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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...

Of Monsters and Men delivers with latest album

Of Monsters and Men delivers with latest album

By Kara Philips, Staff Writer

April 30, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

Nowadays, music has become a competition of who can get the best beats with the catchiest lyrics, lacking the creativity and enthusiasm that inspired most artists to pursue music in the first place. Then there is the new Of Monsters and Men album My Head Is an Animal. This Icelandic sextet uses a genr...

Tyga shows growth, versatility with new album

By By: Josh Samson, Arts Editor

March 27, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

Instead of appreciating rapper Tyga’s sophomore album Careless World: Rise of the Last King at face value, those who have followed the rapper since his debut will admire the Compton MC’s patience and growth while waiting for his album to be released.  Despite being a member of Lil Wayne’s Yo...

Kid Cudi freshens up the music scene with WZRD

Kid Cudi freshens up the music scene with WZRD

By By: Kara Phillips, Staff Writer

March 27, 2012


Filed under Arts, Music

 In today's music, artists usually stick to one genre because they are driven more by the fear of losing their fans than by the desire to explore other forms of music. It is rare to find artists who break out of the norm by creating an album that is outside their comfort zone while powerfully radiat...

Chris Brown and Rihanna reunion spells trouble

By Greer Smith, Staff Writer

March 27, 2012


Filed under Features

  singer girlfriend Rihanna. It became a public story as Brown and Rihanna split, and a restraining order was placed against Brown. Now, three years later, Rihanna and Brown have steadily been rebuilding a relationship, and the seriousness of domestic violence is taking a backseat to their "love li...

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...

‘Tintin’ fans eagerly awat film’s theatrical release

‘Tintin’ fans eagerly awat film’s theatrical release

By By Bhaavya Srivastava, News Production Editor

December 21, 2011


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

 People from all over the world have grown up reading The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books written by late Belgian artist Hergé, featuring the clever boy reporter, Tintin, and his loyal and adept dog, Snowy.  Although the series is hugely popular in Europe, it never gained a large ...

‘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...

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