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Album Review: Kid Cudi exposes dark emotions with new sound

Camila Rios Staff Writer Scott Ramon Segura Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, released his fifth studio album, “Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven,” Dec. 4. Kid Cudi is an American rapper, singer and composer who rose to fame after the debut of his first album, “A Kid Named Cudi,” in 2008. In all of his albums, Cudi has depicted an immense amount of emotion and “Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven” is no exception. In... 

Album Review: Old soul Adele returns for closure and a fresh start

Des Delgadillo News Editor With over 4.2 million copies of “25” sold in the first two weeks, the only way Adele could break any more records is if she were let loose in a vinyl warehouse with a baseball bat. After four painfully quiet years, it is clear now that motherhood has done nothing to weaken Adele’s stranglehold on the industry or on listeners’ heartstrings. The songstress’ third... 

Music Review: Grimes reveals cleaner sound

Karla Rendon News Editor Vancouver-based experimental-electronic pop artist Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, released her fourth full-length album, “Art Angels” Nov. 6. Grimes has been an underground pop princess among the Tumblr crowd, and her music has been adored for its lush synthesizer and falsetto singing. “Art Angels” is a mind blowing effort that offers diversity for each track... 

Album Review: Beirut’s ‘No No No’ displays new sound

Arielle Torrez Staff Writer New Mexico based band, Beirut, released its long anticipated album “No No No” Sept. 11. “No No No” is Beirut’s fourth album. The last album “The Rip Tide” was released in 2011, leaving fans eager for new tunes. The band consists of singer Zach Condon, drummer Nick Petree, bassist Paul Collins, trumpeter Kyle Resnick, trombonist Ben Lanz, pianist Aaron Arntz... 

Album Review: Shannon and the Clams clam up

Karla Rendon News Editor Oakland-based rock and roll band Shannon and the Clams released their fourth album “Gone By the Dawn” Tuesday with a more mature effort. The trio – consisting of singer/bassist Shannon Shaw, singer/guitarist Cody Blanchard and singer/drummer Nate Mahan – has been known for its take on a unique sound fusing harsh punk aggression with soft doo-wop lightheartedness. The... 

Album Review: Mumford and Sons diverge from folk origins

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer If you are a fan of Mumford and Sons, then you are well aware of their musical formula. Mumford and Sons, a folk rock band that has brought banjos to a modern age, utilizes catchy lyrics and soulful music to paint beautiful pictures for fans. However, their new album “Wilder Mind” abandons folk and produces a much more electronic alternative vibe. The album is slightly... 

Album Review: Foxygen impress with ‘Star Power’

Karla Rendon Editorial Director Experimental indie rock duo Foxygen impressed fans with their new album, “…And Star Power,” which was released on Oct. 14. Fused with modern day sounds and 60s inspired psychedelic grooves, even the biggest fans of classic psychedelic rock will enjoy “…And Star Power.” Each song has a hint of classic rock inspired musicians such as The Beatles, Elton John... 
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