Album Review: Machine Girl – The Ugly Art

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Kitty On Fire; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Status”, “NWOFKA Skullboy”, “Full Metal Dipshit” With little to no warning, Pittsburgh-based cyber-punk duo Machine Girl have released their latest project, fittingly entitled The Ugly Art. Leaving Orange Milk and debuting on Kitty On Fire, the band continue to deliver a variety of…

Album Review: Jerry Paper – Like a Baby

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Stones Throw; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Grey Area”, “My God”, “Losing the Game” A hint of lofi, a dash of vague mourning, a cup or two of chorus-dripping guitars to taste, three tablespoons of warbly synthesizers and an overwhelming dose of gloomy, indulgent vocals stacked on psych drums and grooving…

Album Review: Quavo – QUAVO HUNCHO

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Quality Control; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Key Tracks: “FUCK 12”, “RERUN”, “LOST” On his debut solo album, QUAVO HUNCHO, Quavo leaves his compatriots behind in order to prove he is a competent stag artist. However, the Atlanta icon has managed to prove the opposite. Instead of distancing himself from the sound that…

Album Review: Yowler – Black Dog In My Path

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Double Double Whammy; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Where Is My Light”, ”Aldebaran”, ”WTFK” Black Dog In My Path is indie-rock artist Yowler’s second album. Yowler is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Maryn Jones, and it’s morphed into more than just a side project of Saintseneca and All Dogs. Through this…

Album Review: boy pablo – Soy Pablo

By Dewy D’Amore, Contributor [777; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Feeling Lonely”, “Sick Feeling”, “Losing You” Norwegian indie-pop artist boy pablo has released his sophomore EP, Soy Pablo, and it’s exactly what you would expect. boy pablo seems to combine the instrumental techniques of Mac DeMarco (predominant reverb and chorus effects on the guitar and…

Cursive – Vitriola

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [15 Passenger; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Pick Up the Pieces”, “Remorse”, “Ouroboros” “Society has got a heinous case of crabs / everybody’s got an itch to scratch,” sings Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, vexed with utter bitterness, resenting the mess of a political climate that America limps through today. Though…

Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Polyvinyl; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Only Acting”, “Make Believe”, “Dear Future Self” Kero Kero Bonito is back with Time ‘n’ Place, their debut album on Polyvinyl Records. Only their second full-length album, they have taken an impressively-daring departure from their recognizable and catchy electropop, j-pop and hip-hop cross that propelled them into…

Album Review: Cat Power – Wanderer

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Domino; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “You Get”, “Black”, “Me Voy” On her tenth studio album, Wanderer, Cat Power is an artist, weaving notes like beautiful pigment onto a blank canvas. The artist, whose real name is Chan Marshall, is a master of her craft and has nothing to prove, and…

Adrianne Lenker – abysskiss

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Saddle Creek; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “terminal paradise”, “cradle”, “abyss kiss” You may know Adrianne Lenker as the singer-songwriter of Big Thief, but her solo work stands apart. By herself, she is gentle, loving and calm, asking existential questions and trying to find solace in her songwriting. abysskiss is…

Album Review: Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V

By Tarein Phillips, Contributor [Young Money; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Let It Fly”, “Mona Lisa”, “Used 2” Following a lengthy legal battle with business partner and close friend Birdman, the process of releasing Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V for the past four years has been difficult. With constant pushbacks of the release date, fake tracklists…

Album Review: Hippo Campus – Bambi

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Grand Jury; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Doubt”, “Bubbles”, “Golden” Hippo Campus’s latest album, Bambi, ushers in a new era for the Minnesota indie-rock band. Their goal was to create an album as separate individuals under the name Hippo Campus, instead of just simply making another Hippo Campus record, and they…

Album Review: foodman – Aru Otoko No Densetsu

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Sun Ark; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Body”, “Tabij2”, “Sauna” Two years have passed since 食品まつり a.k.a foodman’s three experimentally challenging and intriguing albums: EZ Minzoku, S.A.F.E., and IKEIKE. Aru Otoko No Densetsu, his newest full-length album on Sun Ark Records, once again puzzles musical communities around the world and proves his…