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Gauntlet Editorial Board: Best albums of 2017

2017 is done. Gone. Buh-bye. We may be kissing another tumultuous year farewell, but the music it brought will stick with us for a long time. Amazing albums arrived for every taste and the Gauntlet’s Editorial Board enjoys a range of tunes. We may not agree on everything, but we all had something we loved…

Remembering Tom Petty, 1950-2017

By Thomas Johnson, October 5 2017 — Tom Petty may have been the most casual of America’s rock icons. His career was mellow in comparison to his contemporaries. Next to Dylan’s generational tides and Springsteen’s Americana heroism, Petty’s suburban narratives seemed almost quaint. While the former two dealt in highways and badlands, Petty concerned himself…

New Music: March Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, April 6 2018 —  YFN Lucci – Ray Ray From Summerhill For a long time, the best parts of YFN Lucci’s career were thanks to collaborations with hard-hitting geniuses like Takeoff and Quavo, with Lucci slinking around verses with a voice as viscous as Newtonian fluid. Ray Ray From Summerhill is YFN…

New Music: Vince Ash

By Thomas Johnson, April 3 2018 —  Grit won’t age but it will refine. Under pressure, coal turns to diamonds, sand to pearls and so on. These past few weeks have been replete with slander against Tupac Shakur, ironically by young rappers whose careers are largely built off of the unrefined realness of the late icon….

Calgary’s Woodhawk is ready to tour beyond the sun

By Thomas Johnson, March 16 2018 — “We’re hitting some new ground,” boasts Mike Baddington, the vocalist and bass player behind Woodhawk, a Calgary desert-rock trio with a future as bright as a red sun. Woodhawk’s sights are set beyond the outer reaches of our known planetary system. The opener to their debut album, 2017’s…

New Music: February Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, March 9 2018 — Roc Marciano – RR2 – The Bitter Dose  Since releasing Marcberg in 2010, Roc Marciano has stealthily carved himself a nook among rap’s elite. He’s a pristine revivalist, one that doesn’t fall into the gimmicks and tropes that saturate the ‘golden age’ that’s looked upon with such reverence,…

New Music: Kodak Black

By Thomas Johnson, March 7 2018 — There’s a reason #FreeKodak never really took off. Kodak Black isn’t even 20 and bolsters a jaw-dropping list of criminal offences. He’s not a role model — he’s an on-again-off-again member of society. Even though his rap sheet is egregious enough to put him among a special echelon…

New Music: January Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, February 9 2018 —  Migos – Culture II Culture II feels more like a playlist than an album, making it an unfitting follow-up to last year’s instant classic. The first Culture was a precise distillation of everything Migos does well. Quavo, Offset and especially Takeoff still perform at a very high level,…

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