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Music Review: Toni Braxton’s ‘Sex and Cigarettes’

April 6, 2018 |

Pettie Perkins | Contributing Writer

Toni Braxton is back! Her new album “Sex and Cigarettes” is different than her last ones. This album does not have the sass of her previous albums. The deep sultry singer has the sultry, just not … Read More

Music review: ‘Combat Sports’ by The Vaccines

April 4, 2018 |

Elizabeth Proffitt | Contributing Writer

English indie rock band, The Vaccines dropped their fourth studio album “Combat Sports” on March 30. “Combat Sports” doesn’t stray far from the band’s preoccupation with punchy drumbeats and meaningful lyrics. The 11-track album features songs … Read More

Album review: The Neighbourhood’s ‘The Neighbourhood’

March 24, 2018 |

Fatima Rivera | Staff Writer

Indie rock band The Neighbourhood is back with 18 new and old tracks on their self-titled album, “The Neighbourhood.” This is their first official album since “Wiped Out!”

The album’s overall tone is alternative yet has … Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Death of Stalin’

March 11, 2018 |

Kyle Winfield | Contributing Writer

When one thinks of “comic-book” movies, usually the first thing to spring to mind would be men or women in tights, followed by punching and a few one-liners for good measure. However, not a lot of … Read More

Album Review: Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Always Ascending’

February 14, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Having made their way onto the music scene well over a decade ago, Franz Ferdinand have always tried to shy away from British mainstream and introduce a more solidified rock sound. It’s been a few albums … Read More

Album Review: The Wombats’ ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’

February 11, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Three years after the release of their wildly successful “Glitterbug,” The Wombats have proven they are more stylistically mature than ever before on “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.”

Quirky lead single, “Lemon to a Knife … Read More

Sabrina Claudio redefines time on ‘About Time’

February 7, 2018 |

Darryan Miller | Contributing Writer

Sabrina Claudio embodies all things R&B and soul on her sophomore project, “About Time,” released in early October 2017. The album centers around love, be it romance or self-love, the singer is bewitching in her storytelling. … Read More

Monarch Music Minute – Winter 2018 Preview Edition

January 31, 2018 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Artist: Tech N9ne

Album: Planet

Release Date: March 2

Veteran rapper, songwriter and record producer Aaron Dontez Yates, better known as Tech N9ne, will soon drop his twelfth studio project, “Planet,” which will feature guest appearances by Machine Gun … Read More

Album Review: Fall Out Boy’s ‘Mania’

January 20, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

It’s nothing short of impressive when a band has managed to stick around for over 15 years while managing to keep their fan base and attract new followers. Managing to stay true to their original sound … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Asking Alexandria, G-Easy, N.E.R.D., Eminem

December 20, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Asking Alexandria ‘Asking Alexandria’ 💿  💿  💿 ½

British rock conglomerate Asking Alexandria has released their incendiary eponymous sixth studio album with the return of original frontman, Danny Worsnop. With “Into the Fire” and “Where Did It … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Luke Bryan, Juicy J, K. Michelle, Walker Hayes

December 20, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Luke Bryan ‘What Makes You Country’ 💿  💿  💿

Luke Bryan’s sixth studio album, “What Makes You Country,” highlights more of what makes his new LP successful within mainstream country pop. “Most People Are Good” and the … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Danielle Bradbery, Chris Stapleton, Andy Grammer, Neil Young & Promise of the Real

December 5, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Danielle Bradbery ‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met’ 💿  💿  💿  💿

The soft and sensual vocal delivery of Danielle Bradbery’s sophomore effort takes country pop to new places. Effortless is “Sway” in its downhome themes of love … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Holiday 2017 Edition

December 3, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

The holiday season is here! Consider these new album releases by today’s top artists to add to your holiday playlist.

Sia – ‘Everyday Is Christmas’

This all-original set of tracks was written by Sia and longtime collaborator, … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Björk, Hopsin, Sufjan Stevens

December 1, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Björk – ‘Utopia’   💿  💿  💿  💿 

Björk, the multifaceted Icelandic singer-songwriter, actress, record producer and DJ, presents her tenth studio release, “Utopia.” The 14-track compilation is the follow-up to her 2015 “Vulnicura,” a dark and turbulent … Read More

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’: Are we ready for it?

November 22, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

“Reputation” – Taylor Swift

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It was back on Aug. 24 that Taylor Swift made headlines on the internet and incited a firestorm across social media. “Look What You Made Me Do” roared … Read More

Album Review: ‘What if Nothing’ – Walk the Moon

November 14, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Though it’s been a long three years since we have heard from Walk the Moon (styled WALK THE MOON), it was well worth it. Finding a middle ground between rock and pop, the group makes it … Read More