English singer-songwriter Sam Smith won Best Original Song at the 2016 Oscars on Sunday for “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song for Spectre. This is the second time that the theme song for a James Bond film has won an Oscar, with Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall setting the precedent in 2013.
After selling out Marathon Music Works in October, contemporary 1950s-soul artist Leon Bridges was back in Nashville last night at a sold-out Ryman Auditorium. The crowd surprisingly consisted of all ages compared to the Marathon Music Works show, which was a glaring majority of young couples. The ability to sit down in pews likely contributed to the older crowd’s attendance, and there was also the benefit of not having to watch hundreds of couples slow-dance and make out to Leon’s jams. In general, as my friend astutely commented, “There are a lot of good hats tonight.” Leon’s vintage style permeated the crowd, transporting us to the 1950s.
(Written by Corey McCloud and Linzy Scott)
Nobody will ever imitate Kanye West. Not even Kanye himself. With the release of his most recent effort, Life of Pablo, the eclectic rapper-producer megastar proved once again that he isn’t afraid to change his style and push rap forward with every release. So against the cries of his fans demanding old Kanye, against people saying he was getting too artsy, or too egoistic with Yeezus, and against everybody who thought he might actually be losing his mind, Kanye dropped the a-bomb with Pablo. The album’s sonic range alone is impressive and the first six tracks are among the best stretches of tracks in hip-hop history. I hate to sound like a fanboy, but at this point we are 2 weeks removed from the release of the album. It’s been a week and a half since I first bit the bullet and got a Tidal trial account to try it out, and yet I somehow find myself going back to this album multiple times a day.
Spring break is officially less then a week away. Already, you can feel the sand beneath your toes as you lounge on the beach. The snow and cold air biting at your face as you prepare to ski down a slope. The smell of your favorite home cooked meal floating in from the kitchen as you hug the family pet that you have missed way too much. But more importantly, all of the stress that has been building up in our minds will melt away as we happily embrace a week of not having to attend class.
Yes, spring break is almost here and I can hardly wait.
However, there is something that stands in our way to freedom. Midterms. Whether it is a test, presentation, or papers, everyone has some dreaded form of midterm torture. But don’t lose faith, my friends. We are on the home stretch and the end is in sight. As you finish up those last minute assignments, here’s a playlist to help get you in the mood for break.