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By Josh Mathew Utterly brilliant is the best way, I think, to verbalize POND’s November 8th performance at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. Elsewhere is a fairly new venue in Bushwick, Brooklyn housing a wonderfully crafted performance space, a bar, cafe, and outdoor courtyard. A perfect, intimate space for up and coming bands to really showcase their sound. […]

By Sarah Gregor On Tuesday, November 20th I saw The Struts at The Paramount in Huntington NY. As an avid listener of The Struts, I was stoked to see them in concert. The band has said before that they are inspired by other bands such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Def Leppard, so if […]

Classic Album Review by Yazmenne Archer Three words. Princess of R&B. Gone but never forgotten, Aaliyah Haughton was a gem to this world and though she is no longer with us, she gave the music industry and this world a sound like no other. At the tender age of 15, she was singing with the […]

Reviewed by Thomas Lichtman Khruangbin is an American indie trio hailing from Houston, Texas. They play a variety of mostly instrumental songs with influences ranging from psychedelia, funk and world music. Their songs vary from slow and melancholy to funky, upbeat jams. The use of jazzy guitars, groovy basslines, and a strong backbeat are the […]

Review by Yazmenne Archer We love summer undoubtedly with its balmy days and sweet nights and the same can be said for the pleasantly unexpected artist, Summer Walker, who graced us with her chilling yet calming voice. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Walker has proclaimed herself a one woman show as well as with […]

Reviewed by Luke Winnicki When Telefone was released in 2016, it marked a high-water point for the jazzy, spoken-word style of Chicago Alt-Rap. The floodgates were opened by Chance the Rapper’s breakout Acid Rap in 2013, but the scene waited with baited breath for the culmination of the style, which Noname executed beautifully. The record was child-like yet concise, […]

Reviewed by Jenn Duffy One of 2018’s newest current growing artists to look out for is 21-year-old Chelsea Cutler. In June 2018, Cutler released her debut albumSleeping With Roses. If you are into honest and raw lyrics about the ups and downs of love, then you should give this album a listen. Cutler’s soft voice […]

Reviewed by Stacy Fernandez Queen by Nicki Minaj has definitely set the bar high for many hip hop artists. She proved to the world that she is the queen of bars and of a successful comeback with this album. She shows the world her creativity while also talking about the struggle she overcame these past few […]

Reviewed by Dan Livingston Regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory stormed the early 1990’s rap scene with its unique, alternative, and jazzy sound. Releasing only a little over a year from the previous album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, the hip group built […]

  By Mike Stringham On Thursday, November 8th I made my way out to Brooklyn Bazaar after work to see a screamo show with .gif from god (​giffromgod.bandcamp.com​) from Richmond, Virginia headlining. This band shares members with another great screamo band from the same town, Ostraca (​ostraca.bandcamp.com​) – who I’ve seen a bunch of times […]

 By Mike Stringham The Mercury Program Concert Review by Mike Stringham On Thursday, November 15th I saw The Mercury Program (themercuryprogram.bandcamp.com) at Brooklyn Bazaar. It happened to snow half a foot that afternoon/night and I was working until 8pm. All my coworkers said not to go because it was too dangerous (the roads were terrible), […]

Rumors (1977) by Fleetwood Mac Reviewed by Sam Givone Arguably Fleetwood Mac’s best album, Rumors, was released February 4th, 1977. The lyrics of the album are known to have been shaped primarily around relationship problems between the band members. Members were Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham. Sprinkle some drugs into the songwriting […]

Release Date: August 15, 2018 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5) A Gary Brown Review Amine, a.k.a Adam Daniel, is a rapper Portland, OR, and ONEPOINTFIVE is his sophomore effort following his commercially successful debut,Good For You. Compared to his other album, this album has a much more trap/emo rap sound, a major departure from the pop/r&b sounds that were prevalent […]

With an already prestigious resume in the rap game trailing behind them, American hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest shocked the world in 1993 with the release of their third official studio album Midnight Marauders. Rapper and leading act of the group Q-tip spearheads the production of the album along with producer Skeff Anselm and rapper Professor Larger. The […]

