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Sunday, November 18, 2018

“Laugh Now, Fly Later” is a bland appetizer for a tipping point in Wiz...

Wiz Khalifa is a hotly-debated rapper whose brand of stoner rap has cultivated a dedicated fanbase as well as a fair show of critics who cannot identify with him. He tends to avoid anything...

In Kelela’s sea — On the singer’s debut, ”Take Me Apart”

Kelela’s asymmetrically shaved head has become a marker for the singer. As of late, she has accented the end of her locks with diamonds, inducing regality and elegance, two descriptors which encapsulate her ambitiously...

Even off their A-game, Future and Thugger come together with flare

Discussing current trends in hip-hop inevitably comes around to highlighting the importance of Future and Young Thug, the Atlantan rap titans whose postverbal eccentricities elevated their auto-tuned slurs from the exception to the norm....

Thundercat melts brains on intoxicating new record, “Drunk”

There are wild moments on “Drunk” that make me feel like I’m on an Adult Swim show, high off imagery and infectious grooves alone. There are also sobering moments on “Drunk” that make me...

The unequivocally cool king of British indie makes his triumphant return with “The Ooz”

Archy Marshall is an agent of mystique and low profile in a media climate where that is hard to accomplish. Being a very enigmatic character, he has nearly as many stage monikers as projects...

Cold War Kids replicates more of the same with “L.A. Divine”

If I told you that I once saw Cold War Kids perform at my middle school’s cafeteria when I was in seventh grade, would you believe me? No? Yes? Well, it's true. See, on...

How Taylor Swift reckons with her reputation on her fortress of an album

The digital dances of the internet — the soft block, the finsta, a deleted subtweet — distinguish the ways in which we tend to ourselves and each other online. The choreography is complex and...

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas”: More a love letter to Gwen Stefani’s new...

Gwen Stefani has attempted to bring the Christmas feeling a little early with the release of her latest album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” featuring her own takes on classic songs such as...

Interviews with Kendrick Lamar and Musiq Soulchild

Kendrick Lamar Interview Poised to be the West Coast’s knight in shining armor, Kendrick Lamar delivered his first performance at UCR on Saturday night. This year could also mean another first for Lamar; the release...

Under the Radar: Issue 15

Divine Council UTR Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Divine Council comes at you with a more laidback spin on the traditional Atlanta trap sound, with beats similar to those of artists that have become staples...