By Arthur Medrano |Staff Writer| A 4-year-long journey awaited the music industry for Animal Collective's new studio album, "Painting With" which was released Feb. 19. It is their 10th studio album, following the success of their last album "Centipede Hz." They hold a creative aspect in their art, drawing multiple influences from both electronic and pop music. Following the success from their song "My Girl," the band of old high school friends have mastered synthesizers and using harmonic vocals to create modern folk songs. "You can never have enough funky, unique music come from acoustic and synthetic sounds. They should add much more to intensify the expressions," expresses … [Read more...] about Animal Collective’s “Painting With” Album Review
By Jaynene Moreno | Staff Writer | A Walking Dead Emergency AMC’s The Walking Dead has been the talk of the week. The midseason premiere has called a great deal of attention among fans, but these fans took their excitement a bit too far. According to the New York Daily News, Great Falls Police Department in Montana received a 911 call reporting screams about a gun coming from a neighborhood home. The cops arrived to the scene, only to find a typical family watching The Walking Dead in their living room. The Simpsons are going LIVE It's nothing new for TV shows to go live, it happens all the time but "The Simpsons" will be the first animated show to do so. Homer Simpson … [Read more...] about Poppin’ Newz
By Estefania Torres | Staff Writer| G-Eazy engaged the crowd of screaming fans at the Shrine Auditorium sporting his signature comb-over, dressed from head to toe in black, and a skull bandanna covering half of his face. Walking into the designated press area I was immediately drawn to the inventive stage. There was a very dark, urban feel to his stage setup. A grungy inspired layout displayed a sign that read Motel, a strip club and a bar with neon lights flashing the words "The Saint," and "Girls, Girls, Girls." This highly anticipated five month world tour was announced after the release of his new album "When It's Dark Out." Selling out almost every show, the young … [Read more...] about G-Eazy lights up the Shrine
By Jaynene Moreno | Staff Writer | Majid Jordan’s self-titled album dropped Feb. 5 and it’s easy to say that Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman will go far in their music career. The Toronto power duo is signed to OVO Sound. Their EP "A Place Like This" was released digitally through OVO Sound radio in 2014. They worked with Drake on his hit single “Hold On We’re Going Home” in 2013. They then collaborated again on their first single "My Love" which debuted on Apple Music’s Beats 1. “I really enjoy listening to Drake’s ‘Hold On We’re Going Home,’” said student Elmer Escobar, “but Majid Jordan can definitely hold their own and it’s been proven with this new album.” The two … [Read more...] about Ovo Sound artist, Majid Jordan
By Arthur Medrano | Staff Writer | Lately there has been a rise in popularity with average Joes who get lucky on social media websites and earn fame and fortune just as fast as their followers grow. Making the trek from cyberspace to reality TV is almost every social media user’s dream. A few lucky media junkies have actually made that journey towards appearing on shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" or "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," or even having their own shows. For instance, the YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley appeared on DeGeneres's show and talked about pop culture and his comedy skits from his YouTube channel. He is also a supporter of the LGBT community, which revolves around … [Read more...] about Social Media Stardom
By Jaynene Moreno | Staff Writer | Notable artists are joining the ranks of the music industry yet they are not always given the recognition they deserve. Such artists include Roy Woods, Troye Sivan, Toro Y Moi, Tory Lanez, and SZA. "I think there's a lot of artists people are sleeping on," said student Aimee Alvarez, "mainly because they don't fit mainstream culture or the ideology of what music should sound like." Media is constantly raving about Drake's trendsetting skills but not enough about the talents within his own signed artists, such as Roy Woods. Woods is a passionate Canadian rapper and R&B singer who is currently signed to OVO Sound. Although the singer did … [Read more...] about Artist you’re missing out on!
By Jamey Johnson | Staff Writer | Deck the halls in style. Rap artist Drake, also known as October's Very Own (OVO), is great at making his OVO brand stand out. With his own pair of Jordans that dropped in September, he is now launching a clothing line for women just in time for the holiday season. You can expect all black everything with a cool, casual, comfy vibe; including joggers, puffy jackets, and crop tops. The line goes on sale in Toronto, Canada stores Saturday, Nov. 21 and hits e-shelves online Nov. 28. Jake Gyllenhaal and Drake are painting the city with 50 shades of lipsticks. Tom Ford is coming out with a second collection of the "Lips & Boys" line, with 50 … [Read more...] about Poppin Newz
By Justine Lopez |Staff Writer| Music is a form of art, and no one should ever be told which direction they can take their art. But rappers are known for their 'tough guy' image and of course, their love for women. But what happens when a rapper expresses his love for another man? He gets the black sheep treatment. Even though it's 2015 where being gay is becoming less of a taboo, not everyone has warmed up to the idea yet. Recently on the reality TV show, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," viewers got an inside look into lives of up and coming gay rap artists Miles and Malan. During the time of filming, neither of them came out and both expressed their fear of coming out … [Read more...] about Homophobia In hip hop!
By Jamey Johnson |Staff Writer| What goes around comes around and right now punk is making a comeback! The early '70s punk movement was born in London and was known as an anarchic and aggressive movement. To punk teens this meant freedom, they wore what they wanted disregarding the social norms. Forty-five years later we would have never guessed it would be making a comeback as big as it has. You can say that since birth, punk has had a great impact on fashion. Student Nicholas Bishop explains that where he comes from, it was either getting into hardcore drugs like meth or going to outrageous music festivals. For Bishop it was concerts, and that is when the punk scene kicked … [Read more...] about Punk isn’t dead!
By Justine Lopez | Staff Writer | The music industry needs to brace itself because Def Jam Recordings have officially signed a new artist who has taken over the charts. Alessia Cara debuted her first single, "Here," this April and has over 17 million views on YouTube. Her touch of sound is commonly linked to Amy Winehouse, which is not too bad for a 19-year-old from Ontario, Canada. Within the first week of the song's release it accumulated over 500,000 streams and became the recently added track on every teenager's playlist. Complex magazine even labeled it as one of the best Canadian songs of April, and Billboard also added it to their "20 pop songs you need for your … [Read more...] about Alessia Carra is Poppin’