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Pion-Ear: Vance Joy

Pion-Ear: Vance Joy

Allison Hubbard, features editor

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...

Album review: “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” by Weezer

Album review: “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” by Weezer

Trevor Cleveland, blog/podcast editor

October 17, 2014


Filed under Editor's Pick, Pion-Ear

Weezer’s new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End brings the band back to its roots with the same lyrical catchiness and creative cords that made Weezer (1994) such a successful album, having sold 3.3 million copies in the United States. The album features two singles, “Back to the Shack...

Pion-Ear: Ben Rector

Pion-Ear: Ben Rector

Anna Mullendore, features writer

October 9, 2014


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Ben Rector has an offbeat style which talks about the beauty in the moments life has to offer. As an artist, he takes the bitter aspects of life and puts them perfectly into lyrics. Live in concert, Rector is just as sincere with his tone and lyrics as on record. On Sept. 16 Ben released a live r...

Pion-ear: Taylor Swift’s 1989

Pion-ear: Taylor Swift’s 1989

Tara Hawkins, print editor

October 9, 2014


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I was a die-hard Taylor Swift fan. I attended three of her concerts and have an autograph from the first time I saw her circa 2009 (will sell for the right price). She wrote popular, catchy songs and had nice hair. As a 12 year old, that about sums up the depth of my music appreciation. Don’t get...

Pion-Ear: Hopsin

Pion-Ear: Hopsin

Holden Foreman, sports writer

October 3, 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. The underground hip-hop scene is flooded with lost talent, but there may be no...

Appreciate “Oxymoron” by ScHoolboy Q

Appreciate “Oxymoron” by ScHoolboy Q

Lucy Waldemer, photographer

March 27, 2014


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ScHoolboy Q’s newest album, Oxymoron, explores hard-hitting themes, from classic Q’s wild lifestyle to the pressures of having a child. The combination of deep reflection into Q’s hard past, his signature love of women and similar love of partying fills the album with variety. Q really opens up in...

Artist spotlight: Iration

Artist spotlight: Iration

Chris Winget, business editor

January 19, 2014


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This Pionear segment is meant to quickly highlight a musician or band that I think should get more attention. Feel free to submit artists for a spotlight through this link. Iration is a Pop Reggae band from Santa Barbara, California. It consists of guitarist Micah Pueschel, Drummer Joseph Dickens,...

Artist spotlight: MC Jin

Artist spotlight: MC Jin

Bradley Fargo, features writer

January 1, 2014


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Update: A starter song list has been added to the bottom of the story. Only songs available on Spotify have been shown. This Pionear segment is meant to quickly highlight a musician or band that I think should get more attention. Feel free to submit artists for a spotlight through this link. Jin...

Album review: “Midnight Memories” by One Direction

Album review: “Midnight Memories” by One Direction

Jake Balmer, entertainment editor

December 11, 2013


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An album like One Directions’ Midnight Memories raises a few questions about the music industry and music critiquing; an album with this much hype should bring something new and something immediately memorable (with that title, especially), shouldn’t it? The lads from across the pond do bring...

Album review: “Nothing Was The Same” by Drake

Album review: “Nothing Was The Same” by Drake

Woody Kipp, sports writer

December 5, 2013


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With a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new, Canadian rapper Drake turned in another stellar album. Nothing Was The Same hit stores Sept. 24 and listeners are already downloading it at a record rate. The new release features the Drake from his Take Care days, singing about almost-love...

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