Saddle up, C-U kiddies. 2015 is already shaping up to possibly eclipse the preceding year in terms of stellar releases, and the meat on this week’s Roundtable is no exception. Here’s what we’re grooving to after the beginning of a new semester.

Sleater-Kinney

In celebration of Sleater-Kinney’s latest album, I took it upon myself to return to some of their older entries. “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone” off of 1996’s Call the Doctor is, in my opinion, one of the band’s greatest songs to date. Here, they take on the bravado and aggression that’s characteristic of many classic rock and roll frontmen. The song’s chorus, which features an intense vocal back-and-forth between Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, is rife with a contagious energy – an energy that set Sleater-Kinney apart from their contemporaries. – Christine Pallon

Lupe Fiasco

After much anticipation, Lupe Fiasco’s newest album Tetsuo & Youth has finally been revealed. Lupe has always taken his rap game seriously and doesn’t focus on the material things in life that often bog down much of the genre. He’s always had a voice when it comes to matters of the world and it comes across in his music. Throughout his career, Lupe has managed to experiment and dabble in multiple genres and ways of producing his music. Making an appearance in one of my favorite tracks off the album, “They. Resurrect. Over. Now” is Ab-soul, a fine member of the hip-hop group Black Hippy. Indeed, a great collaborative choice based off of Soul’s exceptional verse. After I took a listen, I immediately remembered why I’ve always loved Lupe and his work. – Kailey Helgesen

Father John Misty

Father John Misty released his single to his new album, “Bored in the USA” in November of last year to prepare the world for his album out Febuary 10th. While definitely odd, the single isn’t haunting, and what is most evident is the staying power of J. Tillman’s voice and the depth he provides along with it. Accompanied by what seems to be a full orchestra who also laugh along to his lyrics, the song could easily be the soundtrack to end a retrospective movie. As much as the song faintly creeps me out, it is an intriguing wonder, leaving suspense for his album release. – Lizzie Porter

Dave Longstreth

Before formally creating Dirty Projectors, front man Dave Longstreth produced music largely on his own, eventually releasing his debut, The Graceful Fallen Mango. Although some may disagree, I believe this album is Longstreth’s best to date—an outstanding feat considering the high quality of all subsequent Dirty Projector releases. Without harping on it for too long, it’s a lo-fi masterpiece. – Elias J. Tracy

Björk

The unexpected Björk release put me in a Bjork kind of mood. “Possibly Maybe” has been put relentlessly on repeat for the past few days. The track off of the 1995 album Post features a repeated haunting synth riff coated with hopeful lyrics. The ambiguous key, something Björk has mastered, creates a contemplative mood that’s leaving me with a peculiar excitement (or maybe it is the “possibly maybe” that has been repeated throughout the song). – Madeline Marsan

Tin Sparrow

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If you’re in the mood for some folk pop out of Sydney, Australia, look no further than Tin Sparrow. The only problem is the band has too few songs to enjoy so I find myself listening to the same ones over and over again. – Jess Gonzalez

Panda Bear

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Animal collective had a certain indescribable characteristic to their repetitive electronic sounds that was beyond captivating. After recently getting into the solo work Animal Collective’s previous member Panda Bear, I rediscovered that captivating sound. “Tropic of Cancer” restates the album’s fixation with death, starting out with a few synthesized horns to set the stage for this graceful ballad of harp arpeggios and broken time. – Westley Banks

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Christine Pallon
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It's Christine, your new buzz Editor! I'm a sophomore majoring in Global Studies and French. I'll be editing buzz until I leave to study abroad in Paris this August, but I'll probably keep writing while I'm abroad, so you'll never be able to escape me. Comments/questions/concerns/rare pepes? Send them over to pallon2@illinimedia.com.

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