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Why Lemonade Is Beyoncé’s Jagged Little Pill

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On Saturday April 16th, Beyoncé released a teaser video online for something called Lemonade. Whatever Lemonade was, it would debut the following Saturday on HBO. Was it a new song and accompanying video? An album announcement? The Beyhive was buzzing. Queen Bey started her Formation world tour on April 27th so whatever Lemonade was, it was going to be big. I sort of figured this might be a new music video or maybe it was an entire album. With a name like Lemonade, I expected something summery; you know when you listen to a song or an album and you think “This sounds like summer.”? What we got was something that certainly quenched our thirst; an entire album with an…

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In Defense of Kanye West

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By: Kristopher Smith I’m going to publicly come out not only as a fan but also a supporter of Kanye West. Yes, I am a follower of the church of Yeezus. This may not be the most popular stance to make to the public, but frankly I don’t care.

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Dark Planet lights it up

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Dark Planet is back in action and with a brand new video. “For the Love of Hip Hop” is a fine trip down old school lane with a familiar sensation with clips of Alley CB Flynn doing his thang and hitting up local scenes in town. Though the sound hits an old-school nerve, it’s a fresh alternative to anything ever heard before and delivers a unique song that listeners can connect with while easily bopping their head up and down. This is the third video release from The Blue Wolf Chronicles by Dark Planet which includes Flynn and his partner in crime Adam Caines, known as AC Glowbrain. The duo decided to slowly release videos month by month to remain…

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A Chat with the B’ys

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A Chat with the B’ys From “Not Quite:” The Crew Behind “The Fast and the Furious: Pothole Drift” On this past Monday morning, my CBC Facebook page flickered with a faux-trailer for The Fast and the Furious: Pothole Drift. Soon thereafter it was followed by a flurry of shares from all ends of my Facebook friend continuum. The video (link here if you somehow have not already seen it) is the latest offering from Not Quite, an up-and-comedy sketch comedy group. Their Facebook group says this about them: “Making videos with low expectations.” While this is refreshingly humble, it’s hard not to have higher expectations for the crew that brought you other topical and popular sketches: DarkNL and The Snowpranos, which also…

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Coldplay puts a smile upon your face

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There was a lot of excitement for me leading up to Coldplay’s release of their latest record Ghost Stories. The album was teased with a rich, highly cinematic video for Midnight directed by Mary Wigmore on February 25, 2014. Despite being one of the slowest building songs in memory, barely increasing much in tempo it is more a big long intensifying crescendo. Yet, it remains one of my favorites from the record, often getting stuck in my head. It’s also no surprise, given that description of the song’s sound, that it was constructed around an ambient track originally produced in 2003 by regular Coldplay collaborator Jon Hopkins, called Amphora. That said, in the Live DVD/CD version of the album, Midnight…

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