By Sydney Moyer, Muse Editor After she blew Nicki right off her throne with explosive single “212,” self-proclaimed “Young Rapunxel” Azealia Banks is back with a tight, Diplo-produced second effort entitled “F–k Up The Fun.” With an album scheduled to drop this September, Banks is on the fast track to hip-hop stardom, grittier and more […]

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By Sydney Moyer, Muse Editor On perhaps his most elegant album to date, classically trained violinist and chronic whistler Andrew Bird crafted a quintessentially Bird-esque tune in “Danse Carribe,” the first single off Break it Yourself. With lush harmonies woven through gorgeous violin riffs, this track is sure to have you, as Bird says, “mistaking […]

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By Sydney Moyer, Muse Editor Old-time string outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops brought their genuine old Southern folk to the stages of Berklee on Saturday night for a nearly sold-out crowd. Comprised of cello, fiddle, banjo, guitar and other assorted instruments, the band’s songs descended upon the room cozily, as if the audience had shown up […]

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By Sydney Moyer, Muse Editor With “Going to California,” “California Girls,” “California Gurls,” and “California Dreamin’,” the West Coast has often served a muse for love-struck and sun-kissed singer-songwriters. When we think of California and songs about it, images of sun and palm trees float before our eyes, and we’re nostalgic for a place to […]

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By Sydney Moyer, Muse Editor Noise pop duo Sleigh Bells has returned to the music scene with their spectacular sophomore album, Reign of Terror, and it seems they’ve managed to avoid the all-too-predictable sophomore slump that plagues many artists today. Reign of Terror is a tighter, catchier and altogether more mature effort, qualities which are exemplified in their […]

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By Lucien Flores, Music Editor [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvr0FkE_iq8] Once largely overlooked, Wye Oak has been on the rise since the release of their 2011-release, Civilian. Wye Oak is solely comprised of two multi-tasking musicians—singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack—they bring a very complete sound to both studio and live sessions.  Seriously… these guys play a really […]

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