Tears and laughter: Paramore releases new album after four year hiatus

In recent years, a particular technique has bounced its way back into the music scene: 80’s beats and sounds. As a fan of most 80’s music (especially bops like Toto’s “Africa” and Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”) and popular bands of today, I appreciate the resurgence of these nostalgic sounds. So when my favorite band, Paramore, released their most recent album After Laughter in May 2017, I instantly fell in love with the group’s new pop-ish style (especially after listening to the album in its entirety about four times a day for a week).

Unlocking music genres for masses: Piano Guys use 88 keys to create musical masterpieces

As I scroll down the web page full of music I am supposed to listen to in my lab time for piano, I come across one video that looks like it could be interesting and click it. After a few seconds of watching it, I quickly become fascinated in the music and the skill of the people performing. What’s more, I vaguely recognize the pop song these people are playing but soon quickly realize that there is classical music blended into it. When the video is finished playing, a name pops up across the top of the screen: The Piano Guys. My only thought is this is so different than anything else I’ve ever watched or listened to before. I wasn’t the only one with this fascination. All over the world, millions of people have felt the same way I did, leading the group to receive invitations to prestigious places and events such as Carnegie Hall and the presidential inauguration.

Get in Formation: Beyonce fans experience concert of a lifetime, connect to artist

I witnessed first hand Beyoncé’s groundbreaking Lemonade concert in Houston. I was more than ready to “Get in Formation” by the time the concert started. When she sang her first lyrics, I felt more empowered than ever. Beyoncé’s legendary box began to spin and within seconds, lights were in a frenzy giving the audience a hypnotic high. She stepped out the front of the box, and I felt as if someone was placing cinderblocks on my chest. Her face was overshadowed by her iconic black hat, and her “beehive” began forming around her.

American Idiots revived: Green Day returns to roots with Revolution Radio

Starting in 1987 and hailing from Anaheim, California, the punk rock band Green Day has influenced the minds of teenagers for three decades. Over the years of international success with young and old demographics, the plethora of songs cover a range of topics from punk-rock love songs to political statements that resonate with not only the band members, but their audience.

Musician makes it ‘Work’: Rihanna continues to top charts

Robyn Fenty, better known as Rihanna, is an international pop singer and songwriter from Barbados. Rihanna first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under New York producer Evan Rodgers in 2003.

Mathematical solutions mimic musical melodies

In African villages, a beat of a drum accompanied by the twang of a thumb piano. In a concert hall in France, sophisticated sounds of a violin sing out as the bow pulls across the strings. In China, the sharp call of a bamboo flute piques the interest of a passerby. In The United States, pop music plays through the window of a passing car. Music is a constant; a unifying force for humanity and though music is different around the world, freshman Joey Hendrix sees music connect the human spirit, transcending language barriers or cultural boundaries anywhere in the world.

Gotta rock ’em all: Danish rock band with unique sound gains success through multiple genres

Rockabilly, Punk Rock, Rock n’ Roll, or Heavy Metal? Why not all four? Danish rock group Volbeat probably asked the same thing when trying to think of a sound for their band that now has gained worldwide recognition. Despite being mistaken for a Pokémon of the same name by people who’ve never heard of them, the name is actually a mixture of the words “volume” and “beat”.

New doesn’t mean better: Christmas classics should remain untouched

Waking up to sounds that fill my hearts with joy and laughter signifies a wonderful time of year- Christmas. Hearing my favorite Christmas song, which has been sung generations, warms my heart. Christmas It seems to be the best time of the year. Every time I change the radio station there’s another old Christmas tune. My eyes begin to sparkle until I hear a spin on the beat, a person freestyling, and an artist that is struggling to hit every note to sound better than the next. I realize with horror that it’s not an old classic, but a new remix.

