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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... 

Music Review: ‘¡Dos!’ gives pop-punk trilogy a second chance

Alex Forbess Editorial Director Green Day, are they here right now? Even before lead guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong had a breakdown during the iHeartRadio Festival, the band seems to be drifting from its core values. When “¡Uno!” was released on Sept. 25, it had some great song, maybe one, but overall, it was a disappointing album to start off their trilogy. Now Green Day is faced with another... 

Music Review: ‘m.A.A.d city’ does hip-hop justice

Brian Velez LV Life Editor Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” is perfect, one of the best examples of what a hip-hop album should be. Unlike some overly long hip-hop albums that include up to 18 songs, Lamar places all songs in a delicate 12-song package – a package that does not overwhelm listeners but leaves them wanting more. The subject matter ranges from love... 

Music Review: Wake me up when ‘¡Uno!’ ends

Katie Madden Staff Writer The Green Day boys are at it again, and by “it” I mean releasing another disappointing record that confirms they just can’t make a truly exciting and unique album anymore. “¡Uno!,” the band’s ninth studio album, comes across as an attempt of a 40-something dad, desperate to appear as cool to his punk, teenage son. Following the release of one too many family friendly... 

Music Review: ‘Battle Born’ is killed in combat

Katie Madden Staff Writer Those hoping to hear something radically new from The Killers’ fourth studio album, ‘Battle Born,’ are in for quite a letdown. Those waiting for more of that endlessly catchy formulaic approach got exactly what they wanted. Taking a departure from their more daring and whimsical third effort, ‘Day & Age,’ the new album transports listeners back to Las Vegas in... 

Music Review: Jack White takes baby steps on ‘Blunderbuss’

Amanda Nieto Arts Editor “I want love to walk right up and bite me/ Grab a hold of me and fight me/ Leave me dying on the ground,” sings Jack White on his new single “Love Interruption.” Unfortunately, this cut-throat aggression is not characteristic of the rest of his first solo album, “Blunderbuss,” released Tuesday. Rather than deliver on the hype that his album has generated from critics... 

Music review: Fun.’s talents muffled by over-production

Allison Lavelle LV Life Editor Supported by driving percussion, clever lyrics and striking piano, Fun.’s “Some Nights” is a clear evolution in the band’s musical style. The indie pop band, comprised of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost, released their sophomore effort on the record label Fueled By Ramen on Feb. 21. The album begins with the enchanting “Some Nights Intro” where the... 

Music Review: Black Keys polish garage sound on ‘El Camino’

Amanda Nieto LV Life Editor It is time to pile into a dingy minivan and drive to the dusky groove of The Black Keys’ seductive new album, “El Camino.” The group from Akron, Ohio has done it again with their seventh album, and first one to follow 2010’s Grammy-winner, “Brothers.” After producing the hit song “Tighten Up,” Danger Mouse returns to smooth the rough edges of the ballsy duo. This... 

Music Review: Florence + The Machine ascend to new heights

Branden del Rio Editor in Chief Describing Florence + The Machine’s “Ceremonials” as a mixture of strangeness and charm would be far too easy. The album takes what made the band’s 2009 debut, “Lungs” a success, Welch’s billowy voice laid over disenchanted gospel music, and refines it to the point of near-perfection. “Ceremonials” is bigger, brighter and filled with more melodrama. Welch... 

Music Review: Blink-182 reflects on maturity

Lauren Creiman News Editor Blink-182 joined numerous bands in the quest back into music with the end of its six-year self-imposed hiatus and the release of its sixth studio album, “Neighborhoods.” The issues that drove the Southern California pop-punk band apart were set aside in the wake of a 2008 plane crash in which drummer Travis Barker was one of two survivors and remained in the hospital... 
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