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Music Review: Azalea’s ego exceeds album quality

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief Aside from Nicki Minaj, the current canon of female rappers who have permeated mainstream music is scant. Do some digging and you will unearth gems like Angel Haze and Azealia Banks, two MC’s who have carved out a groove in the hip hop community despite radio and TV passing over them. Until recently, Aussie export Iggy Azalea fit this category, but her debut LP, “The New... 

Music Review: Hegarty releases three decades of work

Amanda Nieto Special to the Campus Times Matt Hegarty and his five-piece band, Matthew and the Atlas, released their long anticipated debut album “Other Rivers,” an album that is said to be 30 years in the making. Released Tuesday, “Other Rivers” is not the typical freshman album. Hegarty’s weather-worn and aged vocals, coupled with tracks filled with resonating emotions, make a 30 year developing... 

Music Review: Broken Bells crack the code

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief “After the Disco,” the second collaborative effort from indie hallmarks Broken Bells, Shins frontman James Mercer and producer extraordinaire Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, sheds the skin of the duo’s self-titled debut and evolves into a gorgeously produced 11-track meeting of the minds. Born out of mutual admiration in 2008, Broken Bells felt like the obligatory... 

Music Review: Lavigne’s new album ‘wasn’t good enough for her’

Des Delgadillo Staff Writer Canadian pop star and “punk princess” Avril Lavigne released her self-titled fifth studio album last week. For Lavigne, the album presents a return to the upbeat teen pop for which she is famous. But for this reporter, the new Lavigne album is, among other things, a nostalgic trip back to 2003 and her debut album, “Let Go.” “Sk8er Boi” reached number 10 on the... 

Music Review: Teen prodigy humble in ‘Heroine’

Des Delgadillo Staff Writer Youth and talent make for a particularly volatile combination in the music industry, as critics and fans can trace an artist’s musical development, and by extension personal maturation, from the point of discovery to that first Grammy and beyond. But some young artists ride a wave of celebrity to an early peak of notoriety before skidding and crashing on the rocks of train... 

Music Review: Fall releases outshine summer hits

Des Delgadillo Staff Writer With the summer there came a noticeable lull in noteworthy music releases, forcing critics to dig deep for something to talk about. In hindsight, the summer lull was an indicator of big things to come in the world of music. That thing was the month of September. With fresh offerings from the Arctic Monkeys, Motorhead, Avicii, Placebo, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake and... 

Music Review: Riot grrrl pioneer adapts in ‘Run Fast’

Des Delgadillo Staff Writer As musicians make the ascent from basements to bars, from smoky clubs to raucous concert halls and from talented expressers to exemplary leaders, they amass a catalogue of sound that spans and defines a generation. But there comes a time in every musician’s career when they must sift through the sounds that defined them and choose between a newer, progressive style, or... 

Music Review: Unexpected sounds from Arctic Monkeys on “AM”

Karla Rendon Assistant Editor Fans of Arctic Monkeys are in for a surprise as their highly anticipated fifth album, “AM,” steers away from the quirky indie beat sound that skyrocketed the band as one of the post-punk revival heavyweights. Shifting towards a more serious record, the band has matured with their sound as well as their looks (i.e: frontman Alex Turner going from indie heartthrob to... 

Music Review: Cudi burns up on ‘Indicud’

Robert Penalber Managing Editor Hard-set on producing all of his own music, it seems Mr. Rager’s latest album attempts to live up to the commercial success of 2009’s “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day,” looking for the next “Pursuit of Happiness.” But try as he might, the pursuit continues, as Cudi falls just a bit short on “Indicud.” While he will not gain any new fans, he will certainly... 

Music Review: “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” lives up to expectations

Karla Rendon Staff Writer Cold War Kids fans are in for quite a treat as the newest edition to their discography, “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” was released on April 2. Following their tradition of sassy pianos, enticing lyrics and front man Nathan Willett’s captivating voice, the Long Beach-based indie rock band does not disappoint. With 10 songs on the new album, fans can agree that Cold War... 
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