The Epitaph

‘After Hours’ illustrates The Weeknd’s past, present

Tesfaye reveals his inner conflicts through a dark, yet beautiful album.

By Miya Liu

April 18, 2020

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, released his album “After Hours” on March 20. The album features his famous falsetto-filled melodies with strong synthesizer quality, accompanied by echoes of voices and retro sound effects — like space lasers and police sirens. The Wee...

Hot Mulligan touches on sexual assault, break ups, loneliness in new album

“you’ll be fine” is a musical masterpiece

By Jane Park

March 18, 2020

Recently, Spotify’s algorithm has recommended me to listen to bands like The Story So Far, The Wonder Years and Hot Mulligan. From there, I was hooked on to the variety of pop punk available that I had no idea existed.  Hot Mulligan really stood out to me  because of their weird band name, along with...

Adoring ‘Fine Line’

With ‘Fine Line,’ Harry Styles brings the 80s back to your ears.

By Anika Karody

January 2, 2020

The wait is over. Harry Styles’ new album has finally arrived, and I’m loving it. Having been a fan of his music since his debut with One Direction, I was very excited and anxious to see what this album would bring, especially because he hasn’t released any music for the past two years. ‘Fine...

Soundtrack to my life: the irreplaceable meaning of music

By Andrea Sun

December 18, 2019

I remember the first time I ever associated a song with a relationship: “For Good” from “Wicked.” My younger brother sung it for his elementary school performance and he walked around the house, belting the tune every day. One line reminded me of a friend that always seemed to be pushing and pull...

Lil Pump’s ‘Harverd Dropout’ is fun, bouncy and oddly tongue-in-cheek

By Patrick Yu

April 25, 2019

Lil Pump, who has never been a particularly minimalistic rapper, has just followed up his self-titled debut with his sophomore album, “Harverd Dropout.” The album’s name is a cheeky reference to the rumour (joke) that Pump attended Harvard, only to drop out to save the rap industry. The rumour...

H.E.R Concert Photo Gallery

H.E.R Concert Photo Gallery

By Harley Anderson

February 7, 2019

Bay Area natives H.E.R. closed off her first American tour in San Francisco a week after being announced for 5 Grammy nominations.

A brief inquiry into The 1975’s latest album

The English band released their third album, filled with content reflecting on social media in our generation 
Photo courtesy of The 1975.

By Gianella Ordonez

December 14, 2018

A  lot has happened in the two years since The 1975 released their second album “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” in 2016. Not just in the world, but in frontman Matt Healy’s hectic life in the spotlight. From politics and controversial celebrities s...

Mumford and sons score third No. 1 album

 ‘Delta’ stuns fans with new and different tone

By Laurel Schmidt

December 4, 2018

A fter three years of waiting, Mumford and Sons has finally come out with their fourth studio album. “Delta” brings alternative rock back to the top of the charts, reaching number one on Billboard’s top 200. This album is a sharp change from their previous EP feature, Johannesburg, which featur...

5 Seconds of Summer looked so perfect

By Nicole Fuller and Kate Gabrielson

October 28, 2018

"B oy band.” The words alone are enough to send shivers down my spine, conjuring images of screaming pre-teen girls and mediocre-looking white boys singing about love and heartbreak. So you can imagine my apprehension to attend one of these concerts, and for 5 Seconds of Summer no less, a band whose ...

Troye Sivan makes another album bloom

Troye Sivan hides lyrics relating to his personal growth throughout the album in connection to its name, “Bloom.” Photo courtesy of iTunes.

By Hana Baig

September 7, 2018

After his first album debut of “Blue Neighborhood” in 2015, Australian artist Troye Sivan released the highly anticipated second album, “Bloom,” this year, returning with his unique sound of slow, emotional modern pop. As a part of the LGBT community, Sivan started off his music career with hi...

The ‘Old’ Weeknd is back

The mysterious R&B singer produces new album that resembles the dark, sensual sound of his older albums Trilogy and Beauty Behind the Madness. Photo courtesy of iTunes.

By Batool Al-Jabiry

April 12, 2018

The enigmatic R&B singer Abel Tesfaye, or more popularly known as The Weeknd, is notorious for producing songs that have an alluring, soft and sensual sound. His songs carry an abundance of references to sex, drugs and other NSFW topics. He’s also popular for showing a reserved and mysteriou...

Cardi B does it for the culture

By Gianella Ordoñez

April 12, 2018

L ess than a year after her rise to rap stardom with single, “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B, the Bronx MC, released her debut album,  “Invasion of Privacy.” When she announced her album release date my excitement and anticipation for the album was unbearable. I remember listening to the first two singles “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 savage. B...