Review: Gorillaz – Humanz

Gorillaz hold a special place in my heart. They served as my introduction to the virtual band when "Demon Days" released way back in 2005 as well as for millions of other young anime-heads. The grim combination of rock, electronica, and hip hop was something my little 11-year-old self had never heard before. It was …

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Review: Arca – Arca

Oftentimes in art, beauty overlaps with the grotesque. Such is the case with the new, self-titled album by Arca, the stage name of Venezuelan electronic producer Alejandro Ghersi. In looking inward, stripping down his sound, and adding his delicate vocals, Arca creates a deeply sincere self-portrait, one that manages to find common ground between the …

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Review: Phourist and the Photons – While We Still Have the Morning

A bloody instrument in the aftermath of a live performance is an enduring symbol in music, indicative of both dedication and sacrifice. Such was the state of Nick Hill’s keyboard in the aftermath of a release show on March 25. The release in question was “While We Still Have the Morning,” the latest record from …

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Review: White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

In troubled times, nostalgic escapism becomes a hot commodity, and White Reaper have hit the motherlode. The band’s second record, wryly-titled The World’s Best American Band, scratches an itch so few do well, precisely emulating those times when Thin Lizzy and Ramones posters lined the walls of every garage, and a band of dirty, rebellious …

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Review: Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar’s latest record begins with his death. The opener, “BLOOD” features Kendrick being shot dead by a blind woman on the side of the road. The track sets the stage for “DAMN,” a cerebral, cryptic and heavy project, unlike anything the Compton rapper has made before in his career, but just as insightful, intelligent, …

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Review: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

These are absurd times we are living then, and there is probably no one more aware of it than Joshua Tillman, also known as Father John Misty. Since going solo from folk group Fleet Foxes (in which he was drummer), Tillman has put out a handful of records showcasing his witty and sardonic persona. His second album, I Love …

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Review: Joey Bada$$ – All-Amerikkkan Bada$$

All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, the latest project from New York rapper Joey Bada$$, is a densely-packed cautionary tale. Though Joey has always been wise beyond his years (see his excellent mixtape 1999), All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ reinforces this fact over again. Though conscious, political rap has existed for decades, and this project doesn't do much to shift the subgenre …

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