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Thursday, June 22, 2017

“Trumpeting Ecstasy” is a blistering shock wave of nihilistic rage

Before disregarding Full of Hell as a by-the-numbers grindcore, black metal, powerviolence or whatever extreme metal hybrid label you prefer (harsh grinding death is still my favorite), consider the versatility in their abrasive sonic...

“Slowdive” and the graceful maturation of ‘90s shoegaze

“Slowdive” is the final act in what the band would liken to a cinematic representation of their musical journey. Fitting, that their debut EP bore their name as well, as if to anticipate the...

“This Old Dog” movingly bridges “Salad Days” to early adulthood

    The first time I ever listened to Mac DeMarco was during the summer of 2015, just after he released his mini-LP “Another One” and just before I started my first year of college. I...

Mary J. Blige reflects on heartbreak but evokes strength in “Strength of a Woman”

Following 2014’s critically acclaimed “The London Sessions,” Mary J. Blige released her 13th album, “Strength of a Woman” on April 28. Rewritten following her divorce with now ex-husband and manager Kendu Isaacs, Blige’s new album reflects on...

Cold War Kids replicates more of the same with “L.A. Divine”

If I told you that I once saw Cold War Kids perform at my middle school’s cafeteria when I was in seventh grade, would you believe me? No? Yes? Well, it's true. See, on...

Future reconquers Atlanta’s throne?

He actually does no such thing. But, he did drop two albums within two weeks and that’s pretty crazy. There is something to be said about the rate at which trap artists push out...

Big Sean brings us into his life and aims to motivate on “I Decided”

At 28 years old, Detroit rapper Big Sean has certainly come a long way from humble beginnings. With poppy, lyrically shallow singles like “Dance A$$” the public reception of projects such as “Finally Famous”...

“The Chief” brings a personal and original sound to the hip-hop genre

“The Chief” is the debut studio album by Jidenna, the Nigerian-American hip-hop and R&B artist previously best known for his Grammy-nominated single, “Classic Man.” The album starts strong with “A Bull’s Tale,” a song about...

Thundercat melts brains on intoxicating new record, “Drunk”

There are wild moments on “Drunk” that make me feel like I’m on an Adult Swim show, high off imagery and infectious grooves alone. There are also sobering moments on “Drunk” that make me...

Thundercat melts brains on intoxicating new record, “Drunk”

There are wild moments on “Drunk” that make me feel like I’m on an Adult Swim show, high off imagery and infectious grooves alone. There are also sobering moments on “Drunk” that make me...