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A Boogie with da Hoodie dazzles with his Atlantic Records debut

October 5, 2017 | 1

Ahmad Davis | Contributing Writer

Before listening to the music on the “The Bigger Artist” album, A Boogie’s album cover art is the first thing the listener experiences. The Bronx emcee’s famous diamond rings are shown controlling women as if he were … Read More

Shania Twain’s ‘Now’ tries to prevail over heartbreak and lost time

October 2, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

After a 15-year hiatus since her fourth record, 2002’s “Up,” country-pop queen Shania Twain is back with her highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Now (Deluxe).” Twain, 52, also took a 12-year sabbatical from the music industry. … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Kevin Gates, Macklemore, Matthew West

September 27, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Kevin Gates – ‘By Any Means 2’ 💿💿💿💿

Kevin Gates “By Any Means 2’s” title seems appropriate considering his current condition serving time in a Chicago prison after pleading guilty last year to felony gun possession. … Read More

Album review: ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ – The Killers

September 26, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Legends of their own making, The Killers have struggled for eternal life since their debut album. Frontman Brandon Flowers has always carried an aura of arrogance, and with songs like “Mr. Brightside” and “All These Things … Read More

Foo Fighters’ ‘Concrete and Gold’ pervades the spirit of American rock ‘n’ roll

September 25, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Dave Grohl is bringing up his children the right way. Harper, his middle daughter, is starting to learn to play the drums. As a rock ‘n’ roll dad, and with great pride, he heads down to … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Prophets of Rage, Wyclef Jean, Ringo Starr

September 23, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Prophets of Rage – ‘Prophets of Rage’ 💿💿💿💿

Rap-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage have released their self-titled debut. Formed in 2016, the group consists of Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, … Read More

Daniel Caesar Tackles the Psychoanalysis of Emotion in Sophomore Album ‘Freudian’

September 19, 2017 |

Darryan Miller | Contributing Writer

On his sophomore album entitled “Freudian,” Daniel Caesar takes us on the rollercoaster of love and life. The heights of which this coaster stops at before dropping are unrequited love, religion, loss, the idea of soulmates, romance … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Tori Amos, Living Colour, Dustin Lynch

September 13, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Tori Amos – ‘Native Invader’ 💿💿💿💿💿

Tori Amos’ painful past as a victim of rape has been the cornerstone of her music. The classically trained turned pop/rock musician has released “Native Invader,” her 15th studio LP. The … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: The Script, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai

September 12, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

The Script – ‘Freedom Child’ 💿💿💿💿💿

Irish pop rock outfit The Script released their fifth studio album, “Freedom Child.” On hiatus since 2014’s “No Sound Without Silence,” the band has returned appearing to have shed their once … Read More

XXXtentacion is Putting up his own Personal Numbers With his Freshman Album ‘17’

September 3, 2017 |

Aaron Brown | Contributing Writer

Moving beyond his raucous and riot induced hits, Xxxtentacion, an artist known for his heavy metal and screamo inspired hip-hop hits “Look At Me!” and “Sippinteainyohood”  leaves himself emotionally exposed with his debut album, 17. The … Read More

Album Review: ‘Rainbow’

August 14, 2017 |

Emily Rogers | Social Media Director

Kesha has come a long way since her last album release of ‘Warrior’ in 2012. She has been in the middle of a three-year long civil lawsuit with her producer, Lucasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, for … Read More

Tyler, The Creator Blooms on ‘Flower Boy’

July 31, 2017 |

Richard Gabrintina | Staff Writer

About six years ago, Tyler, The Creator first emerged with his debut album, “Goblin.”  Known for his anarchism and out-of-hand antics, Tyler has amassed a cult following and established himself as a cultural icon over the years. … Read More

Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Delivers His Societal Critiques to Listeners with Poetic Ambiences

July 17, 2017 |

Donyá Price | Contributing Writer

Jay-Z’s “4:44″ is heavily composed of hard-hitting personal, political and cultural critiques, as well as, well-sculpted artistic elements complementary to his greatness. Those elements alone are enough to lead any listener into deep thought about the … Read More

Calvin Harris Sets All of the Moods For Summer

July 10, 2017 |

Richard Gabrintina | Staff Writer

Even though summer technically begins on the summer solstice, this year it officially began with Calvin Harris’ release of “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” on June 30. Not new to producing summer anthems, Harris shifts gears … Read More

Imagine Dragons Fall Short On ‘Evolve’

July 10, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Two short years after the release of their sophomore album, “Smoke and Mirrors,” Imagine Dragons have returned with “Evolve.” After such a strong follow-up to their debut album, “Night Visions,” “Evolve” falls just short of the … Read More

Nickelback Focus on How We ‘Feed the Machine’

July 8, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Canadian rock conglomerate Nickelback has fueled the fire of America’s current social and political state with their latest epic, “Feed the Machine.” Contrary to the new record’s ostensible tone of the divide between right and left … Read More