The Texas-based trio Khruangbin is known for their distinct combination of 1960s and ‘70s Thai funk, psychedelic, surf, gospel, and countless other genres which create an atmospheric mist of tranquil and sedating harmonies that rap your body up in comforting bass lines and drum beats, yet tw…

Little Simz is an English rapper and singer and GREY Area is the third full-length project from her. She has been flying under-the-radar for almost a full decade now as she has been active since 2010 when she was releasing mixtapes. Her debut album, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons had its…

On March 22, 2019, Tame Impala front man Kevin Parker released an image on Instagram with the caption, “New track. 1 hour. Speakers/headphones ready people.” One hour later the track “Patience” was available for streaming.

The Babe Rainbow comes from the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, in a town notorious for its surfing and music called Golden Beach. This band’s sound draws influence from the mid 60’s boom of psychedelia, however their sound is entirely their own, incorporating their use of enc…

Gary Clark Jr. is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Austin, Texas. This Land is the fifth full-length project from the artist. On previous projects, Clark Jr. has been known to infuse multiple genres such as R&B, Blues, Soul, and Jazz with rock. While these blends sound interestin…

I may be jumping on the bandwagon for H.E.R., but better late than never. After winning a Grammy for best R&B album with her EP “I Used To Know Her: The Prelude” and best R&B performance, I decided to give her — no pun intended— a chance and I do not regret it. The artist's given nam…

It’s been two years since the release of Pacific Daydream, and now Weezer are back once again with new music for longtime fans to enjoy. Their next record, titled The Black Album, is set to release in March of 2019. To help build up hype for this record, the band has released a cover album t…

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Indigo by Wild Nothing was released August 30th, 2018. Wild Nothing is a rock/dream pop band from Virginia, formed by Jack Tatum. Tatum records all the music alone, but is joined onstage during live performances by Nathan Goodman, Jeff Haley, Matt Kallman, and Elroy Finn.

In honor of its 10-year anniversary, Drake recently re-released his third official mixtape “So Far Gone,” on all streaming platforms.

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Happy Camper is the second full-length album from the Austin, Texas band Summer Salt, released September of 2018. During the pre-release of this record, Summer Salt was doing very well – they had just added a fourth member to their self-proclaimed “coral reef rock” trio, they were touring ex…

“You think of roses and daisies, and I think of passion and fire like Hades.” - Summer Walker (Riot, 2019)

On September 28, 2018 the rising Los Angeles-based group, The Marías, released their second EP, Superclean Vol. II. The band is most commonly associated with a genre of psychedelic soul which, as this release can illustrate, just might be the perfect cluster of words to describe such a group…

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Haley Heynderickx truly pulls back the curtain, unveiling, insecurities, uncertainties, and personal attributions that can’t help but make you feel vulnerable by the raw beauty of honesty that is portrayed in this ever-so personal look into the heart, mind, and deep-soul of Haley Heynderickx…

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In the last two years, Latinx music has started to become more popular in the United States, with features from other worldwide artists. One of the most popular music genres in the world has finally arrived in the states.

Anthony Dixson, better known as, Boogie, is a rapper born and raised in Compton, California. Everythings For Sale is the full-length, studio album debut from Boogie. He has previously released three mixtapes in the past: Thirst 48(2014), The Reach(2015), and Thirst 48, Pt. II(2016). In 2017,…

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Ariana Grande is the pop princess of our generation. She hit the mainstream in 2010 with her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious. She released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013. Since, she’s taken pop by storm and has smashed through the glass ceiling to the top of …

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The Front Bottoms are my favorite band, hands down. If you’ve spoken to me about music for more than 30 seconds this would be painfully obvious. The Front Bottoms don’t really fit comfortably into a specific genre, but they’ve been categorized as everything between alt-rock to folk-punk.

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I awoke earlier than my alarm on the date of 23. October 2018. It was a Tuesday, and I was obliged to attend my classes for the day. As I struggled to pull myself from bed, I asked myself, who don’t I just not go? Why don’t I forsake it all and abandon my studies. I frowned as turned to grab…

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Winter threatened to come early in Flagstaff in 2018. Not waiting for fall to subside, the cold reached in with its icy grip, coating the roads in a frozen sheet and padding the skies with pale grey clouds. What I would not have given on that day to be able to stare past the coer and into th…

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In August of 2016, I boarded a boat to come to NAU. My closest friends were there, as well as my family. Tears stained their eyes and streamed down their cheeks. As I gave my last hugs and spoke my final goodbyes, I was struck with guilt over leaving those closest to me, those who allowed me…

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Many great artists in the 20th century have had their work fall victim to accidents, greedy labels, or in the case of this LP, forgetfulness. MONK is a live taping of a quartet performance headed by Thelonious Monk back from 1963. Jazz, especially freeflow jazz, is not a popular genre in thi…

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The alt-rock scene has been taken over by a sub-genre of folk-rock/folk-punk/emo-rock. It seems to be the new wave of pop punk in many ways. Pop-punkers flock to bands such as The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Turnover, Pinegrove, et cetera, et cetera. It’s raw, scream-talky ro…

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The 1975 released their fourth single, “Sincerity is Scary,” in mid-September, continuing to hype up their upcoming album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. The album is set to be released on November 30, 2018 with talk of a follow up album in May of 2019. Their first single off the…

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“Bambi” by Hippo Campus follows the same lines that were started by the band’s first album “Landmark” which was released just one year ago in 2017. Just like with “Landmark”, “Bambi” starts out with the first track “Mistakes” which uses ethereal synth and bringing in classic rock instruments…

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On October 5, 2018 Nicolas Munoz, more professionally known as Boy Pablo, released his second published album called “Soy Pablo.” Previous to this release, I only really liked and even heard of one of his most popular songs, Everytime. Throughout my listening to this album, I definitely note…

Pinegrove is an indie staple in the new wave of pop/folk punk. Their album Cardinal gave them a name in the genre and industry and they have not stopped impressing since their arrival to the scene in 2010. Their new album Skylight is a beautiful mix of their classic sound, honest lyrics, and…

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VHS by Castlebeat is a much more upbeat and dreamy addition to the artists’ typically dreary lofi sound. Expert, yet slight use of various effects and techniques make for a very ambient and catchy album meant for some heartwarming easy listening.

