MUSIC


2/19/2014, 4:33pm

Matt On Music: Phantogram and Planningtorock

I’ve been excited for Phantogram’s album since I heard their beautiful single, “Nothing But Trouble,” last month. The song, which sounded like an electronic remake of Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” made me excited to hear the band’s other work. The album didn’t disappoint.


1/5/2014, 2:13pm

Matt on Music: Top 10 of 2013

As far as the consensus goes, 2013’s album of the year seems to be a toss-up between Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City.” A college dropout against a group of Ivy Leaguers.


12/18/2013, 6:24pm

Matt On Music: Burial

Releasing an album in December nowadays almost guarantees an artist from being excluded from year-end lists, since the majority of publications publish their lists at the beginning of the month. This year was especially hectic, with several notable albums coming out during the final month of the year, hopefully making publications question the logic of revealing their lists so early.


10/30/2013, 7:51pm

Writer examines top 10 Halloween hip-hop songs

I love Halloween. Not so much for the costumes, but for the candy, the Devil’s Night pranks and in anticipation of what the girls’ costumes will look like. Who doesn’t love curling up with some apple cider with a splash of vodka, and watching “Friday the 13th”? The energy is really dope though and it has me thinking of some great horror themed hip-hip songs. So here we go, without further ado, my top 10 hip-hop songs for Halloween.


10/23/2013, 6:47pm

Detroit rapper Rizzy fails to impress

Rizzy is an upstart, an enterprising rapper who hails from Detroit. He writes, sings, raps and produces. I won’t lie – he has skills, but if he’s looking to get a deal based off of the strength of these particular songs, it might be time to find another line of work.


10/9/2013, 6:33pm

Hip-hop moved north

When the culture of hip-hop music was birthed 35 years ago, many individuals had mixed emotions about this new trend. Let’s be honest – the DJs plugging their Technic 1200s and their mixers into the lamp post for power was incepted just to become a hobby. It was meant to diverge from the harsh realities of urban decay that were impossible to ignore in New York City in the late 1970s.


10/2/2013, 8:08pm

Teng’s new album carries a different style

Vienna Teng’s recording career has been on hiatus for four long years. Her new album, “Aims,” is her first studio album since Inland Territory, released in 2009. Less piano-focused than past albums, it is effervescent in its execution, drawing from an incredible array of inspirations.


9/15/2013, 6:19pm

Matt on Music: Janelle Monáe

Jody Rosen, pop music critic of New York Magazine, recently wrote, “The only people who like a black bohemian more than fellow black bohemians are white rock critics.” This was from his article about Janelle Monáe, whose new release, “The Electric Lady,” has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2013.


9/15/2013, 6:04pm

RiffTrax rips on films

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the stars of the later years of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” completely eviscerated Paul Verhouven’s 1997 film “Starship Troopers,” making the RiffTrax live show one of their best shows yet.


9/15/2013, 6:02pm

Kanye raps in Mich.

Controversial rapper Kanye West, who has won 21 Grammy awards for his work, is bringing his anticipated “The Yeezus Tour” on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. to The Palace of Aurburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich.