Samantha Rafalowski


Freeway’s journey isn’t over

37-year-old rapper Freeway has been the focal point of East Coast hip-hop since his entrance into the industry nearly 20 years ago.

Parquet Courts’s latest shows honest truth

Usually, Andrew Savage, Austin Brown, Sean Yeaton and Max Savage look like their music — or rather their music looks like them. Parquet Courts’s latest album however, should not be judged based on the band’s appearance.

M83’s “Junk” is aptly named

“Junk” was a risky move in its conception. Anthony Gonzalez’s narrative was inspired by 70’s and 80’s television, specifically “Punky Brewster” and “Who’s the Boss.” The goal was to explore nostalgic fantasies through these roots, but those roots don’t belong to the generation of M83 listeners.

“Liability” proves Prof is anything but

It’s hard to deny that some of today’s best music has come out of Minneapolis. Hundreds of talented artists call Minnesota their home, and those who do not always seem to stop there on tour at one point or another.

Tame Impala’s “Currents” sweeps you away

Pop culture’s last few years have once again proven the circuitous nature of mainstream music. First we saw Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which is virtually a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” and now the charts have been invaded by Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” and its suspiciously strong influences of The Gap Band’s “Oops Upside Your Head” and Michael Jackson’s “Jam.” So when Tame Impala’s founder Kevin Parker described the purpose of his new album “Currents” to “The Atlantic” to be to “convince a few die-hard rock fans that ‘80s synths can fit over a ‘70s drum beat,” a few were understandably concerned. After all, “Lonerism” gained universal recognition and had already set unreasonably high standards for its sequitur.

“Wildheart” is not exactly wild

Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born into a musically inclined family. Heavily influenced by his parents’ affinity for R&B and jazz, Miguel began pursuing a career in the music industry at age thirteen.