sunshine” Album Review

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The Kooks are a English alternative band known for making upbeat, quirky songs that you can’t get out of your head. However, the same can be said for The Wombats, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, and many other artists that fit into the same niche genre. In many ways, the Kooks are like a more toned-down cousin of The Wombats without as much notoriety.

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