Lester & The Hoax

Q: Who are the band members on the recording? And who are the band members performing at the CD release? A: I played all the instruments on the CD. The Hoax live line up includes me on guitar and percussion and my friends Ted and Jeff from the Moon Knights and iLeah from Miss Midnight Ago Go.

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.

Trevor Hall’s self-titled album uplifts the weary spirit

ALBUM: "Trevor Hall" ARTIST: Trevor Hall RECORD LABEL: Vanguard Records Trevor Hall’s self-titled album is a good album to just chill out to, with its easy lyrics...

‘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...

Taylor Swift chosen for The Hunger Games

Taylor Swift has been center stage in contemporary country music for roughly five years now. Originally a Myspace music phenomena, Swift skyrocketed to fame...

Lester & The Hoax ‘I Want You to Haunt Me’

Lester Smiley brings his low-fi catchy tunes back home. A year ago he said goodbye to the group The Moon Knights, a staple at underground artist events in and around Anchorage, and journeyed to Portland. Smiley now returns with the band, Lester and the Hoax, and a new album 'I Want You to Haunt Me'.

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 –...

Redman transcends bland beats with wry rhymes

Redman is better than your favorite rapper. This isn't an opinion. This is an objective fact. Easily one of the most consistent MCs out there, Redman recorded an obviously good album with "Red Gone Wild." Even after his six-year hiatus, was there ever really any doubt? Though he's never been known for being clean, Redman took his triple-extra-grimy style down two notches when "Doc's Da Name 2000" came out in 1998.

Continually raising the bar

This week we reviewed the new Andrew Bird album "Break It Yourself," and for all you indie heads out there that were fortunate enough to see him perform live over at the PAC back in November; this album screams you.

Thera gears up to open for the Uneroath concert

“Someone once described us as melodic, hardcore rock,” said Ronnie Plate, a vocalist and guitarist in Thera, as well as a geology major in...

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...

After 10 releases, Morrissey abides

Unfamiliar to the likes of Morrissey, I embarked on the close study of "Years of Refusal," Morrissey's tenth solo release. One would fi gure that choosing an artist one is utterly unfamiliar with for a good evaluation would be a chore, but I was feeling ambitious.

New Ice Cube album is deliciously obnoxious

It’s been quite a while since Ice Cube has put out something decent. Still, it’s refreshing to see a staple of the original hip-hop...

Bloc Party’s ‘Weekend’ trip not for travel-weary listeners

Listening to Bloc Party's second album is like listening to the sound of being just barely too cool for school. It's a golden age that can happen at any time: the briefest window when one realizes whatever rat-race one happens to be engaged in is an illusion that won't have any lasting impact on the course of one's life and it's possible to breeze by armed with half-baked ambition and the knowledge that it doesn't matter what people think - until the next crushing societal pressure takes hold of one's psyche, and the window closes.

Sports Briefs

UAA's Williams earns GNAC honors UAA senior Ruby Williams has been honored at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's co-Player of the Week for women's basketball after helping the nation's top-ranked Division II team run its winning streak to 22 games last week.

Rasta-punk band Skindred gets in the groove with latest album

No other group can command attention the way Skindred can. The Prince of Wales quartet is fronted by Benji Webb, a dreadlock-sporting Jamaican with...

Jay-Z’s rhymes poorly designed on ‘The Blueprint 3’

With a big name like Jay-Z, one would expect a certain amount of quality. For example, a listener might not want to hear the...