Album Review: Traumazine

Review by: Shrija Shandilya Artist: Megan Thee Stallion Rating: 4/5 Megan Thee Stallion’s second studio album, Traumazine, is a perfect showcase of her iconic sound and versatility as an artist.   Megan Thee Stallion has had one of the most explosive careers of the late 2000s. Ever since her rise to fame in 2019, Megan’s influence has extended beyond the music […]

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Movie Review: Top Gun: Maverick

Review by: Ava Yungbluth Directed by: Joseph Kosinski Rating: 4.5/5  Some watched for the planes, some for the personalities, and others for pure nostalgia, but everyone was able to find something they enjoyed after watching Top Gun: Maverick.  The opening credits of Top Gun: Maverick showed a sequence of planes being readied on an aircraft carrier before taking off to […]

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Artist Spotlight: Pavement

Alisha Verma | The Chronicle Formed in Stockton, California in 1989 by Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, Pavement has cemented itself as one of the most influential bands to come out of the 90s alternative rock scene. Whether he’s playfully half-singing, or shedding a blood-curdling scream, lead vocalist and guitarist Stephen Malkmus’ voice exudes an effortless charm reminiscent of a […]

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Album Review: Come Home the Kids Miss You

Review by: Bradyn Johnson Artist: Jack Harlow Rating: 3.5/5 Jack Harlow’s newest album, Come Home The Kids Miss You attempts to highlight his budding life in the music industry. Throughout the album I noticed that it was not super cohesive, the overall instrumentals and features like Drake, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne were one of the main things […]

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Album Review: Familia

Review by: Sean Speidel Artist: Camila Cabello Rating: 1/5 Camila Cabello’s third studio album, Familia, is an attempt to provide a deeper look into the heartache and self doubt caused by her breakup with longtime boyfriend Shawn Mendes. Unfortunately, the lack of a coherent sound prevents the supposed familial theme of the album from fully developing. Familia’s largest drawback is […]

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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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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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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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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: 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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Album Review: Red (Taylor’s Version)

Review by: Isabelle Paley Artist: Taylor Swift Rating: 4.5/5 Taylor Swift’s re-recording of a majority of her discography is a monumental feat for her career as an artist.  The rerecording of Red, the perfect fall heartbreak album, combines Swift’s 2012 lyrics with her 2021 voice. Swift merged her country roots with songs such as “Everything Has Changed” and modern pop […]

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Album review: donda

Review by: Sean Spiedel Artist: Kanye West Rating: 4/5 Easily the most anticipated album of the year, Kanye West’s Donda did not disappoint. West was first rumored to release Donda, named after West’s late mother, following a live listening party in Atlanta on June 22; however, West left his fans disappointed and delayed the album release. West then hosted another […]

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Album review: if i could make it go quiet

Artist: girl in red Rating: 5/10 Review by: Della Johnson On her new record, if i could make it go quiet, Marie Ulven — better known as girl in red — is inexplicably much more aggressive than we’ve ever seen her. Having risen to fame on a platform molded with the serenation of young, queer romance, her newest songs draw […]

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Independent Jazz Spotlight

By Raghav Raj In 2021, a musical year that hasn’t really had the sort of star-studded, critically adored releases that the year before it did (not yet, at least), the underground and independent music scenes have never been more important. We’re only five months into this year, but luckily, there’s been no shortage of great music from the fringes of […]

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