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August 20, 2019   |   Ithaca, NY

Review: “Social Cues” disappoints as a whole

By | Apr 29, 2019

Cage the Elephant’s “Social Cues,” the American rock band’s fifth studio album, might appeal to its veteran fans, whose die-hard attitude toward the group will keep them listening if only out of loyalty.

Review: “Map of the Soul: Persona” is bounding with energy

By | Apr 28, 2019

Seven men run around a deserted, pastel city, dressed to the nines in the brightest colored clothes they have.

Review: Album from female K-pop group is a powerful offering

By | Apr 19, 2019

Four young women stand together firmly in front of hundreds of trumpets as brass blares in the background.

Review: “You Are Ok” album is more than just OK

By | Apr 14, 2019

The Maine has an empowering message for listeners: “You Are Ok.”
With the release of its seventh studio album, “You Are Ok,” alt-rock band The Maine put to rest the slow, emotional phase of its last era with this upbeat and cohesive set.

Review: Khelani’s mixtape was worth the wait

By | Mar 3, 2019

Last year was arguably one of the most successful years for R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani.

Review: SWMRS album it burning with passion

By | Feb 24, 2019

After Oakland-based punk-rock group SWMRS signed with New York City–based record label Fueled By Ramen and released its record label debut and overall third LP, “Drive North,” the band has returned to the punk scene with its follow-up, “Berkeley’s On Fire.”
The band itself initially got attention because of its drummer, Joey Armstrong — Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s son — but “Berkeley’s On Fire” combines eccentric tracks that blend together a multitude of punk, alt-rock and surf-rock elements, giving the band a separate, personal identity.

Review: “thank u, next” is a story about love, loss and self-discovery

By The Ithacan | Feb 16, 2019

Ariana Grande is what some might call a “problematic fave.” She is a human with flaws and is not exempt from making mistakes.

Review: Said The Whale record flounders

By The Ithacan | Feb 15, 2019

After the success of their previous album, “As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide,” in 2017, and after signing to Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts last year, Vancouver-based indie rockers Said the Whale are back with their sixth LP, “Cascadia.” Though Canadian magazines like “Exclaim!” and “Canadian Beats Media” have claimed this record to be one of the most anticipated albums of 2019, it fails to meet its high expectations, with bland vocals, confusing lyrics and cringey instrumentals.

Review: “Quiet Signs” is an intimate look into singer’s universe

By | Feb 11, 2019

It’s easy to listen to Jessica Pratt and forget the world around you.

Review: Weezer’s Teal Album keeps the covers coming

By | Feb 8, 2019

In December 2017, Twitter user @weezerafrica posted a tweet tagging Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer of Grammy Award–winning rock band Weezer, with a simple request: “it’s about time you bless the rains down in africa.” Months later, the group finally did bless the rains by releasing a cover of Toto’s “Africa” in summer 2018, with the same tweet on the digital cover, and to much success.

Review: “amo” ultimately succeeds despite various drawbacks

By | Feb 3, 2019

English rockers Bring Me The Horizon initially came into the music scene as a death metal band, but almost 12 years after the release of their debut LP, “Count Your Blessings,” they are far from their heavier beginnings.

Review: Backstreet’s Back with “DNA”

By | Feb 3, 2019

From the iconic ‘90s boy band that brought audiences timeless songs like “I Want it That Way” and “Everybody,” comes a new album called “DNA.” The Backstreet Boys has resurfaced into the mainstream music scene once again.