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Record Routine: Showing vulnerability, Adele's vocals highlight '25'

Fame is a monster. The public spotlight pointed at every celebrity, athlete and politician probably places more stress on them than any number of stage lights under which media figures thrive. But not every celebrity opens up under the harsh scrutiny of a reporter’s question or paparazzi flash bulbs. After releasing a seminal break-up album in 2011, Adele closed herself off, focusing on establishing a family and having a baby. As 21 remained on Billboard’s top album chart, Adele didn’t lavish in the spotlight. Instead, the singer-songwriter reflected upon the relationship which spawned her record-breaking album and crafted a follow-up.

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With unrelenting ignorance, Azealia Banks’ use of “faggot” will cost her fans

I don’t even know where to begin with my adoration for Azealia Banks’ talent as a rapper. After bursting out in 2011 with “212 (feat. Lazy Jay),” Banks quickly ascended as the “next big female MC.” Her acidic tone, fantastic lyricism and pleasing vulgarity hooked me in as a young college student. With a heavy heart this weekend, I opened iTunes and promptly deleted Banks’ catalogue from my library—what a difference four years makes.

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Kanye West monologues, Miley Cyrus flops at 2015 VMAs

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards stormed onto prime time Sunday, with Taylor Swift taking home two major awards and Kanye West receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard Video Award. Miley Cyrus came back after her 2013 performance as host, but her tasteless jokes and awkward cutaways left much to be desired.

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Where the music fans are: Why festivals still matter in 2015

There’s nothing like experiencing a music festival through a first-timer’s eyes. The sights and sounds, the myriad personalities of fellow festivalgoers and learning the tricks of the site’s security and management become an overwhelming sensory overload from time to time. This inundation of experiences, packed into a three-day experience, is unlike anything that bands and performers can offer their fans. This experience is what drives millions of people to attend festivals across the country each year.

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SAMF 2015: Eight things every festivalgoer needs for a smooth festival weekend

With the annual Spring Awakening Music Festival, known as SAMF on social media, starting in less than 24 hours, I'm positively vibrating with excitement for what this weekend will bring. While I've only been to a couple festivals, and this will be my first time at an EDM-focused festival, I've picked up some tips from seasoned attendees and concertgoers about how to make this weekend at Soldier Field much more easygoing.

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The emotions behind music have changed over time, as evident in the variety of music show on display at any local record store.

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Hailing “from the 651,” the Minneapolis-based area code, Bobby Raps gave an emotive performance on Friday night at The Sett. 

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