Review: Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2

...evalent in his last few albums. Eminem also manages to use the sample in a creative and artful way. “BerzerK” uses Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” with a delivery as energetic as the Beastie Boys’. The track, incidentally, also features the Beastie Boys’s “The New Style” and “Fight for Your Right.” He samples The Zombies’ classic 1968 tune “Time of the Season” too, in ”Rhyme or Reason,” to tasteful, yet comical results. And Rihanna reunites with...

Zammuto releases Anchor and it’s a robot on an acid trip

...f you’re looking for an alternative to normal electronica, what you might hear if Muzak met a synthesizer, Anchor is the perfect listen. The experimental project of Nick Zammuto, one half of dissolved college band The Books, features surprisingly banal instruments — a guitar, keyboard, violin, drum set, and bass — for the kind of unique, distinctive sounds they produce. Wandering away from usual standards of an accessible aural...

Jack White bites with “Lazaretto”

...ird Man Records, 2014) to higher heights than 2012’s Blunderbuss. As does Jack White’s participation in the industry’s push to bring back traditional LP production: the “Ultra” LP version of Lazaretto features a whole assortment of technical treats, including holograms and hidden tracks. “Lazaretto” opens on a thick bass line dripping with distortion, mirroring the introduction and framing White’s vocals...

The current state of Chicago Hip Hop: the youth have risen

...However, at the time, they were merely teenagers, trying to make music that spoke to their voices. A quick listen to either tape will disclose the sincerity and individualism that each portrays. Both tapes included plenty of features from Chicago artists, notably BJ the Chicago kid and hometown legend Twista, who collaborated with Vic and Chance on “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” Vic has gone on to sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and make hits with the...

Flesh World find new sound on record, The Wild Animals In My Life

...s “I know they’re wild do as they please / I opened my civilized heart / I saw what I’d known from the start,” Scott seems to be offering a critique more personal than political. One of our favorites on the album features a prominent drum beat coupled with repetitive vocals that lead to apex of the album — a catchy chorus repeating the track’s namesake, “Poolside Boys,” over a meandering guitar riff. To close, “Here In The Dark”...

Macajey’s sophomore album Let’s Go gets confused in the rrrumpus

San Francisco native Jeremy Macachor, better known as Macajey, released his latest work Let’s Go this week. Its story takes place within a sound that features the organic foreground of a live band and the warm electronic backdrop of chillwave. Since his 2013 debut at an Estonian art event, Macajey has been busy making a name for himself all over the world. Between the release of Water EP (2014) and his work with the band Odd Hugo, his short...

Chasing Yesterday, listening today, and waiting tomorrow on Noel Gallagher

...do reform, Oasis is not likely to reform for a good many years. Therefore, for those pained at the thought of not hearing a new Oasis track for a while, I thoroughly recommend purchasing the deluxe edition of the album which features the unreleased Oasis track “Revolution Song.” This and a few other gems from the Oasis years will quench your thirst for those classic Oasis anthems while allowing you to stop having to listen to bad...

Brooklyn’s POP ETC sparkle on fourth release

...a New Wave vibe. While there’s nothing terribly stellar on Souvenir , there’s nothing out of place on it either — like their contemporaries in Strange Talk and RAC, POP ETC have perfected the art of synthpop. They’ll be in town March 28 at SF’s Social Ha l l with BANNERS and The Moth and The Flame. Until then, here’s the video for “Running in Circles,” which features the Chinese sport of wushu: Article by Joanna Jiang...

Kygo blows out Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

...1; Kygo also preformed two more new songs and some remixes of popular songs such as The Weekend’s “Often” to further drive the crowd’s yearning for more. His set was heavily supported by all the extra features and effects that accompanied his music. Throughout the show, lasers covered the skies, beach balls flew all around the audience, flames and fog shot from the edges of the stage, streamers and confetti dropped down,...

Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood is just “too good”

...s and glitchy vocal samples, tracks like “Fools” and “Youth” are reminiscent of Flume, SOHN, or ODESZA, all of whom have carved a niche in the EDM genre through their experimental yet infectious sounds. Furthermore, the many features by fellow Oceanic artists like Broods, Betty Who, Tkay Maizda, and Alex Hope help the album truly capture the unique qualities of the rising Australian pop landscape. Though parts of the album deal with...

Kamasi Washington weathers Club Nokia

...leno music scene. These include Washington’s label head Flying Lotus and bandmate Stephen Bruner, popularly known as Thundercat. Lotus designed his Brainfeeder label to gather talented musicians spread throughout Los Angeles features Washington, Thundercat, and fellow Next Step-er Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Cool and funky bass-boosted riffs from “Them Changes,” Washington’s collaboration with Lotus and Thundercat, fittingly ended Kev’s set. The...

Kilo Kish tackles broad sweeping introspection on Reflections in Real Time

...ions is absolutely a lyrical album—it succeeds in capturing a stunning snapshot of the post-internet twenty-something existential crisis. Kilo Kish, aka Lakisha Robinson, is a New York-based artist perhaps best known for her features on a pair of tracks off Vince Staples’ excellent 2015 LP Summertime ‘06 . Her work on that album, though serviceable, wasn’t noticeably standout, and although she had released a couple of early EPs and a 2013...

Top Five // 12.04.15

...d of dance music; in fact some refer to him as the “Father of Disco”. Moroder has put out some incredible records over the course of his 50 year career, and after ending a 23 year hiatus, his newest album Deja Vu features a lot of familiar faces like Charlie XCX, Sia, and Britney Spears. Moroder will be performing at 1015 Folsom on Friday, and will be hosting one of the most unique shows I think anyone in the city will get the chance...

Down a rabbit hole: the state of critique

...uated from Yale, then UC Berkeley with degrees in music. The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff is going on 20 years and teaches journalism at NYU. What critique looks like, however, has shifted. It ranges from short blurbs to long features, crowdsourcing to monopolistic musings. Critique is choosing to review (and in turn, publicize) certain art and neglecting others. In the past five semesters, our writers have consistently named friends, digital...

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Mitski at Starline Social Club Oakland

If you missed Mitski on Upper Sproul this semester, you’re in luck. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to her all-ages show at the Starline Social Club in Oakland on Friday, July 8, which also features San Francisco-based Jay Som and the stunning, Philadelphia-born Michelle Zauner as Japanese Breakfast. Mitski has an impressive array of work, spanning four albums over five years. With singles like “Your Best American...