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Monday, February 20, 2017

The confounding elegance of Frank Ocean’s “Endless”

This summer saw the release of not one, but two albums by elusive alt R-and-B artist Frank Ocean. Initially releasing “Endless,” the audiovisual album, only to release “Blonde” about 72 hours later. While many...

Wilco turns down the noise with “Schmilco”

With indie rock as their mainstay genre, you'd expect something cheery and upbeat from Wilco’s 10th studio album, “Schmilco,” especially considering their last album, “Star Wars” was chock-full of vibrant riffs and pulsating drums....

YG’s “Still Brazy” slaps, but not without caution

Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson is in a different place. Two years ago, the man known as YG was bicken back, dropping sexually brazen party anthems for the block and adequately not giving much of...

Under the Radar: Haroula Rose, Snoh Aalegra and Injury Reserve

The Highlander appreciates artists in all forms, even those less renown. As such, in our "Under the Radar" series, we bring light to the underappreciated and incredibly talented. Enjoy. Haroula Rose If there is anything one can...

Radiohead, sonic transformation and “moon shaped pool” of defeat

Radiohead fans are weird. As raving, rabid ones ourselves, we can tell you that upon hearing that their website was slowly disappearing, we logged on and watched it disappear in real time over the...

Ariana Grande transforms into a dangerous woman

Say goodbye to the pretty in pink, cutesy Ariana Grande we all know, and make room for the dangerous woman she has become. In her third studio album, “Dangerous Woman,” Grande showcases a more...

“Coloring Book” ascends Chance’s ultralight beam to new heights

Rating: 8.7 / 10 Chance The Rapper opens his highly anticipated third mixtape, “Coloring Book,” gleefully repeating the phrase “And we back” alongside crescending beat claps and evolving harmonies. This is the first of many...

Kaytranada releases everything you’d expect, while leaving desire for more

Classifying Kaytranada under any genre does the Montreal-based producer and DJ a disservice. His chops are versatile, ranging from chillwave and deep house to R-and-B and funk, yet there prevails a distinct sound with...

“Bottomless Pit” has a lot of depth

On May 5, experimental rap group Death Grips dropped their fifth studio album, “Bottomless Pit.”  Almost all of the 13 tracks drip with their signature mashup of rapid-pace lyrics, furiously heavy percussion and dense...

Drizzy is the weakest link on “VIEWS”

2015 was Drake’s year: after releasing “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” out of the blue in January to critical acclaim and fanfare, Drake went on to drop the hottest single of the...