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Artist spotlight: John Frusciante

Artist spotlight: John Frusciante

Bradley Fargo, features writer

November 1, 2013


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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. It’s been a while since the last Pion-Ear blog post, so I thought I’d introduce a new segment, namely The Artist Spotlight. This is where a Call staffer/blogger writes a quick revi...

Album review: “Melophobia” by Cage the Elephant

Album review: “Melophobia” by Cage the Elephant

Chris Winget, business editor

October 14, 2013


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With the release of their third studio album, the alternative rock group Cage the Elephant has done it again with Melophobia. The compilation of 10 unique songs was released in the U.S on Oct. 4. As a whole, the album is fast paced and dramatic with a few exceptions. It is full of upbeat tempos and ...

Album review: “Mechanical Bull” by Kings of Leon

Album review: “Mechanical Bull” by Kings of Leon

Bradley Fargo, features writer

October 2, 2013


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The famed alternative southern-rock group Kings of Leon recently returned from a three-year hiatus, to release their latest studio album “Mechanical Bull” to positive critical reception. This collection of 11 songs was released in the U.S. on Sept. 24 , and signifies a return in the Kings’ sound to more upbeat, driv...

Album review: “True” by Avicii

Album review: “True” by Avicii

Jake Balmer, entertainment editor

September 22, 2013


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The acoustic guitar/club beat pairing that drives the lead single “Wake Me Up” from Avicii’s new album True is anything but a replication of the style set forth in 2012 by rapper Flo Rida’s lyrical and musical abomination “Whistle.” Nor does it even truly fit the “country house” labe...

A musical guide to Valentine’s Day

A musical guide to Valentine’s Day

Eli Cost, features writer

February 12, 2013


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If you do only one thing to prepare for Valentine's Day, don't make it buying gifts. Don't make it writing cute, gushy cards. And for the love of God, don't—DON'T—make it planning a grand (read: stupid) romantic gesture. No, no. Listen up, guys and gals: the only thing you need to charm the sock...

The 55th Grammy Awards: Who should win?

The 55th Grammy Awards: Who should win?

Eli Cost and Becca Gerdes

February 10, 2013


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Before tuning into the 55th annual Grammy Awards at 8/7c on CBS, check out our picks for who should take home statues (not necessarily who we think will). Click here to see who else was nominated in each category.  Additionally, you can download the 2013 Grammy Nominees compilation album here. And, of...

The best thing you’ve never heard

The best thing you’ve never heard

Becca Gerdes

January 31, 2013


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Disclaimer: The links below are unedited and contain profanity One of my favorite rappers is probably someone you haven’t heard of. And I’m not saying that to be a hipster; he isn’t on a major label, and he hasn’t toured yet. His name is Lewis Elder. Elder is a De Smet graduate and current Univ...

KHS graduate debuts first music video

KHS graduate debuts first music video

Eli Cost, features writer

January 16, 2013


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Malena Smith had thought through nearly everything: what it would be like to be a musician, to put out an album, to win a Grammy. But she had not considered the implications of making a music video. "When it came down to it, I was like 'Oh my gosh, am I gonna be good at this?'" Smith, a 2012 graduate...

The 10 most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2013

The 10 most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2013

Eli Cost, features writer

January 14, 2013


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The five best songs of 2012

The five best songs of 2012

Eli Cost, features writer

December 20, 2012


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  DISCLAIMER: These choices are no doubt controversial. Many thousands of songs were released this year, and narrowing them to just five was no easy task. If you feel something was wrongfully left out (or wrongfully included), voice your opinion with a comment below.  

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