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Up-and-coming DJ Illenium to perform at LIC Miami

Illenium, who also goes by his given name, Nick Miller, is a DJ on the rise and has been turning heads in the electronic dance community with melodious beats and sets that take you on an emotional journey, making the listener want to cry one moment and then dance the next. His nearest performance, Life In Color Miami, is sure to provide a set that’s no different. “I’m hoping to bring a good balance of melodic, ‘feelsy’ music and tunes for people to just rage out to,” Miller said. “I love getting ‘feelsy’ but also loving seeing the crowd...

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The xx’s latest album ‘I See You’ speaks to the melancholy hipster in everyone

The xx’s debut album “I See You” released Friday, Jan. 13 with a sound molded by their signature electric-indie-pop style. After a five-year hiatus, The xx’s “I See You” shows the progression of the band from their 2009 album “xx.” Members Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx) began the journey to their current sound inside a garage in a London residential district. They used the space to practice at night, contributing to their quite beats and soft tone. The first track, “Dangerous” offers a cool trumpet sound and upbeat mood. Around three minutes into...

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Post Malone’s ‘Stoney’ shows wide variety of genre ingenuity

Post Malone released his debut album “Stoney” on Dec. 9. This is his first project since the release of his mixtape, “August 26th.” “Stoney” boasts some famous features, including Justin Bieber, Quavo of rap group “Migos,” Kehlani and 2 Chainz. Over the course of this record, Post Malone hops between different genres including trap, folk, acoustic rock and rap. Because he blurs the lines between genres so well, there is a song for every fan and every hater. The album starts off with “Broken Whiskey Glass.” The song is an ambient and distorted track that eases the listener into...

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Most anticipated albums of 2017

Now that 2016 has finally come to a close, it is time to look at all the new and exciting opportunities that 2017 has in store for us. With the release calendar already starting to fill up for the first few months of 2017, it seems like a good time to get excited for what’s to come. For example, Ed Sheeran ended his social media vacation on Jan. 1 to announce that new music will be dropping on Friday, Jan. 6. There is no denying that 2016 was a good year for music entertainment. Frank Ocean finally released his...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda named Entertainer of the Year

The Associated Press has named Lin-Manuel Miranda the 2016 Entertainer of the Year. It’s no surprise following the year that Miranda has had. When Miranda hosted “Saturday Night Live” in October, he told the viewing audience, “Most of you watching at home have no idea who I am.” While you may not know the name, you’ve probably heard of the entertainer. Perhaps his most landmark achievement, “Hamilton” is one of the top musicals to ever hit Broadway. Miranda and his musical won 11 Tony awards on June 12, just hours after the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. With his acceptance...

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Kid Cudi releases sixth studio album ‘Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’

Kid Cudi dropped his sixth studio album on Dec. 16 titled “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin” which alone makes the album sound super hype already. It sounds like the stages of a relationship from beginning to end. The album has 19 tracks separated into four acts; “Tuned,” “Prophecy,” “Niveaux de l’Amour” and “It’s Bright and Heaven is Warm.” Kid Cudi takes a win on this one. He definitely wants us to take a ride on the journey of his life and I am totally calling shotgun.   Let’s talk about some of my favorite songs from the album. “By...

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The 59th Grammy nominations are revealed

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the 2017 Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Beyonce came out on top with a total of nine nods. Coming off of her successful album “Lemonade,” Beyonce received nine nominations in categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Drake and Rihanna tied for second-most nods, with eight each. Both were nominated from their recent releases “Views” and “Anti,” respectively, and their hit collaborative single, “Work.” Best New Artist nominee Chance the Rapper grabbed six nods for his mixtape “Coloring Book.” Had...

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‘No one is nobody’

Sam.Sun, the 22-year-old musician, radiates vitality when he talks about music, a great love in his life since he was a little boy. “I was always surrounded by music when I was young,” Sam.Sun said. “My family members were all very musically inclined. My cousin would play the piano and just fill the room with beautiful sonnets.” For Sam.Sun, that’s when the curiosity began to spark. As he grew older and his schedule began to fill with extracurricular activities, music always stayed in the picture, with a heavy focus on chorus and band. Though music was weaved into the...

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From soundtrack to mixtape

Creative genius Lin-Manuel Miranda released “The Hamilton Mixtape,” on Friday, Dec. 2. The album corresponds with Miranda’s 2015 Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The album is made up of an unprecedented combination of artists from all musical backgrounds. Miranda released the track list on Nov. 3 via Twitter. Hip-hop band The Roots provided the intro and much of the musical background to the album. The first full song on the album, “My Shot,” features Nate Ruess, Joell Ortiz and Busta Rhymes. The remix of the original song contains three new verses, but uses...

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Childish Gambino goes into uncharted territory with ‘Awaken, My Love!’

After more than two years of no music, Childish Gambino released his third studio album with “Awaken, My Love!,” released Dec. 2, 2016. In this album, Gambino continues to show his progression and growth as an artist. He strays away from rapping for almost the entire album, primarily giving listeners a mix of psychedelic soul, funk and R&B sounds. Gambino shows great control of his voice, tone and range with strong, consistent vocals. He uses a variety of tones that keeps the listener engaged from beginning to end. Love is the main message in the album, but Gambino still...

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