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A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

Morahd Shawki

January 16, 2013


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A$AP Rocky’s talent for rapping cannot be denied, pure and simple. His knack for changing his flow is still unmatched by the vast majority of modern rappers. He can break out and spit lyrics at blinding speed, and just as effortlessly ride a slow beat. That’s what makes his new album “LongLive...

Music: Green Day hits midlife crisis

Music: Green Day hits midlife crisis

Smitha Gundavajhala

December 15, 2012


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Pop punk group Green Day isn’t as green and new as it used to be. The group was formed in 1987, and it’s a miracle that it manages to stay relevant in a generation with such a short attention span. However, its members are approaching 40, and in a desperate bid to keep their fan base from receding like their hairlines, the ban...

MUSIC: ’Lotus’ wilts from start to finish

MUSIC: ’Lotus’ wilts from start to finish

Margaret Lin

November 16, 2012


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Aguilera’s fifth album a chaotic, misguided flop Read More »

MUSIC: ‘R.E.D.’ not catchy, but still worth a listen

MUSIC: ‘R.E.D.’ not catchy, but still  worth a listen

Yimeng Han

November 7, 2012


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A track-by-track breakdown of Ne-Yo’s R&B album Read More »

MUSIC: “Red” too much Taylor Swift

MUSIC: “Red” too much Taylor Swift

Forest Liao

October 23, 2012


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MUSIC: Oct. 2 album shootout

MUSIC: Oct. 2 album shootout

Yimeng Han

October 3, 2012


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Album shootout is a recurring feature where we review recently released songs and albums. This week we listened to tracks from Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Muse. Taylor Swift: Red (from “Red”) Taylor Swift has never been a powerhouse vocalist, but that hasn’t stopped her from selling 22 mil...

MUSIC: Sept. 18 album shootout

MUSIC: Sept. 18 album shootout

Yimeng Han

September 18, 2012


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With 365 days in a year, you might think that most musicians would have the common sense to stagger releases of albums. But it’s Sept. 18, and we have five new albums coming out from five completely different artists. To take a snapshot of the state of the music industry on this day in 2012, we dec...

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

Yimeng Han

August 10, 2012


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When most people think of Swedish music, opinions might range from kooky to just plain weird. Obscure pop duo Niki and the Dove’s debut album, “Instinct,” does nothing to change this preconception. Confusingly enough, Niki and the Dove consists of female vocalist Malin Dahlström and male pe...

MUSIC: A joyous Spring Pops Concert

MUSIC: A joyous Spring Pops Concert

Angela Liu

May 19, 2012


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“What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?” Senior Katarina Zorko pauses. “You can’t ‘tune-a-fish!’” At this, the audience laughs at how terrible Zorko’s pun is. Imagine the entire concert following this theme. The rest of the Spring Pops Concert on May 17 was a casual, charming performance that elicited snorts and giggles the entire way through. Right from the top, the concert started off with a f...

MUSIC: Political and Social R.A.P.

MUSIC: Political and Social R.A.P.

Morahd Shawki

May 16, 2012


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  “You are witnessing elegance in the form of a black elephant.”—Killer Mike on the track “Untitled.” That about sums it up. It’s a wonder rapper Killer Mike isn’t more popular. He has an easily identifiable, deep, southern accent that spits absolute fire. In the truest se...