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Music Reviews

Culture Editor and Critic Murjani Rawls offers his thoughts on the latest album releases, songs, and overall significant musical events in the industry.

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The 2024 major Grammy categories belong to women and (finally) not lip service

Seven of the eight nominees in the Record, Album, and Song of the Year categories are female artists.

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Rage Against The Machine’s legacy was always bigger than the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Guitarist Tom Morello was the only member of the band to show, but his acceptant speech displayed why RATM’s legacy exists beyond trophies.

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Has Governors Ball finally found a home venue? The 2023 iteration makes the case.

Lizzo, Kendrick Lamar, ODESZA, Ice Spice, and more came and conquered Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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Paramore’s ‘This Is Why’ is a confident articulation of pandemic anxieties and personal realizations

The band’s first album in five years speaks on personal realizations, post pandemic annoyances, and musically pushes them to greater places.

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I witnessed Taylor Swift’s “The Eras” tour in New Jersey and want to tell you about it

So you want to know about the first New Jersey stop of Taylor Swift’s "The Eras" tour? I think I have some words for you. (Murjani’s version)

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Spiritbox’s second ‘Eternal Blue Tour’ stop in New York shows they got the goods to hang with the best

In the second sold out night in a two-stop trek at Irving Plaza in New York, the Canadian metal band showed why they are here to stay.

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Foo Fighters ‘Rescued’ shows the band is still committed to finding and being a light

The first song since Taylor Hawkins’s passing shows that the rock band still has plenty to say.

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20 Years of ‘Meteora’: Linkin Park’s Confident Entrenchment of Their Previous Sounds

After the massive success of ‘Hybrid Theory,’ Linkin Park chose to expand on what made the album great instead of feeling comfortable.