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Pion-ear: Jacob Sartorius’ “Better With You”

Pion-ear: Jacob Sartorius’ “Better With You”

Logan Crews, editor-in-chief

November 28, 2018

I have to admit, when I went to Jacob Sartorius’ concert in February, I went for the jokes. Here was this kid known for making cringey Musical.ly’s when he was, like, 12 coming to perform his poorly written music to a bunch of young girls at The Pageant. Oh man. Little did I know, his music is lif...

Pion-Ear: Anderson .Paak

Pion-Ear: Anderson .Paak

Benji Wilton, sports editor

November 16, 2018

Brandon Paak Anderson is not a rapper. His brand of hip-hop does not resemble the mainstream mumbles that dominate the top charts. Anderson .Paak is a poet. In today’s age of lean-guzzling “Lil” rappers and trap anthems with “yuh” and “aye” galore, he provides a diverse range of sounds and ly...

Pion-Ear: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Pion-Ear: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.

Holden Foreman, web editor

May 3, 2017

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: Big Sean’s I Decided.

Pion-Ear: Big Sean’s I Decided.

Holden Foreman, web editor

February 24, 2017

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: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ review

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

Holden Foreman, web editor

January 10, 2017

“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

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: Killswitch Engage’s “Incarnate”

Pion-Ear: Killswitch Engage’s “Incarnate”

Matt Small, web staff

April 1, 2016

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

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: Ruth B’s “The Intro”

Pion-Ear: Ruth B’s “The Intro”

Holden Foreman, entertainment editor

February 2, 2016

“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

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...

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