Reviewed By Cassidy Lunney With a successful career spanning over three decades, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been an iconic band in the music industry. The funky alternative rock coterie has fluctuated between members; but lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, and bassist, Flea, have remained constants since day one. Chad Smith and John Frusciante are […]

Reviewed by Cassidy Lunney Twenty One Pilots, an eclectic duo made up of vocalist, Tyler Joseph and drummer, Josh Dun has taken reign over the music industry. After a three year hiatus they have released their fifth studio album, Trench. Trench consists of a 14 song tracklist with their hot new single Jumpsuit featured as […]

By Josh Tirado

By Sarah Gregor On Wednesday, November 7th, I saw Iron and Wine in concert at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. I have gone to The Paramount numerous times in my life for other concerts and it has easily become one of my favorite venues to go to. The spacious yet quaint standing room allows […]

Reviewed by Aneta Ostasz On September 6, 2018, Hozier released a new EP titled Nina Cried Power; this is his first release in about four years. The EP consists of four songs: “Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples)”, “NFWMB”, “Moment’s Silence (Common Tongue)”, and “Shrike.” The EP has a mix of blues and gospel as well as […]

By Sarah Gregor On Saturday, November 3rd I saw the band Mom Jeans at Asbury Lanes. Asbury Lanes sounds exactly how you think it would: it is a bowling alley. This was somewhat off-putting in terms of wondering how the venue was going to cater to a band in the middle of a bowling alley, […]

By Brian Lange When Modest Mouse takes the stage in 2018, it’s a sight to behold. The indie rock band that cut their teeth playing local shows as a power trio in the Pacific Northwest now plays stages like the Wellmont in Montclair with eight musicians. 20-year-old songs – originally recorded with just guitars, bass, […]

By Victoria Merse Nothing But Thieves headlined at House of Independents this past Saturday the 13th of October. Demob Happy were one of the two openers for the event and they played what I thought was an excellent set. The band is made up of three members Matthew Marcantonio, Thomas Armstrong, and Adam Godfrey. Their […]

By Stacy J Fernandez Station Manager Kate Braunstein and Assistance News Director AJ Melillo, anchored the Montclair State student live broadcast on election night, that took place on November 6th. They both conversed the importance of Election night and how it may affect the future. The countdown to the polls closing raised tension for many […]

Reviewed by Nate Williams           The English virtual band and alternative rock icons Gorillaz, created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, released their sixth studio album, The Now Now, amidst their 20th anniversary. The Now Now takes place during Phase 5 of the band’s fictional storyline and amidst another signature change […]

By Mike Stringham On Tuesday, October 16th at Brooklyn Bazaar I saw TTNG (FKA This Town Needs Guns) perform their seminal album Animals in its entirety. Not only did they play their best album, they did it with their original vocalist, Stuart Smith. He left the band in 2010 to many fans dismay (including myself), […]

Reviewed by Alex Greco Panic! at the Disco is pop-punk/pop-rock band originating from Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years the band has gone from less rock to more pop to satisfy the industry’s wants. Its only member, Brendon Urie, is a flamboyant and wild lead singer. He isn’t afraid to hit the high notes. Pray […]

By Mike Stringham On Friday, October 26th I got to see Minus The Bear at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Minus The Bear has been a staple in the genre that is math rock for nearly the last two decades. Without them, current math rock would not be where it is, almost noticeable. Some […]

Reviewed by Evan Dekens             In the tradition of artists like Cat Power and Grouper, Mother of My Children, Black Belt Eagle Scout’s debut record offers a stirring collection of dissonant tones, haunted memories, and a sleek, modern guitar sound. Katherine Paul, the woman behind Black Belt Eagle Scout, has described herself as a “radical indigenous queer feminist,” an identity very […]

By Jeffrey Alexander Lopez STRFKR at first glance glitzes and shines like a 1980’s pop band, toying and testing the limits of the synthesizer, but at a closer glimpse beams to a more psychedelic synth. Of all the adjectives that best fit the band and their style, “futuristic and spacey” comes to mind. Borrowing from […]

By Mike Stringham I got to see Modest Mouse at Wellmont Theater on Wednesday, October 10th. Having seen them last year, I was excited to get to review them for a second consecutive year. I didn’t catch the opening band, but I’m almost certain they had an awful name.   Anyway, it seemed as if […]