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Album review: Nicki Minaj appeases hip-hop and pop fans alike with ‘The Pinkprint’

December 15, 2014
Nicki Minaj has been everywhere this year. From her role in “The Other Woman” to her surprise collaboration with Beyoncé on her remix of “Flawless,” the 32-year-old rapper has built up a lot of buzz and anticipation for “The Pinkprint.” With an album title paying homage to Jay Z’s “The Blueprint,” Minaj hinted to her fans that her latest project would take her back to her hip-hop roots. Ditching the wigs and eccentric outfits, the music scene buzzed with anticipation as her image seemed to mature almost overnight. Singles “Only,” “Anaconda,” “Pills and Potions” and “Bed of Lies” are a reflection of the versatility the album expresses. Minaj will fire… Read more

Cool jazz group Lee Konitz Quartet to bring its chemistry to Wexner Center for the Arts

December 4, 2014
Echoes of a golden era of jazz are set to resonate with renewed vigor in an upcoming performance at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Lee Konitz Quartet — a jazz group made up of saxophonist Lee Konitz, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller — is scheduled to take the stage at the Wexner Center’s performance space on Friday at 8 p.m. The performance is the last jazz show of the Wexner Center’s 2014 performing arts season. “For our jazz program, not only do we like to shine a light on up-and-coming jazz stars, we also like to pay heed to the legends of the… Read more

Columbus’ Truslow keeps its music, message upbeat

December 4, 2014
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band each week. From caricaturing humorous life experiences to fighting the doldrums of the daily grind, Columbus-based pop band Truslow adds a dose of musical positivity to the collective art portfolio of Ohio’s capital city. “We believe that people are battling this inner darkness that is always consuming them and hitting them from different angles,” said James Truslow, the band’s lead vocalist. “We are very intentional with our lyrics. We want to allow people to feel like they are above their circumstances. They are above whatever trials… Read more

Album review: Smashing Pumpkins shakes, shortens it up

December 4, 2014
Billy Corgan, the frontman of the ‘90s rock band the Smashing Pumpkins, has a reputation for arrogance and for being difficult to work with. He is the only remaining member of the band’s original lineup. The band has had two drummers and four bassists— one of whom is known as one of the best rock drummers in the business: Jimmy Chamberlin, who was also kicked out of the band at one point in the 90s for his dangerous drug and heroin habits. Their albums this decade, especially the ones released after the band’s 2000 initial dispersal (“Zeitgeist” and the ongoing “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope” project), have received mixed praise from fans… Read more

Opinion: Sia, St. Vincent among artists behind best songs of 2014

December 2, 2014
It’s been a strange year for music. After 2013, when we saw albums from the biggest names in music ­— Kanye West, Jay Z and Beyoncé, to name a few — not many stars gave us new music this year. Still, there have been fantastic albums from the likes of Cloud Nothings, TV on the Radio and Run the Jewels. The best album, though, might have come from a classic rock-influenced indie band out of Philadelphia, which is where this list starts. Presenting: the essential tracks from 2014. “Red Eyes” — The War on Drugs The War on Drugs’ third record, “Lost in the Dream,” came out of a period… Read more

Concert review: Glass Animals dreamy, Future Islands weird, Cage the Elephant energetic at CD102.5′s Holiday Show

December 2, 2014
For the annual CD102.5 Holiday Show, the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion was filled Monday with fans of one of the four bands showcased in annual alternative station’s concert. Like clockwork, the opening act, Glass Animals, arrived on stage bathed in a slightly eerie green light. The entire performance had a dreamlike quality enhanced by the fact that these four dudes were from England and their accents did not disappoint. The quirky and earnest frontman, Dave Bayley, seemed in awe that he was performing in front of the enthusiastic crowd that is often the norm at most Columbus concerts. The highlight of this set had to be the band’s cover of Kanye… Read more

School of Music ensembles cap off semester with celebration concert

December 2, 2014
“It’s like a flight of wine,” production coordinator and professor Robert Ward said. “We’re offering a flight of musical performances in 90 minutes.” As the semester draws to an end, the School of Music is preparing for one of its biggest, most anticipated concerts of the year. The 22nd Annual Music Celebration Concert is the one time during the semester when nearly everyone in the School of Music is performing under one roof, Ward said of the event scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. “We come together as one entity to present something to the public,” Jaz Bluhm, a fourth-year in music education, said. Every orchestra, major… Read more

Opinion: Convergence of K-pop, American music a win for both industries

December 1, 2014
Fans of Korean pop, or K-pop, can look forward to a prominent Korean artist debuting stateside in 2015. “The Baddest Female” is about to “crush” it on her upcoming collaboration with two of the hottest producers on the planet. OK, enough with the jokes. On Nov. 22, Lee “CL” Chae-rin teased on Instagram her upcoming collaboration with American DJs and producers Skrillex and Diplo. In the photo, she’s posing with Skrillex, Diplo and RoccStar in a studio. This is not the first time the leader of 2NE1 (pronounced as either 21 or “to anyone”) has worked with the superstar producers. She appeared alongside Korean boy band Big Bang’s leader Kwon… Read more

Subconscious shaping: BFA senior projects set to be exhibited at arts space

November 30, 2014
Since the dawn of man, art has been an inherent human interest, endlessly captivating both artists and viewers despite ever-changing cultures.    There are 14 Ohio State students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts this semester, and all of them will have works in the Department of Art’s BFA Senior Projects Exhibition, which opens Tuesday at the Urban Arts Space. Ty Carroll, who has 14 pieces in the exhibit, said he’s been drawing since he could hold a pencil, but didn’t choose to switch his major to art and technology from engineering until his third year.  “People ask me why I made that switch, and my decision wasn’t about money… Read more

Columbus rapper a dreamer, down-to-earth in career

November 30, 2014
It’s been said that from humble beginnings come great things. Columbus rapper Alexander Dreamer’s manager and musical affiliates say this seems to be the route he’s heading. “I don’t think a lot of artists are humble,” said Chris Hayes, a DJ and Ohio State alumnus who graduated in 2008. “I think a lot of artists aren’t willing to listen to critique and Dreamer is always hungry for that.” When Alexander Dreamer is stripped of his stage name, he’s Jalen Ramsaw — a 20-year-old rapper who not only writes his own lyrics, but also produces and mixes every track. His inspiration to delve into music stemmed from industry giants such as… Read more