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Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

Jeffrey Kopp (A&E Editor) Movie: “Tarzan” (1999) – This is a film that hits me in the feels every single time that I watch it. The soundtrack by Phil Collins adds so much emotional depth to the movie; “Two Worlds” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the definite standouts. This is by far my […]

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Kendrick Lamar and the Unlikely Victory for the Pulitzer Prize

| April 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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‘War Requiem’ – A Symphony of the Truth Untold

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
‘War Requiem’ – A Symphony of the Truth Untold

“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity…All a poet can do today is warn.” The quote from renowned poet Wilfred Owen echoes among the aisles and rushes past the eyes and ears of the audience like a bittersweet wave from a distant ocean. Fleeting slowly, but still […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘How to: Friend, Love, Freefall’ – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘How to: Friend, Love, Freefall’ – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

It’s become a common occurrence for me to jump onto an emerging artist well into their career in the music scene. More than often it’s independent groups like alt-J and Glass Animals, these “new” artists tend to spark my interest with a single song, a single from their past that suddenly draws me into their […]

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Ten Great Songs from Prince

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ finds George Ezra spanning a gracious globe of genres

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ finds George Ezra spanning a gracious globe of genres

Perhaps more than any artist around today, the deep-baritone vocals of England’s own George Ezra remains a favorite of mine to mimic whenever I feel like rocking out on a lengthy road trip. A storyteller as well as songwriter, Ezra has made a name for himself through not only his straight-forward, narrative lyricism, but his […]

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Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion 25 Years Later

| March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Nation of Two’ sustains Vance Joy’s earthy pop sound

| February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Nation of Two’ sustains Vance Joy’s earthy pop sound

After rising to the top of the charts with his 2014 debut album “Dream Your Life Away,” already stealing the attention of fellow songwriter Taylor Swift during her ‘1989’ World Tour, Vance Joy — aka James Keogh — quickly became the talk of the town within mainstream pop music. While his breezy single “Riptide” might […]

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