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Toxic Planet by Cobra Man is an ironic, yet energetic take on 1980s disco and synth pop tunes. The the up and coming duo poke fun at the concept of overdoing it while still keeping it simple with consistent and lively beats/riffs. What really makes this album stand out to me is that it was c…

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I absolutely love Death Cab for Cutie. Since the outset of their bandship, they have grown exponentially. As I began listening to them, I decided to listen to their discography from beginning to end. There is such a clear and distinct improvement over time in their ability to write hooks and…

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The Wastemen’s September Debut Album “The Wastemen EP” is an absolute and in-your-face introduction to the crowded garage rock scene. The Wastemen’s tasteful use of psychedelic and post-punk elements gives their album a refreshing uniquity capable of carrying it out of the fray.

Alison Wonderland is a self-made music producer out of Australia who has been riding the wave since she has hit the scene a few years ago. Dancingastronaut.com even said that she is the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history. Her newest album, “Awake” is nothing short of the music mag…

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As an album reviewer for K-Jack, we are told to explore other music and to expand our music tastes. I however am biased for any alternative rock band artists. However, this week I chose the album “My Dear Melancholy,” by the Weeknd after being introduced to ‘False Alarm’. The Weeknd’s recent…

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Vansire is a dream-pop duo from Rochester, Minnesota who have been gaining traction recently for their easy listening, warm fuzzy indie pop. The group is composed of Josh Augustin and Sam Winemiller, friends since high school who initially wanted to make music that resembled Mac Demarco. Whi…

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Wendy’s fast food restaurants like to pride themselves for claiming to have 100% fresh, never frozen beef patties, and they are willing to go to any means necessary to get their message across to the world. Thanks to their marketing team, Wendy’s Twitter account has spewed endless amounts of…

Some albums are pretty good, whereas others are actually even better. Then there are some that aren’t as good. That is not the case of "Chronicles of Jane Vol. 1" by Jackknife Stiletto, where five fist-pumping, head- banging punk songs play one after another. Included are ‘She Said Whoa’, ‘M…

"Jane n’ the Jungle then came to rock the stage as the main event of the night and they started strong and continued that way for the rest of the evening. The vocalist Jordan White, had a smoky, raspy yet crisp voice that became center stage in their only actual acoustic song, One Time. Thei…

It has been a little over a week since the KJACK Live Arts Festival on February 23, 2018 at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, AZ. KJACK has had the Live Arts Fest every semester for many years now and this one was just as much of a treat as all the others. We were pleased to have so many art…

“This was my first year, and I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. Regardless, I figured it would be nice to hang out and get a drink. I had a few friends come and meet me there. I had never heard any of the bands performing that night, so I was looking forward to see what the…

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Franz Ferdinand’s newest album, “Always Ascending”, presents fans and new listeners with an album that is one to vibe to. The album brings a hint of their past selves back, and recreates a sound that is fitting for the 1970’s and now.

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First let me preface this there are absolutely NO SPOILERS in this review, it is only on the “The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” album itself. Nothing about the movie nor the plot will be mentioned in this review. On that note, the soundtrack was released in December …

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There are many artists that we come across here at KJACK’s Music Department. Some are filled with the right songs that touch our souls and the cover arts compliment them, whereas others are the songs to not play for any occasions. “Bones and Broken Heart” by The Luxury came out in February o…

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Brockhampton, led by creative mastermind Kevin Abstract is changing how American music is being made. They are a fifteen person group that is diverse in age, race, ethnicity, sexualtiy, and talents. The members are rappers, artists and producers. They are not backed by a major record label, …

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The long awaited Black Panther Movie will finally release this Friday! The even more long awaited Black Panther Soundtrack released a week early, and did not disappoint. This album only confirms the hype for the most awaited Marvel movie yet.

Injury Reserve has truly made a name for themselves in the past few years. From touring all over the world, performing at music festivals, to accumulating millions of plays online and through music streaming services.This rap trio consisting of Stepa J. Groggs, Ritchie With a T, and producer…

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Everyone knows AWOLNATION or can recognize them from their hit single, “Sail”. However, their most recently released album, “Here Come the Runts” tells a different story from the synthpop/rock story told before. This album brings to light that their hit track “Sail” definitely wasn’t a one h…

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The days of flower power and adrenaline inducing rock n’ roll appear to be back due to a new band on the rise, Greta Van Fleet. The band released an album called “From the Fires”back in November of 2017 that featured two covers and six promising songs. The band consists of four members, Josh…

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So check it, the Chainsmokers come back around with their new album, “Memories… Do Not Open” on April 7th 2017. Here, the Chainsmokers add a more of a chilled or mellow (or a sad tone) in the album. In earlier works, the Chainsmokers would have more of an upbeat energetic tone, making their …