Music

Logic creates modern rap classic with latest mixtape
“Bobby Tarantino” by Logic 9 out of 10 By Ethan Winkler ’17 THE ROUNDUP Release after release, Logic has been able to impress his listeners and improve upon his music. His latest mixtape, “Bobby Tarantino,” is no exception. Dropped with no warning July 1, this album does a fantastic job at blending quality production and mind-bending lyrics. There is also a good amount of variety across the EP. There’s hard…
‘Views’ intertwines sentiments with accomplishments
‘Views’ by Drake 8.5 out of 10 By Luis Torres ’16 THE ROUNDUP The 29-year-old Canadian rap phenom Drake released his fourth studio album on the night of  April 29. “Views” became highly anticipated by rap enthusiasts and critics after Drake announced he had an album on the way earlier this year. In between an album hiatus of nearly two and a half years, Drake dropped two mixtapes and a…
Music Videos need to be fresh, rather than derivative
By Chase Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP In the 1980s the music video was the end all be all. It was the glory days of MTV. From Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to the endless work of Queen, the music video was the best medium for an artist to display their craft. However, lately music videos have not been as consistent. They focus more on glamour shots and quickly flashy routines, instead of…
Rihanna displays artistic growth, lack of coherence
‘ANTi’ by Rihanna 7 out of 10 By Chase L. Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP Rihanna has always been one of those hit and miss artists, balancing between decent singles with anxious songs. After taking a much needed break of releasing an album every year, Rihanna returns two years later with “ANTi.” And just like her career, the album has hits and it has misses,  but overall proves to be a…
Students, faculty utilize multiple music streaming options
Graphic by Bryce Owen ’17 – Many students use various streaming services to listen to music. By Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP In this day and age, music has never been so accessible to the world, and people get their music from a variety of music streaming services, many for free. From iTunes, Spotify and Pandora, to Tidal, everyone has their favorites. Brendan Burg ’17 said that he uses iTunes…
‘Froot’ demonstrates impeccable songwriting, luscious vocals
By Chase L. Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds 9.5 out of 10 Ever come across something so fantastic that you just need to tell the world? For me now its British indie pop singer, Marina and the Diamonds. Don’t be confused, its not a band. It is a single person, Marina Diamandis, who calls herself Marina and the Diamonds and she recently released her third…
Aphex Twin’s new album disappoints
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instrumentals pt 2 EP Aphex Twin 5 out of 10 By Carter Santini ’15 THE ROUNDUP Aphex Twin’s “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instrumentals pt 2 EP” won best new music from review site Pitchfork in January. Apex Twin was one of the founders of a genre of techno called “Acid” that focuses on ambient sounds and off-beats. Think of this genre as electronic jazz with a focus on…
Swift serves up pop delight, bubblegum bliss
“1989” by Taylor Swift 8 out of 10 By Chase L. Manson THE ROUNDUP Every since her debut Taylor Swift has tired to balance her made-for-pop melodies and her country flare. It seems that her pop melodies have won out as her latest album, “1989,” is purely pop and inspired by the same year in the title, which is Swift’s birth year. Swift has a deep understanding of ear catching…
Students bond over love of music
Photo by Gray Olson ’17 — Student band Rightwise performs on stage at Friday Night Lights on Oct. 17th By Sam Romero ’17 THE ROUNDUP Sophomore students Cooper Dinowitz ’17, Max Fees ’17 and Alonso Salas ’17 come together through a shared passion to form the band Rightwise. “I think music was the thing that united the three of us,” Fees said. He said they have gotten together every Sunday afternoon for…