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Saba Enters the Spotlight

Saba Enters the Spotlight

By Lola Leuterio

May 8, 2018

On April 5, 2018, Chicago rapper Saba released his second studio-produced album “Care for Me,” an original and artistic expression of his own overwhelming mental health struggles. The emotional depths and skillfully crafted beats that “Care for Me” pours forth make it impossible not to wonde...



By Emily Pavis

May 3, 2017

When I heard that Kendrick Lamar had dropped an album after a year-long hiatus, I immediately begged my mom for a Spotify subscription. After listening to his latest album, I have concluded that I will happily pay $9.99/month myself for a subscription just to listen to his album on repeat.     ...

FUTURE and HNDRXX: So Close in Time but So Far Apart

FUTURE and HNDRXX: So Close in Time but So Far Apart

By Emily Pavis, Maxwell Williams

April 18, 2017

FUTURE  By Emily Pavis From Atlanta, “street banger” rapper, Future grew up with the nickname “The Future of Rap” due to his musical talent in his youth. This sobriquet wasn’t too far off considering that this trap artist was the number one on the Artist 100 Billboard in 2015, 15 of h...

My Nü Religion is THEY.

My Nü Religion is THEY.

By Hanna Nygard

March 31, 2017

Through strobe lights and a haze of smoke, “THEY.” rose up above the crowd, in the San Francisco Social Hall, to exceed the standards the audience had for a new group. Dante Jones and Drew Love created their own R&B and rap duo, formed in Los Angeles. This is THEY.’s first tour as an official...

Kevin Gates’ “Islah”

Kevin Gates'

By James Finn

May 4, 2016

The term “vulnerable” is rarely used to describe gangsta rappers.The likes of Mac Dre, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, all of whom pioneered the genre, hardly provided a template that encouraged their successors to wear their emotions on their sleeves. But on his major-label debut, “Islah,” ...

Beach House’s “Thank Your Lucky Stars:” I’m Thankful For It

Beach House's 

By Cam Vernali

November 28, 2015

There's no time like the present, and this seems to be especially true for indie band Beach House, who just released their second album of 2015. "Thank Your Lucky Stars" was released on October 16, only a month and a half after the release of Beach House's first album of 2015, "Depression Cherry." "Thank...

“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

By Kevin Lee

April 2, 2015

Drake’s catchy new album, “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” captures the essence of trap with flowing lines and hard beats. Anyone can bump to his music and it’s hard not to feel the vibe. Drake’s unannounced album also brings the Beyoncé to the beat as he didn’t need to hype the...

Karen O’s Heartbroken Crush Songs

Karen O's Heartbroken Crush Songs

By Claire Donohue

October 2, 2014

On September 9, 35-year-old rock musician Karen Lee Orzolek (better known by her stage name Karen O) released her debut solo album “Crush Songs.” The South-Korean born American musician began her career as the lead vocalist and pianist for the indie rock band “Yeah Yeah Yeahs.” Their group...

Beck Mellows Out for Morning Phase

TONING IT DOWN: “Morning Phase” is Beck’s 12th album and has a much softer sound.

By Daniel Carroll

April 20, 2014

It’s been nearly ten years since Beck released his quirky, psychedelic and loud album “Mellow Gold,” which included “Loser” the song that put him on the map. Since then, he has revealed the ever-expanding spectrum of music that he produces. The album “Morning Phase,” released in February,...

Pearl Jam Still Jammin’ 22 Years Later

Pearl Jam Review

By Daniel Carroll

November 23, 2013

Two decades after “Ten,” the album that boosted Pearl Jam to the level of Nirvana in the ‘90s world of grunge rock, Pearl Jam has released their 10th studio album, “Lightning Bolt.” As in the past, Pearl Jam has lived up to their monstrous expectations. “Lightning Bolt” sounds like a typical...

Bonobo stays consistent with “The North Borders”

Erykah Badu opened with a DJ set for Bonobo at The Warfield on May 3.

By Chris Henn

June 3, 2013

In DJ sets, producer Simon Green drops tracks by UK bass heavyweight Mosca and the up-and-coming Dauwd alongside his own material. When he put out a remixed version of his Black Sands album last year, the release included sophisticated acts like Cosmin TRG, Lapalux and FaltyDL. It’s clear that Green (better ...

“One Direction” infection sweeps the U.S.

By Emma Boczek

May 22, 2012

Yesterday’s pop music phenomenon, Bieber Fever, is now a thing of the past. Today, the epidemic that’s sweeping the world is One Direction infection. The British five-member boy-band called One Direction has gained immense popularity in North America in recent months, following the March 13 release...