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EAR TO THE GROUND: A$AP, Toro y Moi, Django soundtrack

January 10, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

If Kendrick Lamar is the new King of the West Coast, then A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, is holding it down for the East Coast. The 24-year-old Harlem-born rapper is preparing to unleash his debut album “LONG.LIVE.A$AP.” Continue Reading

EAR TO THE GROUND: MySpace heads back to its music roots

December 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Like most Internet fads these days, MySpace crashed and burned with the invention of Facebook and Twitter. In 2011 Justin Timberlake and Specific Media Group announced a joint purchase of the social network. The site recently relaunched the “new” MySpace returning it took its musical roots. Continue Reading

EAR TO THE GROUND: October releases: DeMarco, Swift, Mill

November 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mac DeMarco isn’t your typical 22-year-old. The Montreal, Quebec-based musician just released his second project of the year, the aptly titled “2.” His lyrics are what you would expect songs about love, parents and being dissatisfied with just about everything. Continue Reading

Ear to the Ground: “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” puts to rest doubts about Kendrick Lamar

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After dropping his critically acclaimed mixtape “Section.80″ in 2011 and getting a shout-out from rap legend Dr. Dre, who called him the new “King of the West Coast,” it wasn’t clear if Kendrick Lamar was going to live up to the hype. Dr. Dre signed Lamar to his label, Aftermath Entertainment, and set out to record a new project to add to Lamar’s already strong catalogue of independent releases. Continue Reading

With changing season comes new playlists

October 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

As summer officially comes to a close and the cold weather slowly creeps back, I’ve been scrambling to get all of my fall and winter clothes unpacked so I’m ready. Continue Reading

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