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Is it time to #FreeBritney?

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Penelope Gardner, Contributor

September 3, 2020

Remember when you were a child and you had to ask your parents permission before going to your friend’s house or seeing a movie? What if you still had to do that as an adult? Britney Spears, the icon we all know who sang such hits as “Toxic,” “Oops!... I Did It Again” and “...Baby One Mor...

The Pageant’s Pandemic

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Daniel Bernas, Staff Writer

May 17, 2020

On May 15, country-rock artist Travis McCready, lead singer of the band Bishop Gunn, is set to headline what is being branded as the first official social distancing concert in Arkansas. According to the show’s Ticketmaster page, hosting venue TempleLive will reduce its 1,100 seat capacity to 229,...

Fiona Apple’s “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” Is An Unfiltered Expression Of Self

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Daniel Bernas, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

It’s fitting for Fiona Apple to open her first album in eight years with the line “I've waited many years, every print I left upon the track has led me here.” It’s been nearly 25 years since her now iconic debut, “Tidal,” and this marks her fifth record. A lot has changed since then, but...

One Direction’s Long-Awaited Reunion is Happening

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Aman Rahman, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

With a confirmed One Direction reunion in the process, fans across the world are overjoyed for their comeback.    Following the devastating reaction to the band’s decision to go on a hiatus in 2015, the members vowed to come back eventually. As someone who never quite outgrew their One ...

Recent Album Releases Just In Time for Social Distancing

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Sara Qalbani, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

In a time like this, one of the most simple ways to ease worry is to listen to some new music. Within the past month, artists have released new albums and singles seemingly in good timing for individuals who are social-distancing and need a little joy in their life. These are a few recommendations to ad...

“Future Nostalgia” is the Sound of Tomorrow’s Past

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Daniel Bernas, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

The lead single from Dua Lipa’s highly anticipated sophomore record was released nine days after the decade anniversary of Lady Gaga’s song “Bad Romance.” Without sounding too “JFK and Lincoln,” there’s an eerie similarity between these two events. As Gaga became the world-dominating sup...

Why I Love, but Also Resent the Oscars

Why I Love, but Also Resent the Oscars

Jaskiran Singh, Contributor

February 27, 2020

 The Oscars. One of the highest awards and honors that a film and filmmakers can receive. Filmmakers dream of it, hoping one day they can walk the stage to receive an Oscar with their name on it. I’m guilty of daydreaming about this as well. Even though, realistically, it's not going to happen. I’m...

Student Streaming Services, Explained

Student Streaming Services, Explained

Aman Rahman, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Almost every college student can relate to passing time by indulging in some form of streaming for entertainment. With the variety of expenses from the college itself, it is understandable that students would not want to spend money unnecessarily. In recent years, an increasing number of networks have begun p...

Tame Impala’s New Album “The Slow Rush”

Tame Impala's New Album “The Slow Rush”

Sara Qalbani, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

After nearly five years, fans were blessed with Tame Impala’s new album “The Slow Rush.” The Australian band released their fourth official studio album on Feb. 14, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. Considering the band had not released an album since July of 2015, fans were beyond ecstatic...

Artist Spotlight: The Leonas

Artist Spotlight: The Leonas

Sydney Compton, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

“Steph Plant plays guitar, Sarah Vie violin, and together they sing.”    The Leonas are a St. Louis-based group whose music will carry you away. This dynamic duo’s music is an acoustic mix of folk and indie. Their powerful voices are raw and fluid, and their talent with instruments m...

Top 50 Albums of 2019

Top 50 Albums of 2019

Daniel Bernas, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

  1. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE   Coming up with words for an album like “MAGDALENE” is weird. What are the words to describe an experience so heartbreaking yet so healing, so beautiful yet so uncompromising, so perfect? It’s a record that everyone wanted yet nobody expected the way it ...

A Happy & Sad Holiday

A Happy & Sad Holiday

Jack Johnston, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Kacey Musgraves is undoubtedly the reigning princess of country music, and it looks like she is trying to expand her territory to other areas of pop culture. Move over Mariah Carey! We have a new Christmas debutant in town. "The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show" premiered on Amazon Prime on Nov. 28 and ...

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