Music Reviews

'Elements' of Michal Menert

4/23/2014 10:50am

Michal Menert discovered the power of music at a young age — finding in it something inexplicable that resonates with shared human emotions.

In 'Deep' trouble

Don’t get me wrong, Man Overboard rules, and pop-punk’s so-called rebirth has had some incredible offerings. But the first full-length LP from the U.K.‘s Neck Deep, “Wishful Thinking,” is nothing special. READ MORE

‘Rapping Up’ 2013

“I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. “ – Kanye West Since hip-hop has splintered into so many subgenres, regional offshoots and online curios, it would be impossible to tie it up with one neat, concise narrative for 2013. READ MORE

Wigged out?

Stephen Malkmus, former lead singer and guitarist of Pavement, is at it again with his new album “Wig Out At Jagbags.” Frequently cited as one of the most influential indie bands of the ‘90s, Pavement was formed by three University graduates in the early 1990s and went on to release five incredible albums. READ MORE

'Ceasing' the day

Refusing to take ridicule for making cheesy puns, I will say that Still Remains, the synthcore six-piece band from Michigan, still remains an asset to the metal scene. The band started living up to its name when it resurfaced in 2011 — coming out of a three-year hiatus. READ MORE

Weird music

Remember the days when musicians used to keep to themselves and genre-lines were always clear cut? Yeah, me neither, but it seems like these days especially, genres, labels and categories in contemporary music are in their most nebulous state; previously segregated styles are being mixed, and styles and trends are being imported and exported at an alarming rate. READ MORE

White Flag

This seems to have been the year of the comeback artist, even among the punk rock scene legends don’t want their veteran status to fade into the background. The latest offender is the highly-regarded Black Flag, who is back with their first studio album since “In My Head” from 1985. READ MORE

Punking Out Christmas

Stand out tracks: “Nothing For Christmas,” New Found Glory “Do You Hear What I Hear?” William Beckett “All I Can Give You,” Jason Lancaster “Fool’s Holiday,” All Time Low “Punk Goes Christmas,” as strange as the title may sound, is one of the best compilation albums to be released all year. READ MORE

Baroque ‘n’ Roll

The UVa Baroque Orchestra displayed a wealth of talent at its fall concert right before the Thanksgiving holiday, offering the audience an auditory experience unrivaled by the usual inundation of musical acts students find across Grounds The ensemble, directed by David Sariti, brought together students of a variety of instruments to perform 17th- and 18th-century pieces using baroque-style instruments including the harpsichord and the baroque flute. READ MORE

Not a revolution yet

On the track “Y.A.L.A.,” after a marathon of nightmarishly abrasive electronic percussion, multilayered vocals, and an overuse of dubstep, Mathangi Arulpragasam gives a moment of silence with just the isolated lyrics: “If we only live once, why we keep doing the same s***?” READ MORE

Video didn’t kill the radio star

String quartets are often associated with the smooth, classical melodies of Mozart and Bach — a musical standard that new music group “The Radio Music Society” hopes to redefine by performing popular, top 40 songs with string instruments. READ MORE

'Mid'dling success with 'Antiphon'

For fans of Midlake, “Antiphon” sounds very different than their previous albums. Following the departure of lead singer and lyricist Tim Smith, Midlake has transformed their once recognizable indie folk sound into Pink Floyd reminiscent progressive rock. READ MORE

'Phantogram' wows at Jefferson

Since the release of their debut studio album “Eyelid Movies” in 2009, Phantogram has built a noticeable grassroots following through extensive touring campaigns, playing with the likes of The Antlers, The xx, Beach House, and Ra Ra Riot. READ MORE

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