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Grateful Dead’s last hurrah provides highlights for fans in new concert compilation

For three days in July, the jam band world converged in Chicago, Ill., chosen specifically because it was between the two coasts—where the majority of the Grateful Dead’s fan base resides. Now, after tapes of the performances have been circulating for months, the band is releasing Fare Thee Well (The Best Of), a two-disc set compiling the 16 best—or at least best flowing—performances from the three-night run.

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New talent discovered through use of hip-hop samples

Sampling has always been closely intertwined with the idea of documenting and paying homage to the past. In his book “Off the Gangsta Tip,” author and professor Tim Brennan claims that rap music serves to be “both the encyclopedia and the built-in commentary on all the African cultural production that existed before it.” Sampling has become the most efficient and poignant way of achieving this effect. Structuring a song around one from the past that’s preloaded with history and connotation is a great way for people to be conscious of all of the influences that have led up to the modern sample—and it sounds amazing. 

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MyEarth- track your carbon savings app encourages students to embrace a green lifestyle

Do you ever wonder how much energy you could save if you took the stairs instead of the elevator? Or how about if you unplugged your chargers and reduced your TV-watching time? Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that these questions have even crossed your mind. In an effort to increase consumers’ awareness of their environmental impact, Professor Nancy Wong from UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology has created an app that allows people to track their daily energy use.


Record Routine: father and son duo till new ground on debut album

Twenty years after the debut of American rock band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has veered off from the band’s consistent schedule of new releases to instead showcase new project “Tweedy,” a family affair featuring his 18-year-old son Spencer Tweedy on percussion, alongside additional members Scott McCaughey on keyboards and backing vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius. The album, Sukierae, is a lengthy 20 songs in 71 minutes, and what it lacks in excitement and spontaneity, it makes up in the heart and soul of this talented father-son combo.

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