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The music industry is not worse, just different

March 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm 0 comments

  It is a common notion among many that the quality of music made and played on the radio is much worse than what it was several decades ago. Watch a music video for a latest single release or a live performance on YouTube by someone like Beyoncé or One Direction, and splattered in the comments section will be several loud and unapologetic haters who fire off negative and judgmental comments toward the artist and his or her fans. The comments tell how the music industry has declined since (insert decade/specific year here), and that everything after said year has been going downhill since. Are these anonymous YouTube critics right? Does the music industry of today pale in comparison to the music industry of, say, the ‘60s or ‘70s? Some knowledgeable Saint Vincent College figures, such as Assistant Professor of Communication David Safin, believe today’s industry is not worse. ItRead More

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Reviewing Bob Dylan’s New Album

November 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm 0 comments

In 1966, Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle. No one knows exactly why. He may have gotten distracted or hit a bump, but he was injured. Several of his vertebrae were cracked. Dylan needed time to recover. Dylan’s motorcycle accident occurred at a time when he was under intense public gaze from the media and music fans. Dylan had just finished up a 1966 World Tour with a backing band called The Hawks, now known as The Band. The tour marked Dylan’s entrance into full-fledged electric rock and roll music. The second, amplified set of his 1965 performance at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island still maintains mythological status in the annals of rock history: it marked the time at which Dylan “went electric.” The protest song folk-hero of the early 1960s was playing rock and roll music, a strictly forbidden practice in the Greenwich Village folk music revival, whereRead More

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A Monk Remembered: Brother Nathan Cochran’s Legacy

October 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm 0 comments

In late July, Saint Vincent College Art Professor and Director Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., passed away at age 57. When Saint Vincent students, faculty and art patrons in the community attend a performance from the Saint Vincent College Concert Series, come to see an art exhibit at the Saint Vincent Gallery or simply walk the halls of the college, they can see that the memory of the late Cochran remains present and clear. All around campus, numerous displays honoring the Benedictine monk’s memory have been set up, such as a gallery PowerPoint slideshow tribute of photos, a portrait of him hung in a stairwell leading up to Placid Hall and a display of his habit along with a sketch of his portrait in the glass display outside the gallery on the third floor of the Carey Center. Saint Vincent Summer Theatre dedicated the run of the final show of theRead More

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Ann Holmes returns to the SVC community

October 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm 0 comments

This year, Saint Vincent College welcomed back Ann Holmes as the new Director of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series and Administrative Director of the Saint Vincent Gallery. Holmes, who worked as the Concert Manager before leaving in 2007, is taking up the positions after the recent passing of Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., who previously held them. As the director of the Saint Vincent College Concert series, Holmes works closely with Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B. and Ben Schachter to put together the entire concert series. Constantine is the chairperson of the Music Department, and Schachter is the chairperson of the Visual Arts department. When it comes to looking for artists to perform in the series, Holmes said she works “to identify and schedule excellent, engaging classical musicians to appear on campus.” Holmes schedules the eight performers one or two years in advance, and makes all of the arrangements for theirRead More

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Yo-Yo Ma gives recital at SVC, receives honors

September 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm 0 comments

Internationally celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma came to Saint Vincent College on May 23. Ma became the first recipient of the Fred Rogers Legacy Award and gave a recital in the Saint Vincent Basilica. The recital was held to raise money to support the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media through the Rogers Early Career Fellows Program and the Fred Rogers Scholars Program. The money raised from the event exceeded the initial goal of 1 million dollars. The award was created and given to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the founding of the Fred Rogers Center. “It started off: ‘how do we create an award that really represents Fred?’” said Rick Fernandes, the executive director of the Fred Rogers Center. “So it really was about the Fred Rogers Legacy Award and who represents Fred’s values and what Fred stood for, and then you start thinking, ‘okay, who isRead More


