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Run the Jewels return with loud attitude, create classic

Run the Jewels return with loud attitude, create classic

By Michael Gorman

February 8, 2017


Filed under Feature, Music

Since their self-titled debut album released in 2013, Run the Jewels has delivered hard flows with distinct social commentary for their fast-growing fan base. The rap duo’s latest effort, “Run the Jewels 3,” was released Dec. 25, making it the best present I received over the holidays.

‘Do What Thou Wilt’ an Ab-Soul-ute classic

‘Do What Thou Wilt’ an Ab-Soul-ute classic

By Michael Gorman

February 8, 2017


Filed under Feature, Music

“Do What Thou Wilt” is Ab-Soul’s loud, abrasive and disorganized claim to the center-stage of modern hip-hop and rap. At surface level, it may seem as if he’s being wildly offensive, but after a deeper look into the lyrics, it’s clear Ab-Soul is thinking on a higher level.

Tribe’s Dedication to Phife is touching without losing quality of sound

Tribe’s Dedication to Phife is touching without losing quality of sound

By Michael Gorman

January 2, 2017


Filed under Feature, Music

With “We’ve Got It From Here...Thank you 4 Your Service,” A Tribe Called Quest proves that even with an 18-year break, they’re still one of the freshest groups in the rap industry. Read More »...

On ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ J. Cole broadcasts storytelling, moves away from hype

On ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ J. Cole broadcasts storytelling, moves away from hype

By Michael Gorman

January 2, 2017


Filed under Feature, Music

With “4 Your Eyez Only,” North Carolina rapper J. Cole has proven his storytelling ability, though he didn’t expand on his production or delivery. It’s somewhat of a disappointment, as he had been building up momentum for several years; he had impressive features on other songs, and in 2014, wi...

Bruno Mars draws on Jackson influence to bring ‘24k Magic’

Bruno Mars draws on Jackson influence to bring ‘24k Magic’

By Michael Gorman

December 21, 2016


Filed under Feature, Music

With “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars proved that while Michael Jackson may have died years ago, the King of Pop’s influence lives on. Read More »...

Sting like a bee on ’57th and 9th’

Sting like a bee on ’57th and 9th’

By Michael Gorman

December 15, 2016


Filed under Feature, Music

With his first rock album in 13 years, Sting jumped right back in the crossroads of rock n’ roll with “57th and 9th.” The title is a reference to the intersection in New York City that Sting crossed every day to get to the studio where much of the album was recorded. Read More »...

The Weeknd’s vocal capacity makes up for lack of experimentation

The Weeknd’s vocal capacity makes up for lack of experimentation

By Michael Gorman

December 13, 2016


Filed under Feature, Music

After his smash hit single “Starboy,” released in September, The Weeknd released his album by the same name Nov. 25, but struggled to keep his momentum going. Read More »...

Rock veteran Neil Young ‘respects Mother Earth,’ produces latest live album: 3/5 stars

Rock veteran Neil Young ‘respects Mother Earth,’ produces latest live album: 3/5 stars

By Michael Gorman

December 6, 2016


Filed under Music

Neil Young released his newest live album “Earth” June 17. The album features Young’s live performances while incorporating sounds of animals and nature. Read More »...

Khaled’s ‘Major Key’ has minor errors: 3/5 stars

Khaled’s ‘Major Key’ has minor errors: 3/5 stars

By Michael Gorman

December 6, 2016


Filed under Music

Capitalizing on his Snapchat-based popularity, DJ Khaled released “Major Key,” July 29. Read More »...

After long wait, Ocean makes waves with new album, ‘Blonde’: 4/5 stars

After long wait, Ocean makes waves with new album, ‘Blonde’: 4/5 stars

By Michael Gorman

December 6, 2016


Filed under Music

After Frank Ocean had hinted at a new album in February 2013, saying he was “10, 11, songs into this next thing,” fans have been eagerly awaiting its release. Read More »...

Chili Peppers spice it up in revival of their glory days: 3.5/5 stars

Chili Peppers spice it up in revival of their glory days: 3.5/5 stars

By Michael Gorman

December 6, 2016


Filed under Music

“The Getaway,” released June 17, is exactly the revival the Red Hot Chili Peppers needed. After the failed 2011 release of “I’m With You,” fans wondered if the band they had grown to love had changed after decades of exceptional music. Read More »...