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Unwrapping the Sufjan Stevens Christmas Collection

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist The season of the Christmas album is upon us, and as we start to pick our Yuletide tunes for this year, we will inevitably draw from the categories we draw from with all music: what we grew up with and what we found ourselves. If you particularly love music and […]

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The Enduring Magic of the Concept Album

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist There’s nothing quite like diving into an album and letting yourself stew in it for a while. To enjoy a record from beginning to end is to appreciate an artist’s full and complete vision, and to get inside their psyche, in a way. But sometimes this can go even further. […]

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Jaws of Love: Tasha Sits Close to the Piano Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Jaws of Love Album: Tasha Sits Close to the Piano Label: K-Rizzla Records & House Arrest Distribution Release Date: September 22, 2017 It would be inaccurate to say that all acoustic indie pop albums sound the same. It’s more accurate to say that among the leagues of sad singers […]

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Revisiting A Classic: Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies

By Neil Manning Music Journalist It’s 1968, and the past two years saw releases of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s, respectively. Two amazing albums that sounded so different, but truly remarkable. In 1968, a third album in the same vein is set to be released, Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies, an album that I […]

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Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Julien Baker Album: Turn Out the Lights Label: Matador Release Date: October 27, 2017 The wars that rage within ourselves can often be the most devastating in the small sphere of our individual lives. The destruction that results from these battles is unexplainable to those who don’t understand them, making it difficult to […]

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Concert Review: Two Door Cinema Club at ACL

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Two Door Cinema Club are no strangers to the Austin music scene. From their first show in town seven years ago opening up for Phoenix at Stubb’s, to performing as one of ACL’s 2016 headliners, the lads made their way back to town once again, this time performing at ACL […]

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Album: Lotta Sea Lice Label: Matador Release Date: October 13, 2017 Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are two of the biggest indie rock acts working today, so when their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice came out on Oct. 13, most reactions to it (including my […]

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Pile: A Hairshirt of Purpose Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Pile Album: A Hairshirt of Purpose Label: Exploding In Sound Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 If there is any true form of justice in this world, then Pile is poised for a breakthrough. For the past six years, the Bostonian rock band has been making weird, wonderful, and […]

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Kemba: Negus Review

By Jesse McMann Rap Music Journalist Artist: Kemba Album: Negus Release Date: June 30, 2016 Website: https://kembaland.bandcamp.com/album/negus “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” This certainly proved true for Bronx rapper Kemba when Kendrick pulled him on stage to rap during a recent concert in Brooklyn. Previously known as Y.C. the Cynic, Kemba has now decided it’s […]

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Alvvays: Antisocialites Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Alvvays Album: Antisocialites Label: Polyvinyl Release Date: September 8, 2017 There’s no shortage of indie rock albums about relationships. But in an environment oversaturated with with synth-heavy, reverb-soaked breakup songs, how do you push the bar forward? There’s no right answer, but there are bands that are tinkering with that […]

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Iron & Wine: Beast Epic Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Artist: Iron & Wine Album: Beast Epic Release Date: August 25, 2017 Website: http://ironandwine.com/beast-epic Label: Sub Pop Records Indie folk artist Samuel Beam, better known as his stage name Iron & Wine, has released his highly anticipated sixth studio album Beast Epic. Prior to listening to the record, I had no […]

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Corbin: Mourn Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Corbin Album: Mourn Release Date: September 5, 2017 Label: WEDIDIT Website: https://soundcloud.com/spookycorbin Corbin is back, and while he may not be all grown up, he’s certainly no kid anymore. The Minnesota native first went viral under the names Spooky Black and Lil Spook back in 2013 and 2014, then […]

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Vic Mensa: The Autobiography Review

By Alex McMann Hip Hop Journalist Artist: Vic Mensa Album: The Autobiography Label: Def Jam Records Website: http://vicmensa.com/ Vic Mensa, a native to Southside Chicago, began his solo career in 2013 after the break up of the group, Kids These Days. Mensa’s early accomplishments include joining J.Cole and Wale on tour in 2013, being on […]

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Guantanamo Baywatch: Desert Center Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Guantanamo Baywatch Album: Desert Center Label: Suicide Squeeze Records Release Date: August 4, 2017 Website: https://guantanamobaywatch.bandcamp.com/ Guantanamo Baywatch is a Portland based trio composed of guitarist/vocalist Jason Powell, bassist Chevelle Wiseman and drummer Chris Scott. Most would label the group as garage surf rock although the members identify their genre […]

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Lovely Bad Things: Teenage Grown Ups Review

by Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Lovely Bad Things Album: Teenage Grown Ups Release Date: August 25, 2017 Website: lovelybadthings.bandcamp.com/ One of the things inherent to punk rock and all the genres that derive from it is a combative resentment of the way things are, or feeling like you’ve been dealt a bad hand in life. […]

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Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist  Artist: Lana Del Rey Album: Lust for Life Release Date: July 21, 2017 Website: lanadelrey.com It is hard to believe that it has been six years since famous singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released her homemade vintage music videos for “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”. Her mysterious, but compelling persona made […]

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