‘B4.DA.$$’ is a badass debut by 20 year old rapper

Very rarely is the debut album of a rapper preceded with such a large amount of anticipation and excitement as “B4.DA.$$.” Joey Bada$$, who...

‘Bloomsday’ exemplifies the dangers of sampling

Like fashion, musical trends fade in and out of the industry. Some enjoy longer stays than others — and even the short-lived trends can...

‘Tyranny’ is a bizarre journey

Album: “Tyranny” Artist: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Release Date: September 23, 2014 Label: Cult Records Rating: 2/5 Let me preface this review by saying that The Strokes are...

Rap made respectful with ‘All You Can Do’

With recent stirrings in the black community regarding the appropriateness of Iggy Azalea’s participation in hip-hop, a common complaint wasn’t the mimicry in musical style, but rather the artist “trying black culture on for size” — disrespectfully appropriating language and aesthetics to fake an identity and background that is not her own.

‘Lazaretto’ proves Jack White’s musical genius

Artist: Album: Genre: Release date: Rating: Jack White "Lazaretto" Blues Rock June 10, 2014 4/5 stars Jack White’s second album “Lazaretto” is something to either download or grab off the shelves of the store...

Rapper Sage Francis fights change on Copper Gone

After a long and tense hiatus, Rhode Island-based emcee Sage Francis is back with his much-anticipated LP, “Copper Gone.” His previous album, “L(i)fe,” was...

Pixies Music Review

Artist: Album: Genre: Label: Release date: Rating: Pixies “Indie Cindy” Alternative Rock Pixiesmusic, PIAS April 19, 2014 3/5 stars What rhymes with Pixies? Fixies. Who rides fixies? Hipsters. What do hipsters generally listen to? Indie. What...

Music Review

Artist: Jackie Onassis Album: “Holiday EP” Genre: Hip-hop, rap Label: Sony Music Entertainment Release date: Nov. 17, 2012 Jackie Onassis is something else. And not the Jackie Onassis which...

Metal, post-hardcore genre limitations shattered in ‘Issues’

Album: “Issues” Artist: Issues Genre: Nu-metal, metalcore, post-hardcore Label: Rise Records Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014 4/5 stars   What happens when a pop R&B singer gets together with an unclean...

Beck – Morning Phase

Beck - Morning Phase Rating: 3/5 It's pretty clear from just the 41-second introduction to Beck's new Morning Phase that novelty, boundary pushing, and plain weirdness...

‘After the Disco’ by Broken Bells

Album: “After the Disco” Artist: Broken Bells Genre: Alternative rock, space rock, disco Label: Columbia 4/5 There are certain bad words in the music world, cliché adjectives that describe...

‘Croz’ by David Crosby

Album: “Croz” Artist: David Crosby Genre: Rock Label: Blue Castle Records Release Date: Jan. 28, 2014 4 stars / 5 Those who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll...

Ten of the most anticipated albums of 2014

Check out some awesome music that will be coming to your ears soon! Music Preview compiled by Oliver Petraitis, KRUA 88.1 FM Music Manager.

Top 5 albums of 2013 from KRUA

And now, for your holiday pleasure, watch as I struggle with the intensely difficult task of hierarchically ordering five of the best 2013 albums of that have graced KRUA's airwaves. With so many uniquely good records, this is going to be nearly impossi — no. Wait. They're all so great. I don't think I can say with certainty that one is better than the other. So I'm going to lay them out here in no particular order. You can decide.

‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’ by Eminem

If you didn’t like Shady antics before, stop reading now. If Marshall Mathers is unconditionally your Messiah, you might also stop reading now. This review is for those who are on the fence about a certain rapper who shares a name with a shellac-covered candy.

Tim Hecker’s ‘Virgins’ is dissonant, destructive

Following on the heels of his 2011 EP, “Ravedeath, 1972,” Hecker returns with an even more richly textured, live instrumental album. “Ravedeath” represented a shift in his production. Hecker went from using samples to live instruments, and the result was well worth the wait. It’s safe to say that with “Virgins,” Hecker has successfully lived up to and exceeded “Ravedeath.”

‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ is still locked and loaded

There was a day when “The Chronic” reigned supreme. Dr. Dre brought the synthesizer to hip-hop and no Los Angeles club would be the same for years to come. In the 80’s, socially conscious hip-hop, like De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory,” dominated the rap landscape. Groups like N.W.A rose to prominence with “Straight Outta Compton” and two members from that group, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, would find fame with critically and commercially acclaimed solo releases.

‘Bangerz’ by Miley Cyrus

It’s just sad. It’s sad to see someone with talent, especially very specific talents, take them in a direction that doesn’t coincide with their capabilities. And it happens for a variety of reasons, this kind of reaction formation. In the case of Miley Cyrus, she’s going through a musical reactionary period that harks back to the title of the debut album from the Arctic Monkeys, “Whatever You Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”: You say I’m a country star? I rap. You say I’m a Disney child? I party. You say I’m a role model for young girls everywhere? I twerk.

‘The Speed of Things’ by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

What “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second” did for STRFKR, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On the Dancefloor)” has done for the eclectic indie-pop doppel-doppelganger that is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “If You Didn’t See Me” is both something of a love-lawsuit demanding an alibi and a subtle suggestion to the music world to take stock of this group. Maybe it’s just a long-song-name thing that works for breakout tunes.

‘Let’s Be Still’ by the Head and the Heart

“Down in the valley with whiskey rivers, these are the places you’ll find me hiding. These are the places I will always go.” These are the iconic lyrics from The Head and the Heart’s breakout tune “Down In The Valley,” a folk ballad that evokes a little piece of Jack Kerouac’s rambling mysticism in all of us. And they — these beautiful, quaint, and captivating folksters — certainly took listeners down there with them.

Album Review: ‘Nothing Was the Same’

Drake’s back. This time, don’t expect a motto. You’re not going to get a YOLO or shamefully catchy hooks. You’re not going to get Wayne features. You’re not going to get Aubrey Graham, chipper Canadian gangster extraordinaire. Drake’s back, and for once, he sounds pissed.

‘Mechanical Bull’ by Kings of Leon

Ethan and Joel Cohen once asked, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and they got a cinematic answer. The music business phrased it a little differently: “O brothers Followill, where art thou?” And the biz, too, got an answer.

‘Repave’ by Volcano Choir

Unlike the simple warmth of The Shouting Matches or the backwoodsy cabin-music feel of Bon Iver, Volcano Choir is something of an electro-orchestra wunderkind. Imagine Vernon’s characteristic falsetto in Bon Iver blended intriguingly with heavy drums and slightly glitchy synths and guitar riffs.

“Half Of Where You Live” by Gold Panda

An Internet search for "Gold Panda" will spit out about as much as what sits in the search bar. A self-proclaimed social recluse, beat...

Jay-Z: Proves he is old, but not finished

Here we are, late in the year of 2013. Who knew Jay Z’s 12th studio release, “Magna Carta: Holy Grail,” would be the most...

Good new rap music Vol. 2

If you think “Yeezus” is trash purely because Kanye didn’t give Chief Keef a full verse on “Hold My Liquor,” keep reading.  Young L –...

Baths: ‘Obsidian’

Whereas 2010?s “Cerulean” chirped and twitched in artistically novel way, knob-turner/producer savant Baths’ new album, “Obsidian,” favors blood-thinning vocal performance of chilling lyrics atop his signature organica-influenced blend of musical surrealism.

‘This Was Tomorrow,’ a punctuated album

“Thunder from down under” — the cliche refers to any noteworthy invention of Australian origin. It may be a cliche, but it holds true when...

‘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...