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Entertainment

The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ still has me tuning in

I can rarely say that a 55-year old album is still on my heavy music rotation to this day. The Beatles sixth album “Rubber Soul” was released on December 3, 1965. The album title is derived from the term “plastic soul,” a colloquialism for un-authentic soul music, with the Beatles […]

Entertainment

Surprise Gorillaz track honors afrobeat drummer Tony Allen

Breaking their pattern of posting a track approximately one month apart from each other, Gorillaz’ “Song Machine” initiative released a new track on May 2. The unexpected track “How Far?” features rapper Skepta and drummer and songwriter Tony Allen. The track was released earlier than previously scheduled tracks in honor of […]

Entertainment

‘Aries’ fails to continue Gorillaz ‘Song Machine’ potential

Continuing their “Song Machine” initiative, which sees a new track released almost every month, Gorillaz released their latest track, “Aries,” on April 9. “Aries” features Peter Hook from Joy Division on bass and music producer and drummer Georgia on drums, a change different from the prior iterations of “Song Machine” […]

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Dua Lipa combines past and modern pop on ‘Future Nostalgia’

Few modern albums take the risk of combining decades-old stylistic choices with new arrangements and succeed in the process. Dua Lipa is a British singer famous for her 2017 debut self-titled album along with her collaboration with Calvin Harris on the song “One Kiss.” “Future Nostalgia” was released Mar. 27 with […]

Features

Hindley creates her own sound

After taking piano lessons from touring musician Ted Sablay of The Killers and releasing her first single, local artist Hindley wants to continue making music. Reese Hindley Johnson, who goes by Hindley as a musician is 14 years old and is a freshman MCMC student. “I started playing piano around […]

Entertainment

Gorillaz shouldn’t be sorry for ‘Désolé’

Returning a month after their previous single, “Momentary Bliss,” Gorillaz released their newest song “Désolé” on Feb. 27. The second single from the “Song Machine” initiative, “Désolé,” features Malian actor and singer Fatoumata Diawara. Gorillaz creator Damon Albarn and Diawara had previously worked together on Albarn’s project “Rocket Juice and […]

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‘The Rise’ fails to raise the bar

When some artists release new music, fans question what they’ll get — some artists deliver more of the same, however. Connecticut rapper Witt Lowry released the single “The Rise” Jan. 28. The track is Lowry’s first published work since his 2019 album “Nevers Road.” Clocking at a little under four […]

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‘UR FUN’ was not fun for my expectations

With a very select style of pop dominating the mainstream music scene, indie pop releases seem to go under the radar. Of Montreal is a band that debuted in 1996 and has incorporated elements of 1960’s psychedelic pop, indie rock, indie pop, alternative punk and dance rock through the years. […]

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‘Sirens’ foreshadows promising future for Bear Ghost

Rock band Bear Ghost debuted their new single “Sirens” across music streaming platforms Jan. 17. Originating from Phoenix, Ariz., Bear Ghost is best known for their work producing Adventure Rock music. This genre is defined by its use of storytelling, solo work and developing melodic tone to craft songs that […]

Opinion

Spotify algorithm misses the note

Spotify is great! It tracks your music tendencies and then tells you how your year’s music flowed using a complicated algorithm.  This is great — unless you share your account or do album reviews for a newspaper. Unfortunately, I shared my account in 2018, then started to do album reviews […]