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Banks’ new album, “The Altar,” is generally vulnerable, both in terms of lyrical content as well as the composition of the sound. That being said, the description “vulnerable” is not interchangeable with “weak” in any sense. The singer-songwriter is many times associated with a style reflecting the personal nature of the songs. However, it is especially clear throughout her newest album that she is not ashamed of her displays of emotion and is fearlessly grappling...

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No one should actually care if you order the seven cheese pasta sandwich. We live in a world where the decision of what to eat becomes much more than a simple question of how one is going to get the nutrients they need to survive. This is great because there are many options to explore, whether it be through preparing the food yourself or having someone else prepare it for you. However, the pressure to...

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There is a unique connection and power that is derived from spoken word, the human voice and the information transmitted through the intimacy of sound. The voice has always been a vehicle for intimate human communication ““ historically through storytelling as a way to hold onto the past, or more recently our information transmission radio stations. In our modern technologically centered world, it is no shock that radio is shifting from broadcast to on demand,...

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Well, the times they are a-changin’. This month, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan, musician and prolific folk singer and songwriter of the last 50 years. This monumental event marked the first time a singer-songwriter won the prize, and the first time for an American to win in more than 20 years. The prize was awarded to him “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American-song tradition,” as released...

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Trinity based band the Barbaloots, are bringing indie rock music close to campus. The Barbaloots debuted their fresh sound with KRTU in the recent months and have begun performing around San Antonio. Before you catch one of their shows, get a sneak peek of what the Barbaloots’ sound is all about from a quick conversation with the band. EP: Barbaloots are bear-like creatures in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” Was this the inspiration for your band...

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Bill Nye’s goal, in his original series more than two decades ago, was that he might be able to change the world through bringing attention to the importance of science. Years later, his plans have changed very little. His new show, expected to premiere in the spring of 2017, will be called “Bill Nye Saves The World.” Nye started out on PBS as the quirky bow tie-wearing scientist in the 90s, and his program made...

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In June of 2014, Glass Animals debuted a whimsical and unique sound with their first album “Zaba.” Unlike “Zaba,” the recent album they released this summer moves beyond eclectic noise and explores a fresh sound. “How To Be A Human Being” is the result of global tours and travel, two years worth of anecdotes and musical growth. Although very consistent with the sound of “Zaba,” their new album goes beyond background electronic sounds and brings...

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Wells Fargo recently circulated promotional brochures for their Teen Financial Education Day that will be held later this month. In a burnt-orange box featuring two adolescents performing scientific experiments, the tagline reads: “A ballerina yesterday. An engineer tomorrow.” Another advertisement expounds: “An actor yesterday. A botanist tomorrow.” Both advertisements concluded with the phrase “Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.” Many supporters of the arts have scrutinized the message that the bank is aiming at the...