Albums and Artists

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An interview with vocal instructor, Harriet Beebe Arrasmith

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Xavier Newswire (XN): How long have you been instructing the vocal arts? Harriet Beebe Arrasmith (HBA): Oh my gosh. Forty-five years. Almost fifty years. XN: Did you ever plan on becoming a vocal instructor? HBA: No, I never did. No. That was not my plan. I sang professionally for a very long time. Never even thought about teaching. It … Continue reading

Upbeat and divergent, “1989” pleases

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ Taylor Swift’s new album entitled “1989” was released Oct. 27 to immense critical and fan approval. The pop album, inspired by the year of her birth, is about living in the big city, leaving behind old selves and, of course, dating and accepting past mistakes. For this album, Swift has … Continue reading

“Cheek to Cheek” is heaven

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Tony Bennet & Lady Gaga make this a jazz standard for the ages. In late September, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released a collaborative jazz standard album. “Cheek to Cheek” couples the unexpected duo’s vocals on 11 tracks that are covers of classic jazz songs. The album follows Gaga’s 2013 … Continue reading

U2 continues “leaked album” trend

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ On Sept. 9, Apple unveiled the new Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay at its media event. At the end, U2 performed, and Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the album would be available for free to iTunes users. A day or so later, the album showed up … Continue reading

Columbus “turns blue” for Black Keys

By: Campbell Tuel ~Head Copy Editor~ The Black Keys opened their “Turn Blue” world tour last Friday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus to a nearly sold-out crowd. Hailing from Akron, childhood friends Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney formed The Black Keys in 2001. Meeting in a basement and recording a demo, they eventually landed … Continue reading

Video Music Awards sparks controversy

Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ MTV hosted its annual Video Music Awards (VMAs) ceremony this past Sunday to record-breaking ratings. Various reports conclude that almost 22 million people watched the ceremony, and the broadcast prompted almost 8,000 tweets per minute. However, beneath the flash and glamour of the Moonman trophies, controversy ensued. This follows … Continue reading

Week of Welcome: top entertainment events

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ The Xavier University Student Activities Council (SAC) and Office for Student Involvement (OSI) partner every year to promote the Week of Welcome (WOW) – an entire week’s worth of activities, movies and events to help ease the transition back for both veteran and new students. Many of these … Continue reading

Best Albums of the year

By: Campbell Tuel ~Head Copy Editor~ Arctic Monkeys – “AM” The indie rockers released “AM,” a hip hop-infused after-party album laced with heartache and regretful lust. The band strips down to its roots and balance genuine affection and sarcasm without tipping the scale. Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” is easily its best album since the band’s debut. … Continue reading

Rodrigo y Gabriela offer unconventional album with Latin flair

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Staff Writer~ It’s not easy to make it big in the Latin American music scene, and it’s quite another leap to make a name for oneself internationally. Mexican duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, not only accomplished this, but also did it in an unconventional fashion. At the end of April, their 5th studio … Continue reading

Phantogram concert proves band’s prowess

By: Kyle Grim ~Staff Writer~   Frequently hailed as one of the best up and coming bands, Phantogram lived up to the hype during its last concert. This past Sunday, New York electronic duo Phantogram put on a spec­tacle at the 20th Century Theater. The group combined both music and visuals to cre­ate a unique … Continue reading

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