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Junior student vocal recital entrances

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre presented the student recital, which featured vocal performances from juniors Laura DeBrunner, Griff Bludworth, Elizabeth Rancourt, Brandon Langjahr and Mary Bond. The performance was held on the evening of Feb. 14 at Bellarmine Chapel. Each performance was accompanied by Jan Corrothers on … Continue reading

2015 Grammy Awards

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ This year, LL Cool J hosted the 57th annual Grammy Awards, music’s biggest night when artists are recognized and honored for their craft. While Sam Smith and Beck dominated the evening, plenty of others left with a Grammy award in their pockets. Smith had a huge night, putting Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist … Continue reading

Comedy thrives at Go Bananas

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Go Bananas Comedy Club welcomed back Cincinnati native Alex Stone this past weekend, Jan. 29-31, in honor of his debut album to be released later this year. Making the trip back home from his current residency in Chicago, Stone was welcomed with open arms and plenty of laughs for his … Continue reading

Classical Piano Series

By: Nick McGill ~Sports Editor~ Acclaimed pianist Bruce Brubaker discusses his passion In anticipation for the Music Series piano concert on Feb. 8, the Newswire sat down with Bruce Brubaker to learn more about his career, what pieces he will be performing and what it takes to become a professional musician. Xavier Newswire: For those … Continue reading

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

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