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Article and pictures by AJ Frankson There comes a time for every basement jam band, perhaps in between screaming into the microphone and breaking a string for the 50th time, when someone looks up from their calloused fingers and says “We should make an EP.” Fort Collins local band, Yail, had that moment back in May, when CSU Microbiology student, Jackson Watkins, brought his angsty rock tunes to drummer, Nick Visocky, and together...

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KCSU’s Favorite Albums of 2017

KCSU’s Favorite Albums of 2017


Posted By on Dec 23, 2017

2016 was a hard year to compete with in terms of music. Last year, there seemed to be an explosion of energy from the music industry and its constituents. This year didn’t seem to have that feeling to it. It felt more like a transition year for many artists as many highly anticipated albums seemed to fall short. That being said, there are always the records that shine through and inspire to keep pushing the realms of our music...

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I absolutely love it when an album turns out to be such a wonderfully unexpected listening experience. The nine track album, ‘Devil is Fine,’ by Zeal & Ardor is one of those special gems that hits you out of left field and stays in your head for a long time after. Released in the beginning of March, this album takes two completely different genres and expertly mixes them together to create a remarkably special sound....

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Prior to releasing his debut project, Steve Lacy’s Demo – EP, multi-instrumentalist of the R&B band, The Internet, Steve Lacy tweeted: “I dare you to listen to a new artist without comparing them to someone.” Well, Steve, I tried, but when you’re a rising artist that happens to have some similarities with excellent artists (especially one in particular), I can’t help but make at least a couple...

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CD Review: Home of the Strange by Young the Giant Julia Battagliese Young the Giant is best known for their songs “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” from their earlier self-titled album released in 2011. That album had a very laid-back vibe that could best be described as having a semi-upbeat feel with a twinge of melancholy. This is where Young the Giant began to make a name for themselves and though those two songs provided a platform for...

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2016 has been a hot pile of garbage. However, out of the dregs of this nightmare have come some of the best albums to date. While trends in the industry are volatile and seem to change arbitrarily, at any time; this year has brought about what feels like some of the most honest music in years. Some albums from this year featured a more stripped down minimal instrumentation, while others took advantage of experimenting with elements of...

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