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Little Things, Big Impact

| May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Little Things, Big Impact

Jeffrey Kopp- A&E Editor I don’t really consider myself to be a big music fan, but this year I foung myself captivated by an up-and-coming artist named Jon Bellion. Several months ago, I downloaded his latest album, “The Human Condition,” and I have listened to it nearly every day. His music transcends genres, with each […]

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Wavves and their High Energy Come to Charlotte

| May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Wavves and their High Energy Come to Charlotte

Wavves comes to Charlotte as one of the opening acts for The Naked and Famous. I  have attended a lot of concerts at the Underground, but this was my first time watching Luna Shadows, Wavves and The Naked and Famous perform live in one night. In comes a girl wearing a grunge, black and white […]

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Performance Review: “Symphony of Diversity”

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Performance Review: “Symphony of Diversity”

The Symphony of Diversity was the best orchestra concert I have attended. It highlighted different cultures from all over the world, and each piece was carefully selected to fit a common theme of coming together and sharing music coming from different cultures. The concert started off with a beginners violin group called MusicalMinds. The group […]

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A Dialogue to the Beat of a Drum

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Dialogue to the Beat of a Drum

Perhaps it was Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie who said it best, when she said: “The thing about playing percussion is that you can create all these emotions…sometimes beautiful, sometimes really ugly…or sweet…as big as King Kong and so on.” With renowned band director and percussionist Rick Dior assembling his latest collaboration with the UNC Charlotte […]

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Breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn”

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn”

In the early hours of April 14, one of the most eagerly awaited music releases of 2017 was unveiled to the public. “Damn” marks Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album and the response over the past weekend has been nothing short of enthusiastic. So what makes this marvelous rap record so exciting? Below is a simulated […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bring Comeback Tour To Charlotte

| April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Red Hot Chili Peppers Bring Comeback Tour To Charlotte

Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) makes a comeback tour at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, showcasing a mix of old and new songs from “The Getaway” album. Slowly enter the bass guitarist (Flea), lead guitarist (Josh) and drummer (Chad) as they riff off a funk/jazz melody to pump up the audience as they transition to […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Midnight’ – Lewis Watson

| April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Midnight’ – Lewis Watson

A boy, a guitar and a raspy voice: all three combined to capture England’s heart in 2012 and is slowly grabbing hold of America’s. Lewis Watson, the owner of these three things, captivated many with his painfully talented YouTube videos he began to upload to his channel in 2010. His voice stood out, being described […]

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2017 Spring Dance Concert is a Great Reminder of the Coming Summer.

| April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
2017 Spring Dance Concert is a Great Reminder of the Coming Summer.

You could hear the infectious music of the first performance “www.BluePrint” reverberate on the walls outside of Robinson Hall inviting latecomers into Belk Theatre’s showing of the 2017 Spring Dance Concert. They would have to wait until the doors opened for the second act, as to not disturb the amazing sounding performance. The second act […]

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Life’s Imitation of Art: ‘La Bohème’

| April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Life’s Imitation of Art: ‘La Bohème’

Hickory Ridge High School might be one of the saddest places I have ever been.  It doesn’t have nearly enough windows to suit its size, its labyrinthine parking lot is nearly impossible to navigate and the inside is dull and lifeless. What the school does have, however, is friendly people and an enthusiastic arts program. This may […]

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“Ok Computer” is Born Again

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
“Ok Computer” is Born Again

Twenty years later, the success and impact of “Ok Computer,” the third album by British band Radiohead, seems to be an anomaly. Despite limited expectations from the label that distributed it, the record instantly became a pop-culture phenomenon back in 1997, as well as a work of art that critics couldn’t seem to get enough of. […]

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Music Faculty Impress in Spotlight Concert

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Music Faculty Impress in Spotlight Concert

Somehow, in my whole first year writing for the Niner Times, I had managed not to see a single show in the Rowe Recital Hall. I finally made the trip on Mar. 27 for the Department of Music’s Faculty Spotlight Concert. This concert was a part of the Faculty & Friends Concert Series. It featured […]

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Breakdown of Drake’s “More Life”

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Breakdown of Drake’s “More Life”

Random Person: So, I hear there is new Drake music out. Me: Ah yes, you mean the “More Life” playlist. Playlist? It’s basically just a new album, but he’s calling it a playlist. The reason for this might be because it’s just available on streaming platforms, or it doesn’t really have any structure like you […]

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CONCERT REVIEW: 15th Anniversary of Simple Plan

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
CONCERT REVIEW: 15th Anniversary of Simple Plan

It’s rare to find bands still together after 15 years, but Simple Plan has just done that. Simple Plan has original band members after 15 years. They are best friends constantly doing tours and travelling around the world. Seems like the perfect life for a musician. I have been a big fan of Simple Plan […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘There Is A Cloud’ – Elevation Worship

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘There Is A Cloud’ – Elevation Worship

Elevation Church takes pride in the fact that they write their own music; “There Is A Cloud” is a product of this effort. “There Is A Cloud” by Elevation Worship premiered March 17 at number 1 on iTunes. The hope of the church is for “There Is A Cloud” to encourage others. The songs are […]

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‘Requiem of Solace’: Finding Comfort in Mourning

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘Requiem of Solace’: Finding Comfort in Mourning

The flick of a page, the dimming of the lights, the flowing sway of the choir. That, on its own level, was mesmerizing. When the words suddenly breached my mind, and invested it with verses of death and life, I knew I was trapped. My sporadic thoughts of what it all meant were suddenly hushed, […]

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From Pain to Passion: A Brief Musical Story of Velgas

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
From Pain to Passion: A Brief Musical Story of Velgas

In the wake of the release of his first EP, I spoke with Johannes Stahl a.k.a. Velgas, an on-campus experimental dance/electronic music artist about how he got started with music, the EP and where he plans to go from here. So to start, tell us about yourself, anything you want people to know about you. […]

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Winter Comes to Charlotte

| March 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Winter Comes to Charlotte

Since its debut in 2011, “Game of Thrones” has gone on to become one of the most successful and beloved television series of all time, thanks in part to its lovable characters, epic battle sequences and moving musical pieces. Composer Ramin Djawadi and his team have managed to bring all of these elements together to […]

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TRACK REVIEW: ‘Liability’ – Lorde

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
TRACK REVIEW: ‘Liability’ – Lorde

A mere week after releasing her first song in three years, Lorde released the second song from her upcoming sophomore album, “Melodrama,” which now has an official release date, June 16. At this point, the title is starting to make a lot of sense.  Both of the released songs are dramatic in their own right. […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘American Teen’ – Khalid

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘American Teen’ – Khalid

All to often, an artist releases some really, really good singles but an overall dull album.  This is far from the truth when it comes to 19-year-old Khalid’s debut album, “American Teen,” released on March 3. Last year, Khalid Robinson was a high school senior, and this year he’s signed to a major label (RCA). […]

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TRACK REVIEW: ‘Green Light’ – Lorde

| March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
TRACK REVIEW: ‘Green Light’ – Lorde

She’s back!  Lorde is finally back! After three years of radio silence, the New Zealander released her new song, “Green Light” on BBC Radio 1 on March 2 after teasing it on Twitter for the past week. “Green Light,” inspired by Lorde’s first heartbreak, is a song about wanting to move on from a relationship […]

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