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Sodexo worker brings love, mercy to those in need

Andrew Linnabary July 11, 2016

At many homeless shelters or soup shops, there is only one plate allowed to patrons. At Carmen Garcia’s homeless ministry, there is no limit.  “This lady I know says, ‘I don’t have any food...

Marissa’s Melodies

Marissa Campbell May 5, 2016

Several popular bands and artists released albums last week, which means there’s great new music for fans to enjoy. The new Bring Me the Horizon album brought a new sound fans have never heard, the artist SoMo released yet another soulful album full of slow jams, and many rock stars came together to release their first album as the super-group Hollywood Vampires.  

‘That’s the Spirit’ by Bring Me the Horizon

Released: Sept. 11

Genre: Metal/rock

Since their first album, Bring Me the Horizon has changed their rock sound and style quite a bit. Part of the sound change is due to lead singer Oli Sykes damaging his vocal cords after many years of screaming, but also because the band has matured and taken more control of their sound, which is heard on hits like “Throne.” Not only did the band change part of their sound, but they changed a song. “Drown” is revamped on this album and is just as powerful and hard-hitting as ever. The problem with this album is the fans who enjoyed the heavier music may not enjoy this album due to less screaming and yelling from Sykes (“What You Need”). Overall, the band has brought their usual array of fast and heavy chords that will keep the fans moshing for sure.

Download: “Throne”

‘My Life II’ by SoMo

Released: Sept. 11

Genre: R&B/soul

SoMo began his career in 2013 with his first album but became a radio sensation in 2014 with his self-titled album that featured the hit single “Ride.” With a similar sound, but not quite as unique as The Weeknd, SoMo tends to phase in between soul and rapping in his songs, which can be heard in the song “Bad Chick.” Listeners who are fans of ’90s slow jams will enjoy SoMo’s twist on the style of music with the different electronic sounds that he uses in a majority of his songs (“Hide & Freak”).

Download: “Hide & Freak”

‘Hollywood Vampires’ by Hollywood Vampires

Released: Sept. 11

Genre: Rock

The band Hollywood Vampires is made up of many famous rock stars including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney, Joe Perry and Abe Laboriel Jr. known for touring with other rock bands and artists as a guitarist. Depp decided to release his own album, which is how Hollywood Vampires came together. On songs such as “My Dead Drunk Friends” and “Raise the Dead,” Cooper’s raspy, creepy vocals can be heard crooning on the tracks. The band also does a cover of The Beatles’ “My Generation,” which is just as fun and lively as the original.

Download: “Raise the Dead”

Marissa’s Melodies: No jokes for April Fool’s in the music world

Marissa Campbell April 7, 2016

April Fool’s Day was laden with a wide variety of new rock and alternative albums. From Weezer’s “White Album” to the Summer Set and Lukas Graham, there is a mixture of pop-rock out there for everyone...

Mark Laycock, WSU Professor of Music, conducts the WSU Symphony Orchestra on July 18.

WSU symphony orchestra peforms concert with faculty guest soloist

Staff Reporter July 23, 2014

Silky sounds of strings, reeds and horns pierced the air Friday night in the Duersken Fine Arts Center, as the WSU Symphony Orchestra performed another night of musical art. However, this had some...

Emmy-nominated producer recaps college experience

Staff Reporter June 18, 2014

Les Anderson is no longer here, but he is the voice in the back of her head that keeps her going, because without him, Melisha Regier would still be locked in her car contemplating med school. While...

Wilner auditorium

The show will go on: Wilner renovations to give building fresh look in time for fall season

Stephanie Sanchez, Staff Reporter July 18, 2012

People attending theater productions in Wilner Auditorium can expect to sit more comfortably this fall. The home of WSU theater productions, built in 1938 and located on the south side of the...

Funny, loveable cast brings ‘Nunsense’ to life

Funny, loveable cast brings ‘Nunsense’ to life

Liz Simmons, Staff Reporter June 27, 2012

Nuns are taking over the Forum Theatre in Wichita, and they are doing it with song, dance and comedy. The musical “Nunsense” tells the story of five nuns working to raise money for another sister’s...

A member of the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater poses while on the group’s nine-day trip to Italy in May.

Italian Success: dancers experience a unique opportunity to perform in Italy

Sam Janzen, Reporter June 6, 2012

A member of the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater poses while on the group’s nine-day trip to Italy in May.

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