Author Archives: Connor Brogan
The Money War’s self-titled album, The Money War, serves as an escape from reality, drags you out to sea, only to be thrown back to shore on new land. It’s the crisp pop of crackling wood on a campfire, the first night of Fall, and it sends unsettling chills down my spine.
Simplicity is often the most important key to a sound musical project. Take for example the album “Let it Be” by the Beatles, which, although still a fantastic record, is fairly criticized for its abundant use of melodramatic orchestra instruments and chamber choirs. The extravagant mixing of the LP prompted Paul McCartney decades later to produce a stripped-down version, dubbed “Let it Be Naked”, which placed a greater emphasis on voice and writing, rather than dramatic.
On their sophomore follow-up to 2016’s Pool, electronic outfit Porches has delivered an expertly crafted assortment of melancholic synthpop gems that manage to feel as original as they do warmly familiar. The House, though built firmly on a foundation of electronic music, takes strong cues from the musical intuition of various contemporary indie artists.
The Zombies second album, Odessey and Oracle reached the top three albums on WRSU this past month, confirming its transcendence to younger generations. My introduction to The Zombies was their hit, “Time of the Season.” I only began hearing the Zombies through this 50th anniversary edition of Odessey and Oracle, that was added to WRSU’s […]
The legitimacy of award season, especially for film and television, has long been debated as either a lavish gesture of self-aggrandizement or a necessary recognition of the best and brightest talents amongst us. In recent history, the former argument has been fleshed out further, accusing Hollywood and music industry elites as racially exclusive and socially […]
I recently had the opportunity to catch one of the shows on the co-headlined northeast tour between Boston-natives Darktones and the NYC-based DODGEBALL. It was hosted by Jack (of New Brunswick’s Jack and the Me Offs) at a basement show in Chester, NJ. This show was a bit of a special stop on their tour, […]
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Kevin Rhomberg, a.k.a Knox Fortune sounds like a girl. Well maybe not, but that might’ve been what you thought when you heard him sing the hook for Chance the Rapper’s “All Night”. The high-pitched joyous refrain he laid down for the Coloring Book dance cut was Fortune’s biggest break in the music scene. […]
Milky Chance had been gone for too long. In Philadelphia, just two short weeks ago, the line to get into The Fillmore had stretched in anticipation of their return. The German alt rock/pop band had released their second album, Blossom, to moderate critical acclaim back in March of 2017.
As I clambered down into one of the many basements on campus, I was greeted by the warm up chords and cheery voices of the members of The Happy Fits. I had gone into this with an unsure outlook, skeptical of what to expect from the local music scene and not wanting to see my hopes dashed before my eyes.