Mac Walsh Trio Takes Battle of the Bands

On Thursday night, the McGee Hall left behind its identity as a place for theatre intermissions and occasional lunches and became home to loud, resonating music. The Battle of the Bands, once an annual tradition, was reinstated as an event to showcase the musical ability of Rockhurst’s most talented bands. The McGee was packed with people and boasted an excited atmosphere as the first band … Continue reading Mac Walsh Trio Takes Battle of the Bands

Album Review: The Doobie Brothers- Southbound

The Doobie Brothers’ new album, Southbound, provides listeners with a new twist on the band’s timeless classic sound. The band’s original hits, such as “Black Water”, “Listen to the Music” and many more have been reproduced and infused with a contemporary country twang and supporting vocals. The new songs on the Doobie Brothers’ most recent album have replaced the easy-flowing, catchy mood that we have … Continue reading Album Review: The Doobie Brothers- Southbound

Album Review: J. Cole- 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Rapper J.Cole released his third studio album today, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, named after the street he grew up on in North Carolina. The 29 year-old’s newest tracklist has been talked about for months on social media, especially in recent days after being leaked online. Overall, Cole’s album did not disappoint as he was able to yet again prove himself worthy as a talented musician … Continue reading Album Review: J. Cole- 2014 Forest Hills Drive

New student-led band finds its footing

Every band dreams of selling out Madison Square Garden and performing in front of thousands of fans  who are singing along to every word of their number one hit. But before any of that can happen, the band has to struggle through formation and finding their own style. This first step is exactly what the band Santomo is doing. Santomo is a rock-and-roll based band … Continue reading New student-led band finds its footing

Tracks of the Week: Into it. Over it., The Neighbourhood, Toh Kay, and more

Into it. Over it. – “The Shaking of Leaves” The first minute or so of this song is pretty underwhelming, with a two-note synthesizer backing, and a simple guitar piece. But as the song goes on, different elements are added to its instrumental identity. A little piano piece is occasionally heard, the complex drum beat really picks up the spirit of the song and the … Continue reading Tracks of the Week: Into it. Over it., The Neighbourhood, Toh Kay, and more

Student Band Minor Drive has Major Drive for Music

It’s not often that students possess the talent and creativity necessary for making their own band, or can handle the responsibility necessary for managing one. However, Rockhurst juniors Henry Nickerson and Donovan Richart have done exactly this. Their band Minor Drive has already produced an album on Soundcloud, titled An Intro, and now have weekly performances. “Minor Drive began when Donovan and former Rockhurst student … Continue reading Student Band Minor Drive has Major Drive for Music

Tracks of the Week: Me Like Bees, The Front Bottoms, Common and more

Me Like Bees – “The Ides” This Joplin, Missouri based band has been releasing quality music since it’s inception in 2009, but have reached new heights with their recent album, The Ides. The title track for the album is one of the most accessible and well produced songs from a low-key band that I’ve heard recently. The best part about the Bees’ musical style is that … Continue reading Tracks of the Week: Me Like Bees, The Front Bottoms, Common and more

Tracks of the week: NEEDTOBREATHE, Michael Kiwanuka, and Bad Books

NEEDTOBREATHE – “The Heart” My favorite part about this particular song is the progression from simple folk, to more intricate poppy folk mixture. The lead singer starts off with only a simple guitar riff backing him, and a muffled, rhythmic stomp. But as the song continues, piano joins in, followed by a synthesizer, xylophone and multiple polished backup singers. The song resembles Edward Sharpe and … Continue reading Tracks of the week: NEEDTOBREATHE, Michael Kiwanuka, and Bad Books

Tracks of the Week: Darwin Deez, Wild Party, Souls of Mischief

Darwin Deez – “Radar Detector” If anything, Darwin Deez has a very distinct sound, and Radar Detector is a good barometer of what that sound is. Most of Deez’s songs are very poppy, while having a very lo-fi beat. He is geared much more towards the actual sound of his samples, rather than trying to replicate how a live band would play. In regards to … Continue reading Tracks of the Week: Darwin Deez, Wild Party, Souls of Mischief

Tracks of the Week: Flying Lotus, Bear’s Den, and Donovan Woods

Flying Lotus (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – “Never Catch Me” FlyLo is only the producer for this song, meaning he’s in charge of the instrumental. As far as vocals go, Kendrick’s going to be the only guy you hear. For hip hop fans, this is a match made in heaven. Both of these artists are currently in the midst of releasing their best works (Kendrick and … Continue reading Tracks of the Week: Flying Lotus, Bear’s Den, and Donovan Woods