Album Review: Crash

Review by: Savannah Libby Artist: Charli XCX Rating: 3/5 Charli XCX’s fifth studio album Crash is the product of a turbulent mix of Charli’s passionate feelings about straying from the traditional path during her music career, explaining how she never conformed to the expectations set for her by Atlantic Records. The opening track “Crash” contains heartfelt lyricism, displaying synth and […]

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Movie Review: The Batman

Review by: Aditya Thiyag Directed by: Matt Reeves Rating: 4.5/5 “Something in the Way” was one of the most understated songs on Nirvana’s 1991 magnum opus Nevermind. Consisting of just a few chords, Cobain’s whispering vocals, and with many fans believing the lyrics to be about Cobain’s time homeless, it is a vulnerable record about a broken person seemingly struggling […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: INDIGO DE SOUZA

Della Johnson | Editor-in-Chief Indie rock artist Indigo De Souza exemplifies putting one’s soul into their music. Her dynamically complex discography offers emotional confessions and raw vocals, often shaking with passion and constantly contrasting her yells with softer croons, ranging into an objectively impressive higher register. Though dropping a few songs prior, her first prominent release was her 2018 album […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: KIMI

Review by: Aditya Thiyag Director: Steven Sonderbergh Rating: 3.5/5 Movies, more than any other form of entertainment, have always been an escape from reality, and in our current pandemic world, that has especially become the case for millions worldwide. However, Stephen Soderbergh’s latest film, KIMI, excels due to it taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a premise centered around […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Unknown T

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle Years after drill rap’s original conception in Chicago courtesy of Chief Keef, the rap subgenre has found new life in the UK courtesy of rappers like 22 year old Unknown T. His breakthrough hit, “Homerton B” was the first drill song from the UK to be certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry, and found […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Earthling

Review by: Alisha Verma Artist: Eddie Vedder Rating: 3/5 Eddie Vedder’s Earthling is a return to form after 2011’s quaint Ukulele Songs, as his signature howling baritone and pulsating guitar the world has come to know and love from his days as the frontman of the legendary grunge band Pearl Jam are front and center. His first solo album in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Encanto

Review by: Alisha Soni Directors: Bryon Howard, Jared Bush Rating: 4.5/5 Encanto is much more than just another Disney movie and a box office hit. Despite the film coming out in November, it found new life over the season due to its availability on Disney Plus, allowing audiences to experience three-dimensional characters, vibrant songs, and stunning animation that culminate in […]

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Album Review: Dawn FM (The Weeknd)

Review by: Sean Speidel Artist: The Weeknd Rating: 3.5/5 The Weeknd’s latest release, Dawn FM, is an all-around immersive experience reminiscent of the pop music of the 1980s. Although he has been featured on several hit songs such as “Hurricane” by Kanye West and “One Right Now” by Post Malone, The Weeknd has not released an album since After Hours […]

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EXPERIMENTAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle As an up and coming musician, it can be extremely tempting to follow trends that are prevalent within the mainstream at the time. However, multiple artists have found success by taking the road less traveled and experimenting immediately; from hip-hop to pop music, these four artists are redefining modern music and breaking boundaries. FKA Twigs: Born […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Scenic Drive (The Tape)

Review by: Aditya Thiyag Artist: Khalid Rating: 1.5/5 Khalid’s debut mixtape is an underwhelming effort from an artist seemingly incapable of growth with a star-studded feature list and warbly, soul-hop production. Almost immediately, the tracks all start to bleed into one another, with Khalid doing nothing to elevate the identically low tempo instrumentals and continuing to harmonize with middling lyricism […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: West Side Story

Review by: Aditya Thiyag Director: Steven Spielberg Rating: 3.5/5 Steven Speilberg’s 2021 adaptation of the similarly named 1957 stage musical is a slow paced visual spectacle with grand musical numbers and expert cinematography that is bogged down by frustrating writing of both the characters and the plot. The movie opens with a swooping long take over a desaturated look into […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: baby keem

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle Baby Keem has rapidly garnered attention from both the industry and mainstream audiences over the last few months. Born Hykeem Carter in 2000, the 21 year old California native broke into the music scene through production, with his work ranging from film soundtracks like Black Panther and The Lion King: The Gift and albums such […]

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