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For Your Entertainment: 2014 exceptional albums

July quickly comes to a close and thus the first half of 2014 becomes history. Interestingly music releases so far fail to stack up to the albums released up to this point in 2013. Last year by this time, we’d listened to new Daft Punk, Kanye West, Disclosure, Local Natives, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake albums. Despite the light pickings, 2014 has offered some exceptional albums. Here's our picks for the best thus far:

"'One Day Like This' - Elbow, Glastonbury Festival 2014" by Kris Williams

For Your Entertainment: Music festivals–then and now

It’s no secret that music festivals have grown immensely in popularity. A temporary escape from reality, music festivals gather hundreds of artists for relatively inexpensive prices (cheaper than seeing your favorite bands individually, too). However, has their growing popularity potentially compromised the performances of the artists?


For Your Entertainment: New age of music

The internet has allowed unorthodox artists and bands who may not have normally risen to stardom gain worldwide attention and dedicated fan bases. However, the advent of torrenting and other forms of illegal downloading have sparked an ongoing debate on whether torrenting sites like the Pirate Bay damage an artists' success or spread their music to new audiences. While that debate continues to remain relevant, for this blog I will discuss a sub-issue of sorts: the downloading of leaked songs or albums. 


For Your Entertainment: Five shows to get you ready for 4th of July

This Friday is America’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than watching all your favorite shows set in the nation’s capital? I’m currently interning in Washington D.C. –sadly Olivia Pope is not here—and I think it’s given me a bit more insight into my favorite political shows. Here are my picks for the best fictional D.C. shows:

"800_6373" by Brandon Binkwilder Santana, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Whole You: Women and lifting- 7 reasons to not fear the weight room

I can’t speak for all gyms (although it always happens in the few that I’ve seen), but there always seems to be some sort of invisible divide between the cardio and weight areas. We still live in a world where girls dominate the elliptical, while guys master the bar. Of course, I’m not saying that women should be the next body builders -- even though there already are plenty of successful ladies out there -- but having a little knowledge on how to lift wouldn’t kill anyone. 


For Your Entertainment: Remembering Michael Jackson

A week ago today marked the fifth anniversary of the legendary King of Pop’s passing. Everyone knows the story. Michael Jackson was 50 years old when he died at his home on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. He gave 40 of those 50 years to the world. To us. When he died, he was in the midst of launching a series of comeback concerts titled “This Is It.” 

"Electric Forest Music Festival, Rothbury, Michigan" by Adam Rifkin, used under CC BY 2.0

For Your Entertainment: Electric Forest and its last year

Despite the endless amount of music festivals popping up, certain festivals have cemented themselves with unique identities. Coachella boasts endless cameos and celebrity sightings, Bonnaroo prides itself in being the modern day Woodstock, and others fit certain criteria their dedicated fans now expect to be self-evident.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Latest TV Spot" by BagoGames, used under CC BY 2.0

For Your Entertainment: The sequel plague

Sometimes it seems every movie in theaters is a sequel, remake, reboot or book adaptation. Just recently, Hollywood’s remade “Robocop”, “Godzilla”, “Spider-Man,” and “Planet of the Apes.” DreamWorks is planning a “Shrek 5” because “his story isn’t done yet.” Book adaptations in the works include “Paper Towns” and “The Maze Runner” as well as the next two “Hunger Games” movies. 


For Your Entertainment: British singer drops new album in the States

English singer-songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde (better known by her stage name, Birdy), released her sophomore album, Fire Within, in the United States on June 3. Birdy rose to fame in the United Kingdom in 2008 after winning the national Open Mic competition at the age of 12. But it wasn’t until her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” went viral that she gained international recognition. Her eponymous debut album featured 11 tracks, which consisted of covers of songs like The xx’s “Shelter”and The National’s “Terrible Love”, as well as two original tracks. 

"Skrillex @ Camp Bisco X" by Weekly Dig, used under CC BY 2.0

For Your Entertainment: Is EDM the next disco?

Electronic dance music, or EDM for short, has quickly become a formidable genre in the always-dynamic world of music. Once a genre many wrote off for a variety of reasons (notably the way most songs abstained from including lyrics or the repetitive nature when compared to pop songs), it is now the most profitable genre in the world. It has its own culture, it appeals to the young and old alike, and it has created a movement in the way it has altered other genres (most seen in numerous pop songs today).

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