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Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
November 10, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Uncategorized

The sole copy of the album "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" was purchased by Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million, with the condition that he not release it commercially for 88 years.

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Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor
October 20, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Chicago hip-hop artist Noname addresses topics such as poverty, inequality and police brutality in her songs, straying away from typical subjects discussed in mainstream music.

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Cymbal: The app where music talks

Cymbal: The app where music talks

Jordan Allen, Entertainment Editor
October 7, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Technology

"Cymbal is about expressing yourself musically, and finding like-minded people who you can learn from and who will expand your musical taste."

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Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor
October 3, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Hailing from the origins of structured indie rock, Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on newly-released album.

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Carinae returns to Hadley with a style all their own

Carinae returns to Hadley with a style all their own

Luis Fieldman, Contributor
September 22, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Profiles, Showcase

The band's performance at The Black Sheep Deli was a treasure trove of unrecorded, unreleased songs.

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Bandcamp broadens opportunity for emerging artists

Bandcamp broadens opportunity for emerging artists

Brett Reardon, Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Technology

Websites like Bandcamp challenge the idea of needing professional producers to enter the music industry by providing independent musicians a platform to release and sell their work independently.

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Eric the Ratt: Expressions from the ‘Dark World’

Eric the Ratt: Expressions from the ‘Dark World’

Frank Dutan, Contributor
March 2, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music

Together, this close-knit family of sonic innovators has created some of the weirdest hip-hop music the Valley has ever heard.

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Beach House: It is happening again

Beach House: It is happening again

Jordan Allen, Contributor
February 23, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Legrand and Scally [of Beach House] understand who they are: not a band that brings you with them on a personal journey, but functions more as a setting, a place to exist at a point in time.

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“The (Unsatisfying) Life of Pablo”

“The (Unsatisfying) Life of Pablo”

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
February 22, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

“The Life of Pablo,” introduces listeners to new levels of West’s blend of egotism and artistry, in what could possibly be the worst album of his career.

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Plug into the headphone zone

Plug into the headphone zone

Ellanjé Ferguson, Contributor
December 9, 2015
Filed under Lifestyle, Music

As students travel to and from classes, meetings and lunches, most, if not all, have one thing in common: some type of headphones or earbuds in, either the standard Apple brand that accompanies their iPhone or Dr. Dre Beats. They are the constant, routine accessory to students’ ears.

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Country music changes for the times (and for the worse)

Country music changes for the times (and for the worse)

Afton Andreadis, Contributor
October 16, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Though friends often make fun of me for it, I am proud to say that I am an avid country music fan. No, I did not grow up in a small, rural town in the South, nor have my exes ever left me for my sister (at least not yet). I have, however, always been drawn to the simple melodies and storytelling lyrics the genre is known for.

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Ryan Adams reintroduces Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Ryan Adams reintroduces Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Jenna Careri, Contributor
October 7, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Ryan Adams combined Springsteen's Americana style, his own rock and alternative-country flair, and Taylor Swift's knockout "1989" album to create a poignant cover album, released on Sept. 25, that exposes the finer points of lyrics glossed over by Swift's pop genre.

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