Music Review

This is ten tracks of all killer, no filler.  Review by Aidan Smith –  I was eleven years old when I first heard about Vampire Weekend, it was on a weekend – I remember well because I was up far too late snacking on microwaveable popcorn watching a live taping of Saturday Night Live. Some [...]
Review by Aidan Smith –  I could write a dissertation on how much the Albany-based emo rock band Prince Daddy & The Hyena has fundamentally changed my life. Having seen them twenty-something times over the last few years, creating life-long memories, and meeting some of my closest friends at their shows, I’ve come to understand [...]

Review by Aidan Smith – When Stay Inside released the lead single off their sophomore album Ferried Away, it took little time to make a huge impact on me – honest lyrics about growing up and growing away from people you were once inseparable from. A killer – I mean killer – horn section transcended “A Backyard” to […]

Article by Emily Rabeno Alternative rock band known for hits like “Cigarette Daydreams” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” Cage The Elephant released a new single titled “Out Loud” followed by an album announcement and a tour.  “Out Loud” is one of their slower and very meaningful songs. This song shows many themes of […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, members of our station celebrate spring break with their favorite tracks about the journey and the destination!     “Hawaii (Stay Awake)” – Waterparks Review by Amber Bintliff I mean, who wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii for […]

Twenty One Pilots are back at it again – confusing and intriguing fans with vague, cryptic messages throughout the globe with their latest single, “Overcompensate.” Review by Emily McCormack Alongside this new track, Twenty One Pilots announced their upcoming sixth studio album Clancy will be here on May 17, 2024! The music video for the […]

Job For A Cowboy has pushed boundaries with their last album Sun Eater, and Moon Healer not only feels like the natural progression of their sound, but it also feels like a step in the right direction for the metal landscape. Review By GS Alvarez Job for a Cowboy’s long-anticipated return finally came on February […]

“Life is fleeting, therefore it’s precious, and death is the most effective way I know to frame this miracle of living.” – Ryan Guldemond, Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Review by Afsin Rehman Mother Mother released their new album Grief Chapter on February 16th, 2024, following their last album Inside released in 2021. They teased the release with […]

Review by Bailey Thompson Alt-rock band Pearl Jam recently released their latest single “Dark Matter.” Pearl Jam consists of members Eddie Vedder as lead vocalist, who also plays guitar, Jeff Ament on bass guitar, Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Matt Cameron on the drums, Boom Gaspar as the bands keyboardist, and lead guitarist Mike McCready. […]

Review by Emily Piccola Grandaddy, an indie rock band hailing from Modesto, California, just released their sixth studio album on February 16, 2024 titled Blu Wav. Grandaddy formed in 1992, releasing Under The Western Freeway (1997) and The Sophtware Slump (2000) along with many other cassettes and combinations before their split in 2006 to focus on solo careers. They reunited […]

Every single song is so raw and authentic and is a masterpiece in its own right. Review By Natasha Borchard I was introduced to hey, nothing in late 2022 after I saw a viral TikTok with a snippet of their single, “Like a Brother.” Hey, nothing is an indie folk-rock band consisting of Tyler Mabry […]

Mark Ambor uses music to tell a beautiful story about love, living life with friends, and experiencing the world. Hopefully, you get to experience it when you hear his music.  Review by Cory Pistol The 23-year-old singer-songwriter Mark Ambor has been producing music for a few years- he is an upcoming star who is changing […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, members of our station share their favorite tracks about heartbreak in our annual anti-Valentine’s-Day Valentine’s Day 2024 article!     “San Francisco” – The Driver Era  Review by Rebekkah Dayon I discovered The Driver Era during my junior […]

Paramore manages to combine both their iconic take on the alternative genre with the timeless 80’s style of Stop Making Sense, and create an instant beloved cover. Review by Alyssa Arroyo  From not leaving the house to now burning it down, Paramore has re-entered the music scene with the cover of all covers. Released on […]

It might be a little premature to say this, but I don’t think any 2024 album can top this one for me- this might be the release of the year. Review By Leah Ramrattan | February 2, 2024 The iconic pop punk/punk rock (honestly, who knows) band Green Day is back and just as strong […]

