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What do Chicago rappers, Houston jazz bands and South Indian religious music have in common? They will all be featured at KTRU’s upcoming 26th Outdoor Show. The all-day festival of music, food and art in the central quad will also celebrate KTRU’s 50th anniversary. The April 22 event will bring a variety of musicians to campus, and will give participants a chance to interact with various campus art organizations.
Following up 2015’s sophomore album “I Love You, Honeybear,” Father John Misty’s recent release, “Pure Comedy,” proves that pretentiousness sells. Father John, or Josh Tillman when not in his stage persona, is known for his pedantic diatribes on art, postmodernism and the human race at large. Although “Pure Comedy” at times feels bleak and snobbish, Misty’s lovely arrangements and biting vulnerability make the album a surprisingly enjoyable listen.
British indie trio The xx have returned from a five-year hiatus with the recent release of their third studio album, 2017’s “I See You.” Slated to play at huge summer music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Primavera Sound, the band’s new material will likely draw large crowds. But it isn’t deserved.
Famed ‘90s avant-garde hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest has just released “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service,” their first new album in almost 18 years. Tribe impressively incorporates jazz, hip-hop and futuristic production with their signature throwback R&B sound to create a style uniquely their own.
Last week, I attempted a massive undertaking: listening to every Kendrick Lamar album ever released. To tell you the truth, I originally wasn’t a huge Kendrick fan. Sure, I could sing along to “Swimming Pools,” but I had never listened to a full album.
After embarking on an extensive festival tour, Oxford indie rock band Glass Animals has released “How to be a Human Being,” the follow up to 2014’s quirky “Zaba.” While their previous album turned some heads, their sophomore album gives them the chance to make a mark with a new, more developed sound. But did we actually get anything new?