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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

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

Evanescence’s ‘Synthesis’ reflects on their past, present and future

November 15, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

“Synthesis” – Evanescence

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Amy Lee has brought back to life Evanescence’s previous material along with two new tracks within “Synthesis,” the group’s fourth combined studio and compilation album. The reworked versions of their … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Kelly Clarkson, Weezer and Hollywood Undead

October 30, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Kelly Clarkson – ‘Meaning of Life’ 💿💿💿💿💿 

Kelly Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life” is her eighth studio album and first with Atlantic Records. She successfully completed the terms of her recording contract with RCA Records in 2016, part of … 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

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

Monarch Music Review: 4/20 Edition

April 13, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | Assistant A&E Editor

Calling all smokers, stoners and college students alike–I have the best 4/20 music for you. Don’t be that person who can’t properly blaze because they haven’t prepared their playlist. Celebrate appropriately with the best old … 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

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

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