Music Box: St. Vincent, “St. Vincent”

If you are not instantly a fan of St. Vincent’s new album “St. Vincent,” do not be shocked. My first experience with art rock was very off-putting. This album sounded like an awful ‘80s nightmare.
St. Vincent’ s music is similar to Lady Gaga’s in the way that both artists’ songs have the habit of changing rhythm by the chorus, which was a major turnoff for me.
After re-listening to the album a few more times, I began to appreciate the lyrical madness of St. Vincent. Her lyrics teeter between extreme happiness and complete insanity, while keeping an upbeat tune.
A perfect example comes from the ninth track on her album titled “Psychopath.” The song has an optimistic beat accompanied by dark lyrics: “Runnin’ down the highway like a psychopath/All the flames and fury honey at my back/Wanna make a bet whether I’ll make it back/Cause I’m on the edge of a heart attack.”

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Music Box: Beck, “Morning Phase”

Are you feeling energetic? On your third cup of coffee today, perhaps? Are you on the hunt for an album that matches your upbeat, “take-no-prisoners” frame of mind? Well, my friend, don’t waste a moment of your precious time on “Morning Phase,” the latest release of three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Beck.
Remember Beck? The world fell in love with him after the release of his chart-topping single “Loser.” He even found his way into the hearts of every hipster boy and girl the nation over when he penned the majority of the soundtrack for the movie version of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” But it’s been over five years since the 43-year-old Beck let loose his last album “Modern Guilt,” and he seems to have tempered out with age.

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Music Box: Dierks Bentley, “Riser”

He’s known for successfully singing many types of songs, from ballads to party anthems. Country music veteran Dierks Bentley has climbed and topped the charts for more than a decade. He returns in 2014 with a project that doesn’t veer far from his norm. “Riser” encompasses all that is Bentley: that good ol’ boy who has matured into a man before our eyes.
Having written six songs on the 12-track project, the album provides a mix of viewpoints and angles that help to present that change in Bentley’s life.

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Contestants announced for 11th annual “Clarion Idol”

The Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room was filled with the sound of music Saturday night as 18 hopefuls auditioned for this year’s “Clarion Idol.”
“I think we had a lot of great talent come out this year. I think we had a pretty good turnout considering we were battling a lot of other major events on campus. I think we did the best we could’ve hoped for,” said co-programmer Monica Sceffo.

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Award-winning film sends message of inspiration, hope

The award-winning documentary “Give A Damn?” was presented in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The University Activities Board Lecture Committee sponsored the film and a question and answer session.
This is the first event that UAB Lecture Chair Head Abbey Streich has planned in her new position. “This is actually my first year as chair, but last year we had ‘The Buried Life,’ and that was kind of similar to this kind of idea like…you’re young…what can you do?” Streich said.

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“Vagina Monologues” brings awareness to women’s health

Clarion University’s V-Day Project hosted the 14th “Vagina Monologues” over the course of the weekend.
The show was performed three times from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23 and is an annual event for the university. Auditions for the “Monologues” were last October, and the group has met every week this semester to organize the show.

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