November 23, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT ALBUM, 1989; READ THIS POST

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is inescapable: boasting the largest first-week sales since 2002’s The Eminem Show, it’s spawned a number of hit singles, an SNL skit (“Swiftamine”), a Kendrick Lamar freestyle (over “Shake It Off”), two music videos, and endless discussion. For this review, Charlie Gaillard ’16, a longtime Swift fan, and Olivia Lima ’17, a skeptic, paired up to weigh in on the album…Read More by Charlie Gaillard and Olivia Lima

November 5, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Rubblebucket, Survival Sounds

Rubblebucket’s latest album, Survival Sounds, revives the band’s indie-pop dance brand with songs that are catchier and more dynamic than its previous work. Rubblebucket has survived largely under the radar since its first release, Rose’s Dream, in 2008 when…Read More by Katherine Preston

October 29, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Lily and Madeleine, Fumes

What does “fumes” mean, exactly? The word, at least for me, evokes a host of contradictions. It is something powerful, but insubstantial; intoxicating, but invisible; enveloping, but impossible to pin down. The same set of descriptors could just as easily be applied to Lily & Madeleine’s sophomore LP, Fumes, released yesterday on Sufjan Stevens’s Asthmatic Kitty Records, is a delightfully mystifying piece…Read More by Charlie Gaillard

October 29, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Iceage’s third album promises engaging new direction, sound

In 2011, a group of Danish teenagers, only a year or two older than I was at the time, put out New Brigade, an album of unrelentingly aggressive punk rock. Denmark is not necessarily known for its post-punk scene, but if I was initially drawn to the novelty of this band, Iceage, the album only stuck with me because it was really, really good. It was messy, raw and intense in all the best ways. They had an unmistakable energy; you got the sense of a band whose chaotic…Read More By Luke Warren

October 12, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Shabazz Palaces impresses

Hip-hop/Afropunk duo Shabazz Palaces returned to the music scene this summer with their second album released under Sub Pop records, Lese Majesty. Artists Ishmael Butler (also known as Palaceer Lazaro) and Tendai Maraire, who reside in Seattle, have worked together as Palaces from 2009 and have yet to disappoint…Read More by Marc Burnett