The 1975 proved with the release of their 3rd Album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships , that their music is evolving while still contemplating the modern cultural pressures around them.
The band kicked off their tour in March and landed in Las Vegas April 16, 2019. If you know anything about concert crowds in Las Vegas, you should know that they come with high expectations. With the city expanding and yearly Life is Beautiful festival, locals are accustomed to seeing talent that is as small as a garageband startup to some of the biggest names in the industry.
The band provides an experience that encourages fans to sing, dance, and jump around throughout the show, but make no mistake. The 1975 have strong opinions woven throughout their music on human rights, internet identity, and the fundamental components of relationships.
Lyrically, The 1975 have never shied away from controversy or talking about their beliefs. The band performed songs from their most recent album, including “Love it if we Made it” and “Give yourself a try”. “Love it if we Made it” takes on societal issues lyrically such as police brutality, religion, and the politics of telling the truth. “Give Yourself a Try” challenges listeners to step away from the black hole that is social media and societal peer pressures and find who you really are and what you stand for as a person.
Frontman Matty Healy is known to be a performer. He would jump around on stage, purposefully dance in front of the cameras, interact with the audience as much as security could allow, and communicated intermediately with his bandmates.
The band would play several upbeat, loud songs with high energy before coming down for a slower track, then building the energy back up again.
Overall, The 1975 provide a concert worth going to. If you are a local, you are probably overwhelmed with the various artists coming though. It can be hard to decide what makes a concert worth going to. If you like indie rock music, provocative lyrics, and are looking to have a good time, The 1975 are worth checking out.
If you look up Wiz Khalifa on Spotify, his number one song is See You Again, which he released all the way back in 2015. Everybody knows who the rapper is, but most of his music hasn’t been wildly successful. (We aren’t counting his features here).
Let’s be clear though. I’m not saying Wiz Khalifa isn’t talented. He’s an artist with a lot of potential. His voice on a track is always effortless and sounds like it belongs, unlike other certain rapper features where it is easy to tell they were put on the track only for it to gain attention.
Despite his talent, Khalifa’s most recent (and spontaneous) release, Fly Times, Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young, still felt as though there was something to be desired. There is more of a consistent sound on Fly Times, something that his previous albums have lacked. Although there is clear growth in consistency, that doesn’t mean his music will suddenly be in your daily drive to work rotation.
Khalifa has never been one to go out of his way with deep, insightful lyrics, so it’s okay that we don’t hear them here. It’s not really what we are looking for. If anything, this album embodies the spirit of spontaneity that went with dropping it. In true fashion, Wiz Khalifa surprised fans by dropping this album on 4/20.
Most people can remember the infamous video, “How to Roll a Perfect Joint with Wiz Khalifa”, so it’s perfectly on brand for him to release his album on 4/20.
Arguably, the best track on the record is Khalifa’s collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, Bacc to Winning. The collab is to be expected (the two have worked together many times before), yet is satisfying for the listener to hear because the two always deliver when together.
If looking for a silver lining on this record, it would have to be the production. The beats are smooth and quick, nothing too heavy hitting or experimental.
There is always room for change and growth in music, and some of us are still waiting to see if the famed Pittsburg rapper can rise above mediocre lyrics and beats.
In this months episode, we discuss the latest releases in the month of March. We dive into the newest release of 2 Chainz, Gunna, Juice world, and more.
Check out some of our top songs for the month of March on our Spotify playlist.
The Irish songwriter, Andrew Hozier-Byrne devotes much if not all
his second album, “Wasteland, Baby!” Throughout the first song, “Nina Cried
Power,” he gives a shout out to not only artists, but all-time greats like Nina
Simone, Billie Holiday, John Lennon, James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Mavis Staples,
Patti Smith, Marvin Gaye, etc. He does
this to prove that you do not have to live in hopelessness. Anyone can make a
He then gets our attention with a catchy toon called “Almost
(Sweet Music),” which is a fan favorite. As he is telling his story during this
song, it almost seems as though it is real life. Any person listening will be
able to picture and relate to everything he is saying.
It is safe to say that Hozier did not disappoint, which is why
he received his first #1 album. His unique, church-like, powerful voice goes
perfectly on his third track on the album “movement.” This song is very sensual
allowing the listening no choice but to listen to his words. Hozier takes us on
a journey with the stories he tells. It is said that he wrote “Wasteland, Baby!”
after reading how threats of nuclear war caused the Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists to move our doomsday clock ahead 30 seconds.
With the other two members of the Migos group (Quavo and Takeoff) already having released solo albums, fans were excited to see what Offset’s project could offer.
Father of 4 was promised to be more content and less “bubblegum rap”…but did Offset really deliver?
On the title track, Offset delivers on his promise to provide content. He openly raps about his children, something he has admitted to purposefully keeping out of the media. He even reveals to his daughter, Kalia, “I missed the first years of your life, I’m sorry. Tell the truth, I ain’t really know if I was your father”.
Seeing this honest side of the successful rapper was great to see, especially on the intro to his solo project. He delivered with humility and self reflection that is rare to see in a world full of FOMO and “instagram reality”.
The album continues with impressive features such as J. Cole, Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Cardi B. Despite all this, at times throughout the album, you can’t help but wonder if Offset has the skill to carry an album alone. His lack of shift in tonality on tracks like How Did I Get Here (feat. J. Cole) and Tats on my Face, make the songs fall flat.
The beats on both songs are dark and heavy hitting- something that wasn’t expected from the rapper. The production level is on point. J. Cole’s feature on How Did I Get Here seems to breathe life back into the track, but Offset should be meeting him with that same energy.
The theme throughout the album is self reflection. Offset tires to cover a wide range of his life. He starts with being a father as a teenager, to being sent to jail, to his infidelity as a celebrity. This conversational, confessional style of music has something to be said for it. Offset wanted to provide fans with an insight into not only his life, but his own struggles and insecurities.
Although at times, this concept falls flat and the tracks feel more scripted, all are honest acknowledgements from Offset about mistakes he has made and the life he leads. His apology to Cardi B for cheating and trying to keep his family together on the track, Don’t Lose Me, leaves the listener wanting more than a play by play of what happened, and more of a revealing emotional response.
Father of 4 may not be the open revelation that fans were hoping for, but Offset provided on tracks with beats that were different to his usual production style with Migos, and gave fans hope that he could continue to rap more about serious topics and continue to grow as an artist.
We’re super stoked about performers who’ll be playing REBfest 2019 on March 12th at the UNLV Student Union. Check out some of their music on this Spotify playlist.
Check out some of our top songs for the month of February on our Spotify playlist.