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Foxy Shazam pays homage to classic rock

Foxy Shazam pays homage to classic rock

By By: Lauren Price, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012

In the mood for some rock ‘n’ roll that strays from the normal? Look no further, for the Queenophiliacs of Foxy Shazam just released their third studio album, The Church of Rock and Roll. Judging by the title, this album is built at least a little bit to pay homage to what was once considered...

The Weeknd’s third mixtape proves his talent

The Weeknd’s third mixtape proves his talent

By By: Josh Samson, Arts Editor

February 21, 2012

It’s unnatural in this age’s music industry to find a young, talented artist who is able to independently create a masterpiece that changes the face of popular music and seems to head towards getting a “classic” title in the future. It’s even harder to find an artist who can do it three times. With...

‘Hands All Over’ remains fresh a year after release

‘Hands All Over’ remains fresh a year after release

By By Amna Farooqi, Editor-in-Chief

December 21, 2011

  Maroon 5’s third studio album, Hands All Over, might have come out over a year ago, but its songs are still playing on the radio and resonating with their audience, proof of the band’s talent and progress since its debut in the pop rock world nearly 10 years ago.   Frontman Adam Lev...

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

  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

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

  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

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

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

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

"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

 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

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...

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