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Rapper Drake at his finest with sophomore album

Rapper Drake at his finest with sophomore album

By By Josh Samson, Arts Editor

December 21, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

  In this new age of music, only those who can successfully blend genres to create music that touches every soul can make it in a cut-throat music industry. In two years, rapper Drake has gone from former-Degrassi-star-turned-rapper to the top of the charts with his mix of hard rap lyrics and e...

‘Ever After’ showcases Canadian band’s talent

By By Lauren Price, Staff Writer

December 21, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

Canada has given America many great gifts: maple syrup, ice hockey and a polite attitude. However, between Justin Bieber and Nickelback, the US has not received the greatest musical talent from that country. It is only natural that Americans are dubious of new Canadian Acts. One band that breaks this stereotyp...

Rihanna presents a darker side in ‘Talk That Talk’

Rihanna presents a darker side in ‘Talk That Talk’

By By Lizz Chen, Circulation Manager

December 21, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

  Musical artist Rihanna released her fifth studio album Talk That Talk Nov. 21, only a little over a year after releasing Loud. The new album demonstrates Rihanna’s versatility not only as a performer but also as a pop culture icon.   While Loud featured a predominantly lighter side to Rihanna, i...

‘Pumped up Kicks’ features dark undertones

‘Pumped up Kicks’ features dark undertones

By By: Jamie Lescht, Public Relations

November 22, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

Every day the most popular radio stations blast Foster the People’s new song "Pumped Up Kicks." The song’s happy and catchy tune fills listener’s minds making it impossible to not sing along. Little do they know that they’re actually singing about a student being bullied to the point of brin...

Coldplay returns with mixed-genre fifth album

Coldplay returns with mixed-genre fifth album

By By: Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

November 22, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

The internationally-acclaimed rock band Coldplay is back from the recording studio with a hot new take on the famously mellow yet addictive music style they have come to call their own. The band artfully created fourteen tracks for their Oct. 24 album, giving it a peculiar name—Mylo Xyloto. Accordin...

Wale shows growth with ‘Ambition,’ lacks heart

Wale shows growth with ‘Ambition,’ lacks heart

By By: Josh Samson, Arts Editor

November 22, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

Since his independent debut two years ago, D.C. rapper Wale has been working hard to win over the ears and hearts of hip-hop’s new generation of listeners. After signing with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in February 2011, the "Nike Boots" rapper landed in the national spotlight, and many fans were...

Spotify poses challenge to iTunes as top music app

Spotify poses challenge to iTunes as top music app

By By: Elizabeth Campbell, Sports Production Editor

November 22, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

"Hello America. Spotify here." Spotify is a British music provider that offers customers access to millions of songs, ranging from Mumford and Sons to Pokémon, and it has come to America. Spotify allows users to listen to music without buffering and without having to purchase each individual song. "It’s...

No ordinary life: Common gets real in memoir

By Josh Samson, Arts Editor

October 26, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

 In his 20-year career, Common has been noted for being a talented rapper, actor, model, poet, and philanthropist. Now, he can successfully add "New York Times best-selling author" to the list.  According to the New York Times official website, Common’s debut memoir "One Day It’ll All Make Sense" plac...

The Cab’s second album explores jazz, pop sound

By Lauren Price, Staff Writer

September 27, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

Guys do not always like good girls; sometimes they want a girl who stays out too late and doesn’t answer the phone. At least, that’s what the lead vocalist of The Cab sings about in their new single, "Bad," off of their newest album Symphony Soldier. The Cab’s sophomore album comes three ye...

All Time Low prepares to release fourth album

By By Lauren Price, Staff Writer

May 19, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

“Everybody gettin' kinda crunk; I think some dude just grabbed my junk; now I know how Ke$ha must be feelin.’’ These shallow, sarcastic lyrics are from the new single “I Feel like Dancin’,” released April 5 by Baltimore pop-punk band All Time Low. The single precedes the anticipated June...

Panic! at the Disco’s third album offers new sound

By By Lauren Price, Staff Writer and By Lauren Price, Staff Writer

April 12, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

Three years after releasing their second album and two years after a shocking split, rock band Panic! at the Disco finally released their third studio album, Vices and Virtues. Panic’s last two albums had drastically different sounds; their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was widely compared...

Drop Kick Murphys maintain Irish spirit

By By Zack Potter, Archives Manager

March 21, 2011


Filed under Arts, Music

The Dropkick Murphys reaffirmed their status as one of the preeminent Irish rock bands this month when they released their seventh studio album, Going Out in Style.  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and National ShamrockFest, which they headlined March 12, the band is back with the blaring bagpipes,...

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