Review Category : Magazine

Why I Don’t Dig Illmatic, or The Responsibilities of Art

“A masterpiece”. (The New York Times) “The best hip-hop record ever made” (Prefix Mag). Simply “the greatest album of all time” (PopMatters). These are all phrases that have been bestowed upon Nas’ Illmatic, the rapper’s/poet’s/voice of a generation’s debut and probably best album. A benchmark of hip-hop culture, the record features intelligent lyricism, groundbreaking soulful production and an urban aesthetic that paints violent, sorrowful, powerful pictures as vivid as Nas’ actual wordplay. Or so I’ve been told.

And yet, I can’t get into it.

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The Field Goal – April 16th (Full Podcast)

Full podcast of “The Field Goal” from April 16th hosted by Norman Kahler. In this week’s episode, topics that were discussed included the Boise State spring game and other athletic events that occurred over the past week, spring games from around the nation, projecting Mountain West Football for 2014, coaches on the hot seat in the FBS, and preseason top 6 rankings in FBS.

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The Field Goal – April 9th (Full Podcast)

Full podcast of “The Field Goal” from April 9th hosted by Ashley Cox and Norman Kahler. In today’s episode we wrapped up the college basketball season breaking down the men’s and women’s final fours and championship games. We also discussed all the other brackets that were played over the week. We then shifted over to college football discussing the Boise State Day as well as the upcoming spring game. We went over news in both basketball and football and caught up on athletic events going on around campus.

Special guest Charles Abankwa joined us from Temple University to discuss the Owls’ latest news, overview of the basketball season, and preview of the upcoming football season.

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From Indian Lakes- April 1, 2014

From Indian Lakes stopped through Boise on April 1st on their first ever headlining tour, the Able Bodies Tour. The five-piece band from California was joined by The American Scene and Naive Thieves. I personally got to see the alternative rockers three times in Boise last year with each show bringing a bigger audience every time. Seeing as this was their first headlining tour, I expected a big crowd to show up at The Crux. I was definitely impressed with the turnout. What I was even more impressed with was the energy from both the band and the fans that filled every crevice of The Crux. While singing my heart out, I would take a second to look around me and see everyone else in the crowd singing along to every word as well. The energy of the room was undeniably emotional and full of love. The moment that sticks with me and will for years to come was when Joey Vannucchi came back out for an encore. As soon as Joey struck those first chords of “Your Son” the room went absolutely quiet as everyone soaked up every word and every note of the beautifully crafted song. 

Check out photos from the show below:

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Rewind: Confessions 10 years later

A little over 10 years ago, R&B staple Usher released his fourth studio album confessions which turned out to be one of history’s best albums

Confession’s for me is usher’s best album not only because of the quality of each song but it makes me reminisce of a certain period of my life, as I feel most people do.  Confessions, to date, the album has accumulated sales of over 20 million copies worldwide,over 10 million of which were sold in the United States earning a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Assocation of America (RIAA).

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Treefort Music Fest Photo Gallery

Treefort Music Fest was a glorious weekend for Boise, Idaho. With events happening all over downtown Boise from March 20th through March 23rd, attendees had an almost over-whelming amount of events to choose from. Filled with 300+ bands, Boise turned into a hip, music loving city. The University Pulse had the wonderful opportunity to attend the whole festival. I got the to see some incredible talents from The Joy Formidable, Saintseneca, Perfect Pussy, RJD2, Special Explosion and many many more. Check out photos of all of these bands below and the many local bands that played as well:

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Album Review- Peroxide, by Nina Nesbitt

*This review was done based on the Deluxe edition of the album.*

At the age of 19, Nina Nesbitt’s career is exploding. Her debut album, Peroxide, came out February 17, and is a good start to her discography. Despite prior EP releases, Peroxide is the first full release from Nesbitt. Included on it are a few of her prior singles, as well as many completely new songs.

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The Field Goal – April 2nd (Full Podcast)

Full podcast of “The Field Goal” from April 2nd hosted by Ashley Cox and Norman Kahler. In today’s show we discussed the NCAA tournament and broke all the teams in the Final Four and made predictions for them. We also broke down the other brackets including the women’s tournaments too. We discussed other news in college basketball and the latest at Northwestern University. To close the show we discussed Boise State athletics including Sand Volleyball, a new sport here at the university.

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Saintseneca Interview- 3/20/14

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Zac Little, Maryn Jones and Steve Ciolek from Saintseneca sat down with us before their Treefort Music Festival performances to talk about the making of their new album, Dark Arc, SXSW festival and their new record label, Anti-.

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