Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett

By Rishabh Kishore, Contributing Writer SCORE: 9.2 Courtney Barnett has been busy. After releasing her first album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, and subsequent touring, she collaborated with Kurt Vile to produce an album with both artists playing off each other’s incredible songwriting prowess. The album (Lotta Sea Lice) showed a conversational type of lyricism with a unique style of singing. For … Continue reading Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett

Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

By Tyler Moore, Contributing Writer   SCORE: 7.0 Shawn Mendes is Shawn Mendes’ self-titled third project following the albums Handwritten and Illuminate. Some have proclaimed Mendes as an icon and one of the industry’s hardest workers for already having a three albums by the age of 19.  In his self-titled album, Mendes continues his trademark of poignant songs of young love featuring an acoustic guitar here … Continue reading Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

Complicit EP, Gang of Four

By Brendon Peppard, Contributing Writer & Mara Blumenstein, Contributing Writer SCORE: 5.5 Gang of Four has a history of acting as an outlet for western political anxiety. Entertainment!, the group’s 1979 full-length debut, was funky and neurotic. With lyrics that unite teenage angst and cold war paranoia, the album serves as a dynamic reference point for the emotional climate at the outset of the new decade. … Continue reading Complicit EP, Gang of Four

Lucas Acid, Moodie Black

By Nimish Sarin, Contributing Writer SCORE: 8.6 Lucas Acid is the first full-length project from noise-rap pioneers Moodie Black in over four years. The Minneapolis-based group has been releasing grimy experimental music for over a decade under the record label Fake Four Inc., which houses multiple creative acts in the world of underground hip-hop. Moodie Black perfectly fits this description boasting grimy industrial production and … Continue reading Lucas Acid, Moodie Black

Joyride, Tinashe

By Tyler Moore, Contributing Writer SCORE: 3.5 Joyride is Tinashe’s second album, the sophomore project following her 2014 album, Aquamarine. Tinashe, in the past, has been compared to the likes of The Weeknd and Janet Jackson, though closer to The Weeknd. Both comparisons are very complimentary, but they are a step above where Tinashe falls on the release of this album. Tinashe works with a … Continue reading Joyride, Tinashe