Staff Picks: Top 5 albums I had on repeat in 2015

5) Beauty Behind the Madness — The Weeknd It’s hard to argue with this one considering the Weeknd was everywhere this year. When my roommate wasn’t playing Beauty Behind the Madness on repeat in our apartment while she did the dishes, hit singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”
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The Weeknd aims for pop stardom with latest album

In 2012, Abel Tesfaye, more popularly known as The Weeknd, revolutionized sex with his first album, Trilogy. There were 3,932,181 births reported in 2013. Coincidence? We don’t think so. Since then, The Weeknd has continued to discuss drugs and sex in two other albums — Kiss Land and his newest
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Tunesday: A Cure for June Gloom

With Karl the Fog’s return to The Bay, the reign of June Gloom has officially commenced. Take that time to become a hermit for a minute and recover from the sunburn you probably have from the first days of summer. Or maybe head out of The Bay and settle in
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Grace Lovio’s Picks of the Week

“The Family” Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer co-star in an English-language French film about an American mafia family who, after snitching, moves to France under the witness-protection program. Hijinks ensue as the family struggles to control old habits and maintain cover. This cross between “The Sopranos” and the Olsen
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Tunesday: Pop Covers

It’s always interesting to hear artists cover the work of their peers, especially when it involves a mixing of genres and a crossing of musical boundaries. Inspired by Vampire Weekend’s recent cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjBhfh909Ww ),” this week I wanted to share some fun indie covers of
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Tunesday: Better Late Than Never

Editor’s Note: We forgot to publish Tunesday on Tuesday, but it’s summer — you probably lost track of the days, right? First off, you should know that this week’s installment is wholly influenced by two things: the lingering effects of Danny Brown’s stellar show at the New Parish (shameless plug:
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The Road Back to R&B Originality

It’s about time. R&B has been around longer than your parents have. In fact, it’s very likely that your parents wouldn’t exist without R&B. Over that time, good ol’ Rhythm & Blues has dramatically morphed in style. I mean, we’re talking Aretha Franklin in the 1960s, Stevie Wonder in the
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Top 10 Albums of the Year

10. Childish Gambino: Camp Childish Gambino is the perfect name for comedian Donald Glover’s hip-hop alter ego. With his debut album, Camp, Glover seamlessly melds the innocent whimsy of childhood with a harder, personal edge. As a writer for “30 Rock” and an actor on NBC’s “Community,” Glover has already
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