April 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm 0 comments

My California dreams of fleeing to the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival were destroyed in early January when the general admission tickets sold out in a record-breaking two hours and thirty-seven minutes. The first weekend of the notorious festival held in Indio, California has come and gone and the second weekend, April 18-20, is just days away. With OutKast reuniting for the first time in almost a decade and other festival favorites like Arcade Fire and Queens of the Stone Age, it’s hard to pass up on this desert music paradise. Luckily, there are plenty of June music and arts festivals that are closer to the East Coast and within the meager funds of a jobless graduating senior like me (and I’m sure I’m not alone).   The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival When: June 6-15 Where: Downtown Pittsburgh Admission: FREE Thanks to the Pittsburgh CulturalRead More

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April 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm 0 comments

Sitting here listening to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 “Rumours” gets me thinking: Why is this album still so popular? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Consider all of the hip bands that have copped the Mac sound: many of the late-2000 post-folk revival bands like Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, popular touring act Best Coast and even superstars like Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons. And were you convinced that Haim’s “Days Are Gone” was a bunch of unreleased Stevie Nicks songs? On top of this, “Rumours” is simply a timeless album. Pop music at its finest. With 40 million copies sold worldwide, it’s hard to argue the album’s longevity. It’s no shock, then, that music lovers both young and old are celebrating singer and keyboardist Christine McVie’s return to Fleetwood Mac after a 16-year separation. The news of her return was announced on the band’s website March 27, alongRead More


March 25, 2014 at 4:31 am 0 comments

After months of Juicy J’s August-released “Stay Trippy” on repeat in my boyfriend’s car, Juicy J’s Never Sober Tour made its stop at Club Zoo in the Strip District on March 19. Needless to say, my boyfriend and I were excited for a wild night with the self-proclaimed King of Trippy (whatever that means). But unfortunately, instead of seeing a show, we were thrown into a dirty venue with unbearably drunk underage kids who knew nothing about personal space, a three-hour DJ set featuring pathetic openers and a short and unsatisfactory performance by Juicy himself. In 2009, Juicy stepped back from Three 6 Mafia, his Academy Award-winning group (for 2005’s Best Original Song “Hard Out There for a Pimp” from the “Hustle & Flow” soundtrack), to focus on his solo career. It was during this time he began collaborating with openly THC-loving rapper, Pittsburgh’s own Wiz Khalifa, as my loveRead More

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March 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm 0 comments

After seeing Arcade Fire on their “Reflektor” tour at CONSOL Energy Center on March 12, everything about their rapid rise as critical and popular indie darlings is making sense. Old stories of their shows starting with a crowd-wide dance circle and sing-along indicates that they’ve always had an appreciation for the spectacular, but this tour made it clear that Arcade Fire is embracing the notion that “the world’s biggest indie band” is not an oxymoron. Throwing a concert at arenas like CONSOL is a completely different monster than playing the Rex Theater, the site of Arcade Fire’s last concert in Pittsburgh more than ten years ago. While word of mouth, a critical buzz and a thrilling live show is more than enough to fill a small theater, Arcade Fire knew that arena shows are competing with giant musical acts, sports events and everything else CONSOL has hosted. To succeed atRead More



February 4, 2014 at 2:19 am 0 comments

Phosphorescent isn’t exactly a band, but rather the project of Matthew Houck, a singer-songwriter from Alabama who currently operates out of Brooklyn. It would be convenient to pigeonhole Houck into the “indie rock” genre if not for the immediately perceptible influence of country music in his records. Since 2003, he’s released around seven or so albums, many of which have a characteristically mystical, shamanistic energy. Such is often the case when a musician takes the downtrodden, emotionally draining iteration of country music in the grand tradition of Patsy Cline, Gram Parsons and Hank Williams. Phosphorescent’s records, especially 2007’s “Pride,” maintain an off-handed lethargy about them, in which Houck takes full advantage of the gracefulness present in the depressive, swirling atmosphere which country music conjures up. Slide guitars and lonesome pianos encapsulate listeners with a delicate mixture of melancholy, contemplation and weariness. Houck sings with a husky, hesitant crunch in hisRead More