Indie artist Torres strikes a note with new self-titled album

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Every so often I wake up in a panic, my brow soaked in sweat, and wonder whether I’m wasting my life. I mean, I could be. Writers are prone to making big mistakes, huge mistakes. How else...

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Review: Matt & Kim’s ‘Lightning’ just misses the mark

MONIQUE VITCHE News Editor The fourth album by the Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim, “Lightning,” was released last week and it just misses the mark. After the release of the first single, “Let’s Go,” it was anticipated that the rest of the...

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Album review: ‘Coexist’ by the xx holds its own

ALEXIS CAMARENA Senior Editor I first discovered the xx, an indie-alternative British band, thanks to a certain ex-boyfriend of mine, who, at the very least, brought some seriously good music to the relationship. Their first self-titled album, “xx” (2009) is one...

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday,’ part two, may be a Black Friday after all

MELISSA KRENEK Entertainment Editor Nov. 19, 2010, was filled with pink wigs, tight pants and multi-colored lipstick, all in preparation for the new Queen Bee of hip-hop’s debut album. Nicki Minaj was on top of the world when “Pink Friday” was...

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Odd Future’s newest work packs more punch than a bully

MELISSA KRENEK Entertainment Editor Tyler, the Creator and his clan of cartoons have done it again! The now 21-year-old and his group Odd Future have always delivered raunchy yet lyrical pieces, and most people hate them for it. Sure, most of...

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Chiddy Bang’s ‘Breakfast’ is a fruity treat that lacks nutrition

MELISSA KRENEK Entertainment Editor The duo from Philly are back with a full-length album, entitled “Breakfast,” a feel-good album that can be played in any fraternity basement or indie radio station. The pair, Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin...

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Tyga watches the throne from a distance with new album; ‘Careless World’ a good attempt at kingship, but the effort falls flat

MELISSA KRENEK Entertainment Editor No ear could escape the voracious and aggressive “rack city chick rack rack city chick” coming from mouths of teenage girls in the suburbs to gangsters on the street all the way to hipster writers of West Chelsea....

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Review: Singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten carves out a place for herself with ‘Tramp,’ three years after debut album

ALEKS SAJAK Contributor Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten has silently been dipping into the very center of independent music since 2009. Her descent into the underground music scene began with the freedom of self-actualization and led to various collaborations with indie artists...

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Jane’s Addiction returns to the music scene with a new sound

STEVEN MACRI Staff Writer The boys from Jane’s Addiction have returned with a new album called “The Great Escape Artist” that hit stores on Tuesday, Oct. 18. After forming in 1985, the band saw their popularity take off with hit songs...

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Review: Evanscence post-hiatus album

LUCILA SPARKES Advertising Manager After a five-year hiatus, few expected the band Evanescence to create another CD. However, after a performance in Brazil last year, front woman Amy Lee realized she missed making music with her band mates. The release of their...

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