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Music Review: Casablancas disappoints with ‘Tyranny’

Karla Rendon Editorial Director Eager fans of Julian Casablancas will be ecstatic to hear his latest side project’s new album, “Tyranny” is simply pleasant – if you’re into inaudible lyrics and an exaggerated use of distortion. Casablancas has strayed from his garage-rock roots he grounded with the Strokes in favor of an experimental, art-rock effort. Upbeat guitar riffs have been traded... 

Music Review: Jhene Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’ thrives under ‘Pressure’

Des Delgadillo Online Editor A veritable saga of start and stop, “Souled Out,” the debut studio album for neo-soul singer Jhene Aiko was finally released this week on Def Jam. Originally slated for a 2012 release, the album went through a number of delays before finally hitting music stands digitally and otherwise Tuesday. Most notably featuring on Big Sean’s 2013 hit “Beware,” Aiko’s... 

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... 
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