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Milky Chance has more of an upbeat mood with new album

Milky Chance has more of an upbeat mood with new album

By Lindsey Ramsdell, Editor-in-Chief
March 20, 2017
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

As the album title and artwork suggest, “Blossom,” by the German indie-folk band Milky Chance, projects a brighter, more uplifting sound than the band’s first album, “Sadnecessary.” “Sadnecessary,” released in 2013, was filled with dark, moody tunes of bass and acoustic guitar. It incl...

Migos Shine on new album ‘Culture’

Migos Shine on new album ‘Culture’

By Katie Thomas, Staff Reporter
February 14, 2017
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

After being called “the Beatles of this generation” by Donald Glover at the 2017 Golden Globe awards and boasting a No. 1 song on the charts, the Migos are showing listeners that their superstardom has only just begun in their second studio album. The rap trio, consisting of relatives Offset, Qu...

‘I Decided’ gives insight into Big Sean’s life

‘I Decided’ gives insight into Big Sean’s life

By Katie Thomas, Staff Reporter
February 7, 2017
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

In his fourth studio album, “I Decided.,” Detroit rapper Big Sean reveals exactly why he won’t be taking any losses with a new, motivated outlook on both his life and music. From dropping his previous well-received albums, “Finally Famous,” “Hall of Fame” and “Dark Sky Paradise” t...

Syd’s debut solo album makes waves

Syd’s debut solo album makes waves

By Maxwell Murray, Intern
February 6, 2017
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

Syd, lead singer in The Internet, released her debut solo album “Fin.” The sound of the album can be described as a mixture of ‘90s R&B, taking inspiration from artist such as Aaliyah, yet it's still modern enough for today’s listeners. Syd, short for Syd Tha Kyd, started off her career in the altern...

Sheeran bounces back

Sheeran bounces back

By Jacqueline Squillace, Staff Reporter
January 22, 2017
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

After an agonizing year-long sabbatical, Ed Sheeran has returned to the world of music, releasing two singles on Jan. 6.  The new singles, “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You,” offer a taste of what will be on his new album “Divide,” which comes out March 3.   “Castle on the Hill...

Keys’ album hits all the right notes

Keys’ album hits all the right notes

By Anna Post, Editor
November 16, 2016
Filed under Music, Reviews

There have been numerous politically charged albums about social injustice and inequality on iTunes lately. But Alicia Keys’ latest album, “Here,” stands out from them all. After four years of agonizing silence, Alicia Keys emerges with a new look and new sound. She exchanges her eloquent pian...

98.7 Amp Radio’s Boo Bash is Halloween hit

98.7 Amp Radio’s Boo Bash is Halloween hit

By Emma Brock, Design Editor
November 10, 2016
Filed under Audio, Media, Music, Reviews, Video

Electronic dance music artist Diplo made his second appearance in Detroit on Halloween night. He was last at the Mad Decent Block Party this past August. Boo Bash is an event which 98.7 AMP radio hosts every Halloween. The event is full of EDM music, dancing and people dressing up in all kinds of dif...

Back with a bang

Back with a bang

By Asia Simmons, Staff Reporter
October 21, 2016
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

After taking a break from music for a few years, Solange Knowles comes back with a bang. Born in Texas, she has made the charts with her recent album “A Seat at the Table.” This is Knowles’ third album, following “Solo Star,” ”Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams” and 2012 EP(extended play), “...

J-Views blends versatile tunes

J-Views blends versatile tunes

By Abbey Cadieux, Print Editor
June 9, 2016
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

One of the best parts of watching any good documentary or television show is the soundtrack. Whether a song lays over swooping visuals of a snow-capped mountain or an illuminated cityscape at night, there is something about being fully entranced by the effect that instrumental music provides listeners with. ...

Lemonade tastes bittersweet

Lemonade tastes bittersweet

By Anna Post, Print Editor
May 23, 2016
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

Watch out and fear the defiant wrath of Beyoncé’s new visual album Lemonade. The album is dynamic. It contains similar sweet beats to Bey’s previous hits while adding a zest of flavor with her new ones. Chilling tunes like “FOWARD” are mixed with vivacious melodies such as “6 INCH”. The...

Mind of Mine impresses vast audience

Mind of Mine impresses vast audience

By Asia Simmons, Staff Reporter
April 8, 2016
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

Editor's note: An in-depth review of Zayn's album is featured in issue 12 of North Pointe. Former member of One Direction, Zayn Malik,  has came out with a solo album, Mind of Mine, which is a taste of pop, soul, hip hop, and electronic music. Mind of mine includes songs “It's you,” “Like I would,...

Rihanna stages fresh, memorable concert

Rihanna stages fresh, memorable concert

By Anna Post, Print Editor
April 3, 2016
Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

The lights dimmed. The stage glowed. The singing commenced. Rihanna begins the concert with her song “Stay” and the eloquent piano played along as the Queen of Pop made a dramatic entrance. In a jumpsuit and hood, she walked through the crowd with a cape flowing behind her. It seemed almost G...