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Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

By Zach Donovan | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

So far, 2018 has seen several mainstream hip-hop acts release album sequels in an attempt to call back to a previous style and appeal to die-hard fans. Atlanta trio Migos released the supersized monstrosity of an album, “Culture II,” to mixed reviews at the end of January. The insufferably preach...

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music, Top Stories

Jesse Descutner, a 2016 Pitt graduate, heard the environmental term “urban heat island” in an undergraduate urban studies class and immediately thought it would be a good name for his band. In that same class, Descutner, a guitarist, met bassist Sean O’Connor, a 2017 Pitt graduate. The two ...

Review: Timberlake tanks crossover in “Man of the Woods”

Review: Timberlake tanks crossover in “Man of the Woods”

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Every so often, an established mainstream artist proudly announces they are returning to their roots. In recent years, we’ve heard Lady Gaga trade provocative synth pop for introspective piano ballads, Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish retire his post-grunge flannel and opt for cowboy b...

Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Migos had every reason to go down as a footnote in the brief history of the trap genre. The collective — made up of Atlanta rappers Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — dropped its breakout single, “Versace,” almost five years ago but failed to recreate the track’s success because of a string of PR and l...

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

If you didn’t know who Camila Cabello was six months ago, you almost certainly do now. The 20-year-old former member of Fifth Harmony has exploded onto the scene with the success of her solo smash hit “Havana.” Incorporating elements of her Cuban heritage with the dark aesthetics of trap, “Ha...

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

By Taylor Robinson | For The Pitt News

January 16, 2018


Filed under Culture, Music

Miguel’s most recent album is a practice in reflection — asking listeners to re-examine their integrity and take a second look at their treatment of each other. In the chorus of “Now,” Miguel sings, “Is that the look of freedom, now? / Is that the sound of freedom, now? / ‘Cause it's ...

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Sam Smith is not heartbroken anymore — sad and emotional, sure, but that seems to be a part of who he will always be. The heartbreak that propelled most of Smith’s 2014 debut, “In The Lonely Hour,” is a thing of the past. And while his new record, “The Thrill of It All,” holds onto the e...

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture

In an Oakland basement adorned with Christmas lights, a two-person “mosh-pop” outfit jams in front of a sweaty crowd of college students. The crowd moshes to the fast-paced, resounding tunes as the guitarist wipes beads of sweat from his forehead. Surf Bored, a prominent Do-It-Yourself band...

Injustice and Introspection: “Witness” tackles existence in a world of hard truths

Injustice and Introspection: “Witness” tackles existence in a world of hard truths

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

Punk blues rocker Benjamin Booker says that his new album “Witness” asks two questions he thinks every American needs to ask themselves — “Am I going to be a witness?” and, in today’s society, “Is that enough?” The 28-year-old New Orleans singer-songwriter poses these questions at the...

One prolonged party: Lorde’s “Melodrama” masters love and heartbreak

One prolonged party: Lorde’s “Melodrama” masters love and heartbreak

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2017


Filed under Culture, Music

The early 2010s were a beautiful time for pop music. Songstresses like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry kept the genre alive by pumping out award-winning albums with numerous hit singles in thousand-dollar studios with world-renowned producers. Then Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” came along in 2013 and shook t...

Still where it’s at: Beck’s ‘Odelay’ turns 20

Still where it’s at: Beck’s ‘Odelay’ turns 20

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

June 14, 2016


Filed under Music

The jigsaw jazz and get-fresh flow of “Odelay” has only improved with age. Two decades hasn’t been enough time for many people to fully make sense of Beck’s alphabet soup raps or absorb all the details of the Dust Brothers’ stellar production, which just gets fresher with each listen. The...

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

Radiohead makes strong return with “A Moon Shaped Pool”

By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 10, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Culture, Music

England’s most perplexing rock band has finally broken its five-year silence, returning to the same hallmark glumness, lyrical oddity and eerie musicality that make up Radiohead. After its members went their separate ways for various solo works and collaborations, Radiohead came together again to ...

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