If there’s anything remarkable about Carly Rae Jepsen as a public figure, it’s how profoundly unremarkable she is. In a pop landscape that favors the bold personalities and relentless self-branding of Drake, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Jepsen takes the opposite tack, a minnow in a sea of sharks.
Though they’ve been relatively silent since their hugely successful sophomore album “Gossamer” in 2012, Passion Pit hit the public full force this week with the release of their third studio album, “Kindred.”
After peaking at six on the Billboard 200 (which measures weekly album sales) and scoring three Grammy nominations for their last project, “Boys & Girls,” in 2012, Alabama Shakes are back and better than ever. Their newest album, released just this past Tuesday, is called “Sound & Color,” and colorful it is.
Ten years ago, George Lewis Jr., who records under the Twin Shadow moniker, would have been branded a sellout. Following two acclaimed albums with indie label 4AD, Lewis recently made the move to the majors, signing with Warner Brothers before the release of his third LP, “Eclipse.”
With the impending announcement of this semester’s WILD openers, Senior Cadenza Editor Mark Matousek and Associate Editor Noah Jodice cross their fingers and pick their (financially-feasible) dream acts.
At this point, it is pretty damn hard to introduce Death Grips. This trio, consisting of rapper MC Ride (Stefan Burnett), drummer Zach Hill and producer Andy Morin, has created some of hip-hop’s most experimental and abrasive music over these last three years.
On “Kintsugi,” its eighth album and first since 2011, Death Cab for Cutie keeps in touch with its lyrical theme of growing up, which it has demonstrated on several albums past.
Mike Posner assured us all we were cooler than him at my freshman WILD in fall 2011. And now we’re getting the latest white rap king: Mac Miller.
But the moment at hand, the real reason for all the hype, is Barnett’s first full-length LP, “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.” The girl can write a self-deprecating rock ’n’ roll song like no one else, as she proves with the album’s lead single “Pedestrian at Best.”
In honor of his latest string of jaw-dropping televised performances, here are Yeezy’s five best. To make a difficult task slightly less difficult, only pre-2015 performances are eligible.