The Metamorphosis

Bjork: Biophilia

Biophilia is not easy listening. The Icelandic singer and electronic composer has outdone herself on her eighth album, and the end product is brilliant but also intense. Since her debut in 1992, Bjork has conjured a reputation for pushing the envelope and pioneering new experimental sounds. But not even the remixed
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Will Sessions: The Elmatic Instrumentals

“Life’s a Bitch,” but hey, just remember, “The World is Yours.” These are two of the tracks from Nas’s classic platinum LP Illmatic. The songs also appear on the recently released The Elmatic Instrumentals by the funk/jazz/soul/hip-hop-inspired Detroit band known as Will Sessions. Will Sessions are led by twenty-six year
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We Were Promised Jetpacks: In the Pit of the Stomach

Scottish quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks have the intriguing ability to simultaneously pound your eardrums with a massive, speaker-shattering fury while still retaining an air of playful ambiance. The band’s second studio album, In the Pit of the Stomach, is no exception. Filled with rapid-fire drums and deep guitar swells,
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Feist: Metals

Anticipating Feist’s latest album, four years since the release of her last, has been relatively frustrating. It took patience to wait for some more of those smooth, synthy jazz tracks heard on Let It Die, or the lighter lyrical pop that colored The Reminder. Granted, Feist and crew did release
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DJ Shadow: The Less You Know, the Better

Only putting out one album every few years is a risky move. The artist has more time to perfect his work, but that doesn’t make a record immune to negative reception. DJ Shadow should have learned this when his 2006 album The Outsider received universally poor reviews. Yet the San
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Chickenfoot: Chickenfoot III

The feathery supergroup Chickenfoot are back with more classic rock grooves. Deciding to skip the numeral II altogether, Chickenfoot III exudes the ’70s and ’80s ideals of big, loud guitars, harmonizing backing vocals and a gruff, husky singer. Despite the fact that the tracks on Chickenfoot’s latest offering suggest a
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Hysterical

There’s nothing special about the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album. After a five-year hiatus, one would expect the indie rockers to return with a bang. Instead, they have retreated to unrecognizable mediocrity on Hysterical. CYHSY’s self-released, self-titled debut album was all the rage in 2005. The lovably quirky
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Zion I of Oakland leads progressive hip-hop gala

The world of hip-hop is becoming more diverse each day. Rappers are exploring new styles and expanding their palette more so than ever before. From collaborations with artists of different genres, to mixing modern sounds with traditional methods, rappers and M.C.s are shattering the borders of rap stereotypes. Sure, there
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Before the Drop

Berkeley's And Drop! looks to carve a niche in the electronic music landscape.

In the ever-expanding universe of electronic music, local Berkeley band And Drop! finds itself at the forefront of the genre’s rise. With its infinite subgenres, electronic music has flourished in the age of high-powered personal computers and social media. Though primarily characterized as electro-house and dubstep, the group’s approach to
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St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Strange Mercy is not an instant favorite. But with a little cozying up, St. Vincent’s third album will seduce listeners into a melancholic love affair. With her latest effort, timid-voiced singer-songwriter Annie Clark offers another dose of mildly catchy melodies laced with ear-perking beats and sensual guitar riffs. Clark’s vocals
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