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Mace & Crown | March 25, 2017

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album review 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

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

Kehlani Breaks Out with ‘SweetSexySavage’

February 3, 2017 |

Petra Rich Contributing Writer

Kehlani Parrish truly defined herself and gave any girl who is soul searching, going through a breakup or just living her life not caring what people think something to relate to with “SweetSexySavage.” Her first full-length studio … 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

Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Shouldn’t Be Slept On

December 11, 2016 |

Richard Gabrintina Staff Writer


Donald Glover is the modern Renaissance man. He’s a writer, actor, rapper, comedian and recently, a showrunner with FX’s hit comedy-drama, “Atlanta.” With the release of “Awaken, My Love” on Dec. 2 from Glassnote Records, he’s added … 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

A Tribe Called Quest’s Final Record Proves They Still Got It

December 10, 2016 |

Shannon Jay Staff Writer

Whether it’s the country’s institutionalization driven by drugs, poor political representation or the present generation finding their worth, A Tribe Called Quest’s long-awaited and final record, “We got it from here… Thank you 4 your service,” beautifully … 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

Get Trippy with Empire of the Sun

November 12, 2016 |

Elizabeth Proffitt Contributing Writer

Empire of the Sun dropped their third album, “Two Vines,” on Oct. 28. With an album fit for a psychedelic fever dream, they did not disappoint. The band explores new sounds and themes while managing to connect … Read More