‘The Life of Pablo’ underwhelms

People hate Kanye. I get it, he's an egotistical asshole that says whatever he wants and for the most part, gets away with it....

Animal Collective’s new album ‘Painting With’ is more of the same

For many years, Animal Collective has had a large discography of primarily experimental music. “Painting With” is the band’s tenth release in the band’s...

‘Vulnicura’ by Björk

In this world of cliches, predictable plots and simplistic, overused song structures, the world can rest easy knowing there is at least one artist...

‘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...

Clarence Clarity – No Now

“No Now,” the debut album from Clarence Clarity, emerges from a very interesting and refreshing sonic space. Somewhere in the middle between electronic and...

Sweet songs warm the heart

May 16 marked the release of Alaskan Home Grown artist Melissa Mitchell's third solo album "Rain or Shine". The release party was held at the Snow Goose where a diverse melting pot of fans and supporters rallied in celebration of Mitchell's latest "creations"; more than songs - the messages pierce the heart with poignancy and inject a healthy dose of self realization without the nasty after effect of judgment.

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.

Carrie and Lowell – Sufjan Stevens

There are times in life that are confusing and alienating — and only years later do the proper words come to adequately describe them....

Top Five Albums of 2015

5) "Currents" - Tame Impala Kevin Parker is Tame Impala. The 29-year-old Australian wrote, recorded, produced, mixed, and performed every instrument for each track...

Music Review: Muse goes synth-pop with ‘The Resistance.’

Muse is known for their dark, esoteric style, and “The Resistance” does not disappoint. Laden with pulsing synth, sweeping strings and oscillating electric guitar,...

Old sounds resurface in Bjork’s new album, ‘Volta’

Bjork serves as a rite of passage for young music hounds' professional opinions. It's only when they hear the Icelandic wonder that aural aficionados realize that what someone thinks of a piece doesn't matter. Bjork is so strange and obscure that every opinion somehow manages to be objective fact.

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.

The Word Alive breaks the cycle

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

Brother Ali’s new album uplifts

Brother Ali’s knack for expBrother Ali’s knack for explaining social issues with lyrical complexity over infectious beats is in full force with his latest...

‘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...

‘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.

Valentine’s Day playlist: how to set the mood

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and whether you’ve got yourself a “boo” or you’re swiping right until your fingers are sore, there...

‘Rising Down’

Somehow, The Roots aren't more popular. Black Thought should have been running Def Jam instead of finding refuge in a deal there. ?uestlove should have been hosting MTV reality shows about fabricated rap groups. We should all be rocking button-downs and jeans made by The Roots Clothing Co.

‘Enemy Mine’ by Swan Lake

Created in 2006, Swan Lake's members are affiliated with the other Canadian bands known as Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Destroyer and New Pornographers. Their new album starts out with a troubadour-ish song that takes you back to renaissance era reminiscent of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," from where the band takes their name.

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

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

‘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.

‘Seeing Sounds’

Synesthesia: n. A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. This is what N*E*R*D means by "Seeing Sounds." Of course, synesthesia is the only logical step after a month and a half Glowing in the Dark on tour with Kanye West.

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.”...

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.

‘The 8 Diagrams’

The Wu dropped an album last December, 14 years after releasing their debut album "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." "8 Diagrams" isn't the Wu-Tang Clan's best album. It isn't even their second best. But it doesn't try to recreate any of their previous albums.

‘Union Black’ unifies styles

This isn’t a review, it’s a lament. Skindred’s stellar album, “Union Back,” has been out since April in the UK. As of this publication,...

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...

Kendrik Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly

Last September, Kendrick Lamar dropped the single “i,” which quickly spread rapidly in the black community as a long-awaited positive representation of their life...

‘Baby Blue for Pink’

With Valentine's in mind, QN5 put together a six track EP to say a few words about love. I missed Valentine's Day with the review, but "Baby Blue for Pink" isn't holiday-sensitive. It's good to hear rappers rhyme about something that has a little softer content.