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, garage rock/indie band Deux Visages released their third single “February”- And I am obsessed! Review By Leah Ramrattan | February 2, 2024 Deux Visages is a Miami-based band consisting of lead singer Daphne Hanono, guitarist Jack Chiu, bassist Tony Jouvin, and drummer Antoine Lappin. Though they only have three […]

Never let them know your next move – Palaye Royale yet again switches up the game with grace, and beauty.  Review by Emily “Emol” McCormack | January 24, 2024 The three piece band of brothers have been making music under the title Palaye Royale since 2012. While they have certainly experimented with their sound and […]

Review by Emily Rabeno | January 19, 2024 You may know alternative rock band Cage The Elephant from two of their biggest hits “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and “Cigarette Daydreams.” The Kentucky natives have five studio albums in total, the most recent release being their April 2019 their album Social Cues – That is, until today. […]

Review by Amber Bintliff — Neck Deep released their highly anticipated self-titled fifth album on January 19, 2024. This ten-track record revisits the UK band’s pop-punk roots, while simultaneously looking toward what the future holds for them as a group through a fun and hopeful lens. Despite the obvious influence of their previous works, Neck […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, members of our station reflect on the year 2023, and share their favorite projects from the past 365 days! Read below to see what foodie favorites our members have to recommend as highlights of the year!   The […]

Kim Dracula said it first, and I’ll back them up – “This may end up being one of your favorite albums of all time.” Review by Emily “Emol” McCormack –  As music director, I would say it’s safe to say that I consume a lot (a lot) of music… despite living in an age where […]

Review By J.F. Tannen It’s not very often you get to write a review for a new Beatles single. Heck, I wasn’t even born the last time that even happened. Personally, I consider it an honor to throw my hat in the ring and add my name to the lengthy list of music journalists talking […]

“It’s the most vulnerable, unfinished, honest, thing I’ve released so far.” – Cecily Review by Rena Hailey Cecily’s sophomore album Love Letters released November 24, 2023. This collection of songs is soft, quiet, and beautiful like a love letter should be – But it is also honest and brutal like love is. The indie-feeling EP […]

Review by Allen Macaraeg Released to Spotify on November 17, 2023, Kurt Vile’s newest album feels like the part of a movie soundtrack when everything’s peaceful and resolved. A guitar plays in the background, people are jamming, and Vile is just telling stories. It feels like true solace, when you can let go of your worries and focus on […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, our music team contributes to Montclair State University’s Fall 2023 FOCUS project of FOCUS: Food. Read below to see what foodie favorites our members have to recommend!   “Black Licorice” — Peach Pit* Review by Daniel Ortiz a.k.a. […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, we celebrate spooky season with our second annual Halloween Picks! Read below to see what holiday favorites our members have to recommend!   “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween” — Muse  Review by GS Alvarez An almost-instant […]

Review by Aidan Smith Unfortunately, Citizen never really clicked with me until I caught them live, touring for their 2021 release Life In Your Glass World. Mat Kerekes came across to me frankly as a run of the mill “defend pop-punk” era songwriter with nothing differentiating Citizen from the slew of other early 2010s emo and pop-punk acts that […]

Review Amber Bintliff After a few weeks of cryptic chartreuse-colored social media posts, Waterparks have made their return with new single “SNEAKING OUT OF HEAVEN.” The new song comes just nearly six months after the release of their fifth studio album INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. Waterparks have been known for boldly departing from the traditional pop-punk sound and consistently embracing new […]

Review by GS Alvarez Two years after his last release, 2021’s UNIQUE, Vocaloid producer Utsu-P is back with a new double-album, celebrating fifteen years since his 2008 debut. The established J-Metal artist pulls no punches with his September 13, 2023 release HAPPYPILLS, and each of the twenty-one tracks highlights new vocalists, genre fusions, or re-workings […]

Review by Avery Caico Math rock is, for lack of a better word, a wild genre, and drummer Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim’s duo-band Hella is by no means an exception. The band rose from the ashes of math-rock pioneer band Don Caballero, bringing a wildly energetic new take on the already avant-garde sound […]