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  • Whitman Idol is being held on April 25. Auditions are March 23 and 24 after school in the Music Hall.

  • The media center is looking for poetry submissions during April. Stop by the media center for more info.

Freshman plays viola in National Symphony Orchestra program

Freshman plays viola in National Symphony Orchestra program

By Lily Jacobson
March 20
Filed under Feature, Music

After walking into the Kennedy Center, the audience members sit down, close their eyes and allow the soothing sounds of the orchestra to fill their ears. Opening their eyes, most may be expecting to see a poised group of professional musicians with decades of experience, but instead, they see high school students.

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Kid Cudi’s returns from rehab with mixed results

Kid Cudi’s returns from rehab with mixed results

By Michael Gorman
February 8
Filed under Feature, Music

Cudi’s newest album, “Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’” just doesn’t cut it, lacking his infectious energy and top-notch humming. Most of the songs are throwaways as Cudi’s featured artists can only take the album so far.

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Flaming Lips return with a different melody

Flaming Lips return with a different melody

By Michael Gorman
February 8
Filed under Feature, Music

With their 14th studio album“Oczy Mlody,” The Flaming Lips is moving away from the clear, cohesive sound that has been a staple on their more recent albums.

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Run the Jewels return with loud attitude, create classic

Run the Jewels return with loud attitude, create classic

By Michael Gorman
February 8
Filed under Feature, Music

Since their self-titled debut album released in 2013, Run the Jewels has delivered hard flows with distinct social commentary for their fast-growing fan base. The rap duo’s latest effort, “Run the Jewels 3,” was released Dec. 25, making it the best present I received over the holidays.

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‘Do What Thou Wilt’ an Ab-Soul-ute classic

‘Do What Thou Wilt’ an Ab-Soul-ute classic

By Michael Gorman
February 8
Filed under Feature, Music

“Do What Thou Wilt” is Ab-Soul’s loud, abrasive and disorganized claim to the center-stage of modern hip-hop and rap. At surface level, it may seem as if he’s being wildly offensive, but after a deeper look into the lyrics, it’s clear Ab-Soul is thinking on a higher level.

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Tribe’s Dedication to Phife is touching without losing quality of sound

Tribe’s Dedication to Phife is touching without losing quality of sound

By Michael Gorman
January 2
Filed under Feature, Music

With “We’ve Got It From Here...Thank you 4 Your Service,” A Tribe Called Quest proves that even with an 18-year break, they’re still one of the freshest groups in the rap industry. Read More »...

On ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ J. Cole broadcasts storytelling, moves away from hype

On ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ J. Cole broadcasts storytelling, moves away from hype

By Michael Gorman
January 2
Filed under Feature, Music

With “4 Your Eyez Only,” North Carolina rapper J. Cole has proven his storytelling ability, though he didn’t expand on his production or delivery. It’s somewhat of a disappointment, as he had been building up momentum for several years; he had impressive features on other songs, and in 2014, wi...

Bruno Mars draws on Jackson influence to bring ‘24k Magic’

Bruno Mars draws on Jackson influence to bring ‘24k Magic’

By Michael Gorman
December 21
Filed under Feature, Music

With “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars proved that while Michael Jackson may have died years ago, the King of Pop’s influence lives on. Read More »...

Sting like a bee on ’57th and 9th’

Sting like a bee on ’57th and 9th’

By Michael Gorman
December 15
Filed under Feature, Music

With his first rock album in 13 years, Sting jumped right back in the crossroads of rock n’ roll with “57th and 9th.” The title is a reference to the intersection in New York City that Sting crossed every day to get to the studio where much of the album was recorded. Read More »...

The Weeknd’s vocal capacity makes up for lack of experimentation

The Weeknd’s vocal capacity makes up for lack of experimentation

By Michael Gorman
December 13
Filed under Feature, Music

After his smash hit single “Starboy,” released in September, The Weeknd released his album by the same name Nov. 25, but struggled to keep his momentum going. Read More »...

Rock veteran Neil Young ‘respects Mother Earth,’ produces latest live album: 3/5 stars

Rock veteran Neil Young ‘respects Mother Earth,’ produces latest live album: 3/5 stars

By Michael Gorman
December 6
Filed under Music

Neil Young released his newest live album “Earth” June 17. The album features Young’s live performances while incorporating sounds of animals and nature. Read More »...

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