Album Review

American Football returns for round three

American Football LP3 Polyvinyl · March 22, 2019 American Football has been known for pairing vocalist Mike Kinsella’s authentic lyrics about teenage angst with unique instrumentals, influencing two decades’ worth of emo and math rock bands. Their third self-titled album, referred to as LP3, is what happens when teenage angst turns into middle-aged angst. Aside from […]

St. Vincent’s ‘Actor’ turns 10

St. Vincent Actor  4AD · May 4, 2009 Actor, St. Vincent’s sophomore album, is filled with contrasts: screeching guitars, Annie Clark’s heavenly voice, angelic string sections, and lyrics that reveal crushing anxiety upon further inspection. These compositional opposites can be viewed as a metaphor of the deception people have towards themselves and others, as stated by […]

Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’ turns 40

Talking Heads Fear of Music  Sire Records · August 3, 1979 “To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.” – David Byrne Born out of art school academia and the first wave punk scene at CBGB’s, Talking Heads was a group armed with intellectualism and intention. Unlike their New York City contemporaries, the Heads weren’t interested […]

Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Turns 15

Kanye West The College Dropout Roc-A-Fella Records · February 10, 2004 The early 2000s was a time before Kanye West was the controversial, absurd character we know him as today. The year 2004 was a full year before Kanye’s first high-profile outburst, the unexpected but ultimately somewhat sympathetic speech that culminated in declaring, “George Bush doesn’t care […]

Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ Turns 10

Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino Records · January 6, 2009 Coming off three innovative, creative and original albums in a row, in 2009, Animal Collective had almost nothing to prove to their fan base. They were about emotional, driven, catchy, but still extremely experimental albums that each had their own flavor. From the folky and fast […]

Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ Turns 25

Green Day Dookie Reprise Records · February 1, 1994 In 2019, it’s hard to believe that when Green Day released Dookie, the band’s major-label debut, listeners berated the band for selling out. Now, after many more releases which have arguably gone downhill, the album stands out as an iconic piece of the pop-punk giant’s discography. Dookie […]

SASAMI (of Cherry Glazerr) makes solo debut with ‘SASAMI’

SASAMI SASAMI Domino Records · March 8, 2019 SASAMI is the self-titled debut album of LA-based artist Sasami Ashworth. Having made a name for herself as part of the rock band Cherry Glazerr, she’s ready to take the spotlight herself. Throughout the album, Sasami shows off her talent as an all-around songwriter. Every song on the […]

SWMRS makes a statement on new full-length ‘Berkeley’s On Fire’

SWMRS Berkeley’s On Fire Fueled by Ramen · February 15, 2019 Since the success of their debut album Drive North, SWMRS has taken control of the punk rock scene. Now, with the release of their sophomore album Berkeley’s On Fire, they’re leaning on fans’ support in an effort to evolve their sound. Despite carrying notes of […]

Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ Turns 20

Britney Spears …Baby One More Time Zomba Recordings · January 12, 1999 Before the days of “It’s Britney, bitch,” full-denim red carpet outfits, and the infamous shaved head, life was much simpler. Britney Spears was just a 16-year-old all-American blonde singer on the verge of pop stardom. Her debut album, …Baby One More Time, released 20 years […]

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