Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:49pm

As I first listen to Here Comes the Cowboy, I am driving from Jackson, Wyoming, to Yellowstone National Park via Grand Teton National Park. It’s 5:30 a.m., and this album just makes sense. With a title like Here Comes the Cowboy, it’s hard to deny it’s Western influences. The West is a lonely place; it’s harsh, desolate and crushingly beautiful. Each song, with titles like “Finally Alone” and “Skyless Moon,” expresses the inner thoughts of someone who is utterly alone, like a cowboy roaming an open plain.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 9:15pm
Warner Music Nashville

Pulling up to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, there was no question Hunter Hayes was in town. A long line of fans in flannel and cowboy boots wrapped around the block, anxiously waiting to see the country music star hit the stage again for the first time in years.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:32pm
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In the three years following the release of Blank Face, ScHoolboy Q was quiet. However, he had a lot going for him. He was predominantly featured on The Championship Tour by TDE, in which his entire label toured the country and put on an afternoon-long show similar to a summer festival. He supposedly wrote and completed three albums in that time, but felt that none were up to snuff.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:19pm

After releasing her ruthless, heavy-hitting 2018 album Nasty, Rico Nasty seemed ready to burst from the underground and dominate the mainstream. Her collaborations with Kenny Beats, the underground hip-hop producer du jour, have been nothing shy of sensational, particularly when they involved flipping a classic sample or reworking a legendary beat. Take her song “Countin’ Up,” for example.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 4:56pm
Glassnote Entertainment Group

Here, at least, this writer can immortalize the songs and memory of Jade Bird as she requests –– in unworthy words that can only beg redemption by their bone-deep sincerity.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 4:18pm
Nelsonville Music Festival

Their music, which can sometimes feel heavy, thick and buried, was instead crystal clear and feather-light. In an age where streaming reigns supreme, Darlingside is at their best when performing live.

Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 4:12pm
RCA Records

While the album provides all the elements we enjoyed in Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage The Elephant let fans down by straying from experimentation and falling for monotony.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:56pm
Broken Social Scene

For such a short project — 17 minutes in total — there are high highs and low lows on Vol. 2.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:54pm
A$AP Ferg performs as part of SpringFest in Hill Auditorium Tuesday.

When the lights were turned on at the end, a quick glance around left me questioning the heavy use of the n-word throughout the concert by the audience during the refrain of “Plain Jane” given the obvious demographic tilt.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:51pm
Anderson .Paak

Ventura stands in such stark contrast to Oxnard that it’s almost surprising the same man created both of them.