Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Ventura

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Aftermath; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Come Home”, “Make It Better”, “Winners Circle” Just six months after his latest project, Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns to the music scene with Ventura. Oxnard was launched with a lukewarm response from many of .Paak’s fans, but Ventura sees him returning to a style…

Album Review: Wallows – Nothing Happens

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Atlantic; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Are You Bored Yet?”, “Scrawny”, “Ice Cold Pool” On their debut album, Nothing Happens, Wallows dyes their colorful, upbeat instrumentation a dark gray with their moody vocals. The project is filled with songs that make for excellent background music, but it rewards close listeners…

What’s Going On – April

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Even though the school year is winding down, that doesn’t mean the music is going to leave with it. Here’s a look at all of the events going on this month. Who: Yuckmouf, Wormtooth, Taung Child When: April 1 Where: The Babecave The Babecave will feature Philadelphia bands Yuckmouf and…

Album Review: Solange – When I Get Home

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Columbia; 2019] Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Stay Flo”, “Almeda”, “My Skin My Logo” On When I Get Home, the listener finds Solange in a peculiar position. Her fourth studio album, Solange embarks on a new path, one more stripped back than she previously explored on her earlier project, A Seat…

Album Review: Lil Pump – Harverd Dropout

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Warner Bros.; 2019] Rating: 3/10 Key tracks: “I Love It”, “Off White”, “Vroom Vroom Vroom” In his sophomore album, Harverd Dropout, Lil Pump shows how far he can fall as an artist. Most of the tracks on this project find Lil Pump lacking his signature bombastic energy that brought him…

The Jonas Brothers reunite, drop new single after six-year hiatus

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of the Jonas Brothers/Republic Records] After a nearly six-year hiatus, the Jonas Brothers have finally decided to grace the world with their voices once again. The group announced their reunion Thursday morning and, at midnight of the next day, released a music video that shot to the top…

Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Tweens

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with guitarist and vocalist Bridget Battle and guitarist Phil Valois of Tweens. So, you guys have been together for a while, right? Bridget: No, not necessarily. I’ve been a part of Tweens since about the latter half of 2012 and I had an initial lineup…

Album Review: CZARFACE / Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Silver Age; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Face Off”, “Super Soldier Serum”, “The King Heard Voices” In Czarface Meets Ghostface, the supergroup composed of Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric comes together with Ghostface Killah to drop some bars over the ‘90s east coast hip-hop beats they are known for. Although…

Album Review: Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Kemado; 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Fare Thee Well”, “Here My Love”, “Poly Blue” On her third studio album, Quiet Signs, Jessica Pratt effortlessly blends tender acoustic guitar and eerily familiar vocals to form a beautiful sonic composition. The project feels as if it was plucked from the 1960s, but…

Between the Bars: “Rapp Snitch Knishes” by MF DOOM

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Hello, and welcome back to Between the Bars. I’d like to start this year with one of my favorite artists, MF DOOM. We’re going to be examining the second verse of “Rapp Snitch Knishes” from his album MM.. FOOD. In this piece, DOOM mocks his fellow rappers who choose to…

Math Rock Monthly: Tricot

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Math rock isn’t my specialty by any means and my brief foray into the genre somehow made me thankful that I only speak one language. Tricot, Japan’s premier math/ indie/ prog rock quartet is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I’d wager that it’s best described as a shot of uneasy,…