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MONTE  BOOKER AND NAJI

LIU: The Music on My Playlist

1. ‘Mona Lisa’ — Monte Booker and Naji Monte Booker is a hip-hop and electronic music producer best known for co-founding Zero Fatigue, a Chicago-based rap group. Blending soul, rhythm and blues and electronic sounds, Booker never fails to deliver. “Mona Lisa” exhibits his killer production skills, dropping a punchy[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide, Uncategorized
PITCHFORK

Concert Review: The Drums at the Black Cat

The Drums shared an intimate experience, rather than a basic performance, with its audience at its Nov. 16 gig at the Black Cat. At the casual and well-worn venue, there was little space between the performers on stage and the audience on the floor. The intimacy of the Black Cat[Read More…]

by December 5, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Concert Review: Dessa at the Black Cat

Concert Review: Dessa at the Black Cat

No two  songs by rapper singer Margret Wander, better known by her stage name, Dessa sound the same — and her sold-out show at the Black Cat on Nov. 10 proved just that. Her vocal skills and range of musical talents were on full display, and her rapport with the[Read More…]

MAROON 5

Album Review: ‘Red Pill Blues’

★★★☆☆ Fifteen years and five albums since the release of its critically acclaimed debut, “Songs About Jane,” quintessential pop rock group Maroon 5 is creating quite a different sound. The sultry rock songs that launched the band to stardom in the early 2000s would not find a place on its[Read More…]

NIALL HORAN

Concert Review: Niall Horan at the Fillmore

One Direction fans are now faced with a new predicament: having to see each member of the boyband perform individually. Gone are the stadium shows where screams were louder than the music. Those have been replaced by intimate venue performances bringing life to the members’ promising solo careers. At Niall[Read More…]

ANDINO: Top Hits From Latin Music Royalty

ANDINO: Top Hits From Latin Music Royalty

“La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Celia Cruz The direct translation of “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” is “the black woman has swagger,” and Celia Cruz embodied this title, proving that she was the “queen of salsa.” Cruz was not just a talented musical artist but an inspiring figure as well. She[Read More…]

RAPSODY

Album Review: ‘Laila’s Wisdom’

★★★★☆ The artist Rapsody, otherwise known as “Carolina’s Finest,” has provided casual rap listeners with tantalizing glimpses at her skill over the past few years. Her features on Kendrick Lamar’s legendary 2015 release “To Pimp a Butterfly” and Anderson .Paak’s 2016 “Malibu” have established that she is a rising female[Read More…]

by October 31, 2017 0 comments Music, The Guide
COURTESY ANNIE SCHLECHTER

CELENZA: What’s on My Playlist

Duke Ellington’s adaptation of “Rhapsody in Blue” – The Duke Ellington Orchestra Like a lot of music fans, my playlist is constantly in flux — but this recording from 1962 is always in the mix. When George Gershwin originally composed “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1924, he combined European classical music[Read More…]

MADDY FORBESS/THE  HOYA

Concert Review: RAC at the Black Cat

Critics of electronic dance music claim that the genre is too mechanical, but Portuguese DJ RAC challenges this notion, as he brought each of his songs to life onstage during his show at the Black Cat on Oct. 5. His vision blends the upbeat, high-energy elements of hip-hop with the[Read More…]

MEGHAN MANDI/THE HOYA

Concert Review: Mura Masa at the 9:30 Club

Alex Crossan, better known as Mura Masa, may only be 21 years old, but he has already built quite a name for himself as an electronic musician. Emerging into the industry at age 17, Mura Masa used SoundCloud as a means of dispersing his music to wider audiences. After his[Read More…]