Hidden Gem Reviews: Rod’s Place & The Session Room

Hidden Gem Reviews: Rod’s Place & The Session Room

By Joe Ramey Whether you’re looking for a snack or a sit down meal that doesn’t bust your budget, Rod’s Diner in Ann Arbor is the place for you. Highly recommended by students and Ann Arbor natives, Rod’s diner is a place to hang with friends and have a variety of different foods. For our visit, we tried what is widely known as “Bipimbob” or the most notable entrée on the menu. This dish was a plethora of oriental goodness, with its rice base being accompanied by a variety of…

Hidden Gems: Pieology & KouZina

Hidden Gems: Pieology & KouZina

By Jedidiah Howell and Caden Koenig Subway, when it first started, became a pioneer for food service when we recognized its impact on ordering food. Subway set the bar for sandwiches, and now we see new people pushing that bar higher. In search of restaurants with a similar serving style, we headed to downtown Ann Arbor. This brought us to Pieology and KouZina. Pieology Only hearing about this new pizza place made us curious to how it would work with having a subway style order. Worries arose such as how…

Music Review: Rachael Yamagata’s “Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart”

Music Review: Rachael Yamagata’s “Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart”

By Kate Montero Special for The Squall Rachael Yamagata released her first album Happenstance in 2004, on RCA Victor. It took her a total of two years to finally release a two disc masterpiece, Elephants… Teeth Sinking into Heart, because of a conflict with the label. She released Elephants… Teeth Sinking Into Heart in 2008 with Warner Bros. Record. Previously stated, the album is separated into two discs, each contrasting the other significantly. The first disc, Elephants, has a dark, haunting and intimate tone. Starting off the disc is the actual…

Music Review: Rihanna’s “Anti”

Music Review: Rihanna’s “Anti”

By Lisa Zuiderveen Special for The Squall Rihanna released her eighth studio album Anti on January 28, 2016. The album starts off well with “Consideration (feat. SZA).” The song has a very good beat and is entertaining. SZA also helps to create some diversity in the song other than just Rihanna singing. Overall, this was my favorite song on the album and the one with the best sound.   Many have heard her song “Work,” track No. 5, and can’t seem to get it out of their heads because of the repetition….

Music Review: Justin Bieber’s “Purpose”

Music Review: Justin Bieber’s “Purpose”

By Courtney Fiegel Special for The Squall Pop sensation Justin Bieber, known for his most recent poor decisions, released his eleventh album since his first album, My World, was released in 2009.  Bieber needed an unforgettable comeback from his unacceptable behavior to redeem himself after the confiscation of his pet monkey in Munich, a DUI in 2014, and a brothel visit in Rio de Janeiro.   Purpose was made available for purchase on November 13, 2015. Purpose is an album that consists of music that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard…

Music Review: Selena Gomez’s “Revival”

Music Review: Selena Gomez’s “Revival”

By Kelsey Crosby Special for The Squall In Gomez’s new album Revival she starts it off with the song “Revival” talking about how she’s breaking away from her old life in search for something better. Selena’s first line is, “I dive into the future, But I’m blinded by the sun, I’m reborn in every moment, So who knows what I’ll become.” Selena has a variety of music in her album from slow, calm music like “Nobody“ to more upbeat and fast songs such as “Me & the Rhythm.” Gomez pours her…

Music Review: Coldplay’s “A Head Full Of Dreams”

Music Review: Coldplay’s “A Head Full Of Dreams”

By Owen Wesorick Special for The Squall When I first listened to the album A Head Full of Dreams, it confused me, because somehow, Coldplay managed to span an entirety of different moods in their music, including upbeat, sad, and everywhere in between; yet every single song managed to sound exactly the same. That said, there was a definite difference in quality between several songs on the album. Some songs, such as “Hymn For The Weekend”, were actually really good. They included unique background beats and synth parts, which allowed for…

Music Review: Fall Out Boy’s “American Beauty/American Psycho”

Music Review: Fall Out Boy’s “American Beauty/American Psycho”

A pop punk side project makes their way into the spotlight. By Steven Li Special for The Squall Formed in a little village of Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Fall Out Boy made their way into our radios with their pop rock music. Rooting from Chicago’s hardcore punk scene, bassist Pete Wentz and guitarist Joe Trohman formed this band as a pop punk side project. Vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump and drummer Andy Hurley would join the band later. This four man group hit the stage with their first…

Music Review: Tungevaag & Raaban’s “Russian Roulette”

Music Review: Tungevaag & Raaban’s “Russian Roulette”

By Jenniina Kortesalmi Special for The Squall Tungevaag & Raaban is Scandinavian dance music producer duo. It consist of two DJ/producers, Swedish Robbin Söderlund and Norwegian Martin Tungevaag. This is their first album together but separately they both have produced albums before at the same Electronic Dance Music genre. They became a duo and started to produce music together in 2015. Besides Tungevaag & Raaban, Charlie Who? was working with them to produce this album. Russian Roulette was released on November 27, 2015. The album consist only of four songs: “Russian Roulette,”…

Music Review: Beyonce’s “4”

Music Review: Beyonce’s “4”

By Maddie Wright Special for The Squall In Beyoncé’s album 4 there are a variety of mature hit songs that express love in relationships that will make an impact on you to last a lifetime. Beyoncé is a powerful artists that has an interesting  a way to communicate and relate to many situations in her life that her listers are can relate to. Her songs in 4 are never a boring listen and never run short on making you want to listen more. Beyoncé is aiming for something challenging with…