‘Mint’ by Crunchy Kids

There’s a phenomenon in the rap world called trap music. Trap is a contraction: terrible + rap = trap. At least the internet will...

‘Secondhand Rapture’ a clutter of songs

Remember the song that played during the season three teaser-trailer for “Game of Thrones?” The intense drums and haunting lyrics made that one of...

Aussie band growls out a new album

What do beards, feedback, and vocal static have in common? They’re all fuzzy. Straight from Australia, The Growl’s new 11-song album “What Would Christ Do?” is a hazy, bluesy indie rock album that lives up to its ambitiously growling title.

Macklemore: Rapper rocks show

Last Friday, a line curled around the corner over an hour before the doors opened at the Egan Center. The attraction? Arguably the biggest independent hip-hop duo since the ‘90s: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Timberlake still has it

Justin Timberlake is back from his six-year music industry hiatus, reminding everyone who counted him out that he still has it. In “The 20/20 Experience,” he adds his own southern Memphis roots into the music, and it works well.

Deadbeat Darling’s “The Angel’s Share”

It's rare to stumble upon an indie rock album nowadays that has the power to provide listeners with variety and range. This unfortunate musical rut sometimes leaves listeners with albums that have track after track, each sounding like the last.

Toro y Moi: Bull and Me is growing up

Toro y Moi has mellowed out since he started his career in 2009. The album "Anything in Return" is an electronic melodic calamity of synthesizers and drum kits. The third LP from singer and producer Chazwick Bundick, one of the founding fathers of the 80s-orientated chillwave genre, forces listeners to mentally transport themselves to the days when cassette tapes were preferred and colorful knee-high socks were adored.

Beta Love: Ra Ra Riot’s new electronic embrace

After three years, New York-based band Ra Ra Riot is back with "Beta Love." Unfortunately, there is a constant reminder the band is going through a little bit of a genre identity crisis.

A$AP Rocky’s swag delivers on ‘LongLiveA$AP’

After a year of hype and guest features in 2012, A$AP Rocky has released his awaited debut album, “LongLiveA$AP.” The album captures Rocky’s trill persona while delivering a wide range of recognizable musical features.

KRUA’s top 5, must-listen album picks of 2012

KRUA's Felipe Godoy reviews the top five albums of 2012.

August Burns Red turns Christmas metal this year

Hardcore bands consistently receive heavy criticism for sounding too similar to each other. It seems August Burns Red, or ABR, has heard enough of these insults and snapped, pushing them to write "Sleddin' Hill," a 42-minute onslaught of Christmas metal.

Top five basketball songs

The percentage of songs associated with basketball that actually have something to do with basketball is freakishly small.

‘New Horizons’ for Flyleaf

After a decade as lead singer for Christian alternative band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm (nee Mosley), is parting ways from the group to pursue the next chapter of her life — but not before leaving fans with one last album to remember her by.

Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid m.A.A.d city” revival of West Coast hip-hop

Earlier this week 25 year-old, Kendrick Lamar, Compton, Calif., emcee, released his major label debut “good kid m.A.A.d. city.”

The Word Alive breaks the cycle

The Word Alive screams their way to victory with their 2012 album titled “Life Cycles.”

Album Review: Muse, “2nd Law”

Muse have been creating bombastic alternative progressive rock for over a decade. They have earned a reputation for sonic diversity and a uniquely grandiose style. “The 2nd Law” does nothing to challenge that perception. In fact, at times it seems like the album was made to uphold it. This is the most bombastic and grandiose Muse album ever, which seem to be the best two words to describe it.

MellowHype raises the bar

Sharing hundreds of blunts and stages as a member of OFWGKTA with infamous rapper Tyler the Creator gave rising rap duo MellowHype the knowledge of what rap fans want to hear. No longer destined to merely be the mid-stage lurkers at shows, MellowHype's new album "Numbers," released Oct. 9, establishes them as serious contenders in the rap industry.

Jump into ‘Wild Race’ of life

After Dr. Dog visited Alaska a couple weeks ago, the Philadelphia-based band released a five track EP titled “Wild Race” Oct. 2 as a...

Deadmau5 isn’t dead yet

My circle of friends has always regarded Deadmau5 as being “that redundant electronic artist,” but his newest album, uniquely titled “Album Title Goes Here,” is shockingly fresher than his previous works.

Album Review: Grizzly Bear strikes back

In my time as KRUA music manager, the station has never anticipated an album release quite like this. With countless days, sleepless nights and...

Album Review: “Coexist” by The xx

Until iTunes displayed The xx’s album on its “new featured music” page, the talented music group never really had a spotlight. The British indie...

Christopher Smith’s “Earning Keep” a keeper earning hearts

Since the moment I heard this album, it’s been on my personal playlist. After the first listen I had to know more about the...

Alanis Morissette’s “Havoc and Bright Lights” a near-perfect success

Due to get married and soon to have a baby, Alanis Morissette graces fans with a new helping of her unique brand of pop through her newest album, “Havoc and Bright Lights.” And it’s a worthy listen by far.

Owl City’s MySpace fame not forgotten

Adam Young is one of the few MySpace musician success stories we still care about. His fourth studio album under his Owl City music project, “The Midsummer Station,” is a good example why.

Music Review: Rob Zombie – Mondo Sex Head

Artist: Rob Zombie Album: “Mondo Sex Head” Label: Geffen Records Release date: Aug. 7, 2012 Rating: 3 Rob Zombie’s got some pretty iconic hits. Now he’s put out an...

Joel Piper is ‘Dying to Live’

Former Confide drummer/vocalist Joel Piper is back with his first full length solo album, titled “Dying to Live,” and it’s nothing like you’d expect. If...

‘Harakiri,’ a pointed rock album

Former System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is back with another solo album commentating on how society currently sucks and is on its...

ViViD’s first studio album, ‘Infinity,’ an earful of Japanese goodness

ViViD proves that you don’t need a studio album to get noticed. The five member rock band from Japan got together in March of...

Maroon 5 sells out with latest album, ‘Overexposed’

“Songs About Jane” was a beautiful, thoughtful and memorable album for its unique sound and fun vocals. “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” Maroon...

Linkin Park’s new release disappoints, again

Linkin Park may have lost their way, but they appear to be trying to get back on track with their newest album, “Living Things.”...