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Mace & Crown | March 21, 2018

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Music Archives * Mace & Crown

Local Artist Spotlight: Nay Nay

March 15, 2018 |

Pettie Perkins | Contributing Writer

Nathan Swihart (Nay Nay) is a hip-hop artist from Virginia Beach. He is a current graduate student at Old Dominion University in the MBA Program. His undergraduate studies were also at ODU where he graduated summa cum … Read More

Concert Review: Nightwish at The NorVa

March 14, 2018 |

Alex Scruggs | News Editor

When 6-foot-1 Floor Jansen took the stage to fulfill her role as lead vocalist, the crowd went wild. They were there to see her, and she knew it.

Last Monday night’s snowfall was a perfect setting for … Read More

The final boss: Excision

March 7, 2018 |

Erik Billings | Contributing Writer

Do you like glitter, costumes, headbanging, dubstep or any combination? Then, why were you not at the Excision concert on March 5 at The NorVa? Because you missed one memorable show. And despite the sore feet, … Read More

The Hunts prepare for their debut concert at The NorVa

March 7, 2018 |

Kim Bering | Contributing Writer

With only days left to prepare, local indie folk band The Hunts hastily prepare for their debut concert of their newest album “Darlin’ Oh Darlin”’ at The NorVa on March 10. The two sisters and five … Read More

Concert Review: A$AP Ferg and Denzel Curry at The NorVa

March 4, 2018 |

Vann Vitug | Contributing Writer

On March 2, fans lined up in crop tops and tank tops in front of The NorVa’s brick venue, Friday’s heavy winds did not stop concertgoers from coming out to attend Denzel Curry and A$AP Ferg’s … Read More

Janelle Monáe gets personal and political on new tracks

February 26, 2018 |

Assistant A&E Editor | James Finney

On Feb. 22, listeners caught word of a new world of power, class and energy, Janelle Monáe’s world, with the two new hit singles “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel.” With a little afro-futurist spunk … Read More

Get lost in the sound of Chase Atlantic at The NorVa

February 25, 2018 |

Brooke Nicholson | Assistant A&E Editor

Chase Atlantic, the three-piece group of consisting of two brothers and one dedicated friend, began their musical journey in their teens in Australia. They appealed to the masses with their blissful mix of alternative, dark … Read More

LIGHTS shines at The NorVa

February 25, 2018 |

Brooke Nicholson | Assistant A&E Editor

Back in 2009, a small-town native from Canada opened up for one of the biggest electronic acts at the time, her setup consisting of her keyboard, a microphone, and herself. Now, almost 10 years later, … Read More

‘Black Panther: The Album’ is just as good as the movie

February 23, 2018 |

Johnessa Richard | Contributing Writer

The first song is its movie title, “Black Panther.”  The song starts with flickering lighter effects with recurring sounds of djembe, or African-type drums. Amidst the deaf-defying strings and anticipation, it’s when Kendrick Lamar says: “Wait.” … Read More

Album Review: Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Always Ascending’

February 14, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Having made their way onto the music scene well over a decade ago, Franz Ferdinand have always tried to shy away from British mainstream and introduce a more solidified rock sound. It’s been a few albums … Read More

Comic books, video games and bomb shelters: An interview with LIGHTS

February 13, 2018 |

Brooke Nicholson | Assistant A&E Editor

2017 was a busy year for Canadian-native, pop star LIGHTS, who released her fourth studio album and comic duo with the same name, “Skin & Earth” in September while going on tour. Ever since she … Read More

Album Review: The Wombats’ ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’

February 11, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

Three years after the release of their wildly successful “Glitterbug,” The Wombats have proven they are more stylistically mature than ever before on “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.”

Quirky lead single, “Lemon to a Knife … Read More

Sabrina Claudio redefines time on ‘About Time’

February 7, 2018 |

Darryan Miller | Contributing Writer

Sabrina Claudio embodies all things R&B and soul on her sophomore project, “About Time,” released in early October 2017. The album centers around love, be it romance or self-love, the singer is bewitching in her storytelling. … Read More

Monarch Music Minute – Winter 2018 Preview Edition

January 31, 2018 |

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Artist: Tech N9ne

Album: Planet

Release Date: March 2

Veteran rapper, songwriter and record producer Aaron Dontez Yates, better known as Tech N9ne, will soon drop his twelfth studio project, “Planet,” which will feature guest appearances by Machine Gun … Read More

Album Review: Fall Out Boy’s ‘Mania’

January 20, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

It’s nothing short of impressive when a band has managed to stick around for over 15 years while managing to keep their fan base and attract new followers. Managing to stay true to their original sound … Read More

Paramore turns up the heat at Winter Meltdown

December 23, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer

96X hosted its third annual Winter Meltdown on Dec. 8 with Paramore as the main headline, and special guests Misterwives and Joywave as the openers.

Winter Meltdown is an independent music festival that takes place over the … Read More