Music

Kanye West releases highly anticipated ‘Jesus Is King’

By |2019-11-04T19:03:34-08:00November 4th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Home Feature 1, Music, Reviews|

Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures of our generation. You may admire him for his art and contribution to culture, or criticize him for his brash lifestyle decisions. When you think of his name, you may think singer, rapper, designer, producer, filmmaker, architect, or CEO, but with the release of his long-awaited album Jesus Is King, another title comes quickly to mind: Christian. Personally, I couldn't have been more excited for this album. I have followed West very close for years, and enjoy most of his work. Whether it's music, shoes, or clothing, West has inspired me and many others to pursue their dreams, regardless of what people say. Now Kanye is pursuing a different dream, one inspired by Jesus Christ.

“Stranger Things” star Joe Keery releases first album

By |2019-10-25T19:48:17-07:00October 25th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Top 5|

If you know anything about Netflix’s smash hit science-fiction horror series, Stranger Things, you are most likely familiar with all of its endearing characters. My personal favorite has always been Steve Harrington, played by Joe Keery.

BLOG: Inside the Music, No. 1 – Setting the stage

By |2019-11-13T12:07:16-08:00October 23rd, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Blogs, Home Feature 2, Music, Student Interest|

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a songwriter. There's something beautiful about being able to artistically and creatively express myself. I wrote my first song when I was 13 and played it for everyone that would listen.

‘Lover’ unveils story of transformation, contrasts previous album

By |2019-09-14T13:49:12-07:00September 5th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top 5|

Ten-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift wins over the hearts of her followers with timeless breakup songs and catchy tunes. In 2017, Swift revealed a new version of music with a darker, more adult-sound. Based on the fall of her reputation in the midst of celebrity feuds, Swift named the album Reputation. As said in an interview at Town Hall for SiriusXM, Swift used her character reinvention to sort and process her persona transformation, transitioning into a place to write Lover, her fresh new album. Lover released Aug. 23 and contains 18 songs, more than she’s ever placed in one album. The album embodies many lighthearted and more pop-themed sounds from her fourth album, Red. “I once believed life would be burning red but it’s golden," Swift said. This line from Daylight, a song from her 2019 album, shows Swift’s outlook on life since the Red era. 

Indie-alternative band The Eagle and Child releases third studio album

By |2019-08-30T12:28:09-07:00August 27th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Home Feature 1, Music|

When I first heard The Eagle and Child, it was January 2018, at Hume Lake winter camp. I was impressed by the unique twist they placed on old hymns, larger than life stage presence and original songs that provided an anthem for the weekend.  I hadn’t followed the band closely since then, but my friend Alex Rurik was a strong advocate for them. He wore their merchandise constantly and consistently played them in the car. When this album released, several friends had high opinions and encouraged me to do a review. I decided I had to see what the hype was about.

Golden Hour draws attention with high accolades

By |2019-03-08T14:42:05-08:00March 8th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Home Feature 2, Music, Reviews|

After receiving a Grammy for album of the year, Apple Music’s album of the year, and CMA’s album of the year, I decided I had to listen to Kacey Musgraves’ fourth studio album, Golden Hour. If I didn’t know Kacey Musgraves was a country artist, I never would’ve considered this a country album. Country is my least favorite genre, but I decided to give this one a try.

Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life Tour highlights new songs, old hits

By |2019-02-28T08:22:16-08:00January 31st, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Music|

Grammy award winning artist Kelly Clarkson kicks off the second stop on the Meaning Of Life Tour in Fresno, Ca, Jan. 25. The sparkling lights and buzz of the crowd had devoted fans dancing and singing the night away. The highly esteemed pop artist engaged the crowds as she related to people with her own personal story.

The Greatest Showman Reimagined seeks to captivate listeners once more

By |2019-02-08T16:59:45-08:00January 9th, 2019|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews|

When The Greatest Showman released in Dec. 2017, it was vaulted wildly into success thanks to its beloved soundtrack. The original motion picture soundtrack received numerous prestigious awards, with This Is Me proving the stand out song.

Imagine Dragons returns with new album ‘Origins’

By |2019-01-09T13:26:20-08:00December 16th, 2018|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews|

Coming out with their 4th album, Origins, Imagine Dragons attempted a few new aspects into their music. Music enthusiasts find it difficult to ignore their growing popularity since the release of the hit Radioactive in 2012. However, Imagine Dragons changed a few things with the release of Origins.

‘Delta’ takes British rock band to new heights

By |2019-02-10T17:12:48-08:00November 29th, 2018|Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews|

After rising to worldwide prominence following their first two albums, British rock band Mumford & Sons shed their banjo-led hoedowns to plug in for their third album, 2015’s Wilder Mind. Unfortunately for the quartet, this step forward in their music became viewed by fans and critics alike as a step back when they ditched what made them so unique and polarising, their folk roots.