Music Reviews

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‘Wilder Minds’ is a different sound for Mumford and Sons

If you’ve been hearing music on the radio or in local coffee houses and thought to yourself, “Hey, this new Coldplay...

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Calvin student Jenny LaJoye releases first full-length album

As she prepares to leave Calvin College, senior Jenny LeJoye celebrates the upcoming release of her first full-length al...

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Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound and Color’ brings back oldies vibe

“Sound and Color” –  an album that has truly given me a more intense musical frisson. Listening to any full r...

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Local electronica band Filmloom releases new album, ‘Perennial’

Listening to the sonic spectacle of “Fog Magic,” the second track on “Perennial,” you would be forgiven for thin...

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‘Carrie and Lowell’ is provocative and moving

In the song “John Wayne Gacy Jr.” from his 2007 album, “Come On, Feel The Illinoise”, Sufjan Ste...

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Album review: Steven Wilson’s ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’

Whether progressive rock was ever truly progressive (or ever truly rock for that matter) is a point of much tedious deba...

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Sufjan’s ‘Carrie and Lowell’ does not live up to the hype

I beg the reader’s forgiveness for beginning this review by talking not about Sufjan Stevens but about Soren Kierkegaa...

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‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’ album is a feel-good trip

Noah Lennox, the Lisbon-based musician who releases his solo work under the Panda Bear name, takes pains to avoid sendin...

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Review: One Direction – “FOUR”

The members of One Direction are growing up. At least that is the message they have been trying to send ever since they ...

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Review: Party Worker

As Bambu tells it, he became politicized while on tour, not as an artist, but deployed as a soldier in Okinawa, Japan. A...