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Broken Social Scene Interview with WRSU

Assistant Music Director Danielle Ciampaglia had the chance to chat with Brendan Canning, one of the founding members and guitarist of Broken Social Scene. They talked about how the music industry has changed in the last twenty years, if it’s possible to be too honest in songwriting, and who the lineup would be on a Broken Social Scene festival. Check out the full interview below!

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The Marías Interview with WRSU

WRSU Assistant Music Director Danielle Ciampaglia had a chance to chat with the dreamy, L.A. based band The Marías before their Philly show in July. They got to talking about tour bus life, branding versus identity, and dream set designs. To hear the full interview, click below! To see concert photos, scroll all the way down.

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R.LUM.R Interview with WRSU

WRSU Hip Hop Director Seyi Aladejobi had the opportunity to interview RnB artist and virtuoso guitar player, Reggie William’s aka R.Lum.R. at Island Records in New York City. The two discussed William’s life from his upbringing in Florida, through his tumultuous time in school, up to the present and beyond. Along the way, they may or may not go into tangents about the Music Theory, the importance of teachers in society, and much, much more. 

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Duckwrth Interview with WRSU

WRSU Hip-Hop Director Seyi Aladejobi talked with rising star Duckwrth last week. Check out the full interview below!

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CHON Interview with WRSU

WRSU’s Bennett Rosner had the opportunity to chat with Mario Camarena from famed California math rock outfit CHON before their show at Irving Plaza. The two discussed the group’s new self-titled album, Smash Brothers, and Kenny G. Check out the full interview below!

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Parcels Interview with WRSU

WRSU’s Danielle Ciampaglia chatted with Patrick Hetherington of Parcels this past Thursday. The two discussed Govball 2019, creative inspirations, breaking the mold of modern pop music. Check it out below!

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WRSU News honored at Garden State Journalists’ Association Dinner

WRSU News was honored at last night’s Garden State Journalists’ Association dinner, after taking home two awards from the organization.

Outgoing News Director Jayne Chacko, reporter Stephen Nelson, and incoming News Director Joey Bloch pose with their awards from the Garden State Journalists’ Association at the organization’s annual dinner on Wednesday, May 24, 2019.

In the Radio-Spot News category, third place went to Caleb Kubereit for his coverage this past fall of a protest on the steps of Brower Commons against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Caleb also was nominated for an Intercollegiate Broadcasting System award for the same coverage. Listen to that story below:

In the Radio-Talk Show category, Joey Bloch took third place for the October 14 edition of “Knightbeat,” a one-on-one interview with New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill, as he sought (and later won) an 8th term leading the Hub City. Joey also previously was nominated by IBS for best campus news for one of his newscasts last fall. Hear the “Knightbeat” episode below:


Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker” Music Video/Song Review

It’s 2008. You seek refuge in your room plastered with J-14 posters of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens. The largest one is of Demi Lovato with the Jonas Brothers; you’ve been obsessed since the first Camp Rock movie just came out.

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Little Simz Shines on “Grey Area”

“I said it with my chest and I don’t care who I offend,” Little Simz raps on “Offence,” the opening track off of her new album Grey Area, which was released on March 1.

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Dance Gavin Dance Live at Franklin Music Hall Review

The newly created Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia hosted Post-hardcore linchpin Dance Gavin Dance to a sold out crowd on April 13th, 2019. Formerly known as Electric Factory, the venue was used in its past incarnation as host to the filming of live DVDs for bands Lamb of God, Yellowcard, and Underoath.

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Andrew Bird’s “My Finest Work Yet” Album Review

Andrew Bird’s latest album My Finest Work Yet is a strong statement about today’s world. His twelfth solo album after 2017’s Echolocations: River, his latest album steers towards political and social issues such as war and environmental degradation. Bird dives right into his perspective through his lyricism and arrangements, and he rewards his listeners with a subtle and intellectual record.

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Ghost of Paul Revere Interview with WRSU

Zach Bordelon had the pleasure of talking to Max Davis from The Ghost of Paul Revere this past week. Check out his interview below!

