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Jared Sokoloff

‘Descensus’ boasts Circa Survive’s signature sound

Circa Survive is one of those groups where it takes a long list of genres to even remotely describe its music. Wikipedia lists them as alternative rock, indie rock, experimental rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock and shoegaze, though, I’d also throw hardcore in, too. Despite this seemingly diverse mixture, the group doesn’t genre bounce. Rather, these influences are mixed up into a signature brew of the “Circa Survive sound.”

Young’s ‘Storytone’ fails

By Jared Sokoloff Staff Writer Neil Young is an artist who doesn’t need an introduction. He is a legend — one of the greatest songwriters of...

Opeth departs from metal for a classical sound

By Jared Sokoloff Staff Writer  Opeth is not a screamo band. It’s a progressive death metal group, but don’t worry, because there’s none of that on...

Kid Cudi’s new album disappoints

Kid Cudi’s newest album, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to the Mother Moon,” is boring. Just plain boring. Can I call it the worst album I’ve heard?

‘High Hopes’ for Springsteen’s new album

Springsteen’s latest album, “High Hopes,” is a collection of unreleased songs (and three covers) stemming back to around 2000.

McCartney’s music still popular after 50 years

Paul McCartney has been blasting out hit pop songs for five decades, somehow managing to stay at least somewhat relevant without completely conforming to the latest fads in music. On his latest release, “New,” you will not hear him delving into EDM or dropping the bass.

Rap god returns, now mortal: Eminem’s newest LP looks for roots

'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' sees Eminem attempting to capture the original magic of his debut, but his success is mixed.

‘20/20 Experience’ sequel fails to mirror first: Timberlake’s voice soars, but lengthy B-slides bore

Justin Timberlake's third album "The 20/20 Experience" dazzled, but its accompanying assortment of B-slides fail to capture the magic of its predecessor.

‘Started from the bottom,’ not quite there

On Drake's third album, he delves deeper into his personal and emotional issues, but the more sinister beats don't create much of a journey for listeners.

‘MGMT’ a let down: ‘time to pretend’ it’s good

MGMT's third album continues to make repetitive psychedelic rock only palatable to stoners.

Praise ‘Yeezus,’ for Ye is our savior

Let haters hate, but Kanye's evolutionary departure is a polarizing masterpiece.

Even in prison, Netflix’s ‘Orange’ is golden

An $8 subscription to Netflix can give you access to one of the best shows not on television.

Forgettable kids sitcom offers surprises

I remember seeing the first commercial for “Wendell and Vinnie” earlier this year and thinking, “My god, this looks painfully atrocious.” And maybe it was my lowered expectations that allowed me to kind of enjoy this show.

Pop album inadequate

There’s a reason that the Beatles’ later albums are still held in such high regard almost 50 years after their release. Their albums scoped out multiple genres and used innovative production and instrumentation to enhance songs that, at their simplest forms, were truly memorable.

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