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The Best Tracks on “Lemonade”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

April 28, 2016

Last weekend, Beyoncé released her sixth album “Lemonade” on HBO. Here are some of the tracks that stuck out.

Glass Animals Releases Fresh Psychedelic Indie Rock Album Zaba

Glass Animals Releases Fresh Psychedelic Indie Rock Album Zaba

Emma Dahl

September 18, 2014

Illustration by Sophie Cooper-Ellis. If you're a fan of alt-J's eclectic musical style, you should be sure to check out Glass Animals' summer release, Zaba. The album is a psychedelic indie rock manifesto that channels a sultry, creative and effortlessly cool vibe. Each track is crafted from the ground...

Beck’s New LP Marks Impressive Change

Vincent Warne

February 20, 2014

Beck has been curiously absent from the music scene for the past few years, or at least hiding in the background. He has kept himself busy producing, collaborating with other artists, occasionally touring and releasing the occasional single, as well as undertaking his odd 2012 Songbook project. But he...

Neko Case’s New Album a Blaze of Hope, Redemption, Style

Emma Dahl

September 26, 2013

Neko Case never disappoints. Ever since Blacklisted, her 2002 release, the level of quality of her alt-country/folk/indie rock/Americana songwriting has never faded. Her newest release, the wordy The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, is no exception. It...

The Year of Abundant Anniversaries

Adam Heymann

September 19, 2013

Music is one of those things that invoke feelings of youth and novelty to any listener regardless of a piece's numerical age. In 2013, numerous monumental albums are celebrating anniversaries, from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon in 1973 all the way down the rock-and-roll spectrum with Minor Th...

The Strokes’ Comedown Machine Falls Short of Cohesiveness

Illustration by Asa Mease

Emma Dahl

April 18, 2013

The Strokes, one of the greatest modern post-punk bands (in this reporter's humble opinion), is a group that has a clear evolutionary arc in its style; beginning with the debut album Is This It, The Strokes' sound was beautifully unassuming. The instrumentation of their first album was simple, just what you'd find in a typical punky garage...

STRFKR’s New Album ‘Miracle Mile’ Channels Energy, Color and Good Vibes

Illustration by Katie Emory

Emma Dahl

February 27, 2013

Miracle Mile, Portland, Ore. band STRFKR's third full-length album, is a colorful continuation and development of the band's percolating electronic style. The last two albums that the band released were great, of course––but it is this reporter's humble opinion that Miracle Mile is their best yet. Dynamic, sugary and poppy in the best wa...

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. ...

Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Silver & Gold’ Overflows with Christmas Cheer

Emma Dahl

December 6, 2012

Sufjan Stevens is no stranger to the Christmas music scene. Songs for Christmas, released in 2006, contained 5 EPs with a total of 42 traditional, original and instrumental tracks recorded between 2001 and 2006. Silver & Gold is its follow-up, totaling 58 tunes on five volumes recorded over the past six...

Frank Ocean: An Introduction and 5 Reasons to Listen

Clara Bartlett

November 29, 2012

This summer, I was introduced to Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE. The R&B album offers a blend of desensitized wisdom and reflective passion. Listening to the album is similar to the feeling of watching a tidal wave crash on mute volume, with the emotional strength of the music resonant, but at the s...

‘Love This Giant’ full of eccentric life, purpose

Emma Dahl

September 27, 2012

Love This Giant is an eclectic, exciting, flamboyant album that eludes any kind of categorization. While it could be lost in the sea of other great albums that came out this September, Love This Giant stands out because of the unexpected but brilliant partnership that produced its vibrant sound: the collab...

‘First Aid Kit’ delicately probes wounds of the soul


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...

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