Album Review: Kevin Abstract – Arizona Baby

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [RCA; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Joyride”, “Baby Boy”, “Boyer” Brockhampton frontman Kevin Abstract has returned to the solo scene with his new three-part album Arizona Baby. It’s been three years since Abstract released solo content and this album makes it clear that he has matured and evolved over the…

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: Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

By Maria Lubanovic, [Sister Polygon Records; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “The Seduction of Kansas”, “Good Time Charlie”, “Carol” Priests bring political power through twisted narrative lyrics and driving soundscapes, making their second LP on Sister Polygon, The Seduction of Kansas, a showcase of punk ideology and dirty rock riffs. Questions of bodily autonomy, motivation,…

Album Review: Billie Eilish – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Darkroom/Interscope; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “xanny”, “you should see me in a crown”, “listen before i go” When Finneas O’Connell first wrote “Ocean Eyes” for his band The Slightlys, the future of the song was beyond the scope of his expectations. It was when his younger sister breathed life…

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…

Album Review: Lena Raine – One Knowing

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Self-released; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Tsukuyomi”,”Insomnia”, “Trance State” After widespread critical acclaim from her release Celeste OST, Lena Raine has used her momentum to release a debut album, One Knowing, that stands alone as a sonic experience, unaccompanied by partnered media. While the OST for Celeste is a perfectly tailored…

Album Review: Weezer – Weezer (Black Album)

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Crush Music / Atlantic; 2019] Rating: 4/10 Key tracks: “Piece of Cake”, “Byzantine” Weezer already dropped an album less than two months ago. So, why is there suddenly another one? Does Rivers Cuomo have literally nothing better to do than crank out pure cheese and not the kind that anyone…

Artist Profile: Andrés

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Photos by Blacksheep Imaging] “When you’re up on a stage, don’t be the hero that they want, but what they need,” Andrés gracefully sings in the closing lines of his Heroes, Villains, and All That Jazz opener, “Andrespacito”. Reiterating his father’s teachings to be more than just a musical artist but…

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: Emilie Kahn – Outro

When thinking about the realms and possibilities of pop, indie and even alternative music, the harp is not traditionally considered a regular choice in the ensemble. Fortunately, there is someone out there looking outside of this box, bringing a unique sound to the genre. Formerly known as Emilie and Ogden, Emilie Kahn’s Outro is a gorgeous collection of tracks that masterfully combines the light themes of a harp with hard-hitting synth and breathy tones.

What’s Going On – March

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the sun to shine all the time to enjoy some amazing local music. Who: Horseburner, Akula, Gudger When: March 1, 10 p.m. Where: The Union, 18 W Union St West…

Album Review: Lil Data – Folder Dot Zip

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [PC Music; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Supablievan”, “BOING”, “Poleten” Lil Data’s music is described aptly through just their name. In their latest release, Folder Dot Zip, their aesthetic cohesion becomes even more defined. Lil Data plays with sound like it’s in a digital sandbox environment, testing out each parameter…