Album art courtesy of Capitol/Visionary Records.

Jeffrey Kopp- A&E Editor

I don’t really consider myself to be a big music fan, but this year I foung myself captivated by an up-and-coming artist named Jon Bellion. Several months ago, I downloaded his latest album, “The Human Condition,” and I have listened to it nearly every day. His music transcends genres, with each song feeling completely different than the last. The plethora of different instruments used, combined with Bellion’s voice, make the songs on the album incredibly catchy. I almost always listen to “The Human Condition” while driving, but also on study breaks, as the album has proved to be a great aid for destressing.

Photo by Jorge Royan.

Stephanie Trefzger- Assistant A&E Editor

The thing I discovered this year was organ music. Okay, I knew about it before, but this was the first year I really learned to appreciate it. And how could I not; it’s an instrument literally designed to emulate practically every other instrument. It’s the BOGO deal of the instrument world. Not to mention the ability musicians need to have in order to use the buttons, keyboards and pedals that make the instrument work, all at once. It’s mind boggling. And finally, some of the best composers in history composed for the organ: Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and my personal favorite, Max Reger. I was lucky to have a friend introduce me to the organ and change my life in that way (among others), and I hope I can do the same for someone else.

Photo courtesy of Harvest Records.

Tyler Trudeau- Staff Writer

One of the most memorable bands I discovered this year was the English indie pop group, Glass Animals. Quickly entrancing me with their 2016 album, “How to Be a Human Being,” the intriguing synth-pop-meets-alternative-rock captivated me as they took influence from some of my favorite artists like alt-J, Broken Bells, and Chet Faker. Still at the top of my Spotify playlist, the hit songs “Life Itself” and “Season 2 Episode 3” take me out of all the stress of college and send me down a psychedelic avenue of fantastically-addictive music. I’m still waiting for the chance to see these guys live in concert.

Photo courtesy of Nintendo.

Noah Howell- Staff Writer

As someone who has played and owns every game from “The Legend of Zelda,” I was pretty much sold on “Breath of the Wild” as soon as it was announced as the first open-world entry in the series. Despite that, I was not aboard the hype train until the last trailer was shown at the end of the Nintendo Switch press conference back in January. The trailer hit all the right beats in music, visuals, and at teasing the story for the game, which sent me into a craze for any gameplay or analysis video related to “Breath of the Wild” for the better part of a month. The game’s release perfectly coincided with the start of spring break, so when I wasn’t hanging out with friends from high school, I was playing “Breath of the Wild” pretty much anywhere thanks to the portability of the Switch. It amazes me that a game of its size and incredible detail can even be taken on the go in the first place. Needless to say, “Breath of the Wild” exceeded my expectations and is one that I think every gamer should give a shot at some point in their life.

Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment.

Elissa Miller- Staff Writer

Call it cliche or overrated, but this past year I fell deeply in love with a movie called “La La Land.” I have an unabashed love of musicals, including the classic cinematic ones. I can name phases of my life in which I watched “Hello Dolly” and “Meet Me in St. Louis” on repeat. “La La Land” manages to be both reminiscent of these classics and completely new at the same time. The music and dance numbers are beautiful and catchy; I bought the soundtrack less than twenty-four hours after seeing the film. Not only that, but the movie looks absolutely gorgeous. It might be a little overhyped at this point, but in all honesty, if you haven’t seen “La La Land” yet, you really should. It’ll stay with you for hours after it ends.

Jeffrey Kopp is the Community Editor of the Niner Times. He is a senior double majoring in Communication and Political Science. His interests include writing and keeping up with an excessive amount of television shows. He is also the go-to expert on all things “The Walking Dead."