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Drake’s ‘More Life’ combines old and new sounds

In 2009, Drake released a mixtape that sounded like an album. In 2017, he continues to break new ground by releasing a “playlist” that sounds better than his last album. On the 22-track playlist, Drake continues to embrace the role of the rapper that other rappers love to hate. Within the first four minutes of “More Life,” Drake took more shots at Meek Mill’s career by implying that he “fought off” the ghost-writing rumors and subsequently turned Meek Mill into a “ghost.” The entire project is an amalgamation of sounds that we have heard over the course of Drake’s...

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Kick off your summer festival schedule with Miami Music Week

From March 21 to 26, Miami kicks off its summer of music festivals with Miami Music Week with events all over the city. Many artists will be in attendance, ranging from well-known artists like Steve Aoki to local and lesser-known artists like Miami DJ Carlos Frasser. There will be a number of featured events throughout the week like the Axtone Miami Pool party on March 22 and the Stereo Yacht party, and the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park on March 23 and 24 respectively. On March 21, the week kicks off with different events at various nightclubs across...

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Drake’s ‘More Life’ finally gets release date

It’s the moment all Drake fans have been waiting for: Drake has announced the release date for his upcoming project, “More Life: The Playlist,” Saturday, March 18. Since Drake announced on OVO Radio in October 2016 that he was working on a new “playlist” to be released in December, it’s been all-out torture for fans with one false release date or teaser after another. But on March 12, the rapper/singer put a video on Instagram of a montage of film that, according to Fader, seemed to be from his latest world tour. The video was an aesthetically pleasing trailer...

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‘Italian Pianist From Japan!’ impresses audiences

Giuseppe Mariotti, assisted by Michael Baron, gave a skilled piano performance featuring works from acclaimed and challenging composers at “Italian Pianist From Japan!.” The show was presented on Feb. 24 by FGCU’s Bower School of Music and the arts. The program began with works by Franz Schubert (1797-1828), a complicated composer who, according to a biography by Brian Newbould, was so compulsively dedicated to his work that he produced around 1,000 works in only 18 years. Most of his works were celebrated after his death. The first song the pianists played was “Sonata in A Minor, D784” broken into...

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Nashville style comes to Downtown Fort Myers

Nashville style, local music and a fun and rambunctious atmosphere will collide this upcoming Saturday, March 4 with The Hideaway, hosting its “Songwriter Music Jam.” Brandan James, who recently released his debut single, “Four Wheel Drive,” will be joined on stage Saturday by the two friends who have helped him through out his music career. Jordan Miller and Keefe Klugg helped James by co-writing his music. “Jordan Miller is a great songwriter that will be coming down from Tallahassee, Florida. He just released his single, ‘Whiskey,’” James said. “Keefe Klugg is a local Fort Myers favorite and will be...

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The Helmsmen wins ‘Weekly Fan Favorite’ in NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ contest

In a contest where unconventional office spaces become creative platforms for musicians, the FGCU alumnus-founded band The Helmsmen won the “Weekly Fan Favorite” for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert.” This yearly contest, in partnership with Lagunita Brewing Company in Petaluma, California and Chicago, gives musicians across the nation a chance to compete for countrywide recognition. Submissions for the contest are in the running for a trip to perform at NPR’s headquarters in Washington D.C. as part of the station’s “Tiny Desk” series, along with a performance at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York at an “Ask Me Another” live...

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Future’s self-titled album may be the best yet

Future’s self-titled fifth album may very well serve as his magnum opus and cement his legacy as an artist. Released on Feb. 17, this album’s greatest moments perfectly capture everything that fans have loved about Future since he entered the scene in 2010. The album is exactly what one would expect based on the mixtapes Future has released so far. Thematically, he has remained consistent throughout his discography and found no reason to shy away from familiar topics on this album. Similarly, this project re-introduced the same sonic landscape that Future has previously explored to deliver his auto-tuned, crooned...

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Lupe Fiasco shows inconsistency in new album ‘DROGAS Light’

Lupe Fiasco dropped his sixth studio album “DROGAS Light” on Friday, Feb. 10. At 34 years old, Lupe has been in the rap game for well over a decade. He is one of the best mainstream rappers and is not only talking about important topics, but also has a catchy sound that allows him to have a lot of radio play. “DROGAS Light” is his first project since he’s dropped since “Tetsuo & Youth” in 2015. “Tetsuo & Youth” is possibly one of the best rap albums of the decade so far and one of Lupe’s best projects. Unfortunately...

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