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Review: “Gang Signs and Prayer” – Stormzy

Grime, a genre previously defined by singles, loosies and pirate radio broadcasts is undergoing a major facelift. At the frontlines of the renaissance is Stormzy and his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer, a 16-song masterpiece that is chock-full of surprises. Stormzy is relatively new

Review: “Impermanence” – Peter Silberman

The Antlers always thrived on melodrama. From everyone’s favorite tearjerker Hospice to the freeform jazzy styling of Familiars, The Antlers never did anything in half measures. Perhaps it was this commitment to maximalism that ultimately cost frontman Peter Silberman his hearing. The beardy, brainy songwriter

Review: ‘La La Land’ poised to sweep Oscars

From the director that brought us the Academy Award winning movie Whiplash, comes another Oscar bound movie, La La Land, the story of a struggling actress and jazz musician trying to make it big in Hollywood. La La Land presents us with a plot that

Review: ‘Rogue One’ experiments, underwhelms

It has been more than a month since I saw Rogue One, the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise, and I still cannot decide if I was pleasantly surprised or a little disappointed. I suppose it was a little of both. On many

Review: ‘Arrival’ deserving of Academy recognition

To date, no science fiction films have ever collected the top prize of Best Picture at the Academy Awards. With any luck, that might just change this year thanks to Arrival, a heady and stunning slice of hard sci-fi that strokes just about every cinematic

Review: ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ – Metallica

In light of all the animosity and hostility that has sprung up around campus, sometimes people just need to sit down with some nice, light listening material and enjoy some gentle strums on the guitar. You know, from a band like Metallica. That’s right, the

Review: “Cozy Tapes Vol. 1” – A$AP Mob

It’s been almost two years since the untimely death of A$AP Yams. The founder of A$AP Mob was a hip-hop connoisseur, a colorful Twitter personality and the visionary behind the star that A$AP Rocky has become. The release of Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 commemorates the

Review: “Slouch” – Spirit Club

When Spirit Club released its self-titled debut album in spring 2015, many listeners were enthralled — and for good reason. The group, which is composed of Wavves frontman Nathan Williams, his brother Joel and longtime friend Andrew Caddick, emerged as a trippy, moody California emo

Review: “LP2” – American Football

How do you follow up a masterpiece? Surely this question plagued the minds of the people who comprise American Football. In 1999, the group released their self-titled debut — regarded as a pioneering record in the emo genre thanks to its clean and effortlessly precise