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Mace & Crown | April 24, 2018

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Music Review: Toni Braxton’s ‘Sex and Cigarettes’

April 6, 2018 |

Pettie Perkins | Contributing Writer

Toni Braxton is back! Her new album “Sex and Cigarettes” is different than her last ones. This album does not have the sass of her previous albums. The deep sultry singer has the sultry, just not … Read More

Album review: The Neighbourhood’s ‘The Neighbourhood’

March 24, 2018 |

Fatima Rivera | Staff Writer

Indie rock band The Neighbourhood is back with 18 new and old tracks on their self-titled album, “The Neighbourhood.” This is their first official album since “Wiped Out!”

The album’s overall tone is alternative yet has … Read More

BJ Griffin comes to ODU for Virginia Arts Festival

March 21, 2018 |

Alton Thompson | Contributing Writer

BJ Griffin is the multi-talented musician on the rise from Hampton Road to watch. After a successful trip around the world and guest performances with stars like Lauryn Hill and Smash Mouth, BJ blasts off to … Read More

‘Going to Mars’ with Judah and the Lion

March 19, 2018 |

Lindsey Lanham | A&E Editor

The floor is sticky with alcohol as the crowd jumps up and down. All 1,500 bodies are tightly packed, exchanging body heat, blinded by the lights flashing on them. The couple on the balcony that has … 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