Artist’s music speaks to generation of listeners

Drake is a R&B/Hip-Hop Grammy-Award winning artist. He has reached great heights in recent years by creating powerful moving raps through his soft, meaningful songs. His messages behind his songs always have a point whether it’s going on today or what he thinks will happen soon. His career has key songs that have made an impact on today’s music and young people. All the albums and songs he writes are honest and pure about today’s generation and they will forever be worth hearing, because listeners can relate to them.

Kidz Bop album sets new standard for modern music

It has happened. At this point in time, we are in the middle of an important moment in music history. This claim has only been made a handful of times in the past and out of those few events, the music in reference has successfully withstood the test of time. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited continues to inspire billions on a daily basis with its folksy ballad-stylization. Since it’s inception, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Landing has set the precedent for all new music throughout the world, presenting to the world the new and creative potential of timpani’s and modular synthesis, and was the first album ever to be taken across Oklahoma state lines. But for the first time in history, those excuses for quality music have officially been usurped. The test of time can only reach so far from the 60’s and 70’s, and it’s difficult to predict where the reputation of those albums will end up in 200 or 300 years, as no other album has existed for such a length of exposure. But there is another. The experts are calling it the future of music as we know it, the connective point to the past and future of music in our time, a revelation of creativity and the triumph of the human spirit over the adversity of what we previously believed to be good music. They’re calling it the “Kidz Bop Kraze”, the second coming of music, the next great point of entrance into a new age of sound. March 23, 2015 will be a day that we lay mark upon the history books: The official release of Kidz Bop 28.

Taking a stand against society: British band introduces real world problems through concept album

The Gorillaz are distinguished for many reasons. They are a virtual band, meaning real people record the songs while cartoons are used for all the media, such as their music videos and posters. This group of misfits, 2D, Russel Hobbs, Murdoc Niccals, and Noodle, have practically fallen off the face of the earth, but after a three-year hiatus, a long awaited comeback is here with the initiation of “Phase 4.” Maybe you know them, maybe not. Perhaps in the deepest realms of your memories, you can remember hearing “Feel Good Inc.” on the radio. Though their resurrection is a hot topic, the point of discussion is their 2010 album, Plastic Beach.

Speaking for the youth: Artist Mary Lambert teaches acceptance through music

Based in Seattle, singer, songwriter, and spoken word artist Mary Lambert has created a name for herself by appealing to youth who struggle with acceptance for being different through her own stories and experiences. Lambert was raised in an abusive household, but her music has lifted the weight of her traumas in fleeting four-minute intervals.

Not everything goes: Florida Georgia Line’s new album proves duo the Nickelback of country music

It may seem premature to declare the worst album of 2014 while it’s only November, but this year I make an exception for Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes. Florida Georgia Line is a country duo from Nashville that specializes in a newer breed of country music. Coined in 2013 by Jody Rosen as “Bro-country”, this frankenstein of a genre is the sour mixture of hip-hop, pop, rock, and whatever’s left of country music as each of the contending genres stir together a repulsive witches pot of terribleness.

Shane Koyczan attacks abuse with ‘Remembrance Year’

The dark, underground coffee shops. A stool upon a stage. A mic and a speaker with a paper in hand, reciting poems that paint vivid images and pluck at the heartstrings of the listeners. This experience is being recreated into easily accessible spoken word albums that mimic, yet don’t replicate, watching and seeing poets perform live. Shane Koyczan’s Remembrance Year is a collection of poems written from deep within his memories and the poems are backed with the instrumental talents of Short Story Long. The album is aimed at attacking abuse, both self-inflicted and from outside factors, with inspirational and courageous words.

Student named finalist for Brazos Valley Symphnony Orchestra

Junior Thomas Gusewelle has been selected one of three finalists in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concerto Competition. The finalists will perform their selection before a panel of three judges and an audience at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 Rio Grande Boulevard, College Station. The public is […]

Deck the halls with boughs of discourse

“Fa la la la la, la la la la.”

It’s December 1st and I’m about to fa-la-la-fall off a cliff as a last resort to escape the Christmas music that’s playing in every public place I walk into.

