Music i’ve enjoyed consuming in 2020

When I was 13 I went to my first arena concert. Justin Bieber’s My World Tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis on June 29, and I recall a lot of the details vividly. I remember where our seats were, what it felt like in the room as we walked in, the pounding of the bass as music flowed from the stage to the crowd, … Continue reading Music i’ve enjoyed consuming in 2020

5SOS releases third album ‘Youngblood’

It’s nearly 12 a.m., and the new 5 Seconds of Summer album Youngblood is finally out. It’s dropped already on the East Coast, so us lucky listeners all across the USA have the complete collection of songs before the day officially turns to June 15. I’m situated with headphones, my Spotify qued up and am prepared to dive in and write a song-by-song first impressions … Continue reading 5SOS releases third album ‘Youngblood’

Charlie Puth returns with second full-length album ‘Voicenotes’

On Friday, May 11, Charlie Puth returned to the music scene with the release of his second full-length album Voicenotes. The album, which was originally set to release in January, got pushed back to last Friday due to Puth’s lack of satisfaction with its completion. To many fans’ delight, the 13 song album is finally here and it was well worth the wait. Voicenotes was fully produced by Puth using Pro Tools … Continue reading Charlie Puth returns with second full-length album ‘Voicenotes’

5 Seconds of Summer plays intimate sold-out gig at Varsity Theater

Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer took the stage in Minnesota for the first time in two years during intimate gig at Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The show was Sunday, April 15, and they played to a sold out captivated crowd. The last time they were here was in 2016 when they played much bigger venue Xcel Energy Center for a packed house … Continue reading 5 Seconds of Summer plays intimate sold-out gig at Varsity Theater

Shawn Mendes returns with new single ‘In My Blood’

SURPRISE! Shawn Mendes is back with new music, and its rocking. It’s been a year since Mendes’ latest single release, and this new song has been longly awaited by many fans. “In My Blood” is the first taste of Mendes’ upcoming third album, which doesn’t yet have a release date, but as Mendes’ has teased on social media–should be soon. The rocky new single has an energy, … Continue reading Shawn Mendes returns with new single ‘In My Blood’

Music Feature Friday: Hillsong Worship ‘Who You Say I Am’

Australian worship band Hillsong Worship has released a new song from their upcoming album There Is More. The song is titled “Who You Say I Am” and was written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan. Fielding is one of the writers behind the recent Grammy award-winning Hillsong song “What A Beautiful Name,” which was co-written with Hillsong’s Brooke Ligertwood. Fielding shared this on Instagram about the song: … Continue reading Music Feature Friday: Hillsong Worship ‘Who You Say I Am’

Music Feature Friday: Jake Miller ‘Silver Lining’

Singer, songwriter and rapper Jake Miller dropped his new album Silver Lining today. Miller, who debuted with a pop-rap style influenced by John Mayer as much as Macklemore, emerged in 2011 with his self-released debut EP, Summer Session. Since then, he’s released multiple EPs and LPs. Silver Lining is his first release since becoming an independent artist and he’s declaring it to be his biggest album yet. With 14 … Continue reading Music Feature Friday: Jake Miller ‘Silver Lining’

Concert calendar: Upcoming shows in the Twin Cities

To also be published in The UNW Examiner. The Twin Cities area is a hot spot for concerts. Many artists and bands are making their way to Minnesota this spring for their upcoming tours. Here is a list of shows by genre that should be on your concert radar. POP/ROCK Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN. The show is … Continue reading Concert calendar: Upcoming shows in the Twin Cities

NF Perception Tour: A review of real music live

Real music. It’s NF’s motto. His slogan. His brand. It’s raw, unapologetic, intense, honest and fierce. Real music is essentially NF, and this NF is Nathan Feuerstein–an American rapper, artist and songwriter who has charted well on both the secular and Christian charts. He’s released three studio albums and his most recent, “Perception,” came out in October 2017. NF is currently on the road for his Perception … Continue reading NF Perception Tour: A review of real music live