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Geno Five Interview with WRSU

Joshua Valdez caught up with Geno Five after his performance at WRSU’s “The Underground Hip-Hop Saga.” Check out the interview below!

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Superorganism Interview with WRSU

Assistant Music Director Blake Lew-Merwin chatted with Tucan from Superorganism this past Thursday. The two talked about Gorillaz comparisons, the New Zealand music scene, and sampling. Check out the interview below!

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Beach Fossils Interview with WRSU

WRSU’s Nolen Riedel caught up with Beach Fossils before their show at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. Check it out below!

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The Greeting Committee Interview with WRSU

Assistant Music Directors Blake and Bennett sat down with The Greeting Committee before their performance at Corefest 2019. The band talked about the message of their new music video, their upcoming tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and what items they bring on the road.

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Jukebox the Ghost Interview with WRSU

DJ Bennett Rosner had the pleasure of talking to Ben Thornewill of Jukebox the Ghost this past Sunday. The two discussed musical composition, life on the road, and the deluxe edition of the band’s latest record, “Off to the Races.” Check it out below!

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Kevin Parker’s Psychedelic Outfit Tame Impala Releases Comeback Single “Patience” (Track Review)

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Tame Impala have a penchant for creating complicated pop songs that create a genre in itself. In their first single since their critically acclaimed 2015 album Currents, “Patience” finds the band honing their craft in accentuating every detail and beat to form a melody like no other.

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There’s a Stupid Amount of Shows Coming Up in the NYC/NJ Area: And You Should See Them All

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A Terrible Beauty is Born: The Irish Revolution in Music

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The ground is covered in white, but the rapidly approaching holiday seems to be universally known as a time for green. Whether you’re Irish-Catholic or not, chances are that you’re probably familiar with or have celebrated the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick, on March 17th. This is, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day, or more colloquially referred to as “St. Paddy’s” in the United States.

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WRSU Sports wins Best Football Play by Play award at IBS 2019

The WRSU Sports staff took home the trophy for Best Football Play-by-Play at the 2019 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s annual international conference in New York City on March 2nd.

Members of the WRSU Sports team at IBS 2019: From l. to r., Sports Director Justin Sontupe, Matt Howe, Jake Ostrove, Stephen Nelson and Sam Marsdale.

The winning submission included snippets of three different game broadcasts featuring Matt Howe, Sam Marsdale, and Sports Director Justin Sontupe on play-by-play, while Stephen Nelson contributed color commentary.

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Homeshake “Helium” Review

At this point, Peter Sagar is no stranger to the game. For years, he was the backing lead-guitarist in Mac DeMarco’s touring band. During this period, he recorded a few tapes under the name Homeshake, gaining Sagar a fair amount of individual attention. In 2014, he parted ways with DeMarco in order to focus more on Homeshake as a full-time project. Since then he has released three full length albums under the moniker, which have become cult classics amongst his considerable number of loyal fans.

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Soundcloud Becomes a Distribution Platform: How Emerging Artists can now Upload Content to Spotify and Apple Music

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Soundcloud has upgraded its distribution feature to “seamlessly” allow users to release content to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music.

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Talk Talk Frontman and Post-Rock Innovator Mark Hollis Dead at 64

Mark Hollis, co-founder and mastermind behind the British band Talk Talk, passed away on February 24, at the age of 64. In a BBC interview, former Talk Talk band manager Keith Aspen stated that Hollis “died after a short illness from which he never recovered.”

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Tipling Rock Interview with WRSU

DJ Connor Boxczyk interviewed the band Tipling Rock after their show on February 23, 2019 at the Mercury Lounge. Check it out!

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Why People Hate Country

Chris Stapleton, Billboard’s Top Country Singer of 2018 (Pictured Above)

At some point in life, you might have heard somebody say, “Yeah, I like all types of music EXCEPT for country.” Now that statement is a little hypocritical, since they do not actually like all categories of music. So, why exclude country?

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Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show Leaves Much to Be Desired

On Jan. 13, 2019, the NFL announced that Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi would perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. I was excited, but not because of Maroon 5. Rather, I was looking forward to seeing Travis Scott, one of my favorite artists.

