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: 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…

Album Review: Erik Phillips – One

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Joy Void; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Happen”, “Wrong”, “Interstate 95” We’ve come to the point where whenever you hear the term “indie rock”, it can mean anything. With accessibility to music software becoming more and more easier, it seems like there has been an influx of independent artists who…

Album Review: Anna Burch – Quit the Curse

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Polyvinyl, 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Belle Isle”, “In your Dreams”, “What I Want” After spending years working with several different bands, indie-pop singer/songwriter Anna Burch picks herself up by the bootstraps, releasing her debut album, Quit the Curse. Focused on both budding romances and unsatisfying relationships, the record is full of…

Album Review: The Spook School – Could It Be Different?

By Connor Stroff, Contributor [Slumberland; 2018] Rating: 7/10  Key Tracks: “Still Alive”, “Less Than Perfect”, “Body” The Spook School‘s Could It Be Different? marks the Edinburgh-based indie-rock quartet’s third and most polished album to date. Frontman Nye Todd writes lyrics which sentiment his experiences with gender dysmorphia (“Body”), surviving sexual assault (“Still Alive”) and searching for relief in…

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…