May 16, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Mac Miller disappoints with decent yet lackluster ‘Faces’

Right now, Mac Miller (the nom de guerre of Pittsburgh native Malcolm McCormick) is one of the most interesting rappers around. Paradoxically, this is at least partly due to the fact that his early releases weren’t really “interesting” at all: little of Mac Miller’s breakout K.I.D.S. mixtape (or other comparable fare) suggested that he would ever leave the pop-rap territory he shared with artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Asher Roth. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing,(I genuinely consider K.I.D.S. to be a low-key masterpiece)but it seemed like Mac Miller just wasn’t interested in pursuing more risky, ambitious projects. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case, and his evolution…read more By Charlie Gaillard

May 7, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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The Knife surprises with bizarre yet joyful performance

Listening to Swedish electronic duo The Knife’s 2006 album Silent Shout is an auditory nightmare. Often likened to a soundtrack for a haunted house, the music is threatening, disorienting and paranoia-inducing, yet undeniably thrilling and fascinating. The first three tracks send the listener down the darker side of the rabbit hole, plunging him or her headfirst into a world…read more By Brady Hirsch

May 5, 2014
by Charles Gaillard
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Lil Wayne / Believe Me (ft. Drake)

The first single from Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne’s latest (final?) installment in his “Carter” series, is finally here!  Floyd Mayweather previewed the sleek, muted beat on his instagram a few days ago, and the mastered version of “Believe Me” (featuring Young Money cohort and frequent collaborator Drake) has Wayne and Drake trading verses on it for nearly 6 minutes.  While it’s great to hear Wayne again, Drake’s the one who truly shines here; ultimately, “Believe Me” sounds like a Wayne feature on a Drake track, not the other way around.  Check it out below.

April 30, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Waka Flocka Flame lets loose wild Spring Fling concert

The Waka Flocka Flame concert last Thursday marked the culmination of the attempts of All Campus Entertainment (ACE) to satisfy the need for a Spring Fling headlining concert. Following the news that the originally planned performer had “Chance-eled” at the last minute, the prospect of having a notable musician…read more By Will Schmidt and Rachel Lee

April 28, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Lauryn Hill reminds fans of original brilliance, talent

Few fit the tortured artist cliché as wholly as Lauryn Hill. Brilliant, outspoken and passionate, her career has been tempestuous and trying. Her solo debut and magnum opus, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was a profoundly personal work centered on love, feminism and spirituality. Her brutal honesty and open vulnerability connected to millions around the world, elevating her to stardom and winning her the Grammy for album of the year in 1999. A hip-hop/soul crossover, the album helped pioneer the neo-soul movement…read more By Brady Hirsch

April 26, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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Days of Old, Boys of Young

Oh, to be young. I’m the type of guy to update my MySpace on the reg. I spend hours organizing my pokemon card collection and water my chia pet every afternoon. Re-watched the Lion King the other day – cried when Mufasa died. My life is but senseless tragedy.
Let’s leave it at that.

Call me a sucker for nostalgia, but there’s something about my teen years that forever lives in my heart, somewhere next to my other organs and possibly bacteria. Nothing reminds me more of my adolescence than those sad, dreamy, summer songs that would just grab me by my overlong hair and scream “You just don’t understand me! NO ONE DOES!” I’m talking Dashboard Confessional, Death Cab For Cutie — anything that really reminds me of summer and heartbreak and fireflies or whatever.

But I’m older now. So whenever I hear new music that hints at my sorely missed glory days, it usually entails the addition of some weird electro-thing. When done well, though, it’s just awesome. Cue the introduction to Young Boy.

Young Boy is a half-brother duo (Prestige Worldwide!?) hailing from Italy and the U.S., specializing in making your heart throb and your inner teenage girl scream. Let the relaxing guitar rifts and softly soothing pop vocals paint your summer scenes this break and remind you that you’re really old and have a lot of work that you actually have to get done so maybe you’ll just check out their single “Wagons” below off of their debut album “Other Summers.”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go grow up.

(Note: Not sure where along the spectrum of creepy and illegal the choice of title for this post sits, so just take it in stride. Moreover, the false Step-Brothers reference was made consciously, so hop off, bro.)