Music Review

NEEDTOBREATHE perform powerful show in Phoenix on “Forever On Your Side” tour
Photo by Camden Andl | NEEDTOBREATHE lead singer, Bear Rinehart, performs song “Difference Maker,” donning a mirror covered jacket. NEEDTOBREATHE performed Sept. 24 at Comerica Theater in Phoenix. By Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP   Folk inspired bands NEEDTOBREATHE, Johnnyswim and Forest Blakk performed Sept. 24 at Comerica Theater in Phoenix. Forest Blakk, a solo urban-folk artist from Montreal Canada, opened first, playing songs from his recently released EP, “Minutes.”…
Coldplay album could be last, offers new upbeat vibe
“A Head Full Of Dreams” by Coldplay 9 out of 10 By Henry Nallen ’18 THE ROUNDUP Just a year and a half after the release of their previous album, “Ghost Stories”, Coldplay is back with a more upbeat and colorful vibe for their newest album “A Head Full Of Dreams.” Coldplay has been in the spotlight of the music world for more than a decade and have released a…
‘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…
Adult Jazz releases crisp, lengthy debut album
By Hayden Prescott Corwin ’15 THE ROUNDUP Adult Jazz—“Gist Is” 7 out of 10 A buzz slowly creeps up in volume as the space left by the absent instruments is filled. Adult Jazz is a four-piece band from Leeds, England that released their debut album “Gist Is” Aug. 4. The feel of the album is overall spacious in its musicality, using vocals as its main source of melody and tribal…
Revisiting the Classics: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumors’ shows raw emotion, true creation
By Chase L. Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac 9.5 out of 10 The music business is a cruel industry, where many experience true betrayal and personal relationships go off the rails. There are many music feuds that have lasted decades and careers. For example: British band Fleetwood Mac. This band has experienced horrible personal relationship drama such as divorce within the group. Much of this drama hinged…
La Femme creates driving, eerie sound with debut album
By Hayden Prescott Corwin ’15 THE ROUNDUP La Femme—“Psycho Tropical Berlin” 9 out of 10 La Femme is a French band that released their debut full length album “Psycho Tropical Berlin” in February 2013. “Psycho Tropical Berlin” contains 13 tracks with eight bonus tracks included in the bonus track version. The band’s sound is largely based around synthesizers and keyboards. Vocals on this album, performed by Clémence Quélennec and various…
New pop songs catchy but annoying
By Chase L. Manson THE ROUNDUP “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift 7 out of 10 A few years ago Taylor Swift experimented with electronic music and produced hit singles such as “We are Never Getting Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.” However those songs had a little bit of country flare. After the success of these singles, Swift decided to abandoned her country image and exchange it for…
’Salad Days’ mixes old with new
Mac DeMarco’s 3rd album successfully mixes his familiar style with new ideas Mac DeMacro- “Salad Days” 8 out of 10  By James Lee ’16 THE ROUNDUP  Canadian musician Mac DeMarco’s third full length album, “Salad Days,” dropped April 1. For any of DeMarco’s previous records, a release on April Fools’ Day would seem fitting. His earlier albums, “2” and “Rock and Roll Night Club,” often walked the line between hilarity…
Childish Gambino’s sophomore album reveals a mixed bag
By Riley Morrison ’16 THE ROUNDUP Childish Gambino—Because the Internet 5 out of 10 Childish Gambino’s newest album “Because the Internet,” released Dec. 6, has a few nuggets of gold, but more than half doesn’t come close to his previous efforts. Childish Gambino is a stage name for New York-based actor and comedian Donald Glover. His previous album “Camp” was critically panned and it’s difficult to see this album going…
2010 produces wealth of fresh music

By Julian De Ocampo ’13 & Josh Galvin ’13
THE ROUNDUP

This is the sound of the new decade.

As we celebrate our departure from the first 10 years of the new millennium, we are greeted by a number of new artists, as well as fresh albums from old favorites.

Although 2010 produced a plethora of wonderful music, we’ve decided to whittle this year’s music releases into five albums that we believe stood out the most.