Album Review: clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Sub Pop, 2019] 8.5/10 Key tracks: “La Mala Ordina”, “Blood of the Fang”, “Run for Your Life” The cult of the horror movie is a strong, murky corner of the greater cinema community that often only gets mainstream coverage when a film makes billions of dollars—or it’s just the month of…

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…

Album Review: Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Warp; 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Savage Nomad”, “Best Life”, “Negro Spiritual” Many artists claim to be ahead of the curve; Danny Brown is one of the few who truly is. The Detroit oddball didn’t start turning heads until the release of his 2011 mixtape, XXX, which was released four years…

Album Review: Tove Lo – Sunshine Kitty

By Maddie Young, Contributor [Universal Music AB; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Jacques”, “Bad as the Boys” Swedish singer Tove Lo has made a name for herself as a modern star with a forthright attitude toward her sexuality, and she delivers her fourth studio album, Sunshine Kitty, which details her lust for bad decisions. After…

Album Review: M83 – DSVII

By Lauren Patterson, Contributor [Mute; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Taifun Glory”, “A Bit of Sweetness”, “A Word of Wisdom” Without a doubt, 12 years is a lengthy amount of time to grow as both a human being and a musician. Within that amount of time, major projects may be completed, beliefs may be challenged…

Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence

By Amy Szmik, Contributor   [Sargent House; 2019]  Rating: 7/10  Key tracks: “Deranged for Rock & Roll”, “The Mother Road”, “Dirt Universe”  Isolating herself, singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe settled in Northern California to focus on her new album after an extensive touring regime. During the time she spent locked away, she created her 6th LP, Birth of…

Album Review: Charli XCX – Charli

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Asylum/Atlantic; 2019] Rating:  8/10 Key tracks: “Gone”, “Click”, “February 2017” It’s Charli baby! More than two years after Charli XCX’s glossy hyper-pop project, Pop 2, she has released her third full-length album, reflectively entitled Charli. A continuation of the PC Music affiliated, experimental pop developed in her latest projects, Charli…

Album Review: JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [EQT; 2019] Rating: 9/10 Key tracks: “BBW”, “Free The Frail”, “Post Verified Lifestyle” JPEGMAFIA is back and better than ever with his third album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs. Peggy takes a more delicate approach to production on this project; however, that doesn’t mean it’s any less bizarre, innovative or…

Album Review: (Sandy)Alex G – House of Sugar

By Max Semenczuk, Contributor [Domino, 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Cow”, “In My Arms”, “Hope” House of Sugar, (Sandy) Alex G’s follow-up to his critically and commercially acclaimed Rocket, is here. Alex G has an expansive résumé, and like his past endeavors, he stays true to his tradition of recording his own work on his…

Album Review: Hobo Johnson – The Fall of Hobo Johnson

By Alexander Boddie, Contributor [Reprise Records; 2019] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Mover Awayer”, “Subaru Crosstrek XV”, “February 15th” Hobo Johnson returns with his second studio album, The Fall of Hobo Johnson. The Sacramento native continues his emo hip-hop style of music and delivers more of the same with his latest work, minus the references to…