Saturday, September 23, 2017

Songs of the Week (10.23.16)

Eminem - "Campaign Speech" For nearly eight minutes, Eminem raps to nothing more than his own vocal rhythm with only the lightest accompanying track. He gives us his presidential revenge fantasy, a mishmash of references,...

Songs of the Week (10.16.16)

John Legend - "Love Me Now" “Love Me Now” is a soft-sung love ballad, courtesy of our own John Legend. After a three-year drought following the release of “Love in the Future,” John has returned...

Album Review: “Atrocity Exhibition” by Danny Brown

Danny Brown rose to prominence with “XXX,” a foul-mouthed portrait of a rapper in skinny jeans set against the backdrop of a declining Detroit. Its gutter talk won over fans and critics alike, who...

Album Review: “50” by Rick Astley

Take a long, critical look at the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Its meme cache stems primarily from the dated, campy potato-quality grain. Rick Astley ascended to web infamy when “rickrolling” exploded...

Songs of the Week (10.9.16)

Chromatics - "I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around" The delays that have long plagued the Chromatics’ coming album, “Dear Tommy,” can easily be excused when the band releases singles like these. Besides being...

Album Review: “City Club” by The Growlers

The Growlers captured our hearts in 2013 when they released their debut single "One Million Lovers.” Once listeners had a taste of their fun jingles and lovesick lyrics, the band was forever ready to...

Album Review: “22, A Million” by Bon Iver

When “For Emma, Forever Ago” debuted, Justin Vernon was 26 years old, at the beginning of his professional career. It’s wholly unusual, then, that his first studio album with Bon Iver was so remarkably...

Songs of the Week (10.2.2016)

Leonard Cohen - “You Want It Darker” “If you are the dealer, I’m out of the game,” Leonard Cohen murmurs, his honey-rich voice lower than the track’s backing organs. It’s a slow-rolling piece — half-spoken,...

Concert Review: Jack Garratt

It was past 7 p.m., and the line at the House of Blues wrapped around the building with no sign of when the doors would be opening. British singer-songwriter Jack Garratt would be kicking...

Sights and Sounds: Guardian’s Guide to San Diego’s Music, Theater and Film

With decent access to public transportation and car services, UCSD students have a bevy of venues within their reach. Every location placates a certain desire, whether one wants to catch a band, a film...