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In the age of digital music, where everything is a click away, a musical blast from the past has made its way back into the mainstream.

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This weekend's events are nothing short of entertaining. With Black History Month coming to an end, opportunities to celebrate African-American heritage are plentiful. There are also choices of sporting events, symphony orchestras and Pancake Days. This weekend is one to not miss by staying inside.

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Separating good and great artists is a task most can do in under five minutes. But, one of the most important things for artists on the rise to remember is quality of music.

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“For the culture”: A phrase not only used to describe the constant enhancements made to modern music, but also to simply define the influence music has on our daily lives.

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Six-time Grammy nominated rapper B.o.B. and rapper Waka Flocka Flame will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Shirk Center on Illinois Wesleyan University campus.

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Southern-soul rock band JJ Grey & Mofro will perform Jan. 30 at the Castle Theater to support its 2015 album “Ol’ Glory.”

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Editors Kevin Schwaller and Ema Sasic share their experience at the Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards and discuss "Lady Bird," Grammy nominations and winners from the LA Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle.

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In today’s instant-gratification type of world, less still means more, and music seems to be one of those underlying things that falls in this category. People constantly request more and more content from their favorite artists, but where does that leave the artists to have time for themsel…

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The countdown has begun and the holidays are closely approaching. With only a few weeks until Santa comes, there are several ways to get in the spirit.

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A lot of music is heard on the radio; it is a way to constantly hear the new hits and popular artists. However, the radio becomes repetitive after a while. It can seem like the same artists over and over again who just came out with a new hit single.

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Music continuously evolves for the ears of the audience. Artists seem to bring their own personal flair to differentiate themselves from the occasional repetitive art of rap music. Complementing these superstars are potent producers oozing with talent, creating the music we listen to every day.

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Music is important, but the way a person listens to their music is essential. Sure, there is the option of going to the music library on a phone and hitting shuffle to thousands of different songs, but that is not always the best option.

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Music can make a person come to life and feel things they cannot explain. It is universal. However, there are some instruments that are undervalued. percussion instruments are one example.

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Hip-hop heavyweights are about a dime a dozen in today’s musical era. Superstar young artists such as Post Malone, 21 Savage and Quavo are just a few among the immense collection of premature yet established rappers. While their age may draw a discrepancy from the more recognized acts in the…

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The Illinois State University School of Music will present “The Creation” by Franz Joseph Haydn 3 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

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Picture this: a life without internet. Today, it is considered a basic necessity for even the simplest of tasks. The insatiability of people’s desire to be connected stretches far around the globe. Countries such as the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom lead the technological movem…

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Vidette Photo Editor Monica Mendoza is joined with Sherwood Forest members Clifford Close and Mitchell Owens to talk about their band and the latest in the music world.

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Music has gone through a vast change over the last 50 years. The music listened to today is not the same as it was, yet somehow there are some songs and some bands that remain timeless.

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Among the mass variety of new artists to break out in 2017, the most unforeseen arrival is the revival of a cultural innovator. The rebranding of an artist can simply come from two things: diligence and devotion. With hardship comes happiness as rapper Gucci Mane exemplifies the struggle of …

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Vidette Editors Ema Sasic and Kevin Schwaller talk about their virtual round table interview with the stars of Universal Pictures' new film "Happy Death Day."

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Music is forever evolving. Exceptional and constant releases from culture-beloved artists such as Gucci Mane and Migos is what keeps the evolution of music moving forward.

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In the era of self-proclaimed stardom, inner-city rap crews have been essentially ousted from existence. Sure, multi-million dollar artists such as Drake and The Weeknd sport their OVO and XO brand labels, but real rap crews seem to have died out along with the nineties flow it arrived with.

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There are many modern country artists that focus almost entirely on romantic relationships, while sprinkling in some songs about family and friends, and Thomas Rhett’s third album, "Life Changes" is no exception.

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Many local activities await Illinois State University students and Bloomington-Normal residents this weekend. Whether community members are running for a cause or jamming out to country music star Lee Brice, there is surely something for everyone to get involved with.

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Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger …

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Streaming has single-handedly been able to spring any young, no-name artist straight into the spotlight. Literally overnight, platforms such as SoundCloud can bring these underground artists to the pinnacle of the music world in the blink of an eye; jump starting their careers with something…

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With hip-hop recently replacing rock and roll as the most listened genre in America, rappers are now considered the rock stars of millennial generation.

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Jay Z’s latest studio album, "4:44," showed a different side of the Brooklyn rapper as some are saying is a response to Beyoncé’s "Lemonade" album, which hinted at his infidelity. On the "4:44," Jay Z admits to cheating and takes ownership for the issues they had in their marriage.

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Seven-time Grammy winner and music icon Kendrick Lamar returns to Chicago this month to set the city on fire once again. The tour follows and is titled after his fourth album “DAMN.”

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College students are famous for their wildest stories at concerts, musical events or even festivals. The lengths people have gone to obtain tickets for their favorite artists are no less than ordinary, in fact, the things done to get them are even more extraordinary.

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Founded in 1857, Illinois State University's history is rooted in providing students a premium education. ISU's history also boasts a rich track record of hosting entertaining events and festivals.

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Lizzo may be making some inroads into the mainstream, but she's doing it by owning and often accentuating her differences. She's that rare rapper-singer who can also lay down a flute solo. She's toured as an opening act for Sleater-Kinney (on the band's 2015 comeback tour) and recorded with …

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The fresh summer breeze accompanied by beautiful green leaves, good people and music can all be expected at next month’s annual Concerts on the Quad.

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The Bloomington Center of Performing Arts is kicking off Father’s Day weekend with a Summer Solstice Concert on June 17. Replaced by the Bloomington Beer Fest, this one-day, non-stop concert is an event not to miss.

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Country music superstar Chris Stapleton performs April 29 at 7 p.m. at the US Cellular Colosseum. The tour supports Stapleton's new album "From a Room: Volume 1." The performance projects to fill US Cellular's maximum capacity of 7000 people. Tickets on Ticketmaster are currently sold out. P…

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United Way of McLean County, in partnership with some Uptown Normal establishments, held their Rock the Block event Saturday complete with music, beer and a hot dog eating competition.

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Everyone's inner middle schooler ate their hearts out Monday night as JoJo, the New Jersey pop R&B artist, returned to the stage after a 10-year hiatus on her Mad Love Tour. An estimated 400-people crowd came together on ISU's Quad to relive some old favorites, like the highly anticipate…

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Spring has sprung, and so has Illinois State University’s Jazz Ensembles. The College of Fine Arts and School of Music presented its 21st annual Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday. Students and staff gathered in the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall for the show.

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Sunday night opened a five-night new music concert series with world-class and student composers and musicians alike. The Seventh Annual RED NOTE New Music Festival accepted just over 600 works from a combined 70 countries around the world as part of the chamber ensemble, full orchestra and …