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Anderson .Paak’s “Oxnard” is a Boisterous Success

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You really shouldn’t categorize Anderson .Paak (don’t forget that dot brotha, you paid for it) because his new album, Oxnard, shows how versatile the singer-rapper-crooner-swooner-songwriter can be. Is that title too long? I’m not sure how else to describe the dynamic vocal styles of .Paak on Oxnard. 

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CupcaKke is Incredible and Here’s Why

Chicago born rapper CupcakKe has a work ethic we barely see in the music industry anymore. At just 21, she has released six full length albums in the last two years alone and has had 32 features in the same time frame. Compared to other artists in her genre who typically have a new album or EP every year or so, CupcakKe’s grind is surely admirable.

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Jaden Smith’s “The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story” Mixtape Review

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Following his 2017 debut album, SYRE, and its synth-filled electric counterpart, SYRE: The Electric Album, released this past summer, the inexplicably-cool 20-year old Jaden Smith delivers another wonderful album marked by profound lyricism over heavy synths and basslines. Continue reading »

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Badflower in NYC-11.29-Review & Recap

The California band left it all on stage…

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The Beatles: The Rare and the Remixed   

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On November 22, 1968 the Beatles released their ninth studio album, and despite the fact that it’s self-titled, it’s often referred to as “the White Album.” This double album manages to fool you with the simplicity of the cover: white and blank, only embossed with the band’s name, off-centered. Nonetheless, the music within speaks louder than any picture could describe. 

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Matt Farley (Motern Media) Interview with WRSU

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WRSU’s Bennett Rosner chatted it up with Matt Farley of Motern Media on December 2nd, 2018. On Spotify, Matt is known by over 70 different aliases and has released over 20,000 songs as of this year. How does Matt do it? Find out by listening to the full interview below!

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Earl Sweatshirt – “Nowhere2go” Track Review

 

The first track from Earl Sweatshirt in three years paints a new, ever changing picture of the poetic Odd Future alum.

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“Shadows on the Sun” Retrospective Review

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Brother Ali is an American rapper based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been active since 1998.  Signed to the indie label Rhymesayers Entertainment, Ali has published six albums in his time and is currently on tour for the fifteenth anniversary of one of his first albums Shadows on the Sun. With the anniversary of this album and coincidentally, the first full work I ever listened to by Ali, the logical thing to do would be to write  a full scale, in depth review of the album.

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Mick Jenkins’ “Pieces of a Man” Album Review

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The Chicago based rapper, Mick Jenkins, came out with a new album that’ll give any listener peace of mind.  The album titled “Pieces of a Man” mixes raw spoken word poetry with strong, flowing, jazz production from KAYTRANADA and BADBADNOTGOOD, a new school jazz band who adds a modern, dark twist on the classic genre. For me, this album was a glass of fresh water in a sea of salty, cookie cutter rap.

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Brockhampton Shines at Terminal 5

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The self proclaimed “boyband” hip-hop collective Brockhampton performed their third night at Terminal 5 on Wednesday, October 24. The crowd was filled with devoted fans of all ages. The anticipation for the group to perform was obvious; fans around me were expressing how eager they were to finally see them live and about their performance on The Tonight Show the night before.

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Bryce Vine Interview with WRSU

WRSU sat down with the genre-bending Bryce Vine to chat about his upcoming album, influences, and traveling. You can check out the interview and more on Bryce below.
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Phony Ppl’s “Mozaik” Album Review

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Phony Ppl is a Brooklyn-based musical group comprised of Elbee Thrie (vocals), Elijah Rawk (lead guitar), Matt “Maffyuu” Byas (drums), Aja Grant (Keyboard), and Bari Bass (bass guitar).  Their music is stylistically funky with heavy basslines and Dilla-like boom-bap snares and kicks overlayed by a unique mix of singing and rapping. Their closest comparison is probably The Internet, a Grammy-nominated soulful-funk band from southern California.  I first heard of Phony Ppl through their 2015 track, “Why iii Love the Moon”, a little love ballad off their album Yesterday’s Tomorrow.  With that song in mind, I had high expectations for mō’zā-ik, their most recent album released on September 28th, 2018.

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Kali Uchis Live at Terminal 5 Review

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On October 13, I got the opportunity to see Kali Uchis perform at Terminal 5 in NYC for her In Your Dreams Tour, amongst midterm season and despite my sinus infection. Tragic I know, but definitely worth it.

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Greta Van Fleet’s “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” Reuses Led Zeppelin’s Sound without the Rawness

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The long awaited full-length debut album by Greta Van Fleet has finally arrived. Released on October 19th, 2018, Anthem of the Peaceful Army received negative reviews from rock critics. As a fan of their second EP From the Fires, I tried to ignore the noise, and I tried to listen to the album with open ears. Unfortunately, with a heavy heart, I want to say that all of the reviews are correct: Anthem of the Peaceful Army is a lackluster, overproduced 70’s throwback that lacks grit and creativity.

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Just Keep Swimming: A Review of Mac Miller’s Final Album

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I was watching a live-stream of the Mac Miller Celebration of Life concert being thrown by his closest friends in the industry, and I found myself disconnected. I can safely say it wasn’t the performances. From Travis Scott to Earl Sweatshirt to Schoolboy Q, the billing was a hip-hop heads wet-dream, and you can get a sense of the scale at which the music industry is mourning. Some will look to this concert for closure. A final farewell to a music juggernaut. But there was something about seeing Mac Miller’s face blown up on a screen as his lyrics rang back, referencing how he was “trying not to join the 27 club” from someone mixing his drugs with “the bullshit”.

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Quavos’ Debut Album “Quavo Huncho” is a Test of Wills to Endure

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I’m going to be blunt with this album. Listening to “QUAVO HUNCHO” is a form of sonic and cognitive self-harm.  In fact, listening to the album should be listed as “cruel and unusual” punishment and used to torture prisoners held on treason charges.  

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The “Proper Dose” of The Story So Far

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One of the most loved bands in the pop-punk music scene and the ultimate “sad boy” group has finally made their much-anticipated return with their new album Proper Dose. In the three years since the band released their self-titled album The Story So Far, the pop-punk music scene has been patiently waiting for their next project, since its announcement in April of 2017.

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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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Weezer LIVE at PNC Center

Green Day is slowly fading into obscurity, Oasis suffered an explosive breakup, and Nirvana was pre-maturely disbanded in tragedy. Of all the 90’s alternative innovators, only one remains. Ironically, it’s the same band that was considered critically “dead on arrival” by the 21st century and commercially unviable by 2008. Weezer.

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“Weird Al” Concert Review

If someone in 1988 had been asked the question “which of the following things would be thriving in the year 2018: newspapers, the recording industry, the Soviet Union—or “Weird Al” Yankovic”, which seems the least likely?

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