Album Review: fake meat – galen tipton

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Orange Milk; 2019] Rating:  9/10 Key tracks: “touch”, “orbs w/ frere tuck”, “tender” This article cannot accurately represent the experience presented by galen tipton’s fake meat. It is like broken glass smashed on the floor, light sparkling off of multi-faceted surfaces or a combination of textures and composites that never…

Album Review: Wilco – Ode to Joy

By Max Semenczuk, Contributor [dBpm; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Everyone Hides”, “White Wooden Cross”, “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” Ode to Joy, Wilco’s 11th album, loses the somber overtones the band is known for, exchanging those solemn feelings for a more optimistic sound. That doesn’t mean any lyrical validity is sacrificed, however. Moreover, the band’s…

Album Review: SeeYouSpaceCowboy – The Correlation Between Entrance and Exit Wounds

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Pure Noise; 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “With High Hopes and Clipped Wings”, “Late December”, “Put on a Show, Don’t Let Them See You Fall” SeeYouSpaceCowboy came out swinging earlier this year with Songs For The Firing Squad—an intoxicating compilation of their past songs that manifested their self-dubbed, “sasscore” trademark….

Album Review: Tove Lo – Sunshine Kitty

By Maddie Young, Contributor [Universal Music AB; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Jacques”, “Bad as the Boys” Swedish singer Tove Lo has made a name for herself as a modern star with a forthright attitude toward her sexuality, and she delivers her fourth studio album, Sunshine Kitty, which details her lust for bad decisions. After…

Album Review: M83 – DSVII

By Lauren Patterson, Contributor [Mute; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Taifun Glory”, “A Bit of Sweetness”, “A Word of Wisdom” Without a doubt, 12 years is a lengthy amount of time to grow as both a human being and a musician. Within that amount of time, major projects may be completed, beliefs may be challenged…

Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence

By Amy Szmik, Contributor   [Sargent House; 2019]  Rating: 7/10  Key tracks: “Deranged for Rock & Roll”, “The Mother Road”, “Dirt Universe”  Isolating herself, singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe settled in Northern California to focus on her new album after an extensive touring regime. During the time she spent locked away, she created her 6th LP, Birth of…

Album Review: Charli XCX – Charli

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Asylum/Atlantic; 2019] Rating:  8/10 Key tracks: “Gone”, “Click”, “February 2017” It’s Charli baby! More than two years after Charli XCX’s glossy hyper-pop project, Pop 2, she has released her third full-length album, reflectively entitled Charli. A continuation of the PC Music affiliated, experimental pop developed in her latest projects, Charli…

Album Review: Pixies – Beneath the Eyrie

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [BMG/Infectious; 2019] Rating: 6/10  Key tracks: “St. Nazaire”, “Daniel Boone” Google your favorite band and the term “Pixies.” Chances are, you’ll find the artist of your fancy singing praise to the eyeball-slicing indie legends. Their story and discography are permanently canonized in the stones of alt-rock history, and just about everyone…

Album Review: JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [EQT; 2019] Rating: 9/10 Key tracks: “BBW”, “Free The Frail”, “Post Verified Lifestyle” JPEGMAFIA is back and better than ever with his third album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs. Peggy takes a more delicate approach to production on this project; however, that doesn’t mean it’s any less bizarre, innovative or…

Album Review: (Sandy)Alex G – House of Sugar

By Max Semenczuk, Contributor [Domino, 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Cow”, “In My Arms”, “Hope” House of Sugar, (Sandy) Alex G’s follow-up to his critically and commercially acclaimed Rocket, is here. Alex G has an expansive résumé, and like his past endeavors, he stays true to his tradition of recording his own work on his…

Album Review: Hobo Johnson – The Fall of Hobo Johnson

By Alexander Boddie, Contributor [Reprise Records; 2019] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Mover Awayer”, “Subaru Crosstrek XV”, “February 15th” Hobo Johnson returns with his second studio album, The Fall of Hobo Johnson. The Sacramento native continues his emo hip-hop style of music and delivers more of the same with his latest work, minus the references to…