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Wes Jakacki

Grading the professor

Outside of his work at the Jacob’s School of Music, Professor Andy Hollinden challenges his listeners, like his students, to rethink and evaluate their views and beliefs.

Things change

“Living Thing” features little to no guitars but almost solely percussion, simplifying the music and bringing forth the band’s vocals. This style proves very hit-or-miss throughout the album, as some of the lyrics and songs are simply too simple.


After a breakout fourth album in “Post-War” and a successful collaboration album with actress Zooey Deschanel as She & Him, singer/songwriter Matt Ward (aka M. Ward), a Portland, Ore., native, finds himself treading new territory of recognition.

An infinite disappointment

Targeting fans of hipster romantic comedies such as “Garden State” and “Juno,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” attempts to match the charm and wit of others in the genre only to come up with something much less sincere and authentic.

Kanye West or the Grim Reaper dressed up in bling?

Heartbreak done right

We’ve dropped out of college, re-registered and graduated with Kanye West. Now comes the post-graduation identity crisis.

After three groundbreaking rap albums, the rapper makes his boldest move yet by baring his soul without rapping and instead singing with an Auto-Tune effect and with heavy use of Roland-TR 808 drum machines.

Decorating your studio with Christmas lights makes for brilliant recordings.

Adams gets country rock down to a science

You won’t hear anything new with Cardinology, but the album is another signature effort for Ryan Adams. While those older fans won’t be amazed, the album would be a great starting point for those who are unfamiliar with Adams’ 12-year event-filled music career.

There's clearly something cool up there.

Worth the gossip

Although LaMontagne brings nothing new to the table, his ability to create music equal parts thoughtful and earnest is something to be admired.

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