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J. Cole | Middle Child | Single Review

Dreamville Records, Roc Nation, & Interscope Records Rating: Thumbs Up A year since the release of his album KOD, J. Cole released a banger with his new single “Middle Child.” The melody starts with a clean and steady tempo that remains consistent throughout its runtime. The

Vampire Weekend | Harmony Hall/2021 | Single Review

Columbia Rating: Thumbs Up After six years of silence, indie rock combo Vampire Weekend has released brand new singles “Harmony Hall” and “2021.” The former and more substantial track features a baroque-influenced guitar solo, afro-pop rhythms, and Ezra Koening’s breathy timbre—all attributes of a classic

Beirut | Gallipoli | Album Review

4AD Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Globally-influenced indie rock staple Beirut returns. Throughout Beirut’s musical career, they have proven their consistency. What they are now is nearly identical to Gulag Orkesrar in 2006. Their pre-established sound is pure comfort. Gallipoli takes listeners on a

Boy Harsher | Careful | Album Review

NUDE CLUB Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars The self-described dark electronic band Boy Harsher released their new album Careful on Feb. 1. Despite gothic influences, the new album falls closer to classic new-wave bands, like New Order or Depeche Mode but retains a certain

Bring Me the Horizon | amo | Album Review

RCA Records Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Some albums are a lot like clouds, passing softly by, but this one is a storm of fun. English rock/metal band Bring Me the Horizon’s sixth studio album amo truly lives up to its name in its


Stop, Drop, and Listen Today I’ve felt the need to gouge my eye out at multiple junctures in multiple classes. This urge comes over me when I make the mistake of tuning in to the vapid comments taking place during class discussions. These boil down

Winding back the tape

How cassettes are helping indie bands Cassette tapes are making a comeback. BuzzAngle released a report called “2018 year-end report of U.S. Music Industry Consumption” that found that cassette sales grew from 99,400 to 118,200 units in The United States. Part of this comeback has to

Digging the scene at YMH

Local band holds show for EP release Local band, Digg, released their new self-titled album, at Your Mom’s House on Jan. 25. Joining  them were a handful of other local acts including The Cereal Company, Elder Grown, and MoonRadish, filling the night with funk and

Sub Urban | Cradles | Single Review

NCS Rating: Thumbs Up Sub Urban’s recently released song, “Cradles,” is his first single, and one that keeps listeners hungry for more. The single is heavily based in electronic music but seamlessly incorporates unexpected sounds that blend the piece uniquely together. The lyrics and rhythm

Why Don’t We | Big Plans | Music Video Review

Atlantic Rating: Thumbs Up Why Don’t We’s newest single, “Big Plans,” is a song about being enough. It’s a song about aspirations and consolations, asking listeners to “love me for who I am, and for who I’m gonna be.” In typical boy band fashion, the