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The digital age: a blessing or burden to music critics?

Final project for a communications class. I was to write a 1200-1500 word feature article on a topic of my choosing.

Publication date: December 5, 2015.

Once upon a time, you waited months for the day your favorite band released a new album. Then you waited even more until you got a chance to run to the music store and buy a copy. However, there was one group of people standing in between you and that CD−people with journalism degrees and loud opinions that needed to be shared. The most experienced of these people could make or break a musician’s career. These ruthless writers were known as the music critics.

The prominent figure Continue reading The digital age: a blessing or burden to music critics?

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Artist spotlight: Marianas Trench

Publication date: November 19, 2015.

Marianas Trench is more than just the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. In the music world, Marianas Trench refers to the Canadian pop-punk band, formed in 2001 in Vancouver. With lead singer Josh Ramsay as the band’s front, other members include Matt Webb on guitar, Mike Ayley on bass, and Ian Casselman on drums.

Ramsay had been singing since Continue reading Artist spotlight: Marianas Trench

Say “hello” to Adele’s new song

Publication date: November 5, 2015.

“Hello” was not only a greeting last week. On Oct. 23, British singer Adele released her latest single titled “Hello.” This is her first song release in three years, so it’s kind of a big deal for her fans.

The single is a part of her long-awaited third album entitled 25, a reflection of her age when the album was recorded.

So, where has Adele been Continue reading Say “hello” to Adele’s new song

Andrew McMahon brings wilderness to Reading

Publication date: October 1, 2015.

Center-City Reading was anything but quiet on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Berks County residents of all ages gathered together on the 500 block of Penn Street to see Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness perform a free show as part of the “Downtown Alive” concert series. Striking Matches performed the first concert on Aug. 5, and Gin Blossoms will perform the third on Oct. 23.

“Downtown Alive” features Continue reading Andrew McMahon brings wilderness to Reading

Music or lyrics?

Publication date: September 17, 2015.

Listen to your favorite song and really focus on what you hear. Which musical element hits you first, the instrumentals or the lyrics? Which one do you connect with more? For years people have debated over the importance of lyrics to music and vice versa.

Earlier this week in his Writing about Continue reading Music or lyrics?

Festivals to hit this summer

Publication date: May 7, 2015.

It’s finals time again, and summer is fast approaching. This can only mean one thing to die-hard concert lovers: music festivals.

March brought the SXSW festival in Texas, followed by California’s Coachella Valley festival in April. While these popular events may have passed, never fear. You still have plenty of opportunities to pack up your car with your friends and your favorite playlist and road-trip it to these summer 2015 music festivals.

The Gentleman Stopover Continue reading Festivals to hit this summer

Kevin MaC

Publication date: March 26, 2015.

If you visited Jake’s Place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, you were in for a treat. Nashville country singer Kevin MaC put on quite the show for Albrightians, with his catchy original tunes and comedic attitude.

Born and raised under the influence of country music, MaC decided early on to stick to his roots when he became a performer. However, he adds his own twist to the classic acoustic country style.

In addition to writing his own Continue reading Kevin MaC

Bye Bye, American Pie

Publication date: February 24, 2015

Feb. 3 was not just National Carrot Cake Day (yes that is a thing). It is also known as the Day the Music Died. That’s not just a made-up line in the song “American Pie”; the song is referencing the day in 1959 when the untimely deaths of three legendary rock musicians occurred.

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson Continue reading Bye Bye, American Pie

Music on the mind

Publication date: February 5, 2015.

It’s a common belief that music has an extreme effect on mood and personality. I know when I hear “Fix You” I’m bound to gaze out of a car window as if I’m starring in my own music video, but when “Shake It Off” comes on you better believe I will dance like no one is watching.

Music can even be Continue reading Music on the mind