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Pion-Ear: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Pion-Ear: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Holden Foreman, web editor

May 3, 2017


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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. Sound odd? As musical connoisseurs, we tend to dehumanize the artists to which we unquestioningly surrender our ears. We place musicians upon Mount Olympus and expect them to bless us with perfect harvests in return. We rarely even acknowledge their real names. But rappers n...

Pion-ear: Divide

Pion-ear: Divide

Abby Geisz, copy editor

March 9, 2017


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Rating: 4 and a half out of 5 stars Ed Sheeran’s third album, “÷” pronounced “divide,” was released after the artist took a one-year hiatus from social media March 3. Sheeran first took the world stage in 2011 with his studio album, “+”, but didn’t become a superstar until 2014 with his a...

Pion-Ear: Big Sean’s I Decided.

Pion-Ear: Big Sean’s I Decided.

Holden Foreman, web editor

February 24, 2017


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If you asked me to name the most likeable rapper in the game, Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, aka Big Sean, would take the crown hands down (sorry Jay Z). While he may not be the best lyricist around, Sean’s dedication and honesty offer hope in an industry of artists more respectable for their musi...

Pion-Ear: Blue & Lonesome review

Pion-Ear: Blue & Lonesome review

Ryan Davidson, editor-in-chief

January 14, 2017


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As the Rolling Stones’ lead guitarist Keith Richards said back in the day, “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet.” The Stones lived this mantra to the fullest throughout the 60s and 70s, and while dodging police and for the most part avoiding legal trouble,...

Pion-Ear: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ review

Pion-Ear: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ review

Holden Foreman, web editor

January 10, 2017


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“Pursuit of Happiness” is such a sweet song. I can really relate to the artist’s motivational message about doing me and removing the shackles of society and the system. But who sings it again? Kid Cudi? Has he been in the studio since 2009? Is he even alive? Yes, he’s alive, but Cudi’s ...

Pion-Ear: Lil Dicky

Pion-Ear: Lil Dicky

Austin Cleveland, sports writer

November 16, 2016


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David Andrew Burd, aka Lil Dicky, aka Sweet Baby Ray, The Founder of the Sauce. The University of Virginia business major-turned-rapper is taking the rap world by storm through a new take on the same repetitive, but nonetheless catchy, rhythms and droning lyrics. He finds the perfect mix of what hip-...

Pion-Ear: De La Soul’s “And the Anonymous Nobody”

Pion-Ear: De La Soul’s “And the Anonymous Nobody”

Zachary Clingenpeel, photographer

October 21, 2016


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Nobody could have predicted the return of the legendary hip hop group that made hits like “Ring Ring Ring” and “Me, Myself and I.” De La Soul, a group that revolutionized the world of rap in the 1990s alongside names such as Queen Latifah and A Tribe Called Quest, are back in the game after an almost-12-year...

Pion-Ear: Killswitch Engage’s “Incarnate”

Pion-Ear: Killswitch Engage’s “Incarnate”

Matt Small, web staff

April 1, 2016


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Killswitch Engage's 6th studio album, Incarnate, sets a new standard for metal albums. Diving deep into topics such as societal racism, personal suffering, and questioning spirituality keeps their sound fresh but still recognizable. Possibly living up to the greatness of 2004’s The End of Heartache or...

Pion-Ear: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo

Pion-Ear: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo

Holden Foreman, entertainment editor

February 20, 2016


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Wake up Mr. West. You may be a musical genius, but The Life of Pablo sounds like a cross between a barking dog and my baby sister crying. I’m halfway through the first track and you have yet to lay a verse. Wait? What’s that you say? There are 17 more songs, one of which features the greatest rapper al...

Pion-Ear: Ray Goren’s “Songs For You”

Pion-Ear: Ray Goren’s “Songs For You”

Holden Foreman, entertainment editor

February 8, 2016


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Here we go again, I thought to myself as I slipped Ray Goren’s “Songs For You,” released Aug. 21, 2015, into my laptop’s disc drive. Another self-proclaimed pop “artist” was ready to reduce my already waning faith in the industry. I reluctantly prepared myself for 20 minutes of torture in t...

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