‘Gemini’ lingers in nostalgia

By Anastasia Landeros A reflective Macklemore attempts to find his new groove without Ryan Lewis on “Gemini,” his first solo album in 12 years. But Macklemore isn’t entirely alone. All but one song features a cameo from another recording artist. The reflective “Ten Million” is the only true solo track on the album and offers listeners a dreamy, slightly electronic look into the rappers struggles as an artist, a constant…

September 28, 2017

Harry Styles Album Debut Review

By Rebekah de la Pena Since the worldwide debut of boy-band One Direction, Harry Styles has been at the front and center of it all, stealing millions of girls’ hearts. Debuting his self-titled solo project, “Harry Styles”, listeners hear a very different side of this very talented 23-year-old. “Meet Me in the Hallway” starts the album off with slow and simple guitar chords. The album continues with soft sounds and singing,…

May 16, 2017

Fearless Records releases vol. 6 of ‘Punk Goes’ series

December 3, 2014

By Juan Ramirez Fearless Records adds to its “Punk Goes” series with Punk Goes Pop Vol.6 with new covers of Billboard topping hits. Fearless Records first announced a new Punk Goes album was in the works on August 14 not saying much about it but details were soon to come. A couple of months after the announcements on October 13, the album cover and the track list were released to…


Interpol’s album release fails to meet expectations

September 24, 2014

By Megan G. Razzetti Interpol returned from a four-year hiatus with the much anticipated new album “El Pintor” released on September 9. “El Pintor,” which is an anagram of the band’s name, gives listeners the sound of heavy synth-infused songs packed with the iconic crooning of lead singer Paul Banks. After a long hiatus and the departure of bandmate Carlos Dengler, Interpol produced a not-so-spectacular album. The fresh track list…


Karen O releases successful solo album

September 17, 2014

By Megan G. Razzetti The eccentric Karen O has released her intimate first solo album “Crush Songs” giving her fans a peek into her diary. Unlike O’s day job as frontwoman for the explosive band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs where many electronic elements are packed tightly into each song, “Crush Songs” is much more simple. Released on Julian Casablancas’ of The Strokes newly formed record label Cult Records, this solo…


Arcade Fire ignites funk-inspired rock on ‘Reflektor’

November 6, 2013

By Ruben Perez Indie alt-rock group Arcade Fire return to the music scene after a three-year absence with a shimmering new funk, rock sound on the 2-Disc album “Reflektor.” The sextet released their breakthrough album “The Suburbs” back in 2010. The album featured hit singles “Ready to Start,” “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” and “We Used to Wait.” The first disc of “Reflektor” is a frenzied mix of discoteque pop,…


Bowie brings back classic style

By Jesus Figueroa   An album made in secret, “The Next Day,” brings back David Bowie to the music world with an awe-inspiring mix of songs. Bowie’s first album in a decade shows off his creativity through brilliant lyrics that match, if not surpass, his previous hits such as “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance.” “Where We Are Now?”, the first single released earlier this year took fans by surprise. Bowie,…

March 13, 2013

Swift experiments with album ‘Red’

By Jesus Figueroa Life, love, and rhythm play a big part in Taylor Swift’s newest album “Red,” which was released in stores and iTunes on Oct. 22. The 22-year-old country pop star continues to impress her loyal fans with an upbeat album, which brings out another side of Swift. The album starts off with pop heavy “State of Grace,” which flatters Swift’s voice.  The beat is fast and had strong…

November 13, 2012