Japandroids have toned down their in-your-face, fast tempo rock tracks while keeping their emotional intensity. They've found subtle ways to continue to make music that demands attention in their evolving style, one that isn’t overtly positive or loud, but always hints at hope.
A friend of mine aptly described “La La Land” as a film by someone who purely, absolutely loves film. It’s tone is starry-eyed and stunned, even at its most devastating. The same should be said of the soundtrack and the score.
It’s been a minute since a New Yorker reigned as the hottest rapper. Without counting Jay-Z’s post-retirement victory laps, it’s probably been more than a decade. The Big Apple, the birthplace of hip-hop, was long-considered rap’s pinnacle city.