The Music Sounds Better

Danimal Collective a remarkable experience, makes way for future ventures

At last semester’s Fine Arts Extravaganza a group of musically inclined individuals dubbed “Danimal Collective” performed an hour’s worth of music for a vivacious crowd of about 350 wonderful faces.

I was indeed one of these individuals.

Indulging in the energy of the music and audience, I can very well speak for the entire ensemble that it was an exceptionally marvelous experience, one we hope to recreate in the near future.

New Swift album ‘Speak Now’ shows maturity in style, not lyrics

By Alex Stanley ’12
THE ROUNDUP

Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Speak Now,” yet again fails to disappoint the throngs of pre-teen and teenage girls, plus me, who hold her music close to our hearts.

After listening to the first few songs of the album, one may distinguish no difference from her first two records.

Songs like “Mine” hold true to the upbeat and poppy style that she is well known for.

But when the listener approaches singles such as “Back to December” or “Innocent” they may see a difference in the style.

Kanye West invites listeners into ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP

A lot of people know Kanye West in different ways; music devotees and critics view him as the savior of 21st century hip-hop, the media views him as the devil’s spawn and President Obama views him as nothing more than a “jackass.”

But West has had a tough few years. First it was the death of his mother in 2007, and then his fiancé left him in 2008. And it goes without saying that 2009 was a rough year for the rapper, who fled the country after interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMA Awards.

2010 promises to be a different sort of year for West, who is making his triumphant return from exile with his latest effort “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” his most grandiose and perplexing album yet.

The Aquabats conquer ska

By Dillan Ducar ’13
THE ROUNDUP

The beat heavy sounds of contemporary music are known for being the fuel that drives Brophy’s dances.

While no one can call the dances bad, not everyone likes the hip-hop and techno of popular culture, or at least all the time.

Some people like rock, some like reggae, and some like ska.

The Aquabats is a band based out of Orange County, Calif., that has a longstanding reputation among ska listeners.

Joe Satriani’s latest release exceeds expectations

By Greg Goulder ’13
THE ROUNDUP

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new album has not only met, but raised the bar set by his previous albums.

The guitarist’s 14th studio album, “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards,” brings back Satriani’s signature sound after two weaker albums: “Super Colossal” in 2006, and “Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock” in 2008.

This album features no vocals, simple drums and basic bass riffs, but extraordinary ’80s metal guitar.

All tracks on this album consist solely of guitar backed by a rhythm section of drums, bass and keyboard.

Sufjan Stevens blips his way through Age of Adz

By Julian De Ocampo ’13
THE ROUNDUP

In 2005, Sufjan Stevens took listeners to the Prairie State with his venerated album Illinois.

He wrote songs about empathizing with serial killers, UFO sightings and road trips to Chicago, earning more than his fair share of fans along the way.

Five years, a number of sidetracked projects and a few false promises later, Stevens is back with The Age of Adz, the proper follow-up to Illinois. Dropping the state-themed album motif that made him famous, Stevens instead crafts an album more personal and intrinsically human than ever before.