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Raekwon: Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

Ralph Bristout, Staff Writer

March 15, 2011


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Raewkon is arguably one of the most consistent emcees within his infamous hip-hop crew, Wu-Tang Clan. After the group's positively received reunion album 8 Diagrams was released in 2007, the Wu General was able to release his 2009 masterpiece Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…II, the sequel to his 1995 magn...

R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now

Peter Long, Staff Writer

March 15, 2011


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R.E.M. first came out of the American indie underground scene in the late 1980s based in Athens, Ga. They released their classic debut album Murmur in 1981, blending punk and melody into one condensed, ground-breaking album, thus inventing modern indie rock. Fifteen years later they bring Collapse Into Now...

Lupe Fiasco: Lasers

Adelle Platon, Entertainment Editor

March 15, 2011


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If there was any reason to doubt that Lupe Fiasco would release his third album, the rapper has proven the disbelievers wrong with his latest project Lasers. Bouncing back from a creative dispute with his music label, Atlantic Records, Fiasco told his fans at the album release party at Webster Hall in Ne...

Fashion Forward: Spring Style Savvy

Shantoel Mcleod, Staff Writer

March 15, 2011


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Say goodbye to winter woes and say hello to spring bliss. It's time to shed those winter layers and welcome the over-the-top spring season. Bold colors, stripes, patterns and wash-stoned denims are about to make their way into your wardrobe. Pump up your wardrobe with crazy bright neons like electric ...

Bayside: Killing Time

Bill San Antonio, Sports Editor

February 22, 2011


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Making the jump to a major label can be a tough one for a punk band with a self-described "cult" following. So when Bayside's contract with Victory records ended after 2008's Shudder, singer Anthony Raneri turned to friends for help. Luckily, the band's frontman and lyricist is friends with some pr...

Leap into Childhood with a Storybook Favorite

Abigail Hernandez, Staff Writer

February 22, 2011


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St. John's students were able to take a trip down memory lane this past weekend as a childhood favorite came to life in the Chapell Players Theatre Group's musical performance of A Year with Frog and Toad at the Little Theatre. Frog and Toad's adventures start off as the two pals welcome spring after...

Ahmir Gives Back Through Song

Adelle Platon, Entertainment Editor

February 22, 2011


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In an industry where up-and-coming artists are focused on getting their names out there, Ahmir has used their talents to place the emphasis on others.   The R&B group comprised of Sing-Sing, Mr. Jones, Big Mike and KC has used their music as a vehicle to not only propel their careers but bring awa...

Adele 21

Edline Dyer, Contributing Writer

February 22, 2011


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Didn't have a valentine last week? Don't really know what your situation is with a significant or not-so-significant other? Tired of all the pop club bangers that aren't exactly speaking to you? Well, this past Tuesday marked the release of English singer/songwriter Adele's follow-up to her debut al...

Radiohead: The King of Limbs

Justin Thrift, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2011


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Somehow, they've managed to do it. In their eighth studio release, Radiohead invites listeners to dive into yet an even deeper atmospheric level of Thom Yorke's brooding complexities. The King of Limbs is Radiohead's truest manifestation as a band to date, an album that completely sheds the responsibi...

Gaga’s Rebirth Keeps ‘Monsters’ Satisfied

Karla Rodriguez, Staff Writer

February 15, 2011


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Little "monsters" everywhere have been counting down the seconds until the release of Lady Gaga's new single titled "Born This Way." The long-awaited track is the first single off her upcoming studio album of the same name which will be released on May 23. Gaga gifted the highly anticipated song to ...

Lady’s Night at the Grammy Awards

Sharon Tong, Contributing Writer

February 15, 2011


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Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Admit it: as much as you have heard enough about these three, you'd expect them to win big at the 53rd Grammy Awards, right? Wrong! Although Gaga left with three awards for "Best Pop Vocal Album," "Best Short Film Music Video" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performa...

Swag On Deck

Peter Long, Staff writer

January 31, 2011


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There are some tracks in the American songbook that people recognize instantly. These songs are considered classics, music that millions upon millions of people know and enjoy.   Perhaps The Beatles' cover of "Twist and Shout" could fall under this category. Maybe even a contemporary jam such as ...

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