Carly Rae Jepsen, “Emotion”

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.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Passion Pit looks back on youthful anxiety through layered synths and hooks

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.”

Kendall Carroll | Music Editor

Alabama Shakes brings red hot funk and blues on new album

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.

| Contributing Reporter

Exclusive interview: Twin Shadow settles in for the long haul

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.”

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Cadenza’s dream WILD openers

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.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

‘The Powers that B’ by Death Grips

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.

Ben Compall | Contributing Writer


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.

| Contributing Reporter

More white nonsense: Mac Miller for WILD

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.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Album review: “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” by Courtney Barnett

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.”

| Senior Scene Editor

Kanye West’s top 5 televised performances since 2008

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.

| Music Editor