Album Review: Views by Drake

“I don’t want you to get it right away… Great music takes a little work. It takes elevating your listening level. – Aubrey Drake Graham

After almost three years of anticipation and anxiety, Toronto’s sweetheart Aubrey Drake Graham released Views, his fourth studio album; this excludes 2015’s “mixtape” If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Drake announced on August 6, 2014 that the title of his next album would be Views From The 6. Drake would shorten it to Views closer to the album release to make it less Toronto-centric. The build-up for the album has been bigger than any of his albums, thanks to the long delay between 2013’s Nothing Was The Same and 2016—his longest break between albums to date. In that time, Drake released many singles, including “Hotline Bling,” “Right Hand,”“Summer Sixteen,” “One Dance” and “Pop Style.”

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Local Artist Spotlight: Civeta Dei

Supporting local is what builds any foundation. Whether it comes to business, the arts, or just life: we all start from the bottom with a dream.

Civeta Dei strikes especially close to home for me because this band is from my home. I grew up with the founders and have known, since we were kids, they were truly passionate about creating music.

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Civeta Dei | Photo: Corina Carrizales

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Concert Review: Atlas Genius at House of Blues

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Atlas Genius by Junior Fernandez

Australian brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery of Atlas Genius along with opener Skylar Grey brought quite an eclectic set list to Houston’s House of Blues this past Wednesday – ranging from a cover of Tears for Fears’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” to “Molecules,” their latest single, Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” and The Weeknd’s “The Hills”. (Which, to be completely honest, just felt like too much.) Freshman album hits “If So” and “Trojans” were also part of the thirteen-song set list. Read more ›

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Album Review: PersonA by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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“Home” is one of the songs that will be on the classics station when our generation is in our sixties.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have made an impression in our generation with just that one song. However, the band refused to be a one hit wonder.

They have had three full-length albums released after album Up From Below which featured “Home” and “40 Day Dream.”

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Local Artist Spotlight: Scrap Bundy

Houston’s rap scene has had a division of North and South sides ever since Swishahouse popped up on the Northside in the late Nineties in response to the rising prominence of DJ Screw and the Screwed up Click both have contributed some of the biggest names that have come out of the H, but the schism is clear throughout the history. If you’re from the southside, like I am, you’re almost obligated to have a plethora of Skrew, Big Moe and Pokey, and Fat Pat in your playlists. I also have a ton of Z Ro in rotation because I live ten minutes away from his neighborhood in Missouri City, or Mo City as we call it. For me, it’s due to the simple fact that these guys are rapping about places I’ve been, streets I’ve rolled down, an overall familiarity with the content of their music. So, it’s not that often that I find myself listening to any Northside guys, other than the heavy hitters like Paul Wall and Slim Thug. However, I’ll have to make an exception for one of my newest finds, Northside’s own Scrap Bundy and his debut mixtape.

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Music Legend Prince Dead at 57

Prince Rogers Nelson, known simply as Prince, died Thursday at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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