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'Yours Truly' by Ariana Grande in Review

‘Yours Truly’ by Ariana Grande in Review

September 25, 2013

By JOE VITALE OPINIONS EDITOR Stepping into a Nickelodeon star’s debut album is, to say the least, unfamiliar territory for me. Blooming child stars often find themselves reaching far beyond their niches, w...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Mosquito’ in Review

April 24, 2013

By JOE VITALE ASSISTANT OPINION EDITOR There is a certain risk in producing a Yeah Yeah Yeah’s record in a, well, post-Yeah Yeah Yeahs and post-Strokes era. Today’s post-post-rock genre is one nostalgia of the booming New York City rock ’n ’roll scene that, in the early 2000s, surpassed the vibrancy and excitement of today’s downtown Brooklyn scene. On with their fourth LP release, Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Ye...

Controversy, Surprise at Grammys

February 14, 2013

By JOE VITALE ASSISTANT OPIONIONS EDITOR Last year, music fans watched Adele sweep the Grammys taking home six awards. Her fans, of course, experienced euphoria — their new queen was rightfully crowned. Everyone else, however, was less impressed; the lack of variety and surprises fell short of the ceremony’s hype. For the 2013, both variety and surprises were sprinkled throughout the evening, both on and off the sta...

Super Bowl Goes Beyond Merely Football

February 6, 2013

By Joe Vitale There are plenty of things to look forward to every Super Bowl: the game, the food, the viewing parties, the commercials. It is certainly a strong, unmoving American tradition. But, beyond the football, the Super Bowl is also a display of something much more relevant: American culture in its current state. And, with a viewing audience of over 108.4 million people, Super Bowl XLVII played host to a plethora...

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