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Kendrick Lamar unexpectedly drops sophomore album

Matthew Maneri, Staff Writer

March 25, 2015

For those expecting a new Kendrick Lamar album in the same vein as 2012’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” this is not the album you’ve been waiting for.  “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which was released online a week ahead of schedule, ...

Kevin Barnes gets personal on Of Montreal’s “Aureate Gloom”

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer

March 11, 2015

If 2013’s “Lousy with Sylvianbriar” was a sharp left turn for Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, “Aureate Gloom” is a u-turn back onto a familiar road. This record marks a transitional period for Barnes and the emotional...

Drake surprises fans with “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

Anthony Scianna, Staff Writer

March 11, 2015

When Drake released his newest album, “If You're Reading This It's Too Late,” a few weeks ago, it took the Internet by storm. Falling in line with Jay Z, Kanye and Beyoncé before him, he dropped it almost completely out of...

Biggest summer music festivals in the country

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer

February 11, 2015

While summer is still several months away, many of the major music festivals have announced their artist lineups. To the West in California, there’s the iconic Coachella Festival, to the South is Bonnaroo and right here in the...

Joey Bada$$ Delivers Dope ’90s Flow On B4.Da.$$

Shantavia Thomas, Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

In a music industry where mediocrity is applauded as greatness, you’d think it’d be difficult for genuine talent to break through the airwaves. However, Bed-Stuy Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ and his recently released 17-track...

Ariana Grande releases new Christmas single

December 3, 2014

That gingerbread, holiday sweater, Christmas lights time of the year is here once again. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now the time is right to drape the house in tinsel and sing along to your favorite Christmas jingles. Ariana...

Austrailian indie artist Kimbra performs in NYC

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer

November 19, 2014

Australian indie-pop songstress Kimbra brought her highly eclectic catalogue to a show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, Nov. 3. Sponsored by footwear brand Steve Madden, a considerable turn-out was drawn....

Taylor Swift ‘Shakes It Off’ with 1989

Taylor Leonard-Coleman, Staff Writer

November 6, 2014

When Taylor Swift decides to do something, she does it bigger and better than ever before. So with her fifth album, “1989,” nothing was left undone or unsaid as she turned herself into her own version of a 1980s pop sensat...

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