Monthly Archives: September 2016

Farewell, M.I.A.

Earlier this month, the dutiful fans of rap fusion artist M.I.A. were abuzz with news. Mathangi Arulpragasam, also known as M.I.A., had dropped her first album since her largely successful “Matangi” in 2013. However, she followed this release with a statement on BBC Radio that this new album would be her last. She clearly decided to…
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The Healing Powers of Music

Music is a crutch for a lot of us. We seek music to dull the hard times and to intensify the good ones. Without realizing it, we have all become addicts to the sensation of music. We rely on it like a drug every day of our lives. Now, the rest of the world is…
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HAYLEY KIYOKO: QUEEN OF THE GAYS AND MY HEART

When Hayley Kiyoko emerged onstage in her oversized, wacky t-shirt and neon green tennis shoes, the sound of hundreds of girls screaming reverberated across the room. And why not? Onstage was an artist many young women see as a gay idol. Even before the concert started, the passion and devotion among fans was electric and infectious.…
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Kanye West Saint Pablo Tour: A Spiritual Experience

Flashing. Lights. Whether directly looking at Kanye West floating on a platform stage right above you or watching his glowing silhouette floating across the floor from afar, fans are left in another atmosphere after the concert experience that is the Saint Pablo Tour. To me, seeing Kanye in concert has always seemed like an almost…
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What makes a presidential playlist good?

Last month the big man on campus, Barry O, released his official summer playlist, which includes several tracks I would consider off the beaten path. I’ve listened to President Obama’s playlist as well as the two frontrunners of the election, D Daddy Trump and Hilldawg, in an attempt to discern the underlying themes of the…
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Concert Review: Sunstock Solar Festival

Usually, it doesn’t take more than the promise of a cold Swamp Head Big Nose and the Cilantro Taco food truck to get me out on a Friday night, but this past weekend I was especially motivated—Swamp Head Brewery hosted a mini music festival powered entirely by solar energy harvested right on their front lawn. If…
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A Festival Deliberation: Part I

I have concluded that there is nothing more exciting than the week leading up to a concert. You’ve bought the tickets, secured transportation, locked down housing, made a playlist containing every song you know they’ll play and every song you hope they play, and, most importantly, started a group chat with the friends coming with…
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Review: The Sun’s Tirade – Isaiah Rashad

This album warrants no English Lit over-analysis calling back Spike Lee classics or characters from old German parables. There isn’t the depth for that (nor should there be). It’s simpler: a smooth 17 tracks of jazz- and soul- infused California hip hop with a southern flare, giving Rashad room to feel out his his fame,…
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Interview: Arrows in Action

If you’re in the market for a new band with a throwback sound, look no further than Gainesville’s own Arrows In Action, a pop punk group looking to fill an open niche in the local scene. Their regular cast of characters, Victor Viramontes- Pattison (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Adrian De Zayas (lead guitar) and…
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Cudderisback?

Recently we have been blessed with a Travis Scott album. I say blessed, but I’ll be upfront. I wasn’t much of a fan before I acquired my copy of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Travis Scott does an excellent job delivering a highly anticipated album, and has refined his craft into a marketable sound.…
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