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Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

Lil Yachty performs at the Rolling Loud Festival held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, California. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Zach Donovan | Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

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” was the first album released by the band Zaki and consists of seven original tracks. (Photo courtesy of Jack Stauber)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

March 13, 2018

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”

Justin Timberlake performs during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2018

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

From left, Takeoff, Quavo and Offset, from the group Migos, perform at the Rolling Loud music festival, held Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, California (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

February 1, 2018

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's solo debut is titled

By Zachary Donovan | For The Pitt News

January 18, 2018

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’

Miguel’s latest album “War & Leisure” steps outside the bounds of the R&B genre. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Taylor Robinson | For The Pitt News

January 16, 2018

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

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

November 6, 2017

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

Surf Bored is a

By Luke Stambaugh / Staff Writer

September 11, 2017

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:

By Matt Maielli / Contributing Editor

June 20, 2017

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

By Amanda Reed / Senior Staff Writer

June 20, 2017

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...

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