Album Review: American Pleasure Club – A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Run For Cover; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “all the lonely nights in your life”, “lets move to the desert”, “new years eve” It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot, the 2016 record from Teen Suicide, ended an important stage in the band’s career. It would be their final…

Album Review: Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Glass

By Sam Tornow, General Manager [Notion; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 The longtime duo of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto created the otherworldly sounds of Glass with one day of preparation. Performed during an art installation by Yayoi Kusama entitled Dots Obsession – Alive, to celebrate Phillip Johnson’s 110th birthday, the album aims to explore the concepts which…

Album Review: Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet – Landfall

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Nonesuch; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: ”Darkness Falls”, “We Learn to Speak Yet Another Language”, “Nothing Left but Their Names” Landfall is an album created by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, two artists that have had amazing careers and have been groundbreaking in their craft. The album chronicles Hurricane Sandy and…

Album Review: Dabrye – Three/Three

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Ghostly; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Tunnel Vision”, “Lil Mufukuz”, “Dr. Shoomen” Instrumental hip-hop hasn’t been particularly in vogue lately unless your musical world revolves around “chill lo-fi anime hip-hop beats” radio on Youtube. Dabrye, however, utilizes a time machine on Three/Three to bring back the mechanisms of the mid-2000’s…

Ten Years Today: Eyes Set to Kill – Reach

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [BreakSilence; 2008] Original Release Date: 2/19/08 Memorable tracks: “Liar in the Glass”, “Behind These Eyes”, “Violent Kiss” It’s not a surprise if people don’t remember Eyes Set to Kill or haven’t even heard of this band before. To be fair, they were one of those MySpace “-core” bands that were…

Album Review: Black Panther The Album

By Allegra Solomon, Contributor [Interscope / TDE; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “The Ways”, “Paramedic!”, “King’s Dead” As if an all-black Marvel movie wasn’t enough to take Black History Month to new heights, the star-studded Black Panther soundtrack—curated by Kendrick Lamar and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment—brought together every influential black music artist from…

Album Review: MGMT – Little Dark Age

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Columbia; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Me and Michael”, “James”, “Hand It Over” Little Dark Age is MGMT’s fourth full-length album – their first in over five years. Full of the blips and vocals that made them popular in the first place, Little Dark Age delivers track after track of…

Album Review: Palm – Rock Island

By Hunter Bych, Contributor [Carpark; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Dog Milk”, “Theme From Rock Island”, “Swimmer” Is it weird to describe an album as inverted? It could describe Palm’s second LP, Rock Island. The math-rock group’s intention for this album is to not only be unique, but un-replicable. They want this album to be something…

Album Review: Hookworms – Microshift

By Connor Stroff, Contributor [Domino; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10  Key Tracks: “Negative Space”, “Each Time We Pass”, “Shortcomings” The making of Microshift, the latest album from psych-rock quintet Hookworms, is not only an incredible feat given the seamlessly endless setbacks and trauma faced by the band following the three-year gap since their last LP. It’s a…

Movie Review: I, Tonya

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Clubhouse; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 It’s hard to even know where to start when discussing a movie like I, Tonya. With phenomenal acting, amazingly accurate costumes and an impossibly perfect soundtrack, flaws are near impossible to find. Three Oscar nominations only further prove that I, Tonya is easily one of the best…

Album Review: Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [RCA; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Key Tracks: “Midnight Summer’s Dream”, “Montana” Justin Timberlake’s fifth album, Man of the Woods, opens with the lyrics “you know what’s good.” Those lyrics, unfortunately, do not refer to this record, an album that is too long, too shallow and overall hard to listen to. One of…