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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

X Ambassadors triumphant return to Norfolk

November 29, 2017 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

It’s still early in the night when Sam Harris helps his brother, Casey Harris, across stage. Sam gently places Casey’s hands on the keyboard, guiding him to where he needs to stand. Once Casey is situated, … 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

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

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

Monarch Music Minute: Derek Minor, Angel Olsen, Billy Ray Cyrus

November 13, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Derek Minor – ‘High Above’ 💿  💿  💿  💿  💿 

Formerly known as PRo, rapper Derek Minor’s “High Above” EP is the Christian hip-hop artist’s second installment to his “Up and Away” series. Following chapter one’s “Your Soul … Read More

Legend of Zelda: The Symphony of the Goddesses is a divine experience

November 13, 2017 |

Richard Gabrintina | Assitant A&E Editor

For over 30 years, the hearts and imagination of gamers all over the world have been captivated by the Legend of Zelda. Filled with rich lore, the allure of adventure and its gripping battle between … Read More

Monarch Music Minute: Grace VanderWaal, Kelsea Ballerini, Maroon 5

November 12, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Grace VanderWaal – ‘Just the Beginning’ 💿 💿 💿 💿 💿 

Thirteen-year-old singer-songwriter phenom Grace VanderWaal’s full-length debut studio album, “Just the Beginning,” is just that from the 2016 season 11 winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent competition … 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

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

Monarch Music Minute: Niall Horan, Darius Rucker, We Came as Romans

October 23, 2017 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Niall Horan – ‘Flicker (Deluxe)’ 💿💿💿💿💿 

Irish singer-songwriter and One Direction member Niall Horan has released his first solo studio album, “Flicker.” Preceding his inaugural collection, “This Town” was released as the lead single. “Slow Hands” and “Too … 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