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Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Lacks in Substance, Stacked in Production

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The following is a guest article by Sam Lowy.

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Lady Gaga has turned herself into one of the most iconic pop stars of our generation. There really is no debating the fact that Gaga is one of the most diverse and entertaining celebrities in the media. Known for her commentary on pop culture and the "fame monster," Lady Gaga has been one of the few celebs to turn the entertainment community on its head. Her past albums, which have all been huge successes, have all had a similar theme regarding such matters, but with her newest release, ARTPOP, has the controversial artist finally beaten the horse dead?

With her debut single of the record, "Applause," Gaga continues her satirical commentary of fame, stating she "live[s] for the applause," and "the way that [we] cheer and scream" for her, and while the song is somewhat catchy, in the end it really just seems to fall flat. Without any truly deep or inspiring lyrics, the listener is left with an instrumental track that is, again, lacking of any real substance. The song is honestly quite weak on all accounts and is just a regurgitation of past Gaga themes of fame and culture.

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The following is a guest article by Sam Lowy.

Album review

Since the release of their smash hit single "Sex On Fire," and Grammy Award winning track "Use Somebody," it seemed as though Nashville based Kings of Leon had been struggling to find another song or album to help them reach the top once again. With their most recent release, however, the family band has done just that.

Mechanical Bull truly is thirteen tracks packed with that true Southern Rock the group was best known for with their first two albums Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004) and Youth and Young Manhood (2003), both of which featured high energy rock and roll that deemed the group "The Strokes of the South."

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Review of Arcade Fire's Reflektor

The following is a guest article by Tyler Thursby.

Arcade Fire

My first introduction to Arcade Fire's Reflektor was through an enchanting self-titled music video, nearly eight minutes of black & white footage that read much like a short film. Cinematic is an appropriate term when describing the sound of Arcade Fire's latest album Reflektor as a whole, every vaulted track materializing a story one has to imagine could easily be adapted to the screen.

Reflektor's cinematic qualities and large sound packs an unshakable confidence behind it. Just when things threaten to spill over into an unmanageable chaos, the instrumentation finds order in the storm. That type of control is something Arcade Fire has worked long to master, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be working with David Bowie throughout the process of recording.

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The following is a guest article by Nat.

UFC

In combat sports, the greatest champions have always defined themselves through trilogies against other great champions. Muhammad Ali fought timeless trilogies against Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, Georges St. Pierre battled 3 times against Matt Hughes, and Fedor Emelianenko battled the great Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira in the Pride ring. Even lower level fighters can elevate themselves to legendary status through a great trilogy — Gatti vs. Ward is a prime example.

While the record may show that Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez both possess one win against the other, the record doesn't tell the full story. In their first encounter in November 2011, Junior Dos Santos blitzed the current heavyweight kingpin at 1:04 of the first round — on the first ever card televised live on Fox — to take the heavyweight strap from the newly minted champ. In their second encounter, then challenger and current champion Velasquez was able to stagger Dos Santos in the first round and proceed to dish out a sustained beating over 5 rounds, handing the Brazilian champion his first UFC loss.

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Discovering Boston from a Different Perspective

The following is a guest article by Dan Patterson.

Boston skyline

When planning your trip to Boston, you may find yourself in a fluster, struggling to soak up the city for every inch of street it offers. Being one of the most historic cities on the globe, there are certainly a plethora of amazing sites to see. Though you may be consumed with nostalgic tours of the city, we want to help you discover Boston from a totally different perspective, allowing you to taste the city’s true flavors.

Between the mix of professional sports, comedy shows, art galleries and more your long weekend will certainly be filled with excitement. There are plenty of destinations off the beaten path, so we’d like to throw a few pointers your way so that you can leave the hub of New England satisfied with the sights and sounds.

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