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Rihanna adds ‘Unapologetic’ to successful repertoire

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

December 21, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

Rihanna has returned to the music scene with her seventh album, Unapologetic. This album contains Rihanna’s usual components: dance-oriented songs complemented by the singer’s smooth vocals. To promote Unapologetic, Rihanna launched her 777 Tour—the singer performed seven concerts in seven count...

What’s trending this month

November 29, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2- Teenagers should be thrilled because the world’s favorite bloodsuckers have returned for their final movie. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan return with Bella in her new vampire form. Breaking Dawn came out Nov. 15. Halo 4- This popular video game released it...

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis energize 9:30 Club crowd

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis energize 9:30 Club crowd

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

November 29, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have continued to shock the music world. Not only are they unsigned, but they also record, mix, edit and ship all of their albums from one 500 square foot room. Since Macklemore’s 2005 Language of My Mind, the duo has taken a pure do-it-yourself approach to gradually build up a siza...

Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’ experiments with eclectic mix

Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’ experiments with eclectic mix

By Sonia Shekar, Staff Writer

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

When describing Muse’s new album, lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy tweeted that it would be "Christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, some ambient rebellious dubstep and face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia." His description, although a joke, provides a strikingly accurate testament to the array of mu...

‘The Heist’ breaks stereotypes of music industry

‘The Heist’ breaks stereotypes of music industry

By Kara Philips, Staff Writer

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

 In this age of music, drugs, sex and alcohol are popular themes. Those who do not capitalize on this lifestyle are considered to be inferior. Instead of commenting on the real issues that plague humanity, most artists choose to promote irresponsible and affluent lifestyles. Then comes along Seattle native pow...

Taylor Swift delivers another hit album in ‘Red’

Taylor Swift delivers another hit album in ‘Red’

By Stacey Stein, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

 From the opening lines of the title track of "Red," Taylor Swift’s newest album, it is clear that Swift is experimenting with sounds other than the country beat that made her so famous. However, while some of her new tracks are a clear break from her old style, she stays true to her country roots. ...

Imagine Dragons stumbles but shows promise

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

November 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

 The upcoming band Imagine Dragons released their debut album Night Visions Sept. 4, providing an alternative indie sound that contrasts with present mainstream music. The album starts with "Radioactive," a song with an interesting  and unique sound. "Radioactive" begins with a chorus of guitars strumm...

The Wallflowers’ newest album is impressive, despite seven year hiatus

The Wallflowers’ newest album is impressive, despite seven year hiatus

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

October 24, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music, Top Stories

It is not uncommon for a band to release album after album, all with the same general style or sound. However, this becomes an impressive feat when a band can do that after a prolonged hiatus.  The Wallflowers did just that when they released Glad All Over, their first album in seven years, on Oct. ...

The Observer’s top 5 (Oct. 2012)

October 2, 2012


Filed under Arts, Books, Movies and Television, Music

'Gangam Style'- PSY’s new song, "Gangnam Style" has caused a massive rise in the popularity of Korean pop music (K-pop). Due to the song’s catchy tune and entertaining music video, "Gangnam Style" has gone completely viral, with over 100 million views on YouTube. Alana Thompson-TLC has introdu...

A review of this summer’s hottest hits

A review of this summer’s hottest hits

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

September 24, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Summer and music have always gone hand in hand. Whether it be listening to music during free time, or rocking out at a party, tunes are an important part of this season. Here is a short list of the most notable tracks released in the summer of 2012. Sleeping with Sirens, If You Were a Movie, This...

Keane disappoints with latest album ‘Strangeland’

Keane disappoints with latest album ‘Strangeland’

By Kara Phillips, Staff Writer

May 25, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

During their long-standing career, Keane has continued to astonish their fans by creating albums filled with undying originality and expressive lyrics. From their award-winning debut album, Hopes and Fears, to their upbeat EP Night Train, this group is never afraid to take risks and experiment with their...

B.o.B. follows debut with strong sophomore album

B.o.B. follows debut with strong sophomore album

By Angad Kanwal, Production Editor

May 25, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

When The Adventures of Bobby Ray hit the market two years ago, it launched the career of Atlanta-based rapper B.o.B. With his sophomore album, Strange Clouds, released May 1, B.o.B proves he deserves to be called one of the top artists in the hip-hop music industry. With Strange Clouds’ mix of inspi...

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