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Brockhampton party like it’s 2017 on ‘ROADRUNNER’

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // April 28, 2021

After years of countless controversies and artistic detours, Brockhampton has returned with “ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE,” focusing on emotionally potent, but colorful and bright bangers. Ever...

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Tune-Yards’ ‘sketchy.’ is indie pop for everyone

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // April 12, 2021

Coming a few years after their last full-length album, the indie oddity Tune-Yards has returned with some of their most unabashedly fun music on “sketchy.” The group’s 2018 “I Can Feel You...

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‘TYRON’ proves that Slowthai is here to stay

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // February 18, 2021

A couple of years after his breakout debut album, UK rapper Slowthai proves himself as an artist that can engage in higher concepts than some may have thought. His 2019 album, “Nothing Great About...

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Miley Cyrus looks to the past to reinvent herself today

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // December 5, 2020

Music superstar Miley Cyrus has discovered her sound in the most popular sounds of the 1980s pop landscape on “Plastic Hearts.” The 2010s saw Cyrus going through major growing pains. It seems like...

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Small town boy on the world stage: An exclusive with Dutch pop artist Duncan Laurence

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // November 14, 2020

Duncan Laurence is a singer-songwriter hailing from the Netherlands, and he’s had an exciting 2020 to say the least. With one of his singles, “Arcade” becoming a trend on TikTok as well as his debut...

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Ariana Grande is switching up positions, but it feels stale

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // November 4, 2020

After the grieving process that was her 2019 album “thank u, next,” pop superstar Ariana Grande has returned with the much more thematically light “Positions.” Ariana Grande has been through...

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Gorillaz’s ‘Song Machine’ is the perfect summer playlist—in the middle of October

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // October 29, 2020

What started out as a low-commitment string of singles gradually evolved into a full-fledged album of groovy electropop on Gorillaz’s new album, “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.” The...

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Dirty Projectors’ “Super João”: Longstreth and Co. continue their EP hotstreak

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // September 10, 2020

On “Super João”, Dirty Projectors’ eclectic style of songwriting and composition goes bossa nova while continuing their stellar 5EPs project.  The indie rock band hailing from Brooklyn...

Angel Olsen’s “Whole New Mess”: Distress, Recontextualized

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // September 4, 2020

A little over a year since the artist's last album release, American indie rockstar Angel Olsen returns with a pleasant, if not fairly stagnant reimagining of her most grandiose album to date. What was...

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Tame Impala returns with the ‘The Slow Rush’

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // February 19, 2020

“Has it really been that long?” frontman Kevin Parker asks, a question that seemed to echo the thoughts of fans everywhere who, although eager for Tame Impala’s return, were still enamored by the...

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‘Have We Met?’ is dark, terrifying and somehow danceable

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // February 19, 2020

Led by frontman Dan Bejar of “The New Pornographers,” Canadian band “Destroyer” turns nightmare fuel into dreamy sophisti-pop on their newest album, “Have We Met”. Drawing inspiration from...

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Wolf Parade attempts to revive indie rock, again

Kati Morris // January 27, 2020

On their new album “Thin Mind,” Wolf Parade is as energetic as ever, bearing a comforting dose of nostalgia with a modern perspective.  Wolf Parade isn’t exactly an indie household name, but...

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