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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Elliot Alpern: Traveling on the Arts road

BY ELLIOT ALPERN

There’s no way to know if, maybe, I’d be writing the same column as a sports writer, reminiscing about that day I chose athletics over the arts. But I chose the road I truly desired, the road I’d been traveling toward my whole life. And that has made all the difference.

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'Afghan Whigs' returns with flawless record

eOne Music

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

he band’s first record in 16 years and first after being reunited as a band last year, Do the Beast tells a story of dimness and obscurity, drawing on minor progressions and sweltering melodies to showcase emotion through every mix.

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Michaelson shines despite underwhelming 'Lights Out' production

eOne

BY KENNETH SELANDER

Lights Out is a little too perfect, because it doesn’t really seem to push, but rather contently stays in place.

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Nas' 'Illmatic' turns 20

Def Jam

BY JOSH FRAZIER

This week celebrates the twentieth anniversary of those famous words, as Illmatic, the greatest rap album ever made, turns two decades old. Its legacy is still felt today.

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Backstage with 2 Chainz at Hill

Ruby Wallau/Daily

BY ADAM THEISEN

2 Chainz’s the last rapper you’d ever accuse of being pretentious. His songs cut right to the point, and he has no qualms about trying to make music that’s accepted by a wide audience.

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Black Label Society gives classic metal in 'Catacombs'

eOne

BY AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR

Wylde stays true to his roots as heavy metal vocalist and guitarist to incorporate its technical elements of bass-laden instrumental harmonies and fast riff transitions to rock. No, it’s not innovative. But it’s still so damn good.

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Spotify, who am I?!?

Vagrant

BY YARDAIN AMRON

I’m scared, Spotify. I don’t know where I end and you begin anymore. Wait ... how did you know I like soft and raspy? I didn’t even know that about myself. I feel like you’re the only one who really knows me. How did I get here?

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The B-side

Herb David: Crafting Ann Arbor's musical legacy

He's made guitars for Eric Clapton, Sonic Youth, the Byrds and Jerry Garcia, hung out with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop and Jimi Hendrix and lived near the center of Ann Arbor's once-blossoming countercultural music scene. He's also one of the country's best instrument maker and he lives right around the corner.

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The Cypher: Keeping hip hop real

The Cypher is a student hip-hop collective dedicated to perfecting the art of both spoken and written word. It is bringing hip hop back to its roots.

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The Daily is always looking for students interested in writing, journalism, photography, multimedia, business or Web development to join its staff. Everyone is welcome.

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