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Kendrick Lamar and the Unlikely Victory for the Pulitzer Prize

| April 21, 2018
Kendrick Lamar and the Unlikely Victory for the Pulitzer Prize

In the most unlikely place, Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album “DAMN.” This was the first time a Hip-Hop album and the first non-Jazz or Classical album to win in the music category. To be honest, I wasn’t aware about the fact the Pulitzer Prize has a music category; because when […]

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Ten Great Songs from Prince

| April 13, 2018
Ten Great Songs from Prince

  It’s been two years since the music world lost Prince. An artist who fully believed in creative control over his music, Prince did what he wanted, and his attitude was met with great respect and influenced many other musicians such as André 3000 and Frank Ocean. Rather than mourning his loss, let’s celebrate his […]

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A Night of Imagination at the Philharmonia

| April 13, 2018
A Night of Imagination at the Philharmonia

The Philharmonia concert was held on Wed. April 11. It was a free concert by the Carolinas Orchestral Leadership Academy at UNCC, featuring musicians ages 14 and up. Directed by Sabrina Howard, the half-hour performance featured four tracks that are evocative, imaginative and moving. The opening piece, “Passacaglia,” displays the precision and technique the song […]

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Ten Great Songs from The Smiths

| April 5, 2018
Ten Great Songs from The Smiths

More than 30 years since their breakup, The Smiths remains one of the most mythical bands in the 1980s. In an era where independent music was on the rise, The Smiths was one of the forerunners of that period. The songwriting partnership between Morrissey and Johnny Marr was considered the Lennon-McCartney of their generation. And […]

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At Wendy’s – “We Beefin?” Mixtape Mini-Review

| March 29, 2018
At Wendy’s – “We Beefin?” Mixtape Mini-Review

For the record, I literally did not see this coming. However, I was well aware of Wendy’s Twitter account having a very sassy (but lovely) attitude that cracks me up every time I read it. This is a mixtape that I could not take seriously; the whole time I was just sitting there with a big […]

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The 2018 Spring Dance Concert is in Full Swing

| March 28, 2018
The 2018 Spring Dance Concert is in Full Swing

Day three has just passed for the Spring Dance Concert, and the quality remains as pristine as it was for the past two days. The more I attend the events provided by UNC Charlotte’s arts and architecture department, the more I’m amazed by the prospect of talent that is being nurtured here.  It’s even more […]

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Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion 25 Years Later

| March 22, 2018
Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion 25 Years Later

Following an album like “Violator” (1990) is daunting task. The album and the World Violation tour saw Depeche Mode become one of the biggest bands in the world. Their transition from synthesized teen-pop from the early 80s to the intense Electronic band at end had been complete. “Violator” was the ultimate culmination of that transition. […]

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10 Great Songs from Echo and the Bunnymen

| March 3, 2018
10 Great Songs from Echo and the Bunnymen

With one of the oddest (but coolest) band names, Echo and the Bunnymen was one of the finest bands in the 1980s. Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson and Pete de Freitas brought a sense of quirkiness and melodrama to the brooding world of post-punk. That combination showed the creativity of alternative music along their […]

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Set No Limits: The Concert

| March 1, 2018
Set No Limits: The Concert

The faculty and friends concert was another event that I’ve experienced for the first time. The setlist featured five pieces from acclaimed female composer in the 20th century. All five of them are now featured in the CD “Set No Limits” (2018). The concert featured Dr. Jessica Lindsey on the clarinet and Dr. Christian Bohenstengal […]

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1 Dozen of Aaron’s Favorite Albums

| February 25, 2018
1 Dozen of Aaron’s Favorite Albums

Photoshop Created by Chimena Ihebuzor This is a little indulgence piece for me as I get to talk about 12 of my favorite albums. This was really fun to make as I get to go back and listen to the stuff I really love. Note that I said 12 of my favorite, this is NOT […]

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Five Essential Wu-Tang Clan Solo Albums

| February 3, 2018
Five Essential Wu-Tang Clan Solo Albums

“Witty Unpredictable Talented And Natural Game” is the acronym GZA describes Wu-Tang Clan. Indeed, Wu-Tang Clan is one ultimate (if not THE ultimate) Hip-Hop group who has defined an era. A group who revived the East Coast as a serious force in the genre and created a life of its own. However, the group members […]

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Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What! 30 Years Later

| January 19, 2018
Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What! 30 Years Later

  When you think of Megadeth what great albums come into mind? “Peace Sells”? “Rust in Peace”? “Killing Is My Business”? Well, what about this album?  No? Why? For some reason, “So Far, So Good… So What!” has received the unfortunate treatment of being sandwiched between the two albums that are considered Megadeth’s best, “Peace […]

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Five Essential David Bowie Albums

| January 8, 2018
Five Essential David Bowie Albums

When you hear the name David Bowie, what do you think? What songs/albums come into mind? What would do if you want to get into the man’s music. It’s really difficult task as Bowie released 25 albums from 1967 to his death in 2016. And in that time, he has managed to take on various […]

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Best Songs of 2017 as Selected by A&E Writers

| December 28, 2017
Best Songs of 2017 as Selected by A&E Writers

Jeffrey Kopp 5. “Like Gold” by Vance Joy: This Australian singer-songwriter first appeared on my radar back in 2013 via his hit single “Riptide.” Years later, I randomly came across “Like Gold,” a single from his upcoming album “Nation of Two,” on Spotify and I was immediately reeled in with its catchy hook. This is a song […]

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