Cranberry, Hovvdy

By Shaye Graves, Editor-in-Chief SCORE: 7.1 By this point in Hovvdy’s now two-album discography, it’s clear their tracks are never hard hitters. The Austin-based duo Charlie Martin and Will Taylor only semi-jokingly refer to their music as “pillowcore,” but it’s worth noting that what they lack in adrenaline they make up for in steady momentum. Their latest record, Cranberry, follows up last year’s Taster quite … Continue reading Cranberry, Hovvdy

Shaq Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal

By Mitchell Rose, 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. Release Date: October … Continue reading Shaq Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal

Little Dark Age, MGMT

By Logan Rude, Concerts Editor SCORE: 8.4 MGMT won the hearts of a generation when they released one of the most entertaining albums of the aughts, Oracular Spectacular. When the group came onto the scene, they mixed the sounds of the ever-ubiquitous alt-rock of the times, pop, electronic and psychedelia into a concoction that hadn’t been heard before. Hits like “Time to Pretend” and “Electric … Continue reading Little Dark Age, MGMT

We Out Here, We Out Here

By Christian Zimonick, Features Editor SCORE: 7.1 We Out Here is a compiled exposition of London’s burgeoning and experimental Jazz scene out via independent label Brownswood Recordings. Directed by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the album is sleek, futuristic, immaculately-produced and maintains some coherence despite its huddled construction. While it pushes a few sonic boundaries, We Out Here is mostly enjoyable as a very listenable, very cool … Continue reading We Out Here, We Out Here

The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It EP, 2 Chainz

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 7.5 2 Chainz is well-defined within the contemporary music landscape. He’s rap’s brazen scholar, a former student-athlete at Alabama State University and Virginia State University who now partially-refers to himself as “Tity Boi,” dating back to his old mixtape days. He’s well-known for his aburdist poetry, his extravagant tastes and his ambitions to run for mayor of his hometown. 2 … Continue reading The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It EP, 2 Chainz