Album Review: Chance the Rapper – The Big Day

After arriving earlier this decade with two stellar mixtapes and an unmistakably charismatic persona, Chance the Rapper seemed poised to be one of the most special hip-hop artists of the 2010s. He fulfilled that promise with 2016's Coloring Book, an album that furthered his unique style of gospel-infused pop-rap and polished it enough to blow up … Continue reading Album Review: Chance the Rapper – The Big Day

Leslie Stevens wades deeper into cosmic country with new somber and psychedelic ballad “Sinner”

Leslie Stevens has long been touted for her skills as a strong and diverse vocalist, a trait on full display on the title track and latest single from her upcoming sophomore effort, Sinner. Backed by gentle percussion and waning steel guitar, Stevens' cadence as a singer is resonant, well-paced and fluid in its ability to … Continue reading Leslie Stevens wades deeper into cosmic country with new somber and psychedelic ballad “Sinner”

Angel Olsen assumes ethereal form on new single “All Mirrors”

Over the course of her three studio albums, Angel Olsen has assumed the position of many musical characters: the delicate folk singer; the emotive garage rocker; and the potent wordsmith. In a swift sonic change, "All Mirrors," the lead single and title track from Olsen's upcoming fourth album, finds her shape-shifting once again, veering her … Continue reading Angel Olsen assumes ethereal form on new single “All Mirrors”

Album Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

After five years of anticipation, Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and Los Angeles beat maestro Madlib have returned with the follow up to their 2014 gangsta-jazz-rap masterpiece Piñata. Their new LP, Bandana, has been on the minds of critics and fans alike since it was first teased in 2016. As Gibbs has regained his footing since being … Continue reading Album Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

South Carolina’s Aim High create an atmosphere of angst and abrasiveness on shimmering debut single “Hazey Days”

On their debut single "Hazey Days," Columbia, South Carolina-based rock outfit Aim High present themselves as both stylistically uncompromising and emotionally deranged. At its core, the track is a powerful crossing of pop-punk and metal, unrelenting in its quest to paralyze whatever stands in its path. In observing the band's tenacious instrumental pallet, it's easy to … Continue reading South Carolina’s Aim High create an atmosphere of angst and abrasiveness on shimmering debut single “Hazey Days”