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Review: J. Cole’s ‘Might Delete Later’ should be deleted

J. Cole dropped a small mixtape with a weak Kendrick Lamar diss and dispassionate bars.
Antonio Johri, Contributing Writer April 15, 2024

Cole is considered to be one of the three legends of modern hip-hop, next to Kendrick Lamar and Drake. But his newest album, “Might Delete Later,” is probably the weakest...

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Review: Lizzy McAlpine’s ‘Older’ is an ode to coming-of-age stories

Lizzy McAlpine’s “Older” is the musical equivalent of being an anxious 20-year-old.
Lena Olson, Contributing Writer April 15, 2024

In her third studio album, “Older,” American singer-songwriter Lizzy McAlpine expertly crafted a hauntingly raw collection of 14 songs — each describing the passage of time,...

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Review: Olivia Rodrigo spills her ‘GUTS’ at MSG

The singer-songwriter’s “GUTS World Tour” radiated energy that made teenagers and 8-year-olds alike scream the ballads with the same fervor as the rock songs.
Eleanor Jacobs, Staff Writer April 12, 2024

The second show of Olivia Rodrigo’s four-night sold-out escapade in New York City found the streets outside Madison Square Garden packed with purple. Rodrigo took to MSG on April...

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Review: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Only God Was Above Us’ sinks its teeth into nihilistic perspectives

“Only God Was Above Us,” which was released on April 5, is Vampire Weekend’s most poignant piece of work to date.
Annie Emans, Contributing Writer April 11, 2024

Vampire Weekend might best be known for upbeat tunes about summers in the Hamptons and classic college adventures, but 18 years and four albums later, “Only God Was Above Us”...

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Review: Chastity Belt’s ‘Live Laugh Love’ is dreamy collection of lyrical nostalgia

In its newest album, Chastity Belt takes listeners on a stormy journey, full of emotional highs and lows.
Addison Alvarado, Contributing Writer April 10, 2024

Chastity Belt's new alternative album, "Live Laugh Love," is a significant milestone in the band’s transformative journey. After four studio albums, two singles and five years,...

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Review: ‘Interplay’ strives to reach for Ride’s highest highs and pave new roads for the future

The acclaimed rock band continues to evolve its post-reunion sound while also successfully taking a trip down memory lane.
Alan Zhang, Contributing Writer April 8, 2024

In its third album since a 2014 reunion, rock band Ride has dabbled in experimentation. With “Interplay,” the band blends atmospheric guitar effects with an electronic synth...

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Review: ‘Evolution’ proves Sheryl Crow is best when sticking to her roots

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 12th studio album, released on March 29, is a mixed bag.
Skylar Boilard, Contributing Writer April 8, 2024

From as far back as I can remember, Sheryl Crow’s hits have played in the car as my parents drove, at birthday parties and during holidays. I've grown up with Crow, and her unmistakable...

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Review: Grouplove finishes tour with a celebration

Grouplove ended its 2024 tour at Terminal 5 this past weekend, closing with an electric performance.
Mikaylah Du, Illustration Editor April 5, 2024

Grouplove closed out its “Rock and Roll You Won’t Save Me” tour with a dynamic performance on Saturday, March 30 at Terminal 5. The tour’s essence was encapsulated by the...

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Musician Sloane Simon on finding harmony in community

The frontwoman of the 2024 UltraViolet Live Best Group Performance winner and a Clive Davis first-year, Sloane Simon spoke with WSN about how interpersonal connection has grounded her musically.
Dani Biondi, Staff Writer April 4, 2024

Clive Davis first-year Sloane Simon conquered her awkward phase in middle school by landing music gigs at local restaurants. Simon performed covers ranging from Frank Sinatra to...

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Review: Hozier’s ‘Unheard’ draws fans deeper into his conceptual art

Consisting of outtakes from his most recent album, Irish musician Hozier’s newest EP captures audiences with sound as immersive and captivating as its storytelling.
Eleanor Jacobs, Staff Writer April 1, 2024

From the way Hozier’s lyrics have been analyzed and dissected with every release, one might assume him to be a modern bard, poet or well-established author — his songs often...

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Review: ‘Deeper Well’ is the embodiment of emotional spring cleaning

Country singer Kacey Musgraves’ sixth studio album, “Deeper Well,” returns to the artist’s roots with refreshing clarity.
Skylar Boilard, Contributing Writer March 29, 2024

Margaret Atwood was right — divorce is like amputation. It’s clearing out to start anew, and Kacey Musgraves’ new album is the perfect soundtrack to start the process. The...

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Fall Out Boy’s latest MSG performance proves that punk rock is not dead

Fall Out Boy’s sold-out weekend at Madison Square Garden demonstrated a revival for the punk genre.
Julia Diorio, Music Editor March 28, 2024

Hundreds of punk-rock fans brought out their eyeliner and Dr. Martens at Madison Square Garden on Friday night to relive the glory days at the Fall Out Boy's latest concert performance....

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