Music

‘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…
‘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…
‘untitled unmastered’ is a story worth telling, fueled by jazz
Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service – Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. ‘untitled unmastered’ by Kendrick Lamar 9 out of 10 By Luis Torres ’16 THE ROUNDUP Seven-time Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar unexpectedly released his fourth studio album “untitled unmastered” on the night of March 3. Before the album dropped, Lamar teased new music…
Vinyl Club listens to records, builds community
Photo by Andrew Brown ’18 – Mr. Smith compares to records at the vinyl club meeting. The vinyl club embodies students and faculty who share a passion for vinyl records. By Jose Cardenas ’16 THE ROUNDUP The Vinyl Club is music appreciation club that convenes every Wednesday at lunch to converse, listen to music and discover new songs. The club’s co-presidents are Jake Lee ’16, Jack Rose ’16 and Brady…
Surrounded by Violence: Evidence of violent video games, music all around us
Photo by Reece Krantz ’16 – Screenshot of Doom. Many argue that violence in media promotes a violent culture and may even contribute to mass shootings. By Anthony Totri ’16 THE ROUNDUP The recent release of video games such as “Black Ops 3” and “Fallout 4” have revived the discussion regarding the culture of violence in video games and music. The popular first-person shooter game “Black Ops 3” was a…
2015 music fluctuates throughout the year
By Chase L Manson ’16 THE ROUNDUP This last year saw a variety of music produced and recorded. From new hit maker the Weeknd to the triumphs return of Adele, popular music in 2015 can’t really be pinned by a dominate singer or act. However, there were many shining and distinguishable songs and tracks that to need to mentioned. Best: 5. “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glyns: jazzy, carefree and…
Photos: Orchestra, Choir perform for Christmas season
Photo by Carter Van Winkle ’16 | Zephan Enciso ’17, left, plays the violin Dec. 11 during a Christmas Orchestra concert. Brophy’s Orchestra and Honor Chorale performed at their annual Christmas concert Dec. 10 and 11, along with Xavier’s Choir. Photos by Carter Van Winkle ’16 & Noah Rodriguez ’17 THE ROUNDUP Brophy’s Orchestra and Honor Chorale performed at their annual Christmas concert Dec. 10 and 11, along with Xavier’s…