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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


Filed under Entertainment, Pion-Ear

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...

Pion-Ear: Ruth B’s “The Intro”

Pion-Ear: Ruth B’s “The Intro”

Holden Foreman, entertainment editor

February 2, 2016


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“They think it's a shame / that the world will never know our names,” croons Canadian upstart Ruth B on “2 Poor Kids,” the first track on the 20-year-old singer-songwriter’s new EP, “The Intro,” released Nov. 27, 2015. The four tracks showcase Ruth’s soft voice and strong emotions. Unfortunately, the two traits mix poorly, an...

Pion-Ear: Chance the Rapper

Pion-Ear: Chance the Rapper

Jake Siegel, sports writer

March 9, 2015


Filed under Entertainment, Pion-Ear

Chance the Rapper, or “Chano,” an out-of-the-ordinary rapper from Chicago, is foregoing the traditional route of a mainstream rapper by teaming up with his buds to establish a unique sound in the rap scene that includes a hodgepodge of jazz, soul and rap influences. Chance represents the lighter...

Pion-ear: Ezra Blair’s He Is Real Lite

Pion-ear: Ezra Blair’s He Is Real Lite

January 31, 2015


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Students swarmed like flies to get their hands on sophomore Ezra Blair’s first mixtape, He Is Real Lite, when it was released during finals last semester. When I first heard a student had released a rap mixtape, I was skeptical, expecting the usual unoriginal drum machine beats and mindlessly cocky ...

Pion-Ear: Vance Joy

Pion-Ear: Vance Joy

Allison Hubbard, features editor

December 16, 2014


Filed under Pion-Ear, Uncategorized

Dream Your Life Away by Vance Joy is a seamless compilation of 13 tracks, ranging from catchy riffs to soulful ballads. Vance Joy released his first studio album Sept. 9, the first of a five-album deal with Atlantic Records. Many of the songs have repetitive lyrics and similar chord progressions, but th...

Pion-Ear: Snarky Puppy

Pion-Ear: Snarky Puppy

Bradley Fargo, entertainment editor

October 23, 2014


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Pion-Ear is an opportunity  for Call staffers to highlight a certain musician they know. Everything from live concerts to new albums to up-and-coming artists are covered. Each album or artist is rated out of five stars. In what I can only describe as a frenetic and downright funky performance, Snarky P...

Pion-Ear: Alt J

Pion-Ear: Alt J

Julia Wunning-Zimmer, opinions writer

October 23, 2014


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Dream Your Life Away by Vance Joy is a seamless compilation of 13 tracks, ranging from catchy riffs to soulful ballads. Vance Joy released his first studio album Sept. 9, the first of a five-album deal with Atlantic Records. Many of the songs have repetitive lyrics and similar chord progressions, but th...

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