Christmas music strikes spirit during holiday season

With Christmas just around the corner, classic Christmas movies are beginning to pop on television, families are putting colorful lights up around the house, and, best of all, that beloved Christmas music is playing everywhere we go.

Drake takes over: Somewhere between psychotic and iconic

After storming the charts with his flawless Take Care album, Drake sat back and made millions, but his success did not stop there. He continued the late nights in the studio, laying down sick beats and rhymes which are prevalent throughout his new album, Nothing was the Same.

Young artist launches career, impresses audiences

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a 16-year-old from New Zealand, also known as Lorde, is an alternative pop singer with an electric voice that makes audiences want to roll the windows down and drive fast. For much of her childhood, Lorde worked with Universal to help her develop style and which direction she was going to take her music career. At the tender age of 12, she was scouted by an A&R agent after seeing a video of her singing in a school talent show. By the age of 16, Lorde landed a record deal with T2THEJMANAGEMENT, who she also recorded her debut album with.

The Civil Wars creates incredible album in midst of their own civil war

“I never meant to get us in this deep.” The opening line to The Civil Wars’ new CD, The Civil Wars, packs a powerful punch that can be viewed as the singer’s Joy Williams’ and John Paul White’s personal reflection over their past five years.

Musician in disharmony measures decisions, pursues passion

“Music is really the only thing I see myself doing, I can’t see myself doing anything else. But the only problem is that I’m doing two things.”

Duo narrowly avoids flatline with Heartthrob

Overproducing and a bombardment of synth make for an okay album, unfortunately this is the case for Tegan and Sara’s 2013 album Heartthrob; which incidentally is somewhat of a heartbreak.

Gangnam Style set to break one billion view mark

Music is considered a universal language, a force that is meant to bring people together in celebration of common achievements. Then there is the hit song Gangnam Style. Like it or not, most have heard the trademark beat of Korean Pop single PSY’s hit, and wondered what exactly the lyrics mean. So is this just a passing craze, or will Gangnam Style remain in popular culture for years to come?

Living in moment, artist mesmerizes in person

One of the best days of my life was when I saw my favorite artist Kid Cudi. My best friend and I waited outside in the burning hot sun for hours at the Cedar Park Center just to get a glimpse of the man himself. As we found our seats, they were playing some of […]

Reality, fiction combine to create off-beat band

They’re crazy, they’re talented and best of all, they run on steam! They are Steam Powered Giraffe – The singing musical automatons!

Warped musical appreciation creates memories

Vans Warped Tour, an event that makes its way around North America for two short months each year, returned again this summer. Being that it was my first year attending Warped Tour, I was a mess of excitement, nervousness and anxiousness. I came in that day not expecting the revitalization of my love for music and the emotional experiences that would come with it.

No room for rockstars: Warped Tour 2012

What started off as a showcase for punk rock music and a haven for misfit teens over
ten years ago has since evolved into a nationwide tour, featuring up and coming bands every year.

Band sings directly to the hearts of teens

One Direction is a British-Irish boy band from London, England that is made up of five guys: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson.

Fans stunt artists’ growth through selfish acts

Musicians have never been able to gain more exposure than now with the use of the internet. Websites and social networks such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr have made it possible for some artists to gain quick and widespread popularity.

Finding ‘direction:’ student pursues dreams, named to elite corps

All eyes are focused on one person standing tall and proud on the podium. Everyone is still and silent, waiting for the show to begin.

Beautiful things makes other artists Green with envy

Anthony Green’s music career kick-started with the formation of his post hardcore band Saosin. Popular for their lyrical and musical composition, Saosin quickly rose to fame. The increasing fame and rising conflict over the direction the band was headed led to Green’s departure in 2004.
Green later formed his current band Circa Survive. Alongside his work with Circa Survive, Green embarked on a solo project. His first solo album Avalon was released in 2008 and peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200.

