Shannon Sullivan

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Shannon is a senior business administration and marketing major that enjoys blaring music at far too loud a volume and spending unreasonable amounts of money on concert tickets. She plans to follow her passion for music by pursuing a career in the music industry, hoping to one day become an A&R executive.

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Young the Giant had quite a bit of commercial success with the song “Cough Syrup” off their debut album, and while their sophomore disc, Mind Over Matter, may be lacking in the radio hit department, it is a solid album that shows growth for the band.

Starting off with the space age sounding instrumental piece “Slow Drive,” the album quickly launches into “Anagram.” While lyrically strong, the song loses its edge due to lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s mumbled vocals. After about the three-minute mark of the five-minute song, I was ready to head on to the next one.

Any lack of faith is restored as the album heads into “Crystallized.” Both lyrically and musically strong, the catchy tune is definitely a head bobber and one of the clear standouts from the album.

Broken Bells were an alternative radio hit with their self-titled debut album, but could their sophomore disc live up to the hype?

The duo made up of Danger Mouse (Brian Burton,) and James Mercer, the lead singer of the The Shins, looked to do just that when they released their second full length album this month, the interestingly titled After the Disco, released on January 14.

The title of Broken Bells latest record may be After the Disco, but the album ironically evokes almost Bee Gees-esque vocals throughout.

Kicking off with the track “Perfect World,” the duo jumps right in with thought provoking lyrics “I’ve got nothing left. It’s kind of wonderful, ‘cause there’s nothing they can take away,” all while keeping your head bobbing and leg thumping.

When word got out that Jake Bugg would be releasing his second album in as many years, critics were quick to jump on the now 19-year-old musician, calling Bugg a victim of sophomore slump without having heard a single track. Bugg, often branded as the next Bob Dylan, had tremendous success with his first album, topping charts all over Europe and racking up awards every way he turned. Would he be able to keep it up?