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Kanye West sure knows how to end the year on a high note.
On Dec. 31, the Chicago-based rapper quietly released the first song since his 2013 platinum-selling album “Yeezus.” A duo with Beatles-legend Paul McCartney, “Only One” features West singing – not rapping – while McCartney dances along the keyboard, harmonizing with the auto-tuned vocals.
The new year means new beginnings, new experiences and of course, new releases of music. In anticipation for the exciting never-before-heard music that lies ahead in 2015, Daily Bruin A&E; reporters look back at some of the memorable albums that have left a mark on music in 2014.
Judging a band such as the Felice Brothers off the group’s appearance can be misleading.
Lead singer and guitarist Ian Felice, dressed in an oversized T-shirt with long hair dripping over his face, and bassist Josh “Christmas Clapton” Rawson, with eye glasses and a slim build, look like they belong in a ’90s grunge band.
After last year’s high-energy Bruin Bash performances by rappers Tyga and E-40 in Pauley Pavilion, this year’s concert managed to find the same energetic feel through a pair of more mellow R&B and hip-hop musicians.
Brendan Hornbostel, A&E editor
Having grown up playing drums and guitar in bands in San Francisco, I’ve always been one to over-scrutinize every song down to its notes and phrases to find that one lyric that captures the humanizing quality of a great piece of music.
Going to school at UCLA means being exposed to all the arts and entertainment that Westwood has to offer. From its movie theaters and playhouses to its large concert halls and coffee shops, Westwood boasts a heavy influence on culture in Los Angeles.
Punk is not dead.
At the very least, it’s still alive in the rebellious attitudes and short haircuts of three girls from 1980s Stockholm. In Lukas Moodysson’s 2013 Swedish drama “We Are the Best!,” adapted from the graphic novel “Never Goodnight,” by Moodysson’s wife Coco Moodysson, three preteens give a new meaning to the term “punk.”
The film follows the journey of outcast best friends Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), who are alienated from their classmates and family because of their self-cut short hair and adamant persistence to be punks.
In between two of UCLA’s largest annual concerts – Spring Sing and the JazzReggae Festival – British rock band Coldplay set upon Royce Hall Monday night to celebrate the international release of its sixth studio album “Ghost Stories.”
Packing Royce Hall to its full capacity, the concert was Coldplay’s only West Coast appearance during the band’s mini world tour, which began in Cologne, Germany, on April 25 and will conclude with a London show on July 1.
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