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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Album of the year: A retrospective look at Beach House’s “Bloom” and its impact...

Even those that don’t listen to Beach House have at least heard of this Baltimore duo or know a song from their fourth studio album. Beach House is the product of vocalist and keyboardist...

Exploring the depths of the ‘Middle Passage.’

On Friday, Nov. 8, I had the privilege of attending Immortal Technique's “Middle Passage Tour.” This was my first time seeing the revolutionary poet live, as well as my first time attending a hip-hop...

Swans’ new album ‘leaving meaning.’ is far from a swansong

From a contemporary standpoint, Swans is a band that’s sure to push the envelope, as they never confine themselves to a genre and always shift their sound. Their music is punishing at times, forgiving...

Rex Orange County’s “Pony” is an excellent addition to his lovestruck discography

Indie artist Alexander O’Connor (better known as Rex Orange County) released his third album, titled “Pony,” to much fan anticipation. Although this is Rex’s first album release with Sony Music, his musical integrity remains...

Angel Olsen self-reflects in new album ‘All Mirrors’

Albums can tell stories just like cinema can, and in some ways better. Albums can offer an abundance of drama without telling a linear narrative, such as Angel Olsen’s “All Mirrors.” In Olsen’s fifth...

KUCR follows the Crumb trail

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, a gang of KUCR DJs ventured off the quiet UCR campus and headed west to see psych-indie sensation, Crumb, perform live at The Glass House in Pomona. For a few...

“Ghosteen”: Nick Cave’s impassioned album explores his journey to find peace

It is not with great difficulty to surmise that Nick Cave’s latest album “Ghosteen” may be the most emotionally demanding album I have yet to hear. The album acts as the finale to a...

“IGOR” is Tyler, the Creator’s best album yet as he makes strides toward the...

In 2017, Tyler, the Creator dropped his fourth studio album, “Flower Boy.” The Grammy-nominated album marked a dramatic shift in the tides of his work. He went from making gritty, angsty music controversial enough...

Weezer fall short of fan expectations on ‘The Black Album’

In recent years, Weezer have leaned further away from the rock heroes they once were and have transitioned into the playful jokers they are now. Their newest release, “The Black Album” comes just a...

Ariana Grande’s authenticity shines through on “thank u, next”

Upon its initial introduction, I wasn’t particularly excited about Ariana Grande’s newest album.  Listening to “sweetener” one too many times and the fact that it seemed like every radio station was blasting an Ariana...