Music

Green Day, Rick Astley make comebacks in spectacular fashion
Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio’ and Rick Astley’s ’50’ 9 out of 10 By Graham Armknecht ’18 THE ROUNDUP Green Day and Rick Astley came out with their new albums on Oct. 7, “Revolution Radio” and “50” respectively. These albums seemingly have nothing in common; both are from completely different bands, genres and eras. However, both of these bands resurfaced on the same date and both of them have some deep…
Mac Miller gets emotional with smooth new album
“The Divine Feminine” by Mac Miller 8 out of 10 By Ethan Winkler ’17 THE ROUNDUP With the wild success of Mac Miller’s 2015 release “GO:OD AM,” fans expectations were high for an even better rap album in 2016. The rapper released “The Divine Feminine” Sept. 16. What they got is something they did not expect: a soulful side to Mac Miller. This album is absolutely filled with jazzy beats…
Album Review: ’22, A Million’ takes vocal distortion to new levels
Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service | Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs Aug. 12, 2016 at the Eaux Claires Music Festival. ’22, A Million’ by Bon Iver 7 out of 10 By Anthony Cardellini ’17 THE ROUNDUP It has been five years since the release of Bon Iver’s Grammy-winning second album “Bon Iver,” and nearly a decade since the intimate, Wisconsin-cabin recorded “For Emma, Forever Ago.” In that time,…
Warner focused on pursuing career in music, songwriting
Photo by Edwin Perez-Morales ’18 | Jack Warner ’17 plays the piano in a practice room. Warner has taught himslef to play music for over 10 years and writes nearly every day. By Anthony Cardellini ’17 THE ROUNDUP A musical teacher can be an idol in any young, aspiring musician’s life, but Jack Warner ’17 had the opposite experience as a child. “When I did have [music] teachers I would…
Music preference affected by gender
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Men and women differ in opinion regrading countless topics, and music is no exception. Musicmachinery.com provides Spotify statistics that show who the top artists were for men and women were in 2014. Some artists are nearly equal in rank with men and women, such as Bruno Mars, who is ranked as the second most popular artist for women and the fourth most popular for…
‘BLAM JAM’ provides new live venue for musicians
Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Jacob Michalik ’19 performs at Blam Jam Tuesday Nov. 2 at lunch in the Fr. Renna reading room. By Collin McShane ’19 THE ROUNDUP This year The Brophy Literary Arts Magazine (BLAM) has partnered with the Musicians Exchange club to produce a bi-weekly concert in the Fr. Renna Reading Room. With four concerts under their belt already, “BLAM JAM” looks to create an evolving musical experience.…
‘Blonde’ Lives Up To The Hype, Despite Many Hurdles
‘Blonde’ by Frank Ocean  8 out of 10 By Ibu Oluyi ’17 THE ROUNDUP Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” lives up to the hype despite being plagued with delays over the last three years A follow up to his much acclaimed debut album “Channel Orange”, “Blonde” had been in the works since February 2013. Whether it be that Ocean’s original target release of July 2015 proved to be too ambitious or that…
Mumford & Sons, Catfish and the Bottlemen rock Phoenix stage
Photo by Camden Andl ’19 | Mumford and Sons performed at Ak-Chin Pavilion Oct. 5 By Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP British bands Mumford & Sons and Catfish and the Bottlemen performed Oct. 5 at Ak Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. Catfish and the Bottlemen, an indie rock band that formed in Wales in 2007 began gaining popularity in the United States after winning a BRIT, British Record Industry Trusts, award…
More Students Discovering 70’s Music
Matthew Ramella ’19 THE ROUNDUP Can a decade of music from over 40 years ago be making a comeback? Why is it that music from the 1970s is so recognizable among the younger generations? There is no definitive way to tell if music from the 1970s is making a complete comeback, but there is no question that there is somewhat of a revival among certain groups of the younger generations.…
‘Home of the Strange’ impresses with variety of sound, showcases band’s roots
‘Home of the Strange’ by Young the Giant 9 out of 10 Alex Kirshner ’18 THE ROUNDUP The Southern California-based band Young the Giant released their third album, entitled “Home of the Strange”, on August 12, 2016, after much anticipation and build up. The band released the first official song from the album, “Something to Believe in”, on May 10, after the release of “Amerika” on April 19, which served…