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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2018

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Artist Lucy Dacus stuns at show in D.C.

April 19, 2018 |

Grace Howie, Contributing Writer

Lucy Dacus, a 22-year-old from Richmond, ended her tour on Apr. 14 at the Rock n Roll Hotel in D.C. The show sold out so quickly when it was announced, that they booked a second show the same night. An early show, and a late show. I went to the late show that started at 10 p.m. and ended after midnight. The three bands, all playing two sets in a short few hours, was nothing short of true musicianship. Read More

Lucy Rose displays intimate vulnerability with new album and tours

March 29, 2018 |


Contributing Writer

“Was it me or was it you?” is one of the simplest questions asked by British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose on her most recent album, “Something’s Changing,” released July of 2017.Read More

Inspirational playlist to revamp failing resolutions

February 15, 2018 |


Staff Writer

With January over and February moving steadily along, it’s the time of year when many people start slacking off on resolutions for 2018. From giving up on going to the gym to “accidentally” finishing off a bag of Chili Lime Takis one night while watching “Friends,” countless “new year, new me” plans are being abandoned with the first two months of the year. But, no matter how your year has gone so far, it’s never too late for a fresh start. Rather than waiting another 10 months to recommit to your goals, just listen to these songs and I’m sure they’ll give you the attitude boost to come back stronger than ever.Read More

NOVA band Milo in the Doldrums performs at Leesburg concert

December 7, 2017 |


Contributing Writer

On November 18 at the Talley Ho theatre in Leesburg, Virginia, I sat down with the indie rock, northern Virginia band, Milo in the Doldrums. About two years ago Robert Mays, 28, began playing what would later become Milo songs solo at different open mics. He was soon joined by friends, one of which being current guitarist, Richard Smith, 22, to form a full band. The ever-changing process that is creating a band reached its current form about seven months ago with the addition of two Ryans: Burke, 32, on drums and Wisgerhof, 22, on bass.Read More

Uplifting playlist for cold and lonely winter months

November 16, 2017 |


Contributing Writer

As the temperature outside dips into the 30s and we all wish we were on the beach sipping on margaritas or whatever… we’re not.Read More

Frankie Cosmos captivates with casual, intimate venue

September 27, 2017 |


Contributing Writer

Every time I go to Charlottesville, Va., I always end up getting dumplings at Marco & Luca’s on the downtown mall. This past Saturday afternoon it was warm and I was sitting outside eating with a friend when I found myself doing a double take at the person strolling by. Greta Kline, the lead singer of the band I was in town to see, was strolling down the downtown mall a few hours before the show was set to start.Read More

TV helps with finals? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

April 19, 2017 |


With finals week rapidly approaching, University of Mary Washington students find themselves faced with the difficult task of trying to find ways to relax amidst all the chaos that the end of the semester can bring.Read More

Women’s History Month: 100 years of women in music

March 16, 2017 |


Female musicians have a rich and complex history, and, over the past century, share much overlap with social movements of the era, including the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ equality. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking you decade by decade through the last 100 years of female musical artists.Read More

VA Vibes: UVA band, Sorority Boy, releases twinkly emo EP

March 2, 2017 |


On Feb. 20, 2017 a two-piece band formed by two students at the University of Virginia released their first EP Friends/Enemies. Sorority Boy is composed of Maria DeHart, from Falls Church, Virginia and Fredericksburg native Brian Cameron.Read More

WMWC radio station gives out CDs on campus, raises club awareness

October 27, 2016 |


Unknown to much of the school population, UMW has a radio station called WMWC, which boasts a plethora of interesting and enjoyable programs. They recently have been doing free giveaways on campus walk to increase awareness of the club and de-clutter the station. The station was seen giving out free CDs on Oct. 12, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of Lee Hall and has similar events planned for the future.Read More

The annual “Big Ash Bonfire” hit Jefferson Square and did not disappoint

October 27, 2016 |


After fall break on Wednesday evening, students crowded Campus Walk, all heading towards Jefferson Square to enjoy the warmth of the fire and the benefits of free food. The fire burned bright in the middle of the grass.Read More

Kaynak Pipers of Bulgaria performed traditional pieces outside HCC

October 12, 2016 |


Five Bulgarian musicians with three droning bagpipes, a bass drum, a hang drum and a youthful audience enabled a fun, yet peculiar, Wednesday evening outdoor performance last week.

