CORTEZ: Fall Out Boy’s ‘Mania’ is a hot mess

Catchy lyrics, recognizable guitar riffs and pulsating bass lines made Fall Out Boy one of the best rock bands of the 2000s. The Chicago quartet's latest album, "Mania" (stylized as MA N  I    A), offers none of those things. Originally slated for a Sept. 15, 2017, release, the band delayed "Mania" to Jan. 19… Continue reading


Soundcloud Spotlight: Monster Mixtape – Future

Future, a relatively new artist, has made a very strong impression on rap music. He released a series of relatively successful series of mixtapes at the beginning of his career, and also released two studio albums, both met with critical acclaim. His latest project, “Monster”, dropped on October 28. At first listen, it sounds exactly… Continue reading

Playlist: Steezy Listening

This time of year, it’s easy to fall into a mid-semester slump. Coursework begins to fall to the wayside in the wake of winter apathy.  Luckily, there’s a salve for these seasonal doldrums: upbeat, melodic guitar pop. It’s like a warm, energizing alphabet soup, but the only letters are the major chords. Uh, yeah, clumsy… Continue reading

Review – Avi Buffalo “At Best Cuckold”

Four years ago Avi Buffalo, a California-based indie pop act spearheaded by singer-songwriter Avi Zahner-Isenberg, released their self-titled debut. It was an instantly appealing release; an album chock full of hummable, catchy hooks and cheeky songwriting. After this release, however, the band went silent until earlier this year. On September 10th, the band released their… Continue reading


Local Hot Spots | Summer 2014

[title size="1 to 6" style="options: default, sidebar"]MAHA Music Festival[/title] Aug. 16 Aksarben Village, Omaha $50 Maha is considered an indie rock music festival and this year it delivers with headliners Death Cab for Cutie, The Head and the Heart and Local Natives. The day-long event in Stinson Park is more than a music festival. Maha… Continue reading


Top-notch national festivals | Summer 2014

[title size="1 to 6" style="options: default, sidebar"]The Governor’s Ball[/title] June 6-8 Randall’s Island, New York Ticket Price: $250 Lineup Includes: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex, Foster the People, TV on the Radio, Interpol, Julian Casablancas & the Voidz The Governor’s Ball added a third day packed full of music last year,… Continue reading


Seeds Spotify Playlist: “Funck!”

[title size="2" style="options: default, sidebar"]"Funck!"[/title] This playlist is a twenty car pile up of sludge, stoner and psych rock with a dark and driving overtone. Josh Homme plays a role in 35% of the songs listed below including the bands Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and Kyuss. His unique guitar tones consistently… Continue reading