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Best Albums of the year

By: Campbell Tuel ~Head Copy Editor~ Arctic Monkeys – “AM” The indie rockers released “AM,” a hip hop-infused after-party album laced with heartache and regretful lust. The band strips down to its roots and balance genuine affection and sarcasm without tipping the scale. Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” is easily its best album since the band’s debut. … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela offer unconventional album with Latin flair

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Staff Writer~ It’s not easy to make it big in the Latin American music scene, and it’s quite another leap to make a name for oneself internationally. Mexican duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, not only accomplished this, but also did it in an unconventional fashion. At the end of April, their 5th studio … Continue reading

Phantogram concert proves band’s prowess

By: Kyle Grim ~Staff Writer~   Frequently hailed as one of the best up and coming bands, Phantogram lived up to the hype during its last concert. This past Sunday, New York electronic duo Phantogram put on a spec­tacle at the 20th Century Theater. The group combined both music and visuals to cre­ate a unique … Continue reading

VanillaSake moves on to Semi-Final round of the Madison Theater Band Challenge

By: Alex Spindler ~Staff Writer~ The long tradition of local bands and great music continues with VanillaSake, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet involved in the Cincinnati music scene and Xavier community. Brian Sheridan (vocals and rhythm guitar), Sean Dunn (lead guitar), Anthony Nataro (bass guitar) and Will “Shaggy” Clemens (drums and percussion) round out the … Continue reading

Billie Joel and Norah Jones dissapoint with “Foreverly”

By: Kyle Grim Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones team up in what is the most unlikely duo album of the year. “Foreverly” is a reinterpretation of the Everly Brothers’ album, “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.” While it is evident that there was some excitement from Armstrong and Jones in making this album, it still … Continue reading

“Reflektor” review

By: Taylor Fulkerson After three years, Arcade Fire has finally released another album. “Reflektor” follows the band’s 2010 release “The Suburbs,” which took the Grammy Award for album of the year, along with other numerous accolades. “Reflektor” follows “The Suburbs” well, and in typical Arcade Fire style. Whereas “The Suburbs” seem to utilize mere cynicism … Continue reading

New Grouplove album delivers

By: Kyle Grim The indie pop band, Grouplove, recently released its second album, “Spreading Rumours.” The band dominated the radio last summer with the hit single “Tongue Tied,” which received significant airplay. The band’s second album, much like its first, contains an infectious batch of songs. The songs of “Spreading Rumours” are upbeat, poppy and … Continue reading

Matthew Phelps to compete in national organ competition and record premiere

By: Sean Mcmahon Xavier University’s Matthew Phelps, director of Concert Choir, is a finalist in the Rodgers National Classical Organ Performance Competition. He will compete against two students from The Julliard School on Oct. 4. The competition coincides with the broadcasting of Phelps’ recording of Dan Locklair’s “Trumpet of Light” on Pipedreams, a program featured … Continue reading

Switchfoot drummer Chad Butler reveals band’s new album and tour

By: Hollis Conners In anticipation of its upcoming album “Fading West,” Switchfoot recently began its 43-city tour in St. Louis. The band will not only be playing songs from its new album, but also premiering its personal documentary “Fading West” before the concert. The documentary depicts the band’s journey through five countries, while the group … Continue reading

“MGMT” fails to meet expectations

By: Kyle Grim MGMT’s selftitled third album is unlike anything that they have ever done. However, it does not bode well for the band. The album is even more difficult to get through than its previous one, and even the band itself said it was something that it probably would not listen to. After two … Continue reading

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