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'is is'

CD BY: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

RELEASED: July 24

MY THOUGHTS: With the release of their new EP, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have cemented their place as one of the best garage rock bands in the U.S.

The catchy pop that dominated their 2006 release, Show Your Bones, is gone. The fast-paced, hard-edged rock that made them famous is back. It is as if the Yeah Yeah Yeahs crammed as much concussive rock into the short 20 minutes of the EP as possible.

The result is a masterpiece. All of the tracks hold their own. Down Boy and 10x10 are standouts.

GRADE: A

- Stefan O'Kula

'homeboyz'

BOOK BY: Alan Lawrence Sitomer

RELEASED: April

MY THOUGHTS: Mr. Sitomer did a good job putting this book together. I learned a lot from its urban/crime and mystery/drama themes. Anyone from any cultural background could finish this book and live by a totally different standard. One lesson: Revenge might be sweet, but the path to it can be bitter.

THE VERDICT: I recommend this book for any teen.

GRADE: A

- Jay Butler

'this was supposed to be the future'

CD BY: The Nextmen

RELEASED: Sept. 4

MY THOUGHTS: I thought that this was going to be one of those bands with a really cool album cover but lacking in the music department.

Listening to the opening of the first song, Let It Roll, I felt I proved myself right, but then I decided to give the song a few more seconds. Come to find out, the song wasn't all that horrible. Not only was the song great, but the whole CD is, too.

Each song has its own personality, mixing genres such as soul, hip-hop, reggae, and jazz.

THE VERDICT: This album will ensure you a good time and not let you be affected by those party poopers who'd rather not shake it.

But I warn you: It can have you subconsciously making funny faces as you bob your head profoundly in pointless directions and dance to the music. At least, that's what happened to me.

GRADE: A

- Jennifer Glass


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