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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

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