DJ Diversity: Singing to the wrong beat

Dubstep; One of yet another teenage trend that goes from being the hottest thing on the block to “those songs with weird beats”. Don’t get me wrong, dubstep is one of the greatest contemporary music genres of our time, but by incorporating it into practically every song that is released, its sacredness has gone to waste.

Student shows off musical abilities

Ever heard of a one-man band? Senior Jonathan Davilla is that person, as he plays several different instruments, including the violin, cello, piano, and guitar.

Band pierces through veiled emotions

In 2006, after several failed attempts at a band, Pierce the Veil was formed by brothers Mike and Vic Fuentes along with Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry. Over the last few years, the band has gained a lot of positive attention by being featured in Warped Tour and countless articles and interviews. They are known […]

DJ Diversity: Old radio with a contemporary twist

As teenagers, our mind is a constant whirlwind of what to do and how to entertain ourselves. One thing that always seems to be the solution to this frequent problem is music. If you have not already noticed, most of the time you are hanging out with your usual clan, chances are you guys will be listening to the new “hot jam” or a legendary classic.

Though many of us find music as an ordinary enjoyment, I feel that we don’t have a variety to listen to. For most people, their music source is normally the radio. As for the radio, there are more ‘cons’ than ‘pros’ when you listen to it.

Music de’notes’ odd ensemble

Our generation cannot live without music. Any place you find teens, you’ll also find iPods in their hands and headphones in their ears. One thing you see often, though, is that music often creates groups that people feel they need to fit into, based on the wide variety of genres people enjoy.

Coldplay energizes new album

Think about one of the greatest bands in the world coming out with a new album after three years. A band with fifty million albums sold worldwide changing the way the world views alternative music and millions of fans having no idea what to expect other than pure greatness.

DJ Diversity: Taking the throne

As the clock struck midnight on August 8th, I found myself rushing to iTunes to purchase the most glorious album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I am speaking of Watch the Throne, of course. Two of the most talented hip hop artist of our generation are compiled into a single album to produce the most powerful music my ears have ever heard.

Femme Fatale still reigns supreme

For years, Britney Spears has had an incredible impact on pop music and culture. She has managed to sell over 100 million albums during her career, and is a pop legend who has been on top of the world for over her entire career.

Rip Tide washes over awaiting fans

It’s August 30th and Beirut fans all over the world are rushing to their local record store to purchase the small brown Indie album with “The Rip Tide” written on the middle of it.

MTV without music has no rhythm

When is the last time you saw a music video on MTV?

No, I’m not talking about those 20 second clips of songs in between endless reality shows; I’m talking about a real music video.

Orchestra students start year in new direction

While some schools may only offer band and choir for the musically inclined, Bryan High also has the option of orchestra. This year, orchestra is twenty-eight members strong and takes care of the students’ fine arts credit.

Although orchestra teacher John Lemons has been with BISD for five years, this is his first year with high school students.

Talent Show gets start with Key Club

Huddled around the television each Tuesday and Wednesday night, many Americans find themselves glued to the talent showcase that American Idol has become.

Instead of only being able to watch these performers compete on a television screen, students will have the opportunity to watch and cheer on their friends and peers in the school-wide talent show on March 26th.

Family harmony strikes chord, musical passion

While band, choir, and orchestra offer students a place to exercise their musical ability, many may be surprised to see the number of students that are involved in music outside of school.

Soviet Spektor strays from the mainstream

Are you in the mood for music different from what’s playing on the radio? Try Regina Spektor. Not only does Spektor go against the mainstream of music, but she sounds good doing so.

Grown Up: Music

Boy bands like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys have been replaced with the likes of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. While both artists have appeal, the music industry, as a whole, has lost its taste for high quality music.

New star launches from hip hop household

MTV viewers will know Diggy Simmons as the son of RUN-DMC superstar Joseph Simmons, but these days, the fifteen year old is making a name for himself as a rapping, internet superstar.