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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 2014 Inductees

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 2014 Inductees

Alex Lindsay, Writer
February 17, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Whether you see it or not, these artists have already left a major impression on the hearts of all music lovers.

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25 Songs for the holidays

25 Songs for the holidays

Nathalie Sczublewski, Writer
December 15, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"The holiday season has arrived and so has our list of 25 classic tracks to listen to while throwing those holiday parties, baking those treats and decorating that tree."

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The Queen of Weird is Back: ARTPOP review

The Queen of Weird is Back: ARTPOP review

Maggie Moriarty, Writer
December 2, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"In a music world where being sexy sells and rap rules radio air time, Lady Gaga is one of the few artists who focus solely on putting out the music that they love and want their listeners to hear."

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10 Artists to check out right now

10 Artists to check out right now

Nathalie Sczublewski, Writer
November 24, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"If you’re bumming around your room and want to discover new music, take a listen to all or some of these artists."

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Music review:The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is “so much better”

Music review:The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is “so much better”

Joe Callagy, Writer
November 18, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"He did it for him, not in an effort to better society, not to be politically correct."

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Always “Walk On The Wild Side”

Always “Walk On The Wild Side”

Nathalie Sczublewski, Writer
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"He spent his career in the 1970s rebelling expectations as if it were an Olympic sport. He had a brazen outlook and his stage presence reflected his free spirited attitude. Lou Reed simply did not care."

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“Bangerz” is bangin’

“Bangerz” is bangin’

Maggie Moriarty, Writer
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Cyrus sings about a broken love that has left her feeling like someone else and doesn’t recognize. It shows Cyrus’ vulnerable side, but in a way others can relate to and can dance to."

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Album review: Arcade Fire proves they are no Mumford & Sons:

Album review: Arcade Fire proves they are no Mumford & Sons:

James Petroskey, Contributor
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Arcade Fire could easily have gone the same route as Mumford & Sons. When artists create something that is culturally relevant, or better yet, popular, the expectations of that artist change. Consumers, fans and record labels all expect more. They want more of that special something that made them w...

Music review: Immortal Technique revolutionizes Pearl Street

Music review: Immortal Technique revolutionizes Pearl Street

Frank Dutan, Contributor
October 23, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Immortal Technique never failed to remind the crowd that hip-hop has always been about rebellion."

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All the leaves are brown: Fall playlist

All the leaves are brown: Fall playlist

October 22, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

1. “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas Although this classic song takes place on a winter’s day, the opening lyrics “All the leaves are brown/and the sky is gray,” epitomizes fall weather as leaves begin to change colors and the weather begins to cool. The songs spectacular...

A strange history of Hip-Hop

A strange history of Hip-Hop

Mallory Braun, Writer
October 21, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Music is cyclical. It goes out of style and is then recycled and revamped to capture the attention of a new audience. Hip-hop characterizes this phenomenon impeccably."

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