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25 breaks the charts and your heart

Andrew Avilla, TSV Photographer

December 2, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

Adele is four years older than she was during the release of “21," and she is continuing her theme of heartbreak in her new much-anticipated album “25." This album reminisces Adele’s past relationships with her saying, “I’m sorry I let you go,” rather than the “whatever, don’t need you” lens of her past albums....

Adele says ‘Hello’ after a long hiatus

Andrew Avilla, TSV Photographer

November 6, 2015

Filed under Music, Reviews

After almost five long years of waiting for an album release, British singer and songwriter Adele released her single, “Hello,” from her upcoming album, "25", due for release on Nov. 20. Adele is known for her heart wrenching soul music consisting mainly of her singing over a piano. Adele’s voice has a sweeping range...

The old is good as new

Haley Holmes, TSV Chief Copy Editor

October 31, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Bay Area was greeted by the sound of roaring engines as famed British heavy metal band Judas Priest rode into the The Warfield Theatre on their North American Redeemer of Souls Tour this year. Supported by the progressive metal band Mastodon, the concert was electric from start to finish, and even the...

Hip hop goes back to its old school roots

H. Jacob Sandigo, TSV Staff Writer

October 31, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

The 90's were arguably the greatest era of rap music that spawned many rappers to produce classic two disc albums. The Game has made his comeback using the old school, two disk formats to release his highly anticipated "The Documentary 2," the follow up to "The Documentary," which sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, and was certified...

Coheed and Cambria’s new album is a soft surprise

Haley Holmes, TSV Chief Copy Editor

October 29, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music

On Oct. 16 of this year, famed progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria released their eighth studio album, "The Color Before the Sun." As the band's first non-conceptual album, "The Color Before the Sun" may just be one of the more interesting albums released so far, with undeniably poppy riffs and structure, but with the same...

Psychic Warfare is real

Haley Holmes, TSV Chief Copy Editor

October 9, 2015

Filed under Music, Reviews

The eleventh studio album from famed hard rock band Clutch dropped Friday, Oct. 2, through the band's own studio, Weathermaker Music, welcoming in a new wave of hard rock anthems ready to blast out of your speakers. Set as a loosely tied together concept album revolving around a victim of "psychic warfare," the album comes...

Metric shares wisdom in ‘Pagans in Vegas’

Jeanita Lyman, TSV Editor in Chief

October 7, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

Many artists, especially those with a cult following, suffer a backlash from fans as their name gets bigger and their work evolves. Metric is no exception. Their harsher, grittier, less ambient days are over and their work has become more appealing to the masses with each album. However, despite outcry from indie hipsters, this ...

‘Madvillainy:’ Your Friendly Neighborhood Villain

Christian Magallanes, TSV Staff Writer

September 9, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

Daniel Dumile, better known as his alter ego MF Doom, is an iconic rapper based out of Long Island, New York. With his unique lyrics, addictive flow and funky rhythmic instrumentals, he is someone to truly look out for. Throughout Doom’s albums and the tracks he’s laid down for us, his continuous flow and just the way he...

Nicki Minaj conquers Concord Pavilion

Sarah Marasigan, TSV Focal Point Editor

September 3, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

Anticipation grew for fans waiting as the queen of rap took an extra hour to start her show, chanting her name as they jump to their feet, quickly singing along as soon as the smoke cleared. As a solo artist, Nicki Minaj has steadily risen to prominence as one of the best female rappers in the world. Minaj sold out her very...

Gods & Generals

Haley Holmes, TSV Staff Writer

May 18, 2015

Filed under Focal Point, Music, Reviews

"Gods & Generals," the sophomore release from Swedish power metal ensemble Civil War, hits every point on the power metal checklist, and yet remains overall unremarkable. Formed from four former members of the popular band Sabaton, Civil War started off with plenty of potential. The members had already proved themselves...

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