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NPR Music’s YouTube account has gained popularity by releasing Tiny Desk concerts, which are mini “concerts” starring popular or up-and-coming musical artists. These concerts feature stripped down versions of an artist's songs. With a live band and no autotune or post-production available, the concert relies solely on...
Popular Disney+ show “The Mandalorian,” directed by Jon Favreau, has released a new season. Photo from digitalspy.com. “The Mandalorian'' is the most popular show on Disney+ and after it’s incredibly successful first season, the second season generated plenty of buzz. The...
Michael Jackson’s album “Off The Wall” was released in 1979. Photo from Billboard.com. “Off the Wall” (1979) by Michael Jackson began the King of Pop’s solo career after tremendous success with his brothers in the Jackson 5.  This album is a...
There are a variety of platforms available to stream favorite shows and movies. Graphic by Grace DeSanti.  Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Prime Video, Apple TV and now Peacock. Are all of these different streaming options worth it? 

The TikTok effect

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TikTok has been affecting the music people listen to. Graphic from theverge.com. TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. With content focused on music and dance, it's no secret that the music industry has changed to cater to...
This week I will be looking at the 1978 soft rock album “Minute by Minute” by the Doobie Brothers. This album is a great representation of the 70s; it has elements of rock, funk and disco, all wrapped up in one. I am familiar with a few...
The struggles of COVID-19 have hit us all. For me, as a freshman, COVID has definitely changed how I thought I would be starting my college career. Masks, dining restrictions and housing agreements all take away from the typical “freshman experience.” Classes have moved online for many....
James Taylor’s album “Gorilla” still plays in the minds of many fans. Photo from Therollingstone.com. Are you feeling stressed with school work or worrying about the growing number of COVID-19 cases? Take a step back and unwind with “Gorilla” by James Taylor. Released in...
This week I’m reviewing “Ventura” by Anderson .Paak, which I listened to for the first time last week. Released in 2019, this album perfectly blends R&B, hip hop and funk to produce an insanely groovy sound.  I’m familiar with some of Anderson .Paak’s work;...
First off, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ronan Himelrick and I am from Canton, Massachusetts. I am a freshman here at the University of Rhode Island and I’m really excited to be joining the Good Five Cent Cigar. With little on-campus entertainment, I’ve decided...