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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

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

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

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...

Montgomery County rapper rises to fame

Montgomery County rapper rises to fame

By Greer Smith, Staff Writer

May 25, 2012

In the past, the Montgomery County community has been relatively untouched by the hip-hop world. Of local hip-hop artists, D.C. native Wale is the only successful one, until now. Gaithersburg has birthed a rising star, rapper Logic, who may change the face of hip-hop. Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II in G...

Expect South African band to be a hit in America

Expect South African band to be a hit in America

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

May 4, 2012

They single handedly sold out the Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome to 20,000 people. They were handpicked as the Johannesburg and Cape Town opening acts for Coldplay last year. They’re one of the biggest selling rock bands in South Africa. Who are they? The Parlotones. Though not well known among the...

Beckett proves capable of handling solo career

Beckett proves capable of handling solo career

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

May 1, 2012

After the departure of several members of the rock band The Academy Is… (TAI) in May 2011, the remaining members decided to go their separate ways the following October. Though fans were disappointed about the end of an era, the ex-TAI members took no time at all in creating new projects. Former ...

Of Monsters and Men delivers with latest album

Of Monsters and Men delivers with latest album

By Kara Philips, Staff Writer

April 30, 2012

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...

Springsteen disappoints with ‘Wrecking Ball’

Springsteen disappoints with ‘Wrecking Ball’

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

April 30, 2012

After almost 50 years of being a musician, Bruce Springsteen, otherwise known as "The Boss," has produced his seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball. This is Springsteen and the E Street Band’s first album without lead saxophonist Clarence Clemons, otherwise known as "The Big Man." Clemons passed awa...

Minaj falls flat in sophomore album ‘Pink Friday’

By Josh Samson, Staff Writer

April 30, 2012

Throughout her first several years in the spotlight of the present rap scene, Nicki Minaj has been going through multiple phases a year in an attempt to please the ears of modern music’s diverse audience. Following her platinum 2010 debut Pink Friday, Nicki has returned with a sophomore serving in ...

Tyga shows growth, versatility with new album

By By: Josh Samson, Arts Editor

March 27, 2012

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

 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...

Feud between hip-hop stars reflect both poorly

Feud between hip-hop stars reflect both poorly

By By: Greer Smith, Staff Writer

February 21, 2012

The hip-hop world can be a bitter, conflicting place. It has been shown in the past through infamous feuds, like ones between The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, or Jay-Z and Nas. Though once more frequent, feuds are now a relatively absent part of rap culture. That is, until recently when Common and Drake...

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