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Gospel choir brings passion to Harkness Chapel

Gospel choir brings passion to Harkness Chapel

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The lights of Harkness Chapel reflected the sweat off singer David Isitors’ forehead at Voices of Glory’s (VOG) Come As You Are concert last Friday night. The musician tilted his head towards the sky, singing the gospel song “As The Deer.” His left hand lay outstretched toward the audience listening t...

J. Cole: the King of Disappointment

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

J. Cole is an artist who should be better than he is. His great talent as a rapper and his willingness to talk about social issues, like drug abuse and poverty, make him stand out among his pop-oriented hip-hop contemporaries. Unfortunately, his insistence on doing everything himself makes his album, K.O.D....

Why Kendrick’s Pulitzer win matters

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

For the first time in the prestigious award’s 75-year history, a non-jazz or classical recording won the Pulitzer Prize for Music on April 16. In a shocking victory, Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” beat two modern classical pieces, Michael Gilbertson’s, “Quartet,” and Ted Hearne’s “Sound fro...

Electronic dance music hitmaker found dead

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

April 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last weekend, the electronic dance music (EDM) world lost an icon when Avicii, a Swedish D.J. and EDM producer, died at the age of 28. His hit singles, including “Levels,” “Wake Me Up” and “Lonely Together” featuring Rita Ora, featured a unique mix of genre bending and melodic focus. The ...

Tinashe’s “Joyride,” more like “rollercoaster”

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

After three years’ worth of delays, Tinashe’s “Joyride” is finally here. Since her debut in 2014, Tinashe has released a steady stream of music, but nothing has really stuck. Unfortunately, I don’t think “Joyride” is about to do that, either. Clocking in at only 36 minutes, the album...

Playlist of the Week April 20 – April 26

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Nice For What” - Drake With his third single of 2018, Drake became one of a handful of artists to replace themselves at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. On “Nice For What,” Drake raps about women empowerment in the digital age. He points out that girls and women portray themselves in a ...

Playlist of the Week April 13 – 19

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“I Wish You Love” - Rosemary Clooney As George Clooney’s aunt, Rosemary Clooney was one of the first white women to sing jazz in the 1940s and 50s. This song, originally named “Que reste-t-il de nos amours” (What remains of our love), is a French song known from the movie “Baisers voles...

Cardi B makes “Money Moves” on debut album

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In a raw and unfiltered telling of her story, Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” marks her arrival onto the hip-hop scene, making it clear that she’s here to stay. The debut album features 13 tracks, including Cardi’s breakout number one single “Bodak Yellow,” and a wide variety of collabora...

Blackbear brings crowds despite delay

Blackbear brings crowds despite delay

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

I grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B music in its birthplace of New York City. When the University Program Board (UPB) sent out a survey to choose an artist for a spring concert last November, blackbear was highly requested; I eagerly anticipated his arrival last Friday night, April 6. I arr...

Creative companions

Creative companions

Abigail Bickel, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

For a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with a group of people on every possible level, one might be willing to make the trek evoked by Vanessa Carlton’s 2001 iconic one-hit wonder. Distance overcome is only one testament to this band’s dedication in their musical endeavours,...

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