Gallery: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya challenges traditional hip-hop at High Noon Saloon

By Henry Michaels, Staff Writer   Thursday night the High Noon Saloon brought together three of Chicago’s most exciting and unique young talents, all of whom challenge what it means to be labeled a hip-hop artist. Son!, a Madison native, kicked off the show with an energetic and passionate performance that pushed old friends and new fans alike to move on the dance floor. His … Continue reading Gallery: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya challenges traditional hip-hop at High Noon Saloon

FM!, Vince Staples

By Rishabh Kishore, Staff Writer SCORE: 8.3 Thank you, Vince. Although there is an unbelievable amount of music that is put out every week, only a few albums stick out and stay in a daily rotation the way FM! does. The album is classic Vince; FM! is groovy, hard and chilling with lyrics that constantly remind you about his old stomping grounds of Long Beach, CA’s northside. However, much … Continue reading FM!, Vince Staples

IC-01 Hanoi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

By McKenzie Maccaux, Contributing Writer SCORE: 8.0 Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been at the forefront of the modern psych-rock genre, releasing their fourth album, Sex and Food, in April of 2018. In IC-01 Hanoi, the band maintains their distorted, textured sound, but begins experimenting with freeform, sonic jazz influences and Vietnamese instruments throughout the exploratory album. Structurally, IC-01 Hanoi is comprised of seven instrumental tracks that are listed as “Hanoi … Continue reading IC-01 Hanoi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

BALLADS 1, Joji

By Deeba Abrishamchi, Staff Writer Score: 5.7 In early 2013, the video that we all know today as “The Harlem Shake” went viral. The outlandish phenomenon was started by George Miller, better known by his music moniker, Joji. Five years later, Joji is doing things a little differently: his art involves singing, producing and performing. After his unadorned first project In Tongues – EP, he … Continue reading BALLADS 1, Joji

Thousand Knives, Ruyichi Sakamoto

By Benny Koziol, Staff Writer Each week, Sunday School takes a second look at a classic album worth revisiting years after its release. EMMIE staff handpick releases that shaped a genre, defined a generation or deserve recognition despite being left in the distance. Keep up with Sunday School for your weekly dose of dusted-off classics and throwbacks that merit a second spin. Thousand Knives, Ruyichi … Continue reading Thousand Knives, Ruyichi Sakamoto