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TARINA TOURET/THE HOYA

Concert Review: LANY at Fillmore Silver Spring

“This experience can only be heightened by enthusiastic response and involvement.” As the lights dimmed, these words filled the and the crowd began to scream. Suddenly, Paul Klein, the lead vocalist of LANY, appeared on stage and began to sing “Dumb Stuff”, the first song of the 21-song set planned[Read More…]

KEVIN GATES

Album: ‘By Any Means 2’

★★★★☆ There are few musicians who can claim to have put out a full-length mixtape from prison — and even fewer who can say that it is among their finest works. But Baton Rouge, La. rapper Kevin Gates’ latest mixtape, “By Any Means 2” has proven to loyal fans and[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, Music, The Guide
ROSTAM

Album: ‘Half-Light’

★★★★☆ The sound of “Half-Light” is best described by its cover. The colors are bright and warm, evoking sensitivity and emotion, while the image itself is pixelated, belying a digital, distorted element. The Persian characters suggest foreign musical influences. Yet, each part comes together around the friendly figure in the[Read More…]

ED SHEERAN

Ed Sheeran at Capital One Arena

  Mere seconds after stepping on stage at Capital One Arena on Tuesday, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran brought his largely teenage audience to its feet with the upbeat radio track “Castle on the Hill.” Using just a guitar — one of several to be played throughout the night — and[Read More…]

by September 22, 2017 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
JUICY J

Album: ‘Highly Intoxicated’

★★★☆☆ Juicy J dropped his new mixtape “Highly Intoxicated” on Monday as an exclusive release on DatPiff, a free online mixtape distribution platform that specializes in hip-hop and rap music. With a name like “Highly Intoxicated,” Juicy J’s new mixtape carries a certain set of expectations. Sticking true to his[Read More…]

by September 22, 2017 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
ALEXANDRA BRUNJES/THE HOYA

Concert Review: MHD

At just 22 years old, French rapper Mohamed Sylla, better known by his stage name, MHD, is already making his mark on the international music scene. The rising star performed at U Street Music Hall this past Friday to a venue packed with eager fans. MHD, whose stage name is[Read More…]

by September 19, 2017 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Album: ‘Sleep Well Beast’

Album: ‘Sleep Well Beast’

★★★☆☆ Political strategist Karl Rove described The National’s song “Walk It Back” as “a euro tech pop thing.” The National’s response? “F—k you, Karl.” Rove was asked to comment on the song because “Walk It Back” features a recitation of an infamous quote about political manipulation of reality, which is[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
MADEINTYO

Album: ‘True’s World’

★★★☆☆ Just over a year ago, Malcolm Davis, better known as MadeinTYO, emerged from relative anonymity in the mainstream music scene with his hit single, “Uber Everywhere.” Within months, the song was playing on every radio station and at every party, solidifying the rapper’s place as a viral star. Since[Read More…]

RCA RECORDS

Album: ‘Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy’

Mac Dressman is a Hoya Staff Writer. ★★☆☆☆ The title of A$AP Mob’s latest album may be telling — it is as if the group got “too cozy” after the success of its latest album, and neglected to put the same amount of effort into “Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy.”[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
DFA RECORDS

Album Review: ‘American Dream’

Nick Harrison is a Hoya Staff Writer. ★★★★★ “I can’t make you a promise,” front man James Murphy sings on “Change Yr Mind,” the fourth track on LCD Soundsystem’s fourth and newest studio album, “American Dream.” Promises have certainly been relevant to Murphy’s career: He once promised that LCD Soundsystem’s[Read More…]

by September 6, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide