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John Legend's fifth studio album "Darkness and Light" (left) and Pete Doherty of The Libertines' "Hamburg Demonstrations" (right) were both released Friday. (Columbia Records (left) and BMG Rights Management (right)).
John Legend's fifth studio album "Darkness and Light" (left) and Pete Doherty of The Libertines' "Hamburg Demonstrations" (right) were both released Friday. (Columbia Records (left) and BMG Rights Management (right)).

The Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA has narrowed down the candidates for its first dean to three finalists from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Columbia University and Boston University. (Daily Bruin file photo)
The Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA has narrowed down the candidates for its first dean to three finalists from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Columbia University and Boston University. (Daily Bruin file photo)

"White Christmas," based on the 1954 musical of the same name, follows the story of army buddies-turned-music recording stars who fall in love with a pair of singing sisters. (​​Courtesy of Hollywood Pantages Theater)

Theater review: ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’

Although Los Angeles doesn’t get snow, the stage production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” provides plenty of holiday spirit and song. “White Christmas,” which opened Tuesday at the Pantages Theater and runs until Sunday, revels in the classic song and dance of 1950s Broadway musicals, providing a lighthearted way to ring in the holiday season. Read more...

"White Christmas," based on the 1954 musical of the same name, follows the story of army buddies-turned-music recording stars who fall in love with a pair of singing sisters. (​​Courtesy of Hollywood Pantages Theater)

Fourth-year English student Sofia Zorian will play songs from her upcoming January album "Involved" at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Her songs were influenced by mainstream artists' sounds, but she tries to writes lyrics that deviate from mainstream cliches. (Courtesy of Ralph Laurence Mariano)

Student’s music career set to scale up with upcoming album

Ten-year-old Sofia Zorian belted the lyrics of her original song “Spies in Disguise” into the bristles of a hairbrush before an imaginary crowd. Zorian, now a fourth-year English student, is in the process of releasing the music video for her debut single, “Feeling,” in November and will launch her first album, “Involved,” in January. Read more...

Fourth-year English student Sofia Zorian will play songs from her upcoming January album "Involved" at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Her songs were influenced by mainstream artists' sounds, but she tries to writes lyrics that deviate from mainstream cliches. (Courtesy of Ralph Laurence Mariano)

Alumna Nia Andrews was not confident in her musical abilities while in school, but after graduating she sang at rapper Common’s shows and recorded for Solange Knowles’ 2016 album. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Singer-songwriter Nia Andrews finds voice in work with Lauryn Hill, Solange

Nia Andrews was grinding cardamom pods to make homemade chai tea when Solange Knowles texted her, inviting her to record. The UCLA alumna turned professional singer-songwriter poured her tea into a tumbler and headed to a Los Angeles studio to record the interlude “I Got So Much Magic You Can Have It,” which appears on Knowles’s 2016 album “A Seat at the Table.” Andrews now uses her musical talents to create and perform music of her own. Read more...

Alumna Nia Andrews was not confident in her musical abilities while in school, but after graduating she sang at rapper Common’s shows and recorded for Solange Knowles’ 2016 album. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Title Tracks' latest album "Long Dream" (left), released Friday, incorporates the rock 'n' roll sounds of predecessors, including The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys. Thee Oh Sees' new release "An Odd Entrances" (right), also from Friday, blends 1980s electronic krautrock with dream pop.
Title Tracks' latest album "Long Dream" (left), released Friday, incorporates the rock 'n' roll sounds of predecessors, including The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys. Thee Oh Sees' new release "An Odd Entrances" (right), also from Friday, blends 1980s electronic krautrock with dream pop.


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