Sharon Van Etten announces spring 2020 tour

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Ryan Pfluger/Pitch Perfect PR] According to an article in Pitchfork, Sharon Van Etten has announced the dates for her 2020 tour in support of her album Remind Me Tomorrow. The tour will begin on April 17, 2020, in Baltimore and will see its conclusion on April 28…

Meet the DJ: MC Mo

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Alexis Karolin] Morgan Spehar dreams of working for a publication like National Geographic and writing about climate change when she graduates.  “If we’re going to be able to fix anything, the public needs to know what [scientists] are doing, why they’re doing it and why the science works,” Morgan…

Artist Profile: Jessi Blue

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo via Spotify] Raw emotion is true to Jessi Blue’s brand as a musician. Accompanied by record-pops and a calm, jazzy demeanor, lyrics such as “My sanity is bound by a single thread / You left me a letter and I cried when I read,” convey the deep, dark wounds of…

Album Review: Kanye West – Jesus Is King

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Def Jam / GOOD; 2019] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Selah”, “God Is”, “Use This Gospel” 2018 was perhaps the most turbulent year in Kanye West’s career. Although never afraid to challenge his audience’s loyalty, his recent outlandish tweets, unhinged interviews and an inexplicable embrace of Donald Trump have made the past…

Album Review: Cigarettes After Sex – Cry

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Partisan; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Don’t Let Me Go”, “You’re the Only Good Thing in My Life”, “Kiss It Off Me” When Cigarettes After Sex emerged with their sultry haze of noir ambient pop in 2017, their music naturally became a perfect accompaniment for candlelit evenings and starry-eyed pillow…

Album Review: Caroline Polachek – Pang

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Perpetual Novice; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10  Key tracks: “Pang”, “I Give Up”, “Door” Caroline Polachek’s debut album, Pang, is full of emotional swings and subtleties that go unnoticed but not unfelt. Danny L. Harle and Polachek’s production feels light and airy, sweeping through you in a way that barely rustles your…

Album Review: Eartheater – Trinity

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Chemical X; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “High Tide”, “Super Soaker”, “Pearl Driver” Trinity is the third full-length studio album from American multimedia artist Eartheater, a.k.a Alexandra Drewchin. Her composition is dark sludge spread thinly across the project, as each track surrounds its listener in a cloud of ambiance structured…

Meet the DJ: Blue

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Swipe Out Hunger] Abby Jeffers spent her days growing up near the Park of Roses in Clintonville, Ohio, making mixed CDs. Today, she spends her days in Athens, Ohio, still just as in love with music.  “I guess for me, the radio show is an extension of [making…

Atmosphere release new song, announce upcoming tour

By Micah Organ, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Dan Monick] Hip hop duo Atmosphere released their latest single, “Bde Maka Ska,” on November 8 via Rhymesayers Entertainment. With the release of this song comes the announcement of their upcoming North Ameican tour, The Wherever Tour.  Read more: Lucy Dacus releases new track titled “Fool’s Gold” “Bde…

Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Surviving

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Exotic Location Recordings; 2019] Rating: 6/10  Key tracks: “Criminal Energy”, “Recommit”, “All the Way (Stay)” Twenty years ago, Jimmy Eat World released their third full-length album, Clarity. In retrospect, it’s a deftly crafted blueprint for second-wave emo that brought malleability to the genre with their dynamic, forward-thinking qualities. Then, the…

Single Review: Harry Styles – Lights Up

By Lauren Patterson, Contributor [Columbia; 2019] Rating: 8.5/10 Stepping into the light, Harry Styles returns with his new single “Lights Up”. Upon concluding his first solo tour in 2017-2018, in which he played songs from his debut album, Harry Styles, Styles hit the studio to begin working on his second album, finally giving fans the…

Banoffee releases first single and music video from upcoming debut album

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Phebe-Schmidt/Banoffee] Austrialian pop up-and-comer Banoffee announced on Wednesday, October 23 that her debut album, Look at Us Now Dad, will be released on February 21 via Cascine and Dot Dash. Along with the announcement, Banoffee shared the first single from the album, titled “Tennis Fan” (feat. Empress Of), and…