ALBUM REVIEW: Kid Cudi, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon”

ALBUM REVIEW: Kid Cudi, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon”

Ryan Michaels
March 24, 2014
Filed under A & E, Category Front Page, Music

There are few vocal talents as haunting as a properly utilized Kid Cudi -- one need only look at the ingenious ways his mentor, Kanye West, has contextualized him on songs like "Gorgeous" and "Guilt Trip" as an achingly, throbbingly open wound of remorse and regret. The closer company Cudi keeps with... Read more »

ALBUM REVIEW: Pharrell, “Girl”

ALBUM REVIEW: Pharrell, “Girl”

Ryan Michaels
March 17, 2014
Filed under A & E, Category Front Page, Music

Few men have... Read more »

Community Jazz Bands Play Western Michigan and Ford Honors Gala

Community Jazz Bands Play Western Michigan and Ford Honors Gala

Erez Dessel
March 13, 2014
Filed under A & E, Category Front Page, Music, Student Life

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ComMusicator – Jamall Bufford

ComMusicator – Jamall Bufford

Erez Dessel and Dan Metzler
February 26, 2014
Filed under A & E, Music, Sound, Video

Ann Arbor rapper Jamall Bufford delved into the field of rapping 20 years ago. It wasn’t his own material, he wasn’t very good, but he was doing it, and more importantly doing what he loved. “I started out just kind of writing down lyrics from my favorite songs… just so I could say... Read more »

ALBUM REVIEW: Marci Beaucoup by Roc Marciano

ALBUM REVIEW: Marci Beaucoup by Roc Marciano

Tyler Schmader
January 26, 2014
Filed under A & E, Music

Long Island rapper Roc Marciano’s style is fairly distinctive. His ability to lyrically create small images that come together to portray life as a criminal gained him critical acclaim on his 2012 album Reloaded. Surprisingly, he successfully journeyed away from most of the work that he... Read more »

Periphery, “Clear”

Periphery, “Clear”

Austin Bruner
January 23, 2014
Filed under Music

It’s a rarity that such a young band can make such a large impact on the music industry in so little time on the scene. Even rarer are bands who can reach out to their audience and establish a following with their entire catalog of music in their first... Read more »

The Best Albums of 2013

The Best Albums of 2013

Ryan Michaels
January 23, 2014
Filed under A & E, Front Page, Music

A preliminary note: As an amateur cultural critic whose assignments and intake are totally self-imposed, everything that I consume is of my choice. This means that I'm both spared quite a bit of what I would not like, as well as albums I would no doubt rave over as much as the... Read more »

Alex Johnson: Musical Guru

Alex Johnson: Musical Guru

January 15, 2014
Filed under Local, Music

Alex Johnson is an essential part of Ann Arbor's music scene. As a teenager, Johnson began the annual “Commstock Music Fest” tradition at Community High School that lasted for almost thirty years and had both a revival show and a reunion show in 2012. Alex Johnson created the Ann Arbor... Read more »

ComMusicator: Clark Bent & GrammaFone

ComMusicator: Clark Bent & GrammaFone

Erez Dessel and Dan Metzler
December 19, 2013
Filed under A & E, Music, Uncategorized, Video

“Our music is consciousness, plus soul, plus a good amount of music theory, and the interpretations that  bring the groove, you know what I’m saying? It’s about the groove.” These are the words of a man who thinks deeply and passionately about his hip-hop. The name he makes his music under is... Read more »

ALBUM REVIEW: Action Bronson’s Blue Chips 2

ALBUM REVIEW: Action Bronson’s Blue Chips 2

Tyler Schmader
December 13, 2013
Filed under Music

Queens-area-rapper Action Bronson has carved himself out an interesting niche in the underground rap scene. His affinity for food, obscure sports references, slapdash production, ridiculous imagery and non-sequiturs have set him apart from the crowd of old-school rap emulators that have... Read more »