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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 […]

Review & Photos by Rob Ferguson The chance to see indie-rock superstars Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service share the stage only comes around once in a lifetime. Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the bands’ 2003 albums, Transatlanticism and Give Up respectively, the two groups are touring the U.S and playing both albums […]

Photos & Review by Rob Ferguson After eight years since his last release as Youth Lagoon, it was unclear if Idaho-based musician Trevor Powers would ever record again under the moniker. His later projects had a different energy – instead of the indie, bedroom-produced sound of The Year of Hibernation (2011) and  experimental charm of […]

Review by Tyler Restucci We need to talk about Ethel Cain. The singer/songwriter released her first album, Preacher’s Daughter in May of 2022 under her own label, Daughters of Cain Records.  For her debut Cain released a concept album, that tells the heartbreaking story about a young woman trying to find herself, but coming to […]

Review by Kit Frascella Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Beatles’ RED and BLUE albums have finally been remastered and remixed for a new era. These two albums were hits in their own retrospective ways when they were first issued back in the early 1970’s as they were officially titled Beatles 1962-1966 and Beatles 1967-1970. The […]

Review by Michael Johns One of my favorite albums that received critical acclaim from his smaller yet dedicated fanbase was Quadeca’s I Didn’t Mean To Haunt You which was released on November 10th, 2022. This album is primarily indie folk (more on that later) and runs for 57 minutes at 11 songs. This album is […]

Review by Jake Roseboro Growing In Strange Places is the third full-length LP from indie/emo group Thank You, I’m Sorry. Gaining a larger and larger following through social media and word of mouth, Thank You, I’m Sorry have firmly cemented themselves as pioneers of modern emo. What is collectively referred to as the “5th Wave” […]

Welcome to WMSC Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. In this installment, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community for World College Radio Day 2023, “Where All Voices Are Welcome!”  Read below to see what our members have to recommend!   “Sofia” — Clairo Review by Emily Rabeno “Sofia” by Clario was […]

Review by Gurleen Kaur On Friday, September 29, 2023 Jorja Smith a UK singer-songwriter released her newest album Falling or Flying under the Record Label FAMM. Jorja worked alongside Music Producer DAMEDAME, a production duo that are also Jorja’s friends. I love when artists work with their childhood friends on something major in their musical career. […]

Album Review by Ava DiStaso Final Girls is a North Jersey hardcore/death metal band formed in 2020 by bassist Sofia Albanese. After recently obtaining new members and gaining notoriety in the local band scene, they released their first album: Occult Classic. Occult Classic follows the release of the single “Population Control” in 2022, which they […]

Review by Mia Savidge I discovered Laufey one day while watching a compilation on YouTube about waking up to a Paris morning. I instantly fell in love with her song “Like the Movies” from her Typical of Me EP. Then, I discovered more of her music after looking her up and had the same initial reaction. I would choose to sing […]

Review by Jake Roseboro The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We is the 5th studio album from singer/songwriter Mitski. A hasty follow up to the solid 2022 LP, Laurel Hell. Although pulverizing amongst fans, Laurel Hell proved to be one of my more favorable albums of that year and another solid entry into a […]

Review by Gurleen Kaur One of my favorite musical artists is Abel Tesafye, who goes by the stage name The Weeknd. His alternative R&B album House Of Balloons which released on March 21, 2011 under the XO Label, and was produced by The Weeknd, Don McKinney, Cirkut, Illangelo, Jeremey Rose and Rainer. This album is approximately fifty […]

By Tyler Restucci I never realized how many everyday people it takes to create a live show like the VMAS. Whenever I watched them on TV, I assumed the people in the pit or the pre-recorded videos were special somehow. Nevertheless, one night, my friend Joely asked me if I wanted to see a performance from […]

Review By Alyssa Arroyo L.S. Dunes recently released a couple of new songs in the summer of this year. Their first drop was “Benadryl Subreddit” on June 23th, 2023. When the title itself was released, the fan base already had no clue what to expect from this band. Their first and only album Past Lives […]

Review By GS Alvarez Like many other first-time Blue Ridge attendees, I heard about the festival via one of their many Instagram ads. They touted an impressive lineup, with headliners including Pantera, Slipknot, Til Lindemann, and Evanescence, among many others. Each ad also promised their biggest festival yet, with significant improvements from previous years. With […]

PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation – By King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Album Review by Chris Alberico   Earlier this year, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released their 24th studio album on June 16th, 2023. Listening to their discography could be a full […]

Review By Aidan Smith There are so many wonderful things to say about Jeff Rosenstock. We could begin by talking about the prolific body of work and wild creative energy he has, or we could begin by talking about his “day job,” composing the critically acclaimed soundtrack for Cartoon Network’s “Craig of The Creek.” However, what I think […]

Review By Amber Bintliff Since their first appearance with debut single “Awful Ever After” hit the scene in 2019, British alternative-rock group Hot Milk have proven themselves time and time again to be a force to be reckoned with. Consisting of fronting duo Han Mee and Jim Shaw, as well as bassist Tom Paton and drummer Harry Deller, […]

Review By Nino DeNino Featured image by Smo Ostrowski One of my greatest and favorite memories growing up is waking up early on chill summer mornings and getting ready for band camp. I remember starting my day and grabbing my iPod to play what is now my favorite album ever. Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap is […]

Review By Aidan Smith Since 2019, Florida based emo band Home Is Where have been releasing anxiety riddled tracks that echo influences from across the board; loosely reminiscent of emo staples such as Cap’n Jazz or Algernon Cadwallader while also taking influence from post-hardcore outfits, lead singer Brandon MacDonald teaters the line between panic attack and fit of […]

Welcome back to another Music Picks, a collaborative collection of WMSC’s music recommendations and reviews. This installment’s theme is favorites of the spring semester! Read below to see what our music team members have been listening to this season! “Lovegod” — Sarah Kinsley Review by Gwen Streitman Sarah Kinsley is known for her “out of […]