Music Reviews

Highly Suspect Bring High Energy on Sophomore Album

This album delivered every level of greatness I expected from Highly Suspect. You get the same high energy and angst as their previous album Mister Asylum. They also did a beautiful job telling stories with their lyrics, each one...
By Brandon Bissell | March 27, 2017 | Music Reviews

Drunk: Admirable But Forgettable

Thundercat is 32-year-old Stephen Bruner from Los Angeles, California. Professionally a session musician, Thundercat was raised in a family of musicians. Around 2008 he began to expand beyond session musicianship as his craft and work towards a solo career...
By Michael Reimer | March 8, 2017 | Music Reviews

Bon Iver’s 22, A Million Defies Expectations of The Mainstream

22, A Million is not easily consumed. It’s not the same faux-hipster coffee shop music found on acclaimed previous releases from Bon Iver, 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago and 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver. It’s an art piece that...
By Allison Beer | October 6, 2016 | Featured Story, Music Reviews

Calm After The Storm: The Japanese House Releases Single Off New EP

“Face Like Thunder” was released by The Japanese House on September 27, 2016, and is the first single off of their upcoming EP, Swim Against the Tide. This track takes The Japanese House’s style and adds clarity to it,...
By WMSR Admin | October 3, 2016 | Music Reviews

Frank Ocean’s Blonde Lives Up to the Hype

Blonde, released on August 20, 2016, is the markedly anticipated second studio album by Frank Ocean, and came out one day after his surprise visual album Endless. Before delving into the gorgeously desolate and personal chef-d'oeuvre that is Blonde,...
By Mike Crow | September 22, 2016 | Featured Story, Music Reviews

Porches Singles Out Their Sound

Pool, released on February 5th, 2016, is the second full-length album from Porches, the project of singer-songwriter Aaron Maine. Pool marks a distinct shift from 2013’s Slow Dance in the Cosmos, and it seems as if Maine is finally...
By Allison Beer | February 28, 2016 | Music Reviews

Majid Jordan: Promising New PBR&B

Among the current candidates, Majid Jordan is the most prominent act to come out of Drake’s small OVO Sound label. Of course, being featured on a hit song like “Hold On, We’re Going Home” would guarantee such a stasis,...
By Evan Ruckel | February 28, 2016 | Music Reviews

Rule Breakers: Papadosio Records Lengthy Songs

Papadosio's new album Extras in a Movie combines several different genres of music including psychedelic, electronic, indie, and orchestral leaving one to ask: "What genre are they?" The album begins with "The Last Leaf" and leaves the listener wondering...
By WMSR Admin | November 1, 2015 | Music Reviews

Lil Dicky’s Paradoxical Poignancy

Lil Dicky’s The Professional does what no other joke rapper before him has ever successfully achieved, and that is an album that not only makes fun of rap’s obvious tropes, but also uses them to craft a listenable and...
By WMSR Admin | October 19, 2015 | Music Reviews

Beach House Returns To Its Roots

Depression Cherry, Beach House’s fifth studio album, does just as good of a job transporting listeners to an ethereal audio fantasy than its predecessors. The first track “Levitation” creates suspense with a sustained chord, broken only by Victoria Legrand’s...
By WMSR Admin | October 12, 2015 | Music Reviews