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Tyler, The Creator reveals sensitive side in ‘Wolf’

Tyler, The Creator reveals sensitive side in ‘Wolf’

By Kara Phillips, Senior Writers

April 26, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

Constantly being in the limelight, celebrities and other public figures must build a tough exterior in order to endure the inevitable criticism. This exterior, however, can become difficult to penetrate, leaving fans feeling disappointed and public icons feeling bitter. Tyler, the Creator, Odd Fut...

‘Indicud’ showcases Cudi’s increasingly indie sound

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

April 26, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

By Greer Smith Opinions Editor The last time Kid Cudi released an album, there were mixed reviews. Cudi became known for his trippy, stoner style presented on his first two albums, Man on the Moon: The Guardians (2009) and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010). After he reportedly s...

‘Bankrupt!’ satisfies, but fails to surpass expectations

‘Bankrupt!’ satisfies, but fails to surpass expectations

By Julia Greenzaid, Senior Writer

April 26, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

From the opening lines of the title track of Bankrupt!, Phoenix’s newest album, it is clear that the album is far from experimental and, in fact, falls in line with expectations. Phoenix has made another interesting album cut from the same cloth as their 2009 breakthrough album, Wolfgang Amadeus Ph...

‘Crew Cuts’ reveals a more mature Hoodie Allen

‘Crew Cuts’ reveals a more mature Hoodie Allen

By Emilie Plesset, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

Steven Markowitz, otherwise known as rapper Hoodie Allen, stands out among past graduates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Since leaving a coveted job at Google, Allen’s efforts in writing and recording music as well as forming an intimate relationship with fans has culminated in ...

Nash rebels against norms in ‘Girl Talk’

By Kara Phillips, Staff Writer

April 25, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

British and singer songwriter Kate Nash is back, this time with a feminist spunk to drive her and her own independent record label to control her artistry. Rebelling against her former pop goody-two-shoes sound, her new album Girl Talk, released March 5, demonstrates her experimentation with the rock ge...

Local band prepares for upcoming performances

Local band prepares for upcoming performances

By Sonia Shekar, Staff Writer

February 28, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

The average college student can expect to make new friends, expand his knowledge, and acquire new interests during his 4-year journey. Few decide to start their own band. Three University of Maryland students, Zach Field, Gabe Bustos and Anthony Ajluni, and one Towson student, Sam Balcom, formed the band H...

Local Natives succeed despite loss of bassist

Local Natives succeed despite loss of bassist

By Kara Phillips, Staff Writer

February 28, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music, Uncategorized

 Local Natives’ sophomore album, Hummingbird, displays the effect of their change in dynamic after the 2010 loss of bassist, Andy Hamm. Even though this loss could have harmed the band’s sound, the album displays a mature, somber sound that was not uncovered until now. Kelcey Ayers, vocalist an...

Fall Out Boy returns to music with new single, sound

Fall Out Boy returns to music with new single, sound

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

February 28, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

"This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up." This sentence is part of the short message that graced the front of FallOutBoyRock.com Feb. 4 after the band announced the end of its four-year hiatus. The announcement came as a shock to many fans, as the band had repeatedly denied rumors that have...

The Joy Formidable defies sophomore slump

The Joy Formidable defies sophomore slump

By Ilana Berger, Fact Checker

February 28, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

 If Muse and Arcade Fire had a baby, it would be Welsh indie rock band: The Joy Formidable. The band released their second album, Wolf’s Law, Jan 21.  Singer and guitarist Bryan Ritzy, drummer Matt Thomas and bassist Rhydian Dafydd released their first album, The Big Roar, in 2011 and turned head...

The ‘Observer’ brings you the best holiday songs

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

December 27, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

What is a holiday season without Christmas music? Of course listeners have the classic songs, but every year contemporary bands also put out music just for the holidays. The Observer brings you a list of 10 classic and not-so-classic holiday songs from over the years. Get some hot cocoa, curl up next to a...

CHS student band to play Virginia nightclub

CHS student band to play Virginia nightclub

By Aileen Choi, Advertising Manager

December 21, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

Certain images come to mind when thinking of rising bands: dusky garages, worn out instruments and the loud roar of music. Upcoming band Oh Lover, Uncover differentiates from these stereotypical garage bands and shows much potential. The band, comprised of local teens including vocalist junior Erik...

Cee Lo Green’s new album worse than a lump of coal

Cee Lo Green’s new album worse than a lump of coal

By Elizabeth Campbell, Production Editor

December 21, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

It’s almost Christmas and that means it’s time to curl up next to a fire with a cup of hot cocoa and some great Christmas music. In order to keep yourself in a happy holiday mood, do not, I repeat do not, listen to Cee Lo Green’s Magic Moment Christmas album as it will abruptly put you out of th...

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