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Zayn reaches for a new identity

Zayn Mailk, a former member of this generation’s most iconic boy band One Direction, recalls all the typical traits of a former Disney star. Widely recognized and branded, exploited tirelessly by the music industry, handsome and generally inoffensive, Zayn was, for a time, the face of teen pop. Now, in pursuit of a solo career,…

On ‘Shirley,’ an old soul says goodbye

“Shirley [1942-2016]” is a heartfelt eulogy, delivered without words but with plenty of soul. The instrumental EP is a tribute from Chris Russ ‘15, also known as faruhdey of the Outsiders, to his late grandmother, Mrs. Shirley Russ. Crafted in the weeks just before and after her passing, the project spins wistful soul samples with…

Is it human to adore ‘Adore Life’? Hell yes.

Savages leap right out the door on their sophomore LP “Adore Life” with the opening track “The Answer.” Barreling, crunchy guitar and the repeated, desperate refrain of “If you don’t love me, don’t love anybody” announces the post-punk ensemble’s follow-up to their excellent debut “Silence Yourself.” Vocalist Camille Berthomier’s ostensible resolution of “love is the…

‘This is Acting,’ a Top-40 tour de force for Sia

“I’ll tell you what you want to hear,” Sia promises on “Unstoppable.” The Australian-born songstress (full name: Sia Furler) has written for Beyonce (“Pretty Hurts”), Rihanna (“Diamonds”), and Britney Spears (“Perfume”), to name just a few. She’s a pop queenmaker, and for good reason. Her original rendition of “Let Me Love You” (later popularized by…