Album Review: Migos – Culture II

By Hunter Bych, Contributor [Capitol; 2018] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Too Playa”, “MotorSport”, “Culture National Anthem” After the positive reception of “Bad and Boujee”, the main single from Culture, you could not escape the Migos. From being featured in tons of Billboard hits, to Offset’s relationship with Cardi B, they broke into the mainstream in an…

Album Review: Long Neck – Will This Do?

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Tiny Engines; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Matriarch”, “Rosy”, “Milky Way” Will This Do? is the second album by Long Neck, the stage moniker of New Jersey native Lily Mastrodimos, which has expanded into a full-fledged band. Though the album is short and simple, Long Neck pulls off a soulful and…

Album Review: Waterparks – Entertainment

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Equal Vision; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “11:11”, “Blonde”, “TANTRUM” Houston pop-rock trio Waterparks returns with their sophomore LP, Entertainment. After taking a big step in the scene with their electro-infused pop-punk aesthetic in Double Dare, Waterparks’ latest amplifies their essence with more emphasis on vocalist Awsten Knight’s overflowing flamboyance and…

Album Review: bedbug – i’ll count to heaven in years without seasons

By Tanner Bidish, Visual Media Director [Joy Void; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “rainy time of year”, “(interlude)”, “‘outside the air is getting thinner, but…’” Wrapped up in a blanket on Sunday morning while sipping hot tea, you’re looking out the window of your childhood bedroom. You don’t live here often now, but you’re here…

Album Review: Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Island; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 Key Tracks: “Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea”, “Bishops Knife Trick” Post-hiatus Fall Out Boy stuck the biggest middle finger to the pop-punk/alternative community, claiming that it’s perfectly okay to sell out as mainstream, money-hungry musicians embracing the shallowest of radio anthems. As Fall Out Boy holds a…

Album Review: Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin

By Hunter Bych, Contributor [Drag City; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Alta”, “Cry Cry Cry”, “And, Goodnight” The yearly release of Ty Segall has come upon us once again with Freedom’s Goblin, an album surprisingly longer than what is usually expected from his usual. His 10th album clocks in at 74 minutes with 19 tracks…

Feature: Nurturing a Record Label to its Nature

 By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor Meet Fredo Fosco and Michael Mangan—two music-loving friends starting up a DIY, emo/indie label from the suburbs of Chicago. Mangan, a college freshman studying business, wanted to create a site to post and share musical content, which was inspired by Making New Enemies, a collaborative media blog and record label….

Album Review: SiR – November

By Hunter Bych, Contributor [Top Dawg Entertainment; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Something Foreign” “D’evils” “Dreaming of Me” Coming out of the blue at the beginning of the year, we have SiR with his debut album under the TDE label. With a fresh face under the same label with big acts such as SZA and…

Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Sony Pictures Classics; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Are you ready for cycling, smoking, subtitles and sex with a literal fruit? Call Me By Your Name, based on the book by the same name, includes all of these underneath a relationship between 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and 24-year old Oliver (Armie…

Album Review: Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [4AD; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “ABC 123”, “Now As Then”, “Honesty” Colonization by way of gentrification is a hot topic in 2018 America, and Merrill Garbus has taken it upon herself to be the white rallying force against this injustice. It’s a noble endeavor to say the least, but…

Movie Review: Den of Thieves

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Diamond Film; 2018] Rating: 2.5/10 Usually, a heist movie is everything viewers want for a cheesy, over the top and completely unbelievable action flick. The creators behind Den of Thieves took the genre a tad too seriously, by pulling a heist of their own and tricking viewers out of their money….

Album Review: Porches – The House

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Domino; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Now The Water”, “Åkeren”, “Goodbye” The House is Porches’ third full-length album, pulling together a more electronic driving force than his previous works. The album delivers a lot of very short tracks, but they somehow don’t get lost under longer songs because of their…