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Mace & Crown | March 24, 2017

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Monarch Music Minute Archives * Mace & Crown

Monarch Music Minute – The Shins, P.O.S. and Charli XCX

March 17, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

‘Heartworms’ – The Shins 💿💿💿💿

In an age where indie rock has become a modernized, radio-ready mess, it’s hard for traditional indie artists to take a step up. Fortunately for The Shins, they had no trouble with reminding … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Future, Born of Osiris, José James

February 25, 2017 |

Adam Flores Editor-in-Chief

Future – ‘HNDRXX’ 💿💿💿💿

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known professionally as Future, surprised fans by dropping “HNDRXX” on Feb. 24, one week after releasing his eponymous, fifth studio album, stylized as “FUTURE.”

The Atlanta rapper’s sixth studio offering enlists the help of … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: The Regrettes, SOHN and Chief Keef

February 17, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

‘Feel Your Feelings Fool!’ – The Regrettes 💿💿💿💿💿

For any female warrior wanting to attack the patriarchy one angsty song at a time, “Feel Your Feelings Fool!” is the perfect soundtrack to your tirade. An ode to feminism … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Lupe Fiasco, Hollyn, Overkill

February 11, 2017 |

Adam Flores Editor-in-Chief

Lupe Fiasco – ‘DROGAS Light’ 💿💿💿💿💿

“DROGAS Light” is the latest offering by the American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur Wasalu Muhammud Jaco, known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco. Fiasco takes the stage under his real name when fronting rock … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Migos, Colony House and Chasing Safety

February 3, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

Migos – ‘Culture’ 💿💿💿💿

2017 is off to good start for music fans everywhere. Fortunately, rap is no exception. Migos may have fallen short in the past, but “Culture” has reestablished them as talented rap artists.

Quavo (Kirshnik Ball), … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: AFI, Nicky Jam, Nathan East

January 27, 2017 |

Adam Flores Editor-in-Chief

AFI – ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’ 💿💿💿💿💿

Goth punk veterans AFI (A Fire Inside) have returned with their self-titled release also subtitled, “The Blood Album.” A solid offering by the Ukiah, California quartet, the compilation incorporates their signature punk, … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Dropkick Murphys, The XX and Run The Jewels

January 20, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Dropkick Murphys – ‘11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory’ 💿💿💿💿

There is no better cathartic release than good, loud rock music. Dropkick Murphys have always been a reassuring voice in times of trouble and … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: The Weeknd, Justice and The Narrative

December 15, 2016 |

Richard Gabrintina Staff Writer

The Weeknd – ‘Starboy’ 💿💿💿

Ever since debuting with “House of Balloons” back in 2011, The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, has consistently sought out to reinvent R&B. In his quest, he’s mostly found success. Following his first three … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Bruno Mars, The Griswolds and In Flames

December 10, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

Bruno Mars – ‘24K Magic’ 💿💿💿💿

“If you ain’t here to party / take your ass back home,” is the lyric that best represents everything “24K Magic” is. The album reflects on the nostalgia of ‘80s and ‘90s … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: STRFKR, Alicia Keys, Sleigh Bells

November 18, 2016 |

Richard Gabrintina Staff Writer

STRFKR – ‘Being No One, Going Nowhere’ 💿💿💿💿

Because of IFC’s Portlandia, the city of Portland brings to mind the humorously eclectic. STRFKR, based out of The City of Roses, is certainly different but approaches music with seriousness. … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Two Door Cinema Club, Lady Gaga, and D.R.A.M.

November 12, 2016 |

Richard Gabrintina Staff Writer

Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Gameshow’ 💿💿💿

At the beginning of the decade, Two Door Cinema Club was the quintessential indie band. Songs like “Something Good Can Work,” “Undercover Martyn” and “What You Know,” off 2010’s “Tourist History,” became … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Warpaint, Meek Mill and Avenged Sevenfold

November 3, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

Warpaint – ‘Heads Up’ 💿💿💿

The actual embodiment of Los Anegels grunge-rock, “Heads Up” shows how Warpaint have finely tuned their alternative sound.

Two years after the release of their self-titled album, Warpaint is back and more moody than … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Jimmy Eat World, Tove Lo and Gucci Mane

October 29, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

‘Integrity Blues’ – Jimmy Eat World 💿💿💿💿💿

On what is possibly their best record since “Bleed American,” Jimmy Eat World have matured with “Integrity Blues.” No longer the self-conscious, broody, emo-type, Jimmy Eat World have successfully reestablished themselves … Read More

Monarch Music Minute – Yellowcard, The Game and the Naked and Famous

October 22, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

Yellowcard – “Yellowcard” 💿💿

 

After many years together, the band Yellowcard is saying their goodbyes. They didn’t leave their fans empty-handed, though. Along with the announcement of their departure from the music world, they also released a farewell … Read More

Monarch Music Minute – Solange, Regina Spektor and Danny Brown

October 14, 2016 |

Rich Gabrintina Staff Writer

 

Regina Spektor – ‘Remember Us To Life’ 💿💿💿💿

Born into a musical household, Regina Spektor was classically trained in piano at an early age. Spektor and her family left the Soviet Union and immigrated to the Bronx in … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Grouplove, Token and Beach Slang

October 1, 2016 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

‘Big Mess’ – Grouplove 💿💿💿💿

Grouplove has brought back their wired, eccentric feel on their new album “Big Mess.” Known for quirky lyrics and standout chord progressions, Grouplove is kind of like the weird kid at school everyone … Read More