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Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Album Review

Ariana has hit us with another surprise with the release of her most recent album Thank U, Next on February 8, 2019. She stayed true to her word that it would not be long before another new album surfaced.

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Bryce Vine Live at Gramercy Theater Show Review

I was disappointed to find the circular-red couch beneath Gramercy Theater missing on the night of February 5th, 2019.  It was the first show I had been to at Gramercy without its presence. If the way I’d sit between sets was about to change, I thought, so was the way I would watch the show that night.

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Can’t Hear You, I Have Air Pods In

Walk into a hipster coffee shop and hearing the scratching sound of the needle as it first begins to play a record you are transported to an era of the past. At that moment you watch people around you pop in tiny white plugs, drowning out the sounds around them by blasting music in their ears.

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My Exodus from Pandora to Spotify

I remember vividly when I was introduced to Pandora. My 12th grade physics teacher would use it whenever we would have lab, in order to make the extra hour of heating up metal and watching it expand more bearable.  

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James Blake “Assume Form” Album Review

When I first saw the track list for Assume Form, my eyes lit up. I immediately noticed the song “Mile High” featuring Travis Scott and Metro Boomin. Back in August, Travis had James feature on “Stop Trying To Be God,” one of my favorite songs and music videos of 2018. Naturally, I was excited about their follow-up collaboration.

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Chase Atlantic EP “Don’t Try This” Review

This past summer, I interviewed Chase Atlantic for WRSU. When I asked the Australian trio, Clinton Cave, Mitchel Cave, and Christian Anthony what their new music would sound like, they ironically replied, “It’s very Chase Atlantic.” They couldn’t have said it better.

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Flycatcher Interview with WRSU

On January 27, 2019, the alternative rock band, Flycatcher, from New Brunswick, NJ, joined WRSU for an interview. The band had just finished playing a basement show with 81 Rich and Lolo Shang. During the interview, we discussed the band’s origins, musical inspirations, and plans for 2019. You can check it out below:

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John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants Interview with WRSU

WRSU’s Bennett Rosner had the pleasure of having an extended conversation with John F. (AKA the John with Glasses) of They Might Be Giants fame on Monday, January 7th. The two discussed norm core, music videos, communism, Xavier Renegade Angel, and everything in between. Listen to their full interview below!

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WRSU is nominated for four national IBS awards

WRSU’s coverage of this Brett Kavanaugh protest at Brower Commons in October earned it one of three IBS nominations.  Winners will be announced on March 12th at the annual IBS gathering in NYC.

WRSU’s national reputation for outstanding college radio programming has been recognized once again, as the station’s News and Sports departments have picked up four nominations for the 2019 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 2nd at the 79th annual IBS Convention in New York City.

Assistant News Director Joey Bloch was nominated for Best Newscast for his noon news on October 12th, which featured an in-depth report by Jacob Turchi on a recent immigration panel at Rutgers.

WRSU also picked up a nomination for Best Campus News for Caleb Kubereit’s coverage of an October 5th protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, edited for air by News Director Jayne Chacko.

The third nomination came in the Best Football Play-by-Play category, a montage of Sports Director Justin Sontupe’s call of the Rutgers-Illinois game on October 6th, Matt Howe’s play-by-play against Buffalo on September 22nd, and Sam Marsdale’s call of the Scarlet Knights’ Homecoming game against Northwestern on October 20th.

The fourth and final nomination was announced a few days later, where WRSU garnered a nod for Best Music Blog. Check out some samples here.

Hear all of WRSU’s award nominations below!

WRSU’s Best Newscast Nomination – Joey Bloch with report by Jacob Turchi – Oct. 19, 2018
WRSU’s Best Campus News Nomination – Brett Kavanaugh Protest at Brower – Oct. 5, 2018
WRSU’s Best Football Play-by-Play Nomination
Rutgers vs. Illinois, Justin Sontupe – Oct. 6, 2018
Rutgers vs. Buffalo, Matt Howe – Sept. 22, 2018
Rutgers vs. Northwestern, Sam Marsdale – Oct. 20, 2018

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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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