Album Reviews

KUMD Album Review: Deep State

May 3, 2017
Deep State

Deep State | Thought Garden

Athens, Georgia seems to be the music mill of the southeast having birthed acts like R.EM, Of Montreal and Dead Confederate, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Deep State formed in recent years as a punk band that’s got their toes dipped in southern blues with a love for 60s styles reverb. Thought Garden is their second album since their 2015 release Nice. Collaborative and introspective, the novel Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse sowed the seed for Thought Garden.

KUMD Album Review: Kendrick Lamar

Apr 26, 2017

Kendrick Lamar | DAMN.

Rapper and wordsmith, Kendrick Lamar graces the radio waves once again with his fourth studio album DAMN. After To Pimp a Butterfly’s Earth shattering success, Kendrick’s fan base can let out a breath of relief knowing the prolific writer’s pen has barely scratched the surface of his genius.

KUMD Album Review: Pile

Apr 19, 2017
Pile

Pile | A Hairshirt of Purpose

Pile, born in Boston straight from the mind of frontman Rick Maguire, has garnered some attention as one of the city’s newest indie rock bands on the rise. Their fifth release, A Hairshirt of Purpose, is the band’s first attempt at a cohesive album. Unlike the compilation of disjointed hits that made up previous attempts, Pile’s latest has a thin narrative shackling the songs together.

KUMD Album Review: Sorority Noise

Apr 12, 2017
Sorority Noise

Is emo, anthem rock still a thing? After this past year anything is possible, so why not make 2017 stand in as the new 2007? Sorority Noise comes back swinging with You’re Not As _____ As You Think, their latest release since their 2015 EP It Kindly Stopped for Me.

KUMD Album Review: The Chinchees

Apr 5, 2017
The Chinchees

The Chinchees | The Chinchees

In a world of countless alt-rock bands, many struggle to find their own space and create a unique sound. The Chinchees make their first attempt, a somewhat successful one, in their first self-titled album, The Chinchees. The Chinchees represents a flawed, but potent attempt, one that might not achieve all its goals, but still spurs on interest for the band’s future.

KUMD Album Review: The Shins

Mar 29, 2017
The Shins

Self-produced and recorded, James Mercer debuts his first album as the sole proprietor of The Shins. Purging the other band members in 2008 due to creative circumstance propelled Mercer to grudgingly throw himself into the limelight for Heartworms.

KUMD Album Review: Rachael Kilgour

Mar 22, 2017
Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour | Rabbit in the Road

Minnesota native, Rachael Kilgour explores unmarked territory in her latest release Rabbit in the Road. Known for her lyrics on social issues, Kilgour puts her activism on hold and searches inward for cathartic release after a failed marriage.

KUMD Album Review: Jonwayne

Mar 15, 2017
Jonwayne

Jonwayne | Rap Album Two

Jon Wayne is a rapper from California who kicked himself off the football team and into the theater group at his high school. Stepping off the sports field and into one filled with words and expression was his first into becoming Jonwayne. Sharing the same stage name as the actor is actually a homage to his ancestor from the American Revolutionary War: General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.

KUMD Album Review: Sinkane

Mar 1, 2017
Sinkane

Sinkane | Life & Livin' It

Sinkane’s third album, Life & Livin’ It, is a special kind of animal. 

KUMD Album Review: A$AP Mob

Feb 22, 2017
A$AP Mob

There has long been a sort of familial structure behind some of the most successful entities in the rap game. Hip-hop families such as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Junior M.A.F.I.A and Death Row are representative of collectives that wield longstanding success.

KUMD Album Review: Dead Man Winter

Feb 15, 2017
Dead Man Winter

Trampled by Turtles may be on hiatus, but frontman Dave Simonett is here to see Duluthians through the winter with his latest release Furnace.

KUMD Album Review: Run the Jewels

Feb 8, 2017
Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels | Run the Jewels 3

Run The Jewels 3 — The third release in a simultaneously fresh, yet familiar series begins with a song titled, “Down,” in which Killer Mike raps, “I hope with the highest of hopes that I never have to go back to the trap and my days of dealing with dope”. This song speaks to the magnitude of success that Run The Jewels has had since releasing Run The Jewels in 2013 and Run The Jewels 2 in 2014.

KUMD Album Review: Heat

Feb 1, 2017
Heat

Overnight is an experiment with the minimalism rock was once synonymous with. Heat, a Montreal based rock band, has made their effort at bringing it back. 

KUMD Album Review: Landlady

Jan 25, 2017
Landlady

Landlady, a self-proclaimed experimental band, has coined their music as “adventure pop.” 

KUMD Album Review: Slow Hollows

Jan 18, 2017

L.A. based Slow Hollows formed in 2013, but don’t start putting boxes around this indie rock band. 

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