Top Dawg Entertainment backs SZA’s first album release

Top Dawg Entertainment backs SZA’s first album release

April 16, 2014
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Coming off the heels of two successful EPs, “See.SZA.Run” and “S,” American artist SZA released her debut album, “Z,” on April 8. SZA is the latest artist to sign with independent L.A. rap label Top Dawg Entertainment, joining a powerhouse lineup including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul... Read more »

Metronomy’s ‘Love Letters’ fails to charm

Metronomy’s ‘Love Letters’ fails to charm

March 13, 2014
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U.K.-based band Metronomy released their fourth studio album, “Love Letters,” on March 10. This latest effort from the alternative-electronic group trades the clean, synth-based pop of previous album “The English Riviera” for fuzzier sounds. While a bold departure, the retro gimmick falls... Read more »

Real Estate covers familiar territory on third album

Real Estate covers familiar territory on third album

March 4, 2014
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Indie rock group Real Estate released its third studio album “Atlas” on March 4. Coming off the heels of its critically acclaimed second album “Days,” the New Jersey-based band sticks to its trademark gentle style on “Atlas,” but with a new, slightly more melancholy mood. The album does... Read more »

Schoolboy Q shows multiple sides with ‘Oxymoron’

Schoolboy Q shows multiple sides with ‘Oxymoron’

February 26, 2014
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Of all the artists that make up the L.A. rap group Black Hippy, Schoolboy Q might be the hardest to pin down. The media generally labels Kendrick Lamar as the de facto leader of the group, Jay Rock as the burly voice of the street, Ab-Soul as the intellectual young buck and Schoolboy Q as … who,... Read more »

M.I.A. taps into spiritual side with ‘Matangi’

M.I.A. taps into spiritual side with ‘Matangi’

November 5, 2013
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In the Hindu tradition, the goddess Matangi represents the expression of inner knowledge. But she is also, perhaps paradoxically, associated with pollution and outsiders. And as the namesake for M.I.A.’s fourth studio album, “Matangi” is often a gentle, even spiritual, listen, but it includes jagge... Read more »

Danny Brown mixes classic, innovative sounds on ‘Old’

Danny Brown mixes classic, innovative sounds on ‘Old’

October 2, 2013
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Since he started rapping as a child, 31-year-old Danny Brown’s rise to fame is a strange story. After announcing his third studio album in December 2012, he changed the name of the album at least once, performed at Coachella, flirted with Kathy Griffin, toured with Bauuer, headlined his own tour, a... Read more »

Weeknd’s vocal talents shine on debut studio album

Weeknd’s vocal talents shine on debut studio album

September 11, 2013
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“Kiss Land” is the debut studio album by Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd. Following three critically acclaimed mixtapes in 2011 (“House of Balloons,” “Thursday” and “Echoes of Silence”) and a 2012 remastered compilation project of that series called “Trilogy,... Read more »

Iron & Wine’s album feels too polished, not risky

Iron & Wine’s album feels too polished, not risky

April 17, 2013
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“Ghost on Ghost,” the fifth studio album from singer-songwriter Iron & Wine, aka Sam Beam, dips its musical toes into a variety of genre pools. Influenced by jazz, pop and R&B, the new album is perhaps Beam’s most refined effort yet. There are moments in “Ghost on Ghost,” like the ... Read more »

‘Wolf’ proves singer has potential for maturity

‘Wolf’ proves singer has potential for maturity

April 1, 2013
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Whether they intended to be in the spotlight or not, it has been a huge year for the Odd Future crew. The Los Angeles-based music collective includes popular names like Earl Sweatshirt and Grammy-winner Frank Ocean, as well as frontman Tyler, the Creator. While Ocean’s “Channel Orange” is re... Read more »

Macklemore

Macklemore

March 14, 2013
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Seattle rapper Macklemore has been part of the indie rap scene since 2000, but he was only recently catapulted to fame by smash single “Thrift Shop.” Macklemore’s music has been criticized as being too poppy, annoying or not heartfelt enough. Regardless of whether you like him, he is one of the most genuine rappers on the scen... Read more »

Tyler Johnson triumphs in Ultra Violet Live

Tyler Johnson triumphs in Ultra Violet Live

February 22, 2013
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Click on the image for more photos from UVL. On a bitterly cold Thursday evening, hundreds of NYU students braved the cold and lined up outside of the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the 10th annual Ultra Violet Live, the finals of NYU’s annual Inter-Residence Hall Council-sponsored t... Read more »

Music you missed while we were gone

Music you missed while we were gone

January 28, 2013
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The world of music waits for no one, let alone college students on winter break. Here is a brief rundown of highly anticipated albums released earlier this month that were too good — or bad — to ignore. “Anything in Return” — Toro Y Moi South Carolina artist Chazwick Bundick, also kno... Read more »

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