Avery Heeringa, Columbia College Chicago
The musician returns to their pop-rock roots for an introspective album that finds the artist taking control of their life.
Kirk Chamberlain, Marist College
The band’s new album is rumored to showcase a return to their signature riff-heavy sound, but so far, it sounds like it won’t represent the will of their fanbase.
Joy Young, Chapman University
The pop-rock trio’s enticing sound takes an effervescent stance on feeling your feelings with hard-hitting lyrics and a pop sound.
Anna Barnard, St. Olaf College
The Washington D.C. trio puts catchy piano melodies at the center of their sound, and wears their love of Queen on their sleeves.
Rose Younglove, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
We’re clearly not okay (in a good way).
Nina Dutta, Occidental College
The musician’s accessible tunes belie an artist bent on showcasing a real rock ‘n’ roll energy and confronting gender roles and heteronormativity.
Megan Thompson, Montclair State University
Fans are shocked as the former One Direction singer strips his boy-band identity for a persona that suits his age.
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