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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)

Lil Yachty headed for wreck in “Lil Boat 2”

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...

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

Zaki defies genre in debut of self-titled album

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...

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

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

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,...

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)

Migos’ third album “Culture II” falls flat

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,”...

Camila Cabello's solo debut is titled

Camila Cabello debuts self-titled solo album

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...

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

Review: Miguel makes waves with ‘War & Leisure’

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...

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

Sam Smith sings with sincerity in sophomore album

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,”...

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Riding the party wave with Surf Bored

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...

Injustice and Introspection:

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

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,...

One prolonged party: Lorde's

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

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...

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