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“Circles” is Mac Miller’s soulful goodbye

Mac Miller performs on day three of the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival on March 5, 2016 in Okeechobee, Fla. Miller was found dead in his home on Sept. 7, 2018 of an apparent drug overdose. (Rolando Otero/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

January 20, 2020

There is something inherently exploitative about posthumous albums. The concept is usually that record companies dig through vaults to find any unreleased songs, songs which are typically unreleased for a reason, then release them in posthumous albums or compilations that the living artist had no say i...

REVIEW: Luke Combs releases album ‘What You See Is What You Get’

Luke Combs has jumped several notches with his booking for the 2019 edition of the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, Calif., where he first performed in 2017. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

There is an interesting amount of diversity going on in modern country music; “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and the remix with Billy Ray Cyrus absolutely shattered the charts with a fusion of country and rap. On the other end, Eric Church’s most recent album deeply embraced experimentation, craf...

Kanye’s “Jesus is King” is searching for meaning

Kanye West, pictured at Coachella in April, presented a playback of his new album and film Oct. 23 at the Forum. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Stephen Lambros, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

To say Kanye West is undergoing a tumultuous career moment is an understatement. While the rap artist has always been surrounded by controversy, his brand of controversy is perhaps undergoing a sort of metamorphosis; his alleged support of President Donald Trump and apparent shift from secular rap to...

Taylor Swift’s “Lover” brings back a familiar sound with grown-up feel

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Fairley Lloyd, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Taylor Swift is back again with new music. She released her seventh studio album, “Lover,” on Aug. 23, 2019. Like Swift’s previous albums, “Lover” has a special touch to it that makes it familiar yet also different in many ways. However, unlike her past albums, “1989” and “Reputation,” “L...

JPEGMAFIA’s third album is a glimpse into the future of rap

JPEGMAFIA's third album is a glimpse into the future of rap

Gabrielle Maynor, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2019

To say that JPEGMAFIA’s third album, “All My Heroes Are Cornballs,” represents a change in sound would be ridiculous—what was his sound before? On his instantly iconic sophomore project “Veteran,” a highlight from a year littered with experimental hip-hop, JPEGMAFIA proved that he could bend ...

Embrace “nothing” with Korn’s 13th studio album

IRVINE, CA - AUGUST 30, 2019 Singer Jonathan Davis, center, and bass player Reginald Arvizu, background, perform with Korn at the Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine on August 30, 2019. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times/TNS)

William Becker, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Korn is an interesting blend of genres and might be the poster child for what we now know as nu-metal (if you do not know what nu-metal is, think Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones, Slipknot and System of a Down to get an idea.) Since their self-titled debut in 1994, Korn has produced an odd blend of...

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard releases new album

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard releases new album

William Becker, Staff Writer

September 11, 2019

What if I told you that one of the best thrash metal albums of the 21st century did not come from Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, Testament or even Exodus? What if told you that honor would go to a seven-member, Australian psychedelic-rock band? If you are a fan of rock/metal music and...

Lana Del Rey releases highly anticipated new album

Lana Del Rey performs at a concert on the second day of Aerodrome Festival in Panensky Tynec, Czech Republic, Friday, June 29, 2018. Photo by Ondrej Hajek/CTK/Zuma Press/TNS.

Gabrielle Maynor, Contributing Writer

September 5, 2019

It has been eight years since “Video Games” launched Lana Del Rey to acclaim, seven years since a disastrous performance on SNL dimmed her rising star and six years since the Cedric Gervais’ remix of her "Summertime Sadness" cracked the top ten, her only song to do so. That is where many left ...

TOOL releases album after keeping fans waiting for 13 years

TOOL releases album after keeping fans waiting for 13 years

William Becker, Staff Writer

September 4, 2019

“Fear Inoculum” is the first full-length TOOL album since their 2006 release, “10,000 Days.” Since the release of the last TOOL album, Pluto has lost its status as a planet, North Korea conducted its first-ever nuclear tests, Saddam Hussein was put to death, George Carlin died, the last “Ha...

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