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Grammys: What a beautiful mess

From beginning to end, “Music’s biggest night” was a beautiful mess. I went into this award show thinking things were going to be different this year. Hosted by late night funny man James Corden, I thought it would have been funny and entertaining but, unfortunately, the show just fell flat. Taking place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the 59th annual Grammys turned into just another award show. Plagued by poor pacing, technical issues and forgettable performances, the show really didn’t stand a chance. The show started off on a weird note. Adele...

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Night Flight Headliner R. City performs for FGCU Homecoming Week

FGCU’s Homecoming week continued on with Flight Night, a concert on the Library Lawn hosted by Programming Board. Before R.City took the stage, guest DJ Jonathan Delia mixed songs on the Veterans Pavilion as a small crowd congregated in front of the steel gates. The St. Thomas native brothers started their show with reworks of famous songs, adding a Caribbean twist to the familiar tunes. “I want to thank the three people that came out to the concert tonight,” one of the brothers said, making light of the audience of roughly 100 people. R. City kept their humor and...

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FGCU Nest Fest to host Waka Flocka Flame and Rae Sremmurd

FGCU’s annual Nest Fest concert will host opening act Waka Flocka Flame and headliner Rae Sremmurd. American rapper Waka Flocka Flame recently put out his official video for “Workin’,” and is in the process of his next album “Flockaveli 2.” The “No Hands” rapper has worked with Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Juiceman, T-Pain and many other rap artists. Rae Sremmurd, the hip-hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, is best known for their song “Black Beatles” which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Brothers “Swae Lee” and “Slim Jxmmi” Brown have also put out hit songs “No Type,” “No Flex...

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Big Sean earns high marks with senior album ‘I Decided’

Big Sean’s latest album, “I Decided,” was released Feb. 3, and it exceeds expectations. At 28 years old, Big Sean’s lyrics are filled with emotion. His voice and overall message has matured over the years and has come to a pinnacle in “I Decided.” His latest work is marked by flawless transitions during and between songs, especially in “Intro” and “Light.” I had to check to make sure I wasn’t listening to the same song, due to their similarities. He flaunts his newfound voice throughout his latest tracks. His rapping has become more lyrical, and the music has been...

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FGCU Symphonic Band and Wind Orchestra perform at Estero High School

FGCU’s Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band performed Feb. 5 at Estero High School, located off of River Ranch Road in Estero. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Assistant Director of Bands Troy Jones, performed numerous Irish-influenced works, including “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” (1999) by Andrew Boysen, “Blackwater” (2005) by Timothy Reynish, “Their Blossoms Down” (2002) by Samuel Hazo, “A Longford Legend” (1996) by Robert Sheldon and “The Jig is Up” (1970) by Daniel Kallman. After a brief intermission, the Wind Orchestra, conducted by Associate Professor of Music Rod Chesnutt, performed “Instinctive Travels” (2009) by Michael Markowski and “Symphony No. 2, Voices” (2016)...

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Lady Gaga preaches unity during dazzling halftime show

In the weeks leading up to Lady Gaga’s performance at the Super Bowl LI halftime show, there was much discussion as to if she was going to use her platform to make some kind of political statement. Well, Gaga’s performance was political simply by doing what she has always done – singing her classic songs that exhibit her obvious passion for inclusion in this country. Many assumed that Gaga – an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter who protested Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower the night after the election – was going to make a huge political statement. Some rumors...

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‘Our First 100 Days’ gathers indie artists for a cause

Entertainment news is very seldom known for getting too politically charged or involved in the democratic process, but as we’ve seen just this week, the two worlds are no longer mutually exclusive. President Donald Trump’s rise to power caught many entertainers first off guard then infuriated, as heavyweights and underdogs alike from the cinema, arts, television and music communities used their platforms to speak out against Trump’s initial decisions in office. Most notably, Meryl Streep shamed him for mocking a disabled reporter during his campaign, and more recently, speakers and winners spoke out at the Screen Actors Guild Awards...

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Migos releases second studio album, ‘Culture’

If you haven’t heard “Pipe It Up,” “Versace” or “Bad and Boujee,” you have to get out more. Migos’ album “Culture” dropped on Jan. 27, to much anticipation after “Bad and Boujee” reached No. 1 on U.S. Billboard charts. Which may have prompted Donald Glover to refer to Migos as this generation’s “Beatles” after accepting a Golden Globe for hit series “Atlanta” — named after the city Migos hails from. “Culture” is exactly what you’d expect if you’re familiar with high-energy beats and hard-hitting, fast lyrics about money, fame and utter extravagance — and it delights. Though the crew...

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Rap duo R. City to perform at Night Flight during FGCU’s Homecoming Week

R. City, the rap duo behind the hit song “Locked Away,” will be headlining the inaugural FGCU Homecoming concert Night Flight. Night Flight will be on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on the Library Lawn. Programming Board will be announcing the artist for Nest Fest prior to the concert starting. Hailing from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, two brothers, Theron and Timothy Thomas, make up the duo R. City. The two use the stage names A.I. and Uptown AP, respectively. City got their start writing music for other musicians such as Usher, Sean Kingston, Ashlee Simpson...

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Life In Color celebrates a decade of paint

Life in Color is celebrating their 10th anniversary in a city that shares the festivals love of eccentricity, culture and, of course, paint: Wynwood, Miami. Since LIC Miami changed from a small-but-savage paint party experience to a full on EDM festival, they’ve upgraded to multiple large stages, world-renowned DJ’s, special effects elements, like light shows and fireworks and the infamous paint that erupts from the stages, completely soaking the crowd in a sea of neon. Now that all of those factors have established LIC as a staple EDM event in Florida, as well as in the country and in...

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