“Thank You 4 Your Service” Expands Horizons

By Thomas Lange, Contributing Writer A whopping 18 years after their previous project, legendary rap crew A Tribe Called Quest is back with what was confirmed to be their final album, “We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.” The cryptic album title comes from Tribe MC Phife Dawg, who, despite his untimely passing,…

‘Yes Lawd!’ Disappoints Despite Hype

By Thomas Lange, Contributing Writer Back from a short hiatus since their 2015 EP “Link Up & Suede,” duo NxWorries, a collaboration between rapper/singer Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge, return with their debut 19-track album, “Yes Lawd!” Both .Paak and Knxwledge are legends in the underground hip-hop community and some of the most exciting artists…

Review: “The Divine Feminine” – Mac Miller

By Thomas Lange, Contributing Writer Almost exactly a year after the release of his critical and commercial hit “GO:OD AM,” venerated rapper Mac Miller returns with his newest LP, “The Divine Feminine.” From both the title and the content of the songs, it’s easy to see what Mac’s focus is at the moment: love. Every…

Review: “AIM” – MIA

By Tye Musante, Contributing Writer Mathangi Arulpragasam (better known by her stage name MIA)’s fifth studio effort “AIM” seems to be very focused and purposeful, although at rare moments it isn’t clear what exactly she’s aiming for. MIA kicks off the parade with a vaguely antiestablishment banger called “Borders” that will leave you a little…

Review: The Sun’s Tirade – Isaiah Rashad

By Thomas Lange, Contributing Writer Back from an almost three-year hiatus after releasing his debut EP, “Cilvia Demo,” Top Dawg Entertainment rapper/singer Isaiah Rashad returns with his debut 17-track LP, “The Sun’s Tirade.” From start to finish, the album is a smooth listen, with Rashad’s mumbled, almost lazy rapping and singing flowing dreamily over minimalist,…

Ciaran Lavery Returns True to Form

By Kevin Hannon, Contributing Writer In his sophomore album, “Let Bad In,” Ciaran Lavery shines as one of the brightest songwriting talents in Ireland. Hailing from the Northern Irish village of Aghagallon, located approximately 25 miles west of Belfast, Lavery is a stellar lyricist and a musical alchemist, fusing his acoustic guitar with electronic beats,…

Corbu’s “Crayon Soul” Touches Ours

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor After ages of hard work, Brooklyn-based dreampop band Corbu have finally released their debut album “Crayon Soul.” The group initially drew acclaim with singles back in 2014 that showcased frontman Jonathan Graves’ talent for sampling bits of audio from movies – whooshes, slams, bits of laughter – and making entire…

Questions Worth Asking (and Listening To): Who’s In Charge

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor Two years after their most recent release, Asheville, North Carolina’s The Get Right Band have returned with a new full-length. “Who’s In Charge?” picks up the fun right where the funk-rock trio left off, in the midst of swung rhythms and undeniably apt lyrics. The collection begins with the title…

Ladies, We Present: Laurel & the Love-In

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor In their debut album “Don’t Love Nobody,” Laurel and the Love-In waste no time in showing that they’re ready for business. The group is fronted by Laurel Sorenson, backed with a quartet of trusty rockers straight out of Nashville that are headed straight for the big-time. The album’s opening track…

“The Big Cover Up” Uncovers Classic Disco Tracks

By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor We’ve seen some pretty funky vinyl DJ’s in New York’s own scene with the likes of DJ Jonathan Toubin and his friends, but nothing quite as funky – or as prolific – as Todd Terje. Ranked as one of the world’s best disco DJ’s, he’s more than a household name….

Young the Giant’s New Album Takes Political Turn

Photo and story by Hannah Shulman, Editor-at-Large In a time where there is the possibility of a President Trump, the fact that Young The Giant begin their latest album “Home of the Strange” with opener “Amerika” seems an outright political statement. Certainly, it is a move that takes confidence. However, this confidence extends beyond titles, and…