BSR Beats: Listen to Kanye’s new album

Justin Graci, BSR General Manager

Having one of those days where you can’t decide what to listen to? Craving music from new artists in 2016? Black Squirrel Radio has you covered on what’s cool and what’s coming out soon.

Kanye West, “Ultra Light Beam” (The Life of Pablo)

The intro track on Kanye West’s long-awaited new album “The Life of Pablo” is stunning to say the least. It kicks off the album, shows the amazing production, includes one of the best verses on the record from Chance The Rapper and foreshadows the listener’s overall experience. Kanye’s media attention might be negative at the moment for obvious reasons, but this album is a musical winner.

Pinegrove, “Old Friends” (Cardinal)

Pinegrove signed to Run For Cover Records last year with absolutely no hype surrounding them at all. Fast forward four months, and it’s hard to go a single day on the Internet without hearing about them. With a recent 8/10 on Pitchfork, an online music magazine, and an incredible spring tour with bands Into It. Over It. and The Sidekicks, I would definitely say this is Pinegrove’s year.

Milk Teeth, “Brainfood” (Vile Child)

It’s no surprise that Milk Teeth’s debut full length album “Vile Child” is amazing. Milk Teeth mixes alternative and grunge sounds, very reminiscent of Nirvana, Courtney Love and other ‘90s music, to an audience that is currently loving bands like Title Fight and Citizen. The band is coming to the U.S. for the first time this spring, and I would definitely try to attend a concert of theirs.

Pup, “DVP” (The Dream Is Over)

Pup announced its new album “The Dream Is Over” would be coming out this spring, but an unknown release date is killing the punk community. Pup came on the scene in 2014 and stunned everyone with its self-titled debut. These guys are the most likable band in the genre, and they will probably end up releasing the best album this year.

The 1975, “Love Me” (I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It)

The 1975 were the breakthrough band of 2013, and whether you heard them that year or not, there will be no escaping the band this year. With the release of their second album (coming next week), The 1975 is bound for radio and festival success this summer. Providing the perfect mix of pop, alternative and atmospheric music, The 1975 has a song for everything. 

The Starting Line, “Anyways” (Anyways EP)

The Starting Line released its first song in eight years December 2015. The band announced a three-song EP followed by the release of its first single to fans who have been craving new music for what felt like forever. “Anyways” is the logical progression forward for the band and is only a glimpse of what will hopefully be a year of touring and a new album from the New Jersey pop-punk band.

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