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Childish Gambino

March 5, 2014

Because the Internet is the second album released by Childish Gambino. It’s the follow up to his first album Camp released back in 2011. The rapper not only shows his way with words on the 19 track album, but in his 72 page screenplay as well. The on-line www.becausetheinter.net screenplay combines writing and visual elements which shows his talents in writing and acting. Gambino teamed up with Jhene A...

Vans Warped Tour 2012

July 26, 2012

Even though West students act like it is always summer, it actually is summer!!! This means three words: SUMMER CONCERT SEASON! For some West students, this means Summerfest. Of course, there were a few acts that blew up the outdoor stages,, for example BUSH and the Foo Fighters. Others among us will be seeing indoor shows/tours in the Eagles Ballroom - Scream It Like You Mean It, with headliners We Came...

“Shooting Star” Review

July 19, 2012

As the one-man music project Owl City prepares to introduce its fourth album this August, the new four-song EP entitled “Shooting Star” has been released in anticipation. In diverging from his typical synth-pop artistry, mastermind Adam Young has thrown his audience a curveball: the new EP is laced with hints of alternative-rock sounds that appeal to a wider variety of listeners and create a different...

Rising To The Top and ‘Making it Stop’

July 3, 2012

Formed in Chicago, IL, Rise Against has been rising to the top since 1999. The members of Rise Against have been making music for 12 years, and have created 6 albums, 15 music videos and have undergone countless tours. Their tour this past summer hit our very own Summer Fest. Maybe you were there to see them; then again, you might not have even realized they were here. They are touring now, but ...

The All American Rejects Are Back!

April 4, 2012

Our Rejects... They told us "When you see my face, hope it gives you hell".... That "I'll keep you my dirty little secret"... That they "Swing, Swing from the tangles of my heart is crushed by a former love"... Because "When darkness turns to light,It ends tonight, it ends tonight".... But far more recently talking about a "Beekeepers's Daughter"... The All-American Rejects or “Rejects” include t...

Album Review – Port of Morrow

March 27, 2012

The newly regrouped indie favorites, The Shins, have just released their new and highly anticipated album, Port Of Morrow. The album is sure to end up in end-of-the-year “Best-of” conversations and lists. The lead single, “Simple Song”, is definitely a contender for the bands “signature song” title. The track resurrects the spirit of 1970’s stadium rock, but James Mercer’s vocals...

Music Reviews

July 2, 2011

Pastor Troy Face Off Similar To: DMX If you like DMX and his hardcore attitude you will love Pastor Troy's and his fourth album Face Off.   Pastor Troy, a hardcore rapper from Georgia, gained popularity by appearing in tracks from artists like Ludacris and being featured in the soundtrack for xXx. After producing a few records, he released Face Off, a fantastic Hip Hop album that every hardcore...

Album Review: Substantial and Marcus D are Bop Alloy

February 4, 2011

Music, like most forms of art, can always benefit from something different. This holds particularly true to Hip-Hop where most new albums feel like a rehash of what everyone has already heard before. However, in 2010 listeners were exposed to “Substantial and Marcus D are Bob Alloy”, the first studio release from the duo of the same name. Combining jazzy beats with solid rhymes this duo will defi...

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