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Madonna throws away pop identity, dignity on ‘Rebel Heart’

Madonna throws away pop identity, dignity on 'Rebel Heart'

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

MadonnaRebel HeartGrade: D+It might be difficult to imagine how 56-year-old Madonna could reach a lower low than her Super Bowl halftime show supported by the laughably condemned LMFAO, but perhaps her prolonged musical career made such a case inevitable. Rebel Heart, Madonna’s 13th full-length album, hi...

Big Sean works on focus with third LP

Big Sean works on focus with third LP

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2015

Big SeanDark Sky ParadiseGrade: BIn his music video for the single “I Don’t F*ck with You,” which GOOD and Def Jam released in November, Sean plays a high school football quarterback making the final drive of “the big game.” In the first half of the video, he is unfocused. He snaps the ball...

Imagine Dragons mature, bring another collection of singles

Imagine Dragons mature, bring another collection of singles

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

March 3, 2015

Imagine DragonsSmoke + MirrorsGrade: BAfter a double-platinum album and nearly two years of rocking the world on tour, the alternative rock band from Las Vegas is back with new material. Imagine Dragons returns, older and wiser, with its sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors.The band formed in Sin City in 2009...

This Weekend … 2.25 – 3.1

By The A&E Staff

February 26, 2015

Thurs., Feb. 26 (through Mar. 6)“Urinetown”Studio TheatreCathedral of Learning basement8 p.m. (2 p.m. on Sunday)Tickets available at box officePitt’s Theatre Arts program will perform Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s biting satirical musical “Urinetown” this week. The student-directed Student Labs production t...

Drake takes on Cash Money, hints at major leap forward on new mixtape

Drake takes on Cash Money, hints at major leap forward on new mixtape

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2015

DrakeIf You're Reading This, It's Too LateGrade: A-Scene: Inside the Cash Money Records main office, Young Money floor. Standard office layout with rows of cubicles. Tour posters for Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga line the walls. In the back corner is Lil Wayne’s desk, cleaned out. Only pile...

This (Valentine’s Day) Weekend…

By The A&E Staff

February 12, 2015

Fri., Feb. 13The New Pornographers with JaillMr. Smalls Theatre400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale8 p.m.$30The Canadian power poppers bring their exuberant Brill Bruisers tour to Pittsburgh this weekend — but the supergroup will be without its greatest vocal superhero. Neko Case won’t be touring with the band’s rotating lineup this t...

Sleater-Kinney makes triumphant return on ‘No Cities to Love’

Sleater-Kinney makes triumphant return on 'No Cities to Love'

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

February 2, 2015

Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to LoveGrade: AIt’s not the riot grrrl that’ll make you denounce religion, government and sexism, but Sleater-Kinney’s return to music after a 10-year hiatus carries the same wit, emotion and alternative guitar tuning that made it hugely influential in the ’90s.Sleate...

Belle and Sebastian tinker and evolve on new album

Belle and Sebastian tinker and evolve on new album

By Danah Bialoruski / For The Pitt News

January 29, 2015

Belle and SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to DanceGrade: A- Almost 20 years in, Belle and Sebastian explores new territory on its ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, but the result is unmistakably true to the band’s history.     Stuart Murdoch, lead singer and songwriter of the Scottish i...

The Decemberists emerge from darkness with consistent, personal new album

The Decemberists emerge from darkness with consistent, personal new album

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

The DecemberistsWhat a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World Grade: B+ The Decemberists descended into Dante’s nine circles of hell and just returned, enlightened and with a new album in hand. It’s not that The Decemberists’ past albums have been poor — on the contrary, they were deep, head...

This Weekend … 1.23 – 1.24

By The A&E Staff

January 22, 2015

This Weekend...Fri., Jan. 23LotusStage AE400 North Shore Drive, North Shore8 p.m.$22 advance / $25 at doorThey’re no Flying Lotus, but the similarly named, less experimental “jamtronica” band Lotus returns to Pittsburgh less than a year after they last played at Stage AE. Equal parts Phish and ...

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