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Monday, February 20, 2017

Gary Clark Jr. “Blak And Blu” Review

Shining in authentic old-school blues fashion, guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr.’s major-label debut, “Blak and Blu,” brings true soul and pain back to an R&B realm that has been wallowing in overproduced hip-hop. Clark’s...

“Helter Seltzer” comes out a little stale

“Why not keep this interesting?” lead vocalist Keith Murray belts out on opening track, “Buckle.” This lyric serves as the controlling idea for “Helter Seltzer,” the fifth studio album by alternative indie rock band...

Kid Ink “My Own Lane” Review

Going to a party? If the DJ has a good ear for crowd-pleasers, be prepared to hear several tracks from Kid Ink’s newest album, “My Own Lane.” Los Angeles-born rapper Kid Ink welcomed us...

”Introverted Intuition” feels unintuitive

Chicago hip-hop artist and independent music producer Lance Skiiiwalker, recently debuted his first full-length album, “Introverted Intuition,” through Los Angeles-based hip-hop label Top Dawg Entertainment, the same record label which boasts Kendrick Lamar along...

“The Magic Whip” is pure magic

Damon Albarn has become the type of musician to tackle many projects in his career. From the mix of hip-hop, electronic and alternative group Gorillaz to his solo album “Everyday Robots,” each project he...

Still levitating: Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered.”

When I was in the 10th grade I had an internally self-declared archnemesis. He was my classmate and, internally, I hated him. He hated me. Everything I did, he tried and successfully did better....

The Shins “Port of Morrow” Album Review

The Shins, known for their singles “New Slang” and “Phantom Limb,” released their fourth album, “Port of Morrow,” their first album in five years. Even with the break, the band has not sacrificed any...

Under the Radar: Issue 09

Artist: Crying Crying is a New York-based rock trio consisting of vocalist Elaiza Santos, guitarist and keyboardist Ryan Galloway and drummer Nick Corbo. Once a chiptune act, the band has recently seen a drastic evolvement...

“Just Kids” Isn’t Alright

Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney’s fifth album, “Just Kids,” is a sentimental evocation of childhood and youth. Although the tracks on the LP are all well-produced and masterfully layered, they suffer from being far too formulaic,...

John Mayer

After a two-year hiatus and a vocal chord surgery, John Mayer has returned to the industry with a bang. Mayer’s highly anticipated new album, “Born and Raised,” was released Tuesday, May 22. The album’s...