Reviews


Blood Orange Releases Sophomore Album “Cupid Deluxe”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Billy Dries

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Blood OrangeCupid Deluxe

Letter Grade: A

Today Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange released his sophomore album, Cupid Deluxe, world wide via Domino Records. Opening with the lead singles, “Chamkay” and “You’re Not Good Enough”, the album draws you in and sets you up to be blown away by the third track “Uncle Ace”, possibly the pinnacle of Dev Hynes’ young song writing career.
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What Albums Are We Listening To This Week?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Billy Dries

Beach_House_-_BloomKait Connaughton – Beach House – Bloom

By no means is Bloom a new release, but it is by far one of my most listened to albums in recent memory. Boasting the emerging ethereal/dream pop genre, Baltimore’s very own Beach House transcend the musical experience via their use of synthesized instruments and deep, emotion-fueled, whispering female vocals. Pick up this album and change your music listening experience; you won’t regret it.

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Staff Picks 11.3.2013

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by Billy Dries

Billy DriesNight Time, My Time – Sky Ferreirasky-cover

Sky has been on the public radar for years now, she’s allegedly hooked up with Miley Cyrus, and got busted for drugs, and shed a pop star that didn’t start on Disney Channel!…Whats this? Billy’s pick is a pop album?… Freak yeah it is, this album rocks it out and delivers a sound the likes of which hasn’t been heard in a Pop album since the likes of Michael Jackson, or Madonna.


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Guilt Trips – Ryan Hemsworth Reviewed

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Billy Dries

Ryan-Hemsworth-Guilt-TripsRyan Hemsworth – Guilt Trips

 

 

Letter Grade – B+

 
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Review: Glass Animals EP – Glass Animals

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Margaret Jokoh

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Glass Animals

Grade: B+

Harvest Record’s recording artist, released their 4 track self titled EP, “Glass Animals.” The album has a haunting/spacey sound. The indie pop band makes use of synthesizers and artificial sounds to bring each songs to life. Dave Barley’s voice definitely keeps the listener captured and wanting to listen more and more. The album is very innovative and captures the essence of who Glass Animals are and is a great indicator of what’s to come from them in the future.



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Review: Adding up the wasted hours – The Lonely Forest

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Margaret Jokoh

The-Lonely-Forest-Adding-Up-the-Wasted-HoursAdding up the wasted hours

The Lonely Forest

Grade: A

The Lonely Forest, an indie rock band from Anacortes, Washington releases their fourth studio album,  Adding up the Wasted Hours on October 15, 2013. The album is a mix of indie rock and the influence of synthesizers to give it a unique sound. The introduction of synthesizers really enhances the sound of each and every song. The Lonely Forest though does not stray to far from from its indie roots. Adding up the Wasted Hours is similar to music from the Bombay Bicycle Club and Vampire Weekend. Every song on the album is a new journey that the listener is taken on. (more…)



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Reflektor- Arcade Fire: Reviewed

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Billy Dries

Arcade Fire - CoverReflektor

Arcade Fire

 

Letter Grade: Ralphie’s A++++++++++++++++++

 

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Beach Fossils and Kurt Vile at Ottobar

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Billy Dries

On Sunday, October 27th my travels took me to a local favorite, The Ottobar. The grungy little bar featuring a tiny  stage, and an equally small dance floor to match is one of the best venues in the city to see live music, and on Sunday, Beach Fossils and Kurt Vile shared the stage.
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Review: Linkin Park – Recharged

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by Margaret Jokoh

Recharged_ItunesRecharged

Linkin Park

Grade: D

The rock band, Linkin Park released its second remix album, Recharged, on October 29, 2013. The album fell short from the band’s usual numetal sound. It was manufactured, and not as organic as the band’s usual sound. The remix album sounds very dubstep, which usually would be a great thing to add to a rock sound. (more…)



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Humming House Review

Monday, October 28th, 2013 by Kathryn O'Brien

HH-Cover-3000x3000-300x300It’s rare nowadays to hear a folk band that sounds truly authentic and not just like a Mumford and Sons rip-off band. Humming House sticks out among these other folk bands as a rarity. They are talented, entertaining, melodic and above all, authentic. Humming House is a Nashville-based, string quintet consisting of the upright bass, guitar, banjo, ukelele and various other instruments. Perhaps the reason why they sound so authentic is that their sound is a unique blend of American and Irish folk, bluegrass and even soul. Their debut album is a raucous good time that will transport you to a dance hall somewhere deep in the boondocks. For example, it is virtually impossible to listen to their song “Gypsy Django” and not want to clap, dance and sing along. Conversely, “When the Dawn Becomes the Day” is a soft, mellow song that is perfect for laying back, relaxing and enjoying the sheer musical and lyrical talent of Humming House. This quintet is sure to entertain and is a gem in the folk music scene. They are currently on tour so be sure to go on their website to see if they are coming to a city near you.



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