Music

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Review: ‘American Teen’

★★★★★ The ordinary coming-of-age narrative common to the albums of seasoned artists finds its way onto “American Teen,” the sharp debut album of 19-year-old soul singer Khalid. His ability to follow up his unanticipated hit “Location” with an act of the same caliber is a testament to the direction his[Read More…]

MIGOS

Concert Review: Migos

“Migos is bigger than the Beatles.” What started as a satirical comparison has become a near serious debate. Sparked by the inescapable single “Bad and Boujee,” which topped the Billboard charts for three weeks, Migos’ new stardom has caused many to reconsider this old joke and wonder if it may[Read More…]

LIVE NATION

Concert Review: “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience

A sudden thrust of a chorus of violins began the concert with the iconic opening theme of “Game of Thrones.” Smoke billowed from center stage as the Iron Throne rose from beneath. Giant screens synced with the orchestra’s performance played the “Game of Thrones” title sequence, drawing the audience into[Read More…]

A Conversation with Bastille’s Kyle Simmons

A Conversation with Bastille’s Kyle Simmons

British pop-rock group Bastille quickly rose to fame in 2013, following the release of hit single “Pompeii” — one of the most streamed tracks that year. Since then, the band has lost none of its momentum, keeping its schedule full with performances, tours and frequent releases of music, most recently,[Read More…]

ED SHEERAN

Album Review: ‘÷’

★★★★★ Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran rapidly rose to fame with the release of his debut album “+,” pronounced “Plus,” in 2011, despite having produced countless extended plays beforehand. Since the release of “+,” the British pop sensation has consistently remained high on the charts with an ever-growing fan base and impressive[Read More…]

LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Songs of Struggle and Spirit

Nat King Cole. Ella Fitzgerald. Chuck Berry. Aretha Franklin. Kendrick Lamar. When it comes to understanding the power of black artists in the American musical landscape, there is certainly no shortage of icons from which to choose. In fact, it is impossible to discuss the history of American music without[Read More…]

RELIEF IN ABSTRACT

Concert Review: XXYYXX

Many old-school DJs lament the lack of skill and creativity of their newer counterparts. As technology has advanced, mixing and beat-matching has become easier than ever, meaning that the bar for entry into deejaying is low. This situation has created a glut of overhyped DJs who play pre-produced sets and[Read More…]

Album Review: ‘Zombies on Broadway’

Album Review: ‘Zombies on Broadway’

★★★★★ Singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon’s greatest mainstream success came with the release of his debut solo album “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness,” whose standout single “Cecilia and the Satellite” saw enough airplay that most listeners are likely to recognize it. Formerly the vocalist and songwriter of indie rock band Something Corporate[Read More…]

Album Review: ‘Future’

Album Review: ‘Future’

 ★★★☆☆ Those who listen to hip-hop artist Future generally fall into two camps: They either love him, or they hate him. Critics cite his style of “mumble rap” and monotony as reasons for their dislike of his music, but many faithful fans simply enjoy the rapper’s music and cannot[Read More…]

1ST and 15TH ENTERTAINMENT

Album Review: ‘DROGAS Light’

★★★☆☆ Lupe Fiasco’s career has been tumultuous in recent months; after a series of tweets in response to his ostensibly anti-Semitic lyrics and talks of an early retirement in 2016, the Chicago rapper cancelled the release of two upcoming studio albums. Luckily for his fans, however, Lupe Fiasco has finally[Read More…]