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FIDLAR record review

FIDLAR record review

Kyle Seasly

February 14, 2013

FIDLAR's eponymous debut album leads with the track "Cheap Beer," whose chorus echoes "I drink/ cheap beer/ so what/ [expletive] you,"  which sets the tone for the entire album. The song sounds like the Dead Kennedys moved to So-Cal, stopped caring about politics and picked up some drug habits on the way. ...

Ingrid Michaelson explores dark vulnerability with ‘Human Again’

Mallory Martin

May 3, 2012

With the release of her fifth album, Human Again, singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson exposes us to a darker, less romantic side of her talents. In a time when audiences eat up whimsical indie performers like Zooey Deschanel and her "queens and kings of quirk" counterparts, Michaelson fit right in...

‘First Aid Kit’ delicately probes wounds of the soul

caitlinhardee

March 13, 2012

As March winds chill your bones and roil the skies in a haze of gray, revel in the melancholy for a moment and tune your ears to the sweet sorrow of Swedish folk-pop act First Aid Kit. Consisting of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the duo is making inroads in the States and garnering critica...

‘Some Nights’ brimming with anthemic Fun.

Mallory Martin

March 11, 2012

F un. is the name of the band, and their latest album Some Nights is just that. After the breakup of his band The Format, lead singer Nate Ruess went on to create Fun. in 2008. Tuesday, Feb. 21 marked the release of their second LP, which was unfortunately leaked in advance. Despite this, the albu...

‘Talk That Talk’ rarely ‘walks the walk’

Alex Hagen

February 23, 2012

Rihanna, the pop world's most prolific star, has released six full-length albums over the past seven years. Her most recent one, Talk That Talk, is an uneven, but cohesive collection of songs that center on love and sex: two topics that have been present throughout her discography. Talk That Talk's ...

Bowie’s experimental gems lie ‘Low’

Bowie’s experimental gems lie ‘Low’

caitlinhardee

February 16, 2012

In 1976, rock legend David Bowie moved to West Berlin, ostensibly to clean up, stop using cocaine and get his life back in order. Why anyone would imagine Berlin to be a suitable rehab center is unclear, but despite considerable stacked odds––the city's wild hedonism, his hard-partying flatmate Iggy P...

Pedal to the ‘Metals’—Feist releases perfect travel album

Clara Bartlett

December 1, 2011

This past summer, I went to visit my aunt in Wyoming.  I was really excited to 1.) travel alone,  2.) sit in a window seat  and 3.) listen to a fantastic playlist  (in which I had invested a disproportionate amount of time).  As I settled into my seat, awaiting departure, I pulled out my iPhone...

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