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Andrew Phelps

Andrew Phelps is an alumnus of UW-River Falls.

May 7, 2010

Canadian group produces a variety of albums

The Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers seem to have the incredible knack for exploring new musical avenues, always crafting and reworking a mix of bouncy melodies and quirky hooks so that no album sounds exactly the same as their last. “Together,” the band’s fifth installment, is filled with psychedelic riffs, topsyturvy piano and all-around, multi-instrumentalist […]

April 30, 2010

Wainwright exposes listeners to an introspective, personal view of his life

The career of Rufus Wainwright has been filled with peaks and valleys, an incredible talent lauded by critics yet scarred from relations with his famous parents. He’s blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime voice, and some of his peers have described him as one of the greatest singers of his generation (Martin Scorsese referred to him as […]

April 23, 2010

Gucci’s materialistic lyrics paint a life of luxury

Despite the minor fact that rapper Gucci Mane is currently incarcerated, he’s still releasing densely-packed mixtapes at a prodigious rate, the latest entitled “The Burrprint (2)”.

April 9, 2010

Sports fan continues hateful rant against popular fads, athletes

Since there is simply too much hate to go around in the sports world to be confined to 500 words, I proudly present part two of my Student Voice Player Hater’s Ball. I hate that its become fashionable to wear hideous looking Yankee hats even if you’re not a fan of their team. And what […]

April 1, 2010

Sports fan expresses hate

Since I usually write the weekly music reviews, many of you may not know that I’m an avid and loyal viewer of a number of sports. I am also a giant hater, ergo the focus of this column. Thus, I have assembled a small collection of my personally mostdespised sports figures – a Student Voice […]

March 26, 2010

New Gorillaz album features ‘pop’ music with substance

The first image that comes to mind when one thinks of the Gorillaz is, of course, the cartoon characters. The animated foursome of 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs have appeared in video games, toured across the globe and even performed at the Grammy’s alongside a gyrating Madonna.

March 12, 2010

American VI tributes Cash’s final days

American legend Johnny Cash spent the final years of his life working closely with producer Rick Rubin, and the product of these studio hours are still yielding authentic results. The vast library of posthumous albums—from Tupac Shakur to Elvis Presley—is littered with skeletal wreckage bearing no fingerprints of true artistry, yet the latest in his […]

March 5, 2010

‘Queen’ Yu-na highlights Olympics with medal-winning performance

“The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that’s wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us,” composer John Williams once said. This statement certainly rings true for the recently concluded Vancouver games. Although the tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili […]

February 19, 2010

Bailey Rae’s new album comes packed with emotion

In contrast to her first massively successful, self-titled LP (the forty-ninth best-selling album of the 2000s), British Soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae’s sophomore effort is tinted with strong shades of melancholy and pain.

February 11, 2010

Rapper’s attempt at rock fails

For the past decade or so, there have been two distinctly different categories of what critics and fans deem “bad music.” Falling into the first category are songs and albums that make no effort to take themselves seriously. The second category is filled with inevitable disappointments from massively overrated performers decades past their prime, and, […]

February 5, 2010

The best albums of 2009

As we find ourselves entering a new decade, it might serve us well to first take one last look back at the highlights of 2009, as there are a number of wideranging musical highlights full of genius and innovation worth both high critical praise and repeat listens. “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”—Phoenix: Fastpaced and filled from start […]

November 19, 2009

50 Cent converts into commercialized flop

There’s no denying that in the past decade, rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson III) has evolved from the street-hardened thug who famously declared, “I been hit with a few shells, but I don’t walk with a limp” in “In Da Club,” which quickly became an immortalized part of popular hip-hop and to this day remains […]