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Mace & Crown | June 28, 2017

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album review Archives * Mace & Crown

Bleachers Are Anything But ‘Gone Now’

June 8, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Still basking in the afterglow of their wildly successful debut album, Bleachers have proven they are anything but “Gone Now.” Three years after the release of “Strange Desire,” the band has refined their sound and bare … Read More

The Halsey Saga Returns Within a ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’

June 8, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

If Halsey’s 2015 debut studio album, “Badlands,” represented her psychological condition as a conceptual artist, then hearing her June 2 sophomore release “hopeless fountain kingdom” is a continuation of that dystopian narrative.

Born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (Halsey–derived … Read More

Brace Yourself: Papa Roach’s ‘Crooked Teeth’

May 24, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Written and recorded deep in the trenches of a cramped North Hollywood studio, Papa Roach present “Crooked Teeth,” their ninth studio album in a nearly 25-year career. The 10-track mix finds the Vacaville, California, quartet revisiting … Read More

Album Review: ‘Harry Styles’

May 16, 2017 |

Elizabeth Proffitt | Contributing Writer

Harry Styles released his first self-titled album May 12. The greatly anticipated solo album takes Styles in a new musical direction, departing from mainly pop songs that he wrote in One Direction, towards … Read More

Back to the Future: Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’

May 15, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

The ‘80s just called. They want Paramore.

Something happened since the release of the pop-punk trio’s 2013 self-titled album. Lost are the violent colors of frontwoman Hayley Williams’ hair and anthemic vocal … Read More

Kendrick Lamar Has the Whole World Saying “DAMN.”

April 22, 2017 |

Destiny Webb | Contributing Writer

Kendrick Lamar has done it again, and his latest album will leave you saying “DAMN.” The Cali rapper’s fourth studio album, “DAMN.,” was released April 14 and hip-hop listeners are still going crazy.

Lamar first teased fans when … Read More

Sheeran Bares All on ‘Divide’

April 10, 2017 | 1

Darryan Miller | Contributing Writer

After taking a year-long hiatus, Ed Sheeran is back and better than ever. His third studio album, “Divide,” released March 3, is an amazing combination of love, growing up and self-acceptance.

The 12-track album, which shares the … Read More

Monarch Music Minute

April 7, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | Staff Writer

Andrew McMahon Blasts Off

‘Zombies On Broadway’ – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon made his initial mark on the alternative genre with the release of his self-titled, debut album. Securing a dedicated fan base with the … Read More

Track by Track: Big Sean’s ‘I Decided.’

March 30, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera Contributing Writer

After his “TWENTY88” album release with Jhene Aiko back in 2016, Big Sean finally dropped his fourth studio album, “I Decided.,” on Feb. 3. Produced by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings, the album features the two … Read More

Monarch Music Minute – Spoon, Drake and Zara Larsson

March 24, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | Staff Writer

‘Hot Thoughts’ – Spoon 5/5

Possibly the most underrated indie band to ever grace the scene, Spoon have returned with yet another striking masterpiece.

Three years post “They Want My Soul,” “Hot Thoughts” has managed to take Spoon’s … Read More

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

Glass Animals Get Weird With ‘How to Be a Human Being’

February 24, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham Staff Writer

Indie-rockers Glass Animals have graduated from their muted psychedelic sound of “Zaba” to a more refined atmosphere. Coming together to create something personable and interesting, the band has taken a step up from their already … 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

Album Review: David W. Jacobsen’s ‘Begin the Chagrin’

February 9, 2017 |

Adam Flores Editor-in-Chief

Singer-songwriter David W. Jacobsen’s latest release, “Begin the Chagrin,” continues his trademark acoustic, folk rock meanderings combining poetry, satire and storytelling. His latest effort presents an entertaining narrative of characters defined as noble, relatable, pitiable and revolting who … Read More