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Lauren Alaina; Future Star

Andy Ellis | A&E Editor | 10-24-2011 After her American Idol audition in Nashville, judge Steven Tyler said they had found the one.  Even though the title went to Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina gained plenty of fanfare that landed her in the runner-up position.  The thing about the majority of her fan base is that they came from within the country music community.  If you look back on past American
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Blink-182 Returns With “Neighborhoods”

Andy Ellis | Arts & Entertainment Editor | 10-12-2010 When we last heard new music from Blink-182, they decided to venture away from their lighthearted pop-punk sound into a darker area.  Looking back, it's as if they were going for a sound that at times was a precursor to the sound that would become Tom Delonge's Angels & Airwaves. Additionally, the instrumentation was complex compared to the songs that had
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Rodney Atkins To “Take A Back Road” On New Album

Andy Ellis | Arts & Entertainment Editor | 10-12-2011 It can be dangerous for country music artists to let more than a few years go by without releasing new music.  Sometimes so much time passes between releases that the audience forgets about the singer, no matter how successful they were, and moves on to the next big thing. Rodney Atkins' debut, “Honesty,” didn't do too much for him, and many
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Scotty McCreery Debuts “Clear As Day”

Andy Ellis | Arts & Entertainment Editor | 10-12-2011 If you are a country singer on American Idol, one thing you'll have, should you keep advancing, is a very loyal support group.  That support group is the country music community, which includes the industry and the fans.  This group is one thing that is key in talent competitions where the time between winning and releasing new material can seem very
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How To: Select a Movie

Peder Aalgaard | Staff Writer | 03/30/2011 At some point in everyone’s life, a person may find themselves walking away from a movie that was less than extraordinary. Trailers are assigned the job of hyping up a movie and revealing all the good things that are sure to come. Sitting in a theater, some of the best things can be seen in a collection of trailers shown before the feature
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What’s On Her Playlist This Week?

Amber Gran | A&E Editor | 02/09/2011 Step aside Lady Gaga and share the spotlight, you’ve got some competition. Granted, Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as her stage name Nicki Minaj, may be topping the charts via a different genre, but there is not much that separates the two: both are at the top of their game right now, both very strong women and both have an interesting and “unique”
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What’s On Her Playlist This Week?

Amber Gran | A&E Editor | 02/02/2011 Lately, the type of music that has been the most meaningful, inspiring, motivational and focusing has been of the instrumental/classical/film score genre. I have shared a few instrumental tracks before, but this week I am dedicating an entire playlist to it. The first three are from German-born British composer Max Richter. My personal favorite, “November,” is off of Richter’s 2002 album “Memoryhouse.” Next
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What to Watch For: Mr. Sunshine

Amber Gran | A&E Editor | 02/09/2011 American born and Canadian raised actor Matthew Perry (“Friends,” “17 Again”) stars in a new comedy series on ABC, as Ben Donovan, the manager of the Sunshine Center arena. This show focuses on Donovan trying to become a better man, supposedly illustrated by the events that take place behind the scenes in order to put on a show for thousands of entertainment craving
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BREC Begins Booking More Shows

BSU Student Surveying to Help Determine Prospective Performances Amy Borgman | Guest Writer | 01/19/2011 The Sanford Center (formerly the BREC) has been completed for several months now, and many college students and residents are anticipating the upcoming concerts it will host. So far, the event center has hosted multiple men’s hockey games and a few successful performances including one by Larry the Cable Guy. In charge of booking talent
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Talley Gallery Exhibit’s ‘Mish Mash’

Emily Rice | Staff Writer | 01/19/2011 Derrick Riley, from Lexington, Ken., will be featuring his artwork in the Talley Gallery in the Education Arts Building between now and February 16. The exhibit, titled “Mish Mash,” is primarily imagery done via woodcut and woodcut collage. With its sketch-like look, each image represents everyday life, repetition and consumerism. Riley’s artist statement reflects on his purpose behind his imagery. “The reflection of