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Album review – “Late Blooma”

Album review – “Late Blooma”

Gina Palermo, Managing Editor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

You could argue that jazz is a thing of the past, but Sha Briggs-Hall is changing that. The Brooklyn-based artist recently dropped a new album entitled, “Late Blooma,” featuring five tracks of pure hip hop, jazz, urban and nostalgic feels. Briggs-Hall, better known as “Surrael,” has an incredible pa... Read more »

The arts take their skills to the stage

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

On a campus that is known for sports, the arts may fall by the wayside. But last week, the Performing Arts Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Art and Design reminded us of how much they provide to our community with the Fine Arts and Performing Arts Winter Concert. “A lot of the fo... Read more »

The Weeknd releases new album “Starboy”

Michael Anthony, Staff Writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

In 2015, R&B singer The Weeknd released his Grammy winning "Beauty Behind The Madness" album. Born Abel Tesafaya, BBTM was met with a ton of positive reactions from both fans and critics, marking the turning point in his brief music career. Earning three billboard number one singles and a triple... Read more »

Lady Gaga releases “Joanne”

Lady Gaga releases “Joanne”

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Welcome back Mother Monster and welcome “Joanne.” Three years since her previous album “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga dropped her fifth album “Joanne” on Friday, Oct. 21. In between “ARTPOP” and “Joanne,” Lady Gaga took on multiple projects in and out of the music industry. She produced an... Read more »

Solange’s “A Seat at the Table”

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer
October 26, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Solange’s new album rounds out a list of very pro-black albums this year, including Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” and Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” Solange created an album explaining her experience with her blackness in a mix of simplicity, complexities and vulnerabilities. “A Seat... Read more »

‘King Zimm’ wows at Java Johnnies

Chyna Davis, Staff Writer
October 26, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

St. John’s University held a memorable Java Johnnies last Friday at the D’Angelo Center as students gathered to hear Khafre Zimmerman perform. Zimmerman, whose stage name is King Zimm, performed a variety of songs from his album, “The Best of King Zimm.” He also included covers of “Valerie”... Read more »

Music review: Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager & Entertainment Editor
October 19, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

“Who is the crowd that peers through the cage... as we perform here upon the stage?” What a message, and what perfect timing, too! Is this the coming of a brand new album? This would be the band’s first since their relentless 2013 album, “Hail to the King,” whose “Acid Rain” still se... Read more »

Thirdstory: NYC’s emerging artists

Morgan Mullings, Contributing Writer
October 5, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Just a few months after opening for Tori Kelly on her U.S. tour, this YouTube sensation ended their own tour in their hometown. Ben Lusher, Richard Saunders and Elliott Skinner of Thirdstory just finished their first headlining tour with a show in Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg Sept. 27 and... Read more »

The Meadows leaves NYC disappointed

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer
October 5, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

With the success of Governors Ball over the past few years, Founders Entertainment tried to catch lightning in a bottle once again with The Meadows NYC. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio initially denied permits for a music festival to be held at Flushing Meadows Park during discussions to have... Read more »

“Atlanta” proves to be a great hit

Chyna Davis, Assistant News Editor
September 15, 2016
Filed under Celebrity, Entertainment, Music

Donald Glover has finally released his new project “Atlanta.” The lyrical genius, also known as Childish Gambino, plays a character named Earn Marks, a Princeton dropout struggling to make ends meet as he gets involved with his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry), an upcoming rapper. Glover not... Read more »

A greater meaning behind “The Greatest”

Isabella Bruni, Chief Copy Editor
September 15, 2016
Filed under Celebrity, Entertainment, Music

Sia’s music videos are always visually stunning, intriguing and hold a deeper meaning in her process of storytelling. Along with her haunting vocals, powerful lyrics and unique choreography, her lyricism is strongest in new single and music video “The Greatest.” The music video is an ode to... Read more »

Lady Gaga switches it up with “Perfect Illusion”

Michael Anthony, Contributing Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Celebrity, Entertainment, Music

It’s been three years since Lady Gaga last released any new music. In 2013, the singer released her single “Applause” and highly anticipated album “Artpop.” It was supposed to begin a new era for Gaga, one that was meant to solidify her status as the Queen of Pop. Artpop cost nearly 25 million... Read more »

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