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Album Review: Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley’20

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

Released: October 30, 1970

Rate: 10/10

LIYL: Billy Joel, Chicago, Paul McCartney, James Taylor

First and foremost, I would like to give credit to Billy McLaughlin (Class of 2020) for recommending this masterpiece of an album. In “Tumbleweed Connection,” Elton John incorporates a unique twist on his classic and iconic style that has made an indelible mark on music history. He takes his audience to the cowboy era of the Midwest in each ballad with his mesmerizing and soulful piano-playing and distinct vocals accompanied by the harmonica, drums, guitar, and harmonies that are sure to stick in your head and draw you right back in when the album concludes. Some of my personal favorites include “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun,” “Country Comfort,” and “Where To Now Saint Peter?” (more…)



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Album Review (New Release): John Mayer – The Search for Everything – Wave One

Friday, February 10th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: William O’Connor ’20

John Mayer – The Search for Everything – Wave One

Released: January 20th, 2017

Rate: 8.5/10

LIYL: Train, Ed Sheeran, and the John Mayer Trio

This first “wave” had a lot of hype leading up to its release and it’s finally here. This is his first release since Paradise Valley and Born and Raised,  those two albums being very different compared to what he has put out in the past. They were definitely not his best, and in anticipation of this new release we were all hoping for a huge improvement, something different from the singer-songwriter. For one thing, his trio band members who have made some of John Mayer’s best music with him, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, are backing in the drums and bass. They played songs with him such as “Gravity”, “Who Did You Think I Was”, “Daughters”, and “Try”. (more…)



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Album Review: Fractal Cats – The Tower

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley

Fractal Cat – The Tower

Rate: 8.5/10

LIYL: Brooks Long and the MadDogNoGood, Pink Floyd, Stanley Roots

Local Baltimore band Fractal Cat released their third album “The Tower” on the 26th of this month. It can now be streamed online via Spotify and Apple music and purchased on iTunes and CD as well.  Previous albums include “Loving Kind” released in 2014 and “The Eye in The Dawn” released in 2012. All three albums have a similar musical style, so if you liked “The Tower,” check the other two! As a band inspired by the golden age of rock n roll when legends like Buddy Holly and Smokey Robinson dominated the music world, Fractal Cat is known for their personal twist of trippy, psychedelic rock. (more…)



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Album Review: Gift Shop-Jokes Jokes Jokes

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Stephen Vanyo

Gift Shop– Jokes Jokes Jokes

Rate: 9.5/10

I had the chance to catch Gift Shop live when one of my bands played the same show that they did in a garage in suburban Nazareth PA. The PA was quiet and noise were just bouncing off the walls but even with all that, they sounded like they belonged on much larger stages. Gift Shop is the project started by former members of the gone-to-soon pop punk act Grandview as well as fellow massachusetts band The Dirty Looks.  (more…)


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Album Review: Buenos Diaz – Buenos Diaz

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: William O’Connor

Buenos Diaz– Buenos Diaz

Rate: 7.2/10

LIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Jack White

This is a band I’ve never heard before, and I was not only surprised but impressed. The first song, Hem Haw, is a short intro that opens up the album and shows off its instrumentals. After hearing this intro you can know what to expect for the rest of the album. (more…)



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Staff Picks: Jeremy’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Jeremy Stephenson’17

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb-15. Led Zeppelin – IV (untitled) –  

This is by far my favorite Zeppelin album. Start to finish this album will take you to magical places far away. The bluesy folk rock feel will make you dance your face off but still keep your neck sore from all the head banging. Remember to soften it up with Going to California.


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Staff Picks: Will’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Will O’Connor’20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb-55. Young Chasers – Circa Waves – 

This is the new Brtish band’s first album and it’s great. This whole album just makes you think of happy times. The suns shining, you’re on vacation with no worries and you’ve got this album playing through your headphones. This is what I picture of what it feels to be stress free. “Get Away” and “T-Shirt Weather” are summer anthems that will make you listen to them endlessly on repeat. This album is very professional and has very catchy guitar riffs to go along with the catchy melodies.


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Staff Picks: Steve’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Stephen Vanyo’17

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

 * Disclaimer these rankings aren’t hard and true, please don’t get mad at me for not putting Beyonce on this, Beyonce has her time elsewhere *

170x170bb5. D.R.A.M – Big Baby DRAM – 

Fresh off the success of “Cha Cha”, D.R.A.M  dropped his soul influenced, positivity laced new LP “Big Baby D.R.A.M”. With features coming from everyone from Lil Yachty to Erykah Badu, D.R.A.M shook up the hip-hop world with his energetic style of hip-hop. Described by D.R.A.M himself as “trappy-go lucky music”, D.R.A.M clearly differentiated himself from his counterparts this year. “Broccoli” is a certified party anthem.


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Staff Picks: Claire’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley’ 20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb5.) I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! – Janis Joplin – 

I loooooove Janis Joplin and especially this album. Janis suffered a lot in her childhood from bullying and struggled later in life with love and not surprisingly, drugs and alcohol. In this album, she really pours her heart out and opens herself up to her fans about everything that she’s going through and how it effects her. She’s so genuine and straightforward in her music and that’s especially shown in this album.

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Jakubi – Rock n’ Roll Hotel, DC 09/29/16

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by The Professor

jakubi-092916-jerome Words & Photos by Jeremy Stephenson
Hailing from the land down under, Jakübi is a five-piece band that is something entirely different from what you have been listening to. Comprised of five great guys who were all best of friends, actually family, before making music. There are the two brothers, Jerome (vocals and talkbox) and Jacob (bass and moog), the cousins, Adam (or Addzy, guitar) and Jesse (drums) and last but not least the mutual friend of everyone, Rob (guitar). Coming from relatively new beginnings, Jakübi released their first recorded song, “Can’t Afford it All” in 2013 and second, “Holiday” within three weeks of each other gaining more than a 100,000 listens on SoundCloud. Ever since those days of jamming for hours in their studio in Melbourne, Jakübi has been gaining a formidable following in both America and Australia. Recently signing to Epic Records in 2015, Jakübi released their first EP, 61 Barkley (the address of where they recorded their first songs) headlined by their single “Nobody Better”. (more…)



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