Album Review: The Endless River by Pink Floyd

Review by: Alex Brown

British progressive rock band, Pink Floyd, holds the record for longest charting album of all time and second highest grossing album of all time. They pioneered the use of audio samples, synthesizers, multi-track mixing methods, and rock show lighting. They are one of the most iconic brands in pop music for their Dark Side of the Moon prism, and the giant inflatable pig of Animals. Now they have the most pre-ordered album of 2014. Continue reading

Album Review: Under Pressure by Logic

Album Review by: Neud Kiros

With a name more fitting for a Knight of the Round Table, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, finally released his debut album under Def Jam, Under Pressure. After four quality mixtapes and a barrage of one-off singles, we got what we’ve been waiting for. And it’s stellar. In our world of Instagram drama, Twitter beef, and all of the negative energy floating around these days, this project couldn’t have come at a better time. His uplifting message of “peace, love, and positivity” is one that should resonate with everybody, regardless of what you may think about his technical skills making music, which are out of this world, in case you were wondering. This album is nothing revolutionary for the Maryland-born rapper. Instead, he refined everything about his sound and crafted one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. Whether you were already a fan or not, there is something here for everyone. Continue reading

Album Review: Vibes by Theophilus London

Album Review by: Sam Orley

Theophilus London’s second album, Vibes, is shattering the grounds for the standards of a modern day rap album. The 12 track project was officially released on November 4th, but it is already making serious noise across the globe. Theophilus was born in Trinidad, raised in Brooklyn, but delivers a sound that fuses those hip-hop roots with euro-pop and Motown influences. Bending all boundaries, the album is unwilling to be defined by a single genre. For lack of a better word, the vibes given off on this album encourages one to get up and dance. On “Heartbreaker”, a futuristic and erotic ballad, he declares, “When I dip, you dip, we dip / I’m on my guac and salsa shit.” Theo, simply put, brought the funk.

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Album Review: Piñata by Freddie Gibbs

Album Review by Nick Moeller

By the time Freddie Gibbs tells you, “I don’t believe these rap n****s,” there’s something about his album Piñata that has you feeling equally as doubtful about the (other) major players in the rap game. There’s something inviting and enticing about every track on the collaborative album with Madlib; there’s something that brings you into Gangsta Gibbs’ world. He seamlessly paints a collective picture of a desolate, dog-eat-dog environment in Gary, Indiana that you somehow connect with it, despite having never been remotely close to the grisly descriptions of armed robbery, illicit drug sales, and murder. As the album progresses, these themes are delivered in stunning variety over a vast array of impeccable Madlib-manufactured beats that the listener never once thinks, “Did he say this already?”

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Album Review: Hozier by Hozier

Hozier: A Comparative Album Review

Album Review by Claire Denson

Whenever there’s a new indie blues rock artist on the rise, he’s bound to gain the attention of The Black Keys cult following. We saw this with the Arctic Monkeys’ release of their most recent and more bluesy album, AM, after nearly a decade of being strictly a rock band. This time, it’s Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the front of the one-man band Hozier, who recently released his debut self-titled album, Hozier. His musical and lyrical talent have us all wondering: who is this guy? He’s unlike any single musician out there; rather, his style is comparable to that of multiple artists. For one, he’s kind of like Sam Smith, except he’s straight, Irish, and hot.

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Album Review: 1989 by Taylor Swift

Review by Anna Prenzler

Breaking News: Taylor Swift is technically not a 90’s kid.

The teen turned twenty-something, curly turned straight, country turned pop star has released her much-anticipated fifth album. But before you make the case that Taylor Swift has no right to win a CMA this year because her tunes aren’t truly twang-y, know that this album is officially labeled as the pop genre. Yes, that’s right. No more teardrops on my guitar for Taylor. She has finally made her way into the pop star category, and rightfully so. Continue reading

Concert Review: Bastille and Grizfolk at Masonic Temple

Concert Review by Connor Holm


Last Thursday (Oct 23) Grizfolk and Bastille came to the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Grizfolk is a 5 piece band that was mostly unknown a year ago. They released their 5 song EP, From The Spark, in February 2014. Each song pulls from the Swedish and American influences the band members bring with them to create an exciting and unique folk, rock, electronic sound.  However, their live performance is what differentiates Grizfolk from others.

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Album Review: You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus

Album Review by Neud Kiros

Steven Ellison, known as Flying Lotus or by his rap persona, Captain Murphy, is one of the most intriguing artists out right now. He’s a pioneer of this new age that puts less emphasis on genre, and more on creating a journey for the listener to experience. His fifth album, “You’re Dead!”, is the latest example of the type of narrative that can be created through music. It’s a concept album that explores death and everything that it entails. His moody musings craft a standout piece that excellently balances the anticipation, fear, and sometimes, the beauty of death.

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Album Review: Into the Wide – Delta Spirit

Album Review by Evan Mack

When Delta Spirit’s Mathew Vazquez was asked two weeks ago on NPR to explain Hurricane Sandy’s effect on their most recent masterpiece, Into The Wide, his answer was simple: “We went through the summer without AC, and when the storm hit, that was heavy.”

Indeed, the whole of Into The Wide represents an escape from a grimy circumstance.  The persistent synth influence throughout and Vazquez’s characteristic yell is evidently influenced by the band’s weather-induced imprisonment.

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