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21 Savage, Offset team with Metro Boomin’

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The dry-spoken, braggadocio rapper 21 Savage and hard-hitting Migos member, Offset, teamed up with premium trap producer Metro Boomin to deliver one of the rawest albums yet, “Without Warning.” The Atlanta trio worked on this album to bring back the simplicity of a good trap project: grand production with dark, clever bars. Without Warning, as…

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Maritime performing arts series begins

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This semester, the performing arts series has expanded from jazz to incorporate many different forms of music and art, like classic rock, blues, classical, ballet and theater to expose students to more than one type of art. For the last two years, the performing arts faculty has done a series with jazz put together by…

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All the rage about “Luv is Rage 2”

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By Anastasia Cottone Staff Writer The recent release of the album Luv Is Rage 2 was long awaited and highly anticipated by Lil Uzi Vert fans everywhere. The song that sparked a fire in the rap community was “XO TOUR Llif3,” which was released on March 24th, 2017 – long before the rest of the…

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Cardi B tops music charts

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Hip hop fans might have been caught off guard with Cardi B’s new hit song “Bodak Yellow,” but Cardi’s rap career has been increasingly successful within the past year. She boasts her independence, wealth and confidence. In a brief interview with MTV, Cardi B explains she stays humble, but felt like she deserved a chance…

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Look What Taylor Swift Did

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In the hyped-up debut for her latest album, Reputation, Taylor Swift released the music video for the single, “Look What You Made Me Do” on Sunday. The video opens in a graveyard, zooming in on a tombstone engraved with “Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation.” From the beginning, viewers see a dark and resentful side of Swift,…

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Celebrity performances not needed at Bona’s

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This past weekend, I visited the University at Buffalo. This school is known for having huge names for its fall and spring concerts. It can usually muster up huge names in music that Bona’s simply cannot match. While I was there, I discovered the line-up for its Spring Fest, and I didn’t think the line-up…

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Should musicians slow down releasing music?

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Frank Ocean, Grammy nominated R&B singer, has mastered one thing that many artists have failed to understand. He has mastered an art form that has long lost its touch in recent years. What he has mastered is – suspense. Frank Ocean waited four years in between his first album Chanel Orange and his second studio…

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Syd returns with soulful tape

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Syd Bennett, formerly known as Syd tha Kid and mostly known from her work with Odd Future, has been in the music scene for quite some time, but it is doubtful that many had heard of her. Syd released her solo debut album early this year and her reactions were “encore.” This album, Fin, is…

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Khalid reflects in American Teen

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Every once in a few lukewarm pop albums, we’re gifted something fantastic — a record with dynamicity that yanks at past heartstrings with resonance. Nineteen-year-old singer Khalid does just that on American Teen, his light and beachy debut album. The piece brings warmth to a bitter winter’s day — and peace of mind in Khalid’s…

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Big band returns to Bonaventure

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By Tom Cottingham Features Editor Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Big Band returns to the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on March 14 at 7 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. Leslie M. Sabina, Ph.D., will be playing the saxophone along with the band. Sabina, who has attended many BOP performances,…

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Future brings more in self-titled

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Future, he Atlanta rapper, is back with yet another album. Self-titled by Future is his fourth release since DS2 back in 2015. As you can see, Future does not chose to slow down any time soon. FUTURE guides listeners to more deep cuts Future has been working on. Don’t look forward to hearing a club…

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Is music not respecting women?

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In today’s music, especially the hip-hop genre, you can usually find a derogatory or sexist term aimed towards women. Although this type of language can be found in most music types, it seems that it is especially prevalent in the hip-hop genre. Degrading women in music is something that many artists partake in today. An…

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Too soon for Christmas

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I love Christmas music and “Dominick the Donkey” is my jam. I love singing about an Italian Christmas ass with the same name as me every Christmas season. The problem is that it is not the Christmas season yet! Yes, it is currently the holiday season, but that holiday is Thanksgiving. There is a reason…

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Falling for Fallon

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By Corey Krajewski Opinion Editor Brian Fallon’s first solo album “Painkiller’s delivers what fans have been waiting for. Dubbed “the punk rock Bruce Springsteen” nearly ten years ago as Brian Fallon’s career with the The Gaslight Anthem’s began, fans have been yearning for a Fallon solo effort. Fallon does not disappoint. The album is Fallon’s…

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The 5th Beatle

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Celebrity death always seems to leave a hole in the world’s collective conscience. Take the death of David Bowie earlier this year; celebrities from Lady Gaga to Olympic snowboarder Shaun White paid him tribute, while others left flowers at a memorial to him in Brixton. George Martin didn’t get the same fanfare following his death…

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Local musicians emerge

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After almost a year of preparation, local rap group Microphone Mafia is receiving some long-awaited success within the Bonaventure community. Microphone Mafia is an Olean-based group that began making music in spring of 2015. The group consists of “Pretty Gary” Coleman, DJ PJ’s, KNIX and Crystal, friends who decided to work together after collaborating on…

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Singers and pianists impress at recital

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By Lauren Zazzara Features Editor The SBU Piano and Vocal Studios and Chamber Singers beautifully serenaded their friends, family and community who filled the Rigas Family Theater in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday. The recital featured both pianists and vocalists who performed a wide variety of pieces from different time…

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Bieber changes his tune on new album

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Justin Bieber won’t be saying “Sorry” to fans any time soon. The 21 year old released his new album “Purpose” on Nov. 13, showing fans his clear transition from childhood star to polished adult artist. “Purpose” is notably more mature than any music Bieber’s released before. He went from singing bubbly teenage-pop music to creating…

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Band and choir perform in Rigas Theater

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By Brandon Chin   The halls of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts echoed this past Sunday with the sounds of another concert in the Visual Performing Art’s Fall Series. The afternoon performance consisted of a score of singers from the concert choir and select scores played by the concert band. Though only…

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High on beach, high on charts

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By Lauren Zazzara Features Editor   Lana Del Rey’s music career clearly wasn’t “Born to Die” (the title of her first album), as she released her newest album, “Honeymoon,” on Sept. 19. “Honeymoon” is Del Rey’s fourth studio album, following up her dark and troubled “Ultraviolence” from 2014. As compared to the hip-hop influence of…

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