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album review Archives * Mace & Crown

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

SOJA looks back on their roots with ‘Poetry in Motion’

October 30, 2017 |

Brooke Nicholson | Assitant A&E Editor

One of the best-known reggae groups out there, Soldiers of Jah Army, or better known as SOJA, has continuously revolutionized the music of reggae. Originating from Arlington, VA, the group of eight grew up in … Read More

‘Tell Me You Love Me’ invites fans into Demi Lovato’s life

October 26, 2017 |

Brooke Nicholson | Assitant A&E Editor

On Sept. 29, Demi Lovato released her sixth studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me,” which she claims is her biggest tell-all about her and her journey. In addition, she released her second documentary, “Simply … Read More

Prog-metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo try to formulate a ‘Psychotic Symphony’

October 23, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

“Psychotic Symphony” – Sons of Apollo 💿💿💿

Within the music world, there’s something to take note of and be said when a supposed supergroup-to-end-all-supergroups conglomerate emerges to define the ideology and hermeneutical voice of a genre. Fans of … Read More

The Neighbourhood goes ‘Hard’ in new release

October 22, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer

After their 2015 release, “Wiped Out!,” The Neighbourhood has returned in their new EP “Hard.” Released on Sept. 22, it contains five new songs that allow fans to fly through their songs and experience the new … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Gucci Mane, Dirty Heads, dvsn

October 17, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Gucci Mane – ‘Mr. Davis’ 💿💿💿

Enlisting a host of A-list artists including Migos, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign, veteran rapper Gucci Mane’s eleventh studio set, “Mr. Davis,” follows on the heels of his “Droptopwop” mixtape he … Read More

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