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Paramore playing a concert at the O2 in London.

‘This Is Why’ Paramore still works

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | March 2, 2023

With their new album “This Is Why,” Paramore defies the odds and delivers a daring and fresh collection of new songs. While the album is quite good on its own merit, its mere existence is even more impressive considering the trajectory of some...

Lil Yachty performs on stage at FEQ, a massive festival held in Quebec, Canada.

Move over Yacht rock, Yachty rock is here

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | January 31, 2023

Fans of Chicago, The Doobie Brothers and Foreigner know the term “yacht rock,” but now, it's time to coin a new term: “Yachty rock.”  Soundcloud mumble rapper Lil Yachty of “Broccoli” and “iSpy” fame released his new album “Let’s...

This image released by Republic Records shows Midnights by Taylor Swift. (Republic Records via AP)

Album review: Taylor Swift gets vulnerable and reflective in ‘Midnights’

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 27, 2022

In August, Taylor Swift won the VMA “Video of the Year” award for her short film “All Too Well.” During her acceptance speech, Swift shocked fans by announcing that her new album “Midnights” would release on Oct. 21. Album rollout  In an...

Taylor Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Album review: ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | December 28, 2021

“Red” by Taylor Swift was originally released in 2012, but Swift has re-released the album as a way of gaining legal control of her catalog with the same themes of growing up and young love.  “Red” was a success when first released with hit...

Vince Staples’ ‘FM!’ solidifies artistic voice

By Peter Zemeske | November 7, 2018

Rapper Vince Staples took the internet by storm when he released his third studio album, “FM!” Friday. The album runs brief at 22 minutes but packs a wallop in its short runtime.The theme of the album revolves around music on the radio, hence the...

Greta Van Fleet kicks off discography with ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army’

By Parker Otto | October 21, 2018

Greta Van Fleet released their debut album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” Oct. 19, and its meaningful lyrics and killer blues rock sound made it well worth the wait.One standout from the album is the single “When the Curtain Falls,” released on...

Twenty One Pilots try out more mature tone in “Trench”

By Peter Zemeske | October 7, 2018

“Trench” is Twenty One Pilots’ fifth studio album and follow-up to 2015’s incredibly successful “Blurryface.” “Blurryface” spent a whopping 176 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at number one, according to Billboard. It received...

This CD cover image released by Republic Records shows Beauty Behind the Madness, by The Weeknd. 

Review: The Weeknd’s “The Beauty Behind the Madness” has more upbeat sound

By Sabreena Saleem | August 28, 2015

“Tell ‘em this boy wasn’t meant for lovin.”These words, which open The Weeknd’s third studio album “The Beauty Behind the Madness,” represent not only a recurring theme throughout the album, but seem to embody Abel Tesfaye’s Weeknd persona.The...

‘Bankrupt’ album receives lukewarm response

By Kevin Bartelt | April 29, 2013

If the money you received from returning your books is going straight to the bars, maybe you can relate to the new Phoenix album titled “Bankrupt!” After hits like “1901” and “Lisztomania,” the anticipated album had high standards to reach;...

‘#Willpower’ delivers carefree dance music

By Katie Finlon | April 23, 2013

It has been increasingly difficult to have some “#willpower” to get through the remainder of the semester. Don’t came to the rescue. The Black Eyed Peas member released his latest album, “#willpower,” Tuesday. Yes, hashtag and...