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‘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...

‘The Chronicles of Marnia’ album is a treat for guitar lovers

By Kevin Bartelt | March 24, 2013

If The Ting Tings and TV on the Radio had a baby who was addicted to caffeine, her name would be Marnie Stern. Stern is a New York City singer and guitarist who Spin Magazine voted No. 87 out of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Her new album,...

Destiny’s Child new album disappoints

By Kevin Bartelt | February 3, 2013

If you saw Beyoncé at the Super Bowl, you might be wondering what she’s been up to since “Single Ladies.” Beside naming her child Blue Ivy, she also rekindled her connection with Destiny’s Child. The late ’90s and early aughts R&B and pop...

Tony Martin reviews your life: Album review of ‘The Sky in Between Us’

By Tony Martin | March 3, 2011

Today’s submission comes from Chicago-based metal/hardcore band Mairebel, who asked me to review their 2010 record “The Sky In Between Us.” I promise to work hard to not be biased in this review, not because of some conflict of interest or ethical...

Sufjan Stevens releases a 60 minute, eight track long album All Delighted People.

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens “All Delighted People”

By Tony Martin | August 30, 2010

Score: 4/5 Sufjan Stevens is not a genius. Let's start off this review with that right away. He is a great songwriter, in fact possibly one of the best in the "indie-rock" game. His ambitious concept albums gained him a ton of publicity, and his other...