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America’s greatest boy band

America’s greatest boy band

David Bryant

September 24, 2018

After the absolutely insane feat of recording and producing three albums in the span of one year under the Saturation Trilogy, American rap group and self-proclaimed boy band show no signs of slowing down upon the release of “Iridescence.” Brockhampton is a collective group of 13 artists, spanning a maj...

Believe the hype behind ‘Astroworld’

Believe the hype behind ‘Astroworld’

Kate Schneider

September 19, 2018

Upon the release of Travis Scott’s latest album release “Astroworld,” anticipation is met through personal lyrics and noticeable features such as Drake and The Weeknd. Travis Scott’s well-balanced mix of contemporary and mainstream rap through the tracklist gives a smooth path of songs for ...

Concert highlights jazz, audience connection

Concert highlights jazz, audience connection

Evie Nelson

September 18, 2018

When I went to my first concert ever, this past week, all expectations were off the table. Bruno Mars’s music was a common sound in my house for as long as I can remember. Now that I am older, having the chance to see him singing all of the songs that I grew up with was unimaginable. The concer...

‘Sweetener’ delivers reinvented sound

‘Sweetener’ delivers reinvented sound

Jenna Cook

September 4, 2018

Following the tragic suicide bombing at one of her concerts last May 22, Ariana Grande put on a charity concert in memoriam of the victims. She has also performed at political events such as the March for Our Lives. Despite the traumatic experience, Grande has been hard at work on new music. “Sweetener” give...

Nicki Minaj claims the rap throne with new release

Nicki Minaj claims the rap throne with new release

Tjessa Arradondo

September 3, 2018

Nicki Minaj’s third studio album, “Queen” brings out both old and new trap style vibes with tracks that deserve much needed hype. The Trinidadian-born rapper introduces part of her Carribean roots through songs such as “Ganja Burns,” which perfectly combines with Minaj’s traditional rap rhyt...

We need to talk about Janelle Monáe

We need to talk about Janelle Monáe

Isaac Wert

February 23, 2018

If you’ve read my most recent “Cut Through the Noise” column, you know how I feel about music in 2018 so far. But after sifting through countless amelodic and uninspired new releases, I’ve struck two nuggets of gold from the genius of Janelle Monáe herself, and letting them slip through our f...

Angie Thomas’s ‘The Hate U Give’ inspires change

Angie Thomas’s ‘The Hate U Give’ inspires change

Hanna Schechter

February 14, 2018

Angie Thomas’s new book, “The Hate U Give,” quickly became a teen favorite and a New York Times bestseller. The novel delves into the story of a teenage girl named Starr. Starr lives in “the hood” while also attending a private, majority white, high school. Through Thomas’s writing, read...

“Stranger Things” provides satisfying second season

“Stranger Things” provides satisfying second season

Malaika Bigirindavyi

November 10, 2017

After over a year of waiting, Stranger Things fans can settle into their couches to watch the second season on Netflix. * SPOILER ALERT * The immensely popular first season left viewers with a cliffhanger, wondering the whereabouts of one main character, Eleven, and about the safety of another character, Will, from the U...

Renaissance Festival transports Minnesotans back in time

Renaissance Festival transports Minnesotans back in time

Lukas Levin

September 26, 2017

Walking through the castle gates of The Renaissance Festival, I was reminded of the magical experience it provides for people of all ages. Going to the Renaissance Festival (Renfest) has been a family tradition of mine ever since I was five-years-old. Of course, for older kids, the Renfest has lost...

Cut Through the Noise: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo (Week of Sept. 8)

Cut Through the Noise: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo (Week of Sept. 8)

Isaac Wert

September 8, 2017

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” a new column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer will take on the role as writer, reviewing recent releases aiming for success.   “...Ready for It” by Taylor Swift: ★★★★ Foll...

“Girls Trip” provides women-led hilarity

“Girls Trip” provides women-led hilarity

Emma Yarger

September 1, 2017

Female dominated “Girls Trip” provides both laughs and a compelling storyline. It follows four women, with four very different personalities, who travel together to the Essence Festival, a non-fictional music festival celebrating black people in America. By maintaining a healthy balance of antics a...

Fifth Harmony switches genres while maintaining mediocrity

Fifth Harmony switches genres while maintaining mediocrity

Isaac Wert

August 25, 2017

Following the departure of their stand-out member, Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony’s self-titled third studio album further justifies the group’s mediocre reputation. “7/27,” Fifth Harmony’s second album, achieved moderate success. Its multi-platinum lead single, “Work From Home,” rocked ...

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