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Tove Lo | Sunshine Kitty | Album Review

Island Records Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Sunshine Kitty, as the title implies, is odd. The album opens with a Chili Pepper’s-like guitar riff and some sampling of Italian dialogue before transitioning into “Glad He’s Gone,” in which Tove Lo tells a friend (that

Taylor Swift | Lover | Album Review

Republic Records Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars A sign of a great artist is someone who keeps pushing boundaries instead of treading familiar territory after seven albums. Taylor Swift’s experiments with different music genres are notably less clunky in Lover than her previous release Reputation,

Hoodie Allen | Whatever USA | Album Review

Self-Released Rating: 5 out 5 stars Hoodie Allen is making waves yet again in the independent rapper territory with the release of his fourth studio album, Whatever USA. The record takes fans back to some of Allen’s first releases with nostalgic feeling, yet still contemporary

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

Mike Posner | A Real Good Kid | Album Review

Islands Records Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Two years since the release of his second album, At Night, Alone, Detroit artist Mike Posner released his third studio album, A Real Good Kid. Unlike the upbeat, fast-tempo electronic hip-hop of his previous work, such as

James Blake | Assume Form | Album Review

Polydor Records Rating: 4 out of 5 stars The sample-based electronic music producer and vocalist James Blake returns with his latest full-length release, Assume Form. With a wide variety of instrumentations and song structures, Assume Form is gentle, soothing, and contemplative.  More than anything, Blake

John Carpenter | The Shape Returns | Single Review

Sacred Bones With the release of the 2018 version of Halloween, composer John Carpenter has given the classic piano theme a 21st century update with a classic 1970’s touch. “The Shape Returns” maintains the original skittery piano and adds retro-sounding synth chords in a minor

Black Motion | Moya Wa Taola | Album Review

Sony Africa Rating: 4 out of 5 stars With this latest LP, Moya Wa Taola, South African electro-dance duo Black Motion delivers another smooth and uncompromising record. With a wider range of instrumentation and higher production value than previous records, Moya Wa Taola provides a

Cat Power | Wanderer | Album Review

Domino Recording Co. Rating: 4 out 5 stars Charlyn Marie Marshall, known best by her stage name Cat Power, released her first album since 2012, titled Wanderer. The album is powerful in its simplicity. Most tracks feature only Marshall’s voice with a piano, the occasional