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Senior Playlist: for the burnt out and stressed student

October 6, 2016 |


It is already October, the leaves are falling and it’s finally getting a little bit colder. Even though it is pretty early in the semester, I am about ready to drop out. If the ideas of upcoming midterms and eventual finals are making you panic, I have five noteworthy songs to help you keep your chin up.Read More

Oldheads against the New Wave, a hip-hop battle

October 6, 2016 |


Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Imran Ahmed, 21 Savage. All these names ring a bell when brought to the attention of Millennials. While these artists are in the limelight at the moment, there has been conflict between these new acts and the people who helped establish the genre.Read More

UMW professor nominated for Grammy Educator Award

September 7, 2016 |


The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation has nominated Mary Washington’s own Professor Mark Snyder for the prestigious Grammy Educator award. This award, according to the Grammy Foundation, is a way to honor achievements in the recording arts as well as to support the music community.

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Playlist Plugged In: songs to help you focus

April 5, 2016 |


Feeling a bit panicky about the last few weeks of the semester? Here are a dozen songs that will help you refocus on your studies and group projects during these crazy weeks. These songs will help you … Read More

Plugged In Playlist: the editors’ edition, part 2

February 25, 2016 |


  1. “Coffee’s for Closers” by Fall Out Boy, chosen by Emily Hollingsworth, News Editor
  2. “Picasso” by The Cinema, chosen by Della Hethcox, Life Editor
  3. “December” by Neck Deep, chosen by Sarah Grammer, News Editor
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Plugged In Playlist: Let’s Get Physical

February 11, 2016 |


In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Blue & Gray Press editorial staff has composed an alternative playlist for your listening pleasure. Here are 16 songs celebrating a particular physical asset favored by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj.
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Macklemore chimes in on white privilege discussion in latest hit single, calls out Miley Cyrus

February 4, 2016 |


“We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?” Musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are speaking out about the very current reality of white privilege and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in their newly released single “White Privilege II.”Read More

Plugged In Playlist: the editors’ edition

January 28, 2016 |


Have you ever wondered what music keeps the editors of the paper motivated?

Wonder no more! As a staff, we have each chosen two of our current favorite songs to share with you, the campus. If you are in need of some new tunes, check out our 16 top songs. The songs range from MoTown, rap, classic rock, experimental, alternative rock to pop. This playlist represents the diverse nature of the staff’s musical tastes and gives you a sampler of what we play during production night each week.Read More

VA Vibes: Flight of Salt to play show at Colonial Tavern

November 12, 2015 |


What happens when musicians take a break from the exhausting tour life? They start another band. Or at least, that is what happened to Rob Bullington, the founding member of the Richmond band, Flight of Salt.Read More

Plugged In: Abstract music brings new ideas to the table

November 5, 2015 |


We all know her, in the form of a sister or a daughter who idolizes her, a boyfriend who thinks she’s attractive or even by ourselves as we dance to her hypnotic beats. For she is the one and only Taylor Swift, standing for the young girls of America as she belts her circular lyrics about men and painful romantic experiences.Read More

Plugged In: Music that speaks to the senses

September 16, 2015 |


A common routine for many students on college campuses is the unraveling of headphones, as they walk to class, from class and transition to different activities throughout the day.Read More

Plugged In: Timeless tunes for the semester

September 9, 2015 |


If you are like me, finding something you feel like listening to can be very difficult sometimes. For instance, I can spend a couple minutes shuffling through my music library on my phone, repeatedly tapping the ‘skip’ button in search of a song that I actually feel like listening to. Read More

Top ten summer songs to keep you on your toes

April 23, 2015 |


The 2015 “Top-Ten Summer Songs” charts are about to come out and I know if you are anything like me, you have your ears against the radio in anticipation. Read More

Student artist takes over UMW campus

March 18, 2015 |


It always seems as if our passions find us or that what we choose to do with our lives chooses us, as if it were destined.Read More

Hip-Hop is transforming in the year 2015

February 25, 2015 |


In 1989, a new variation of rock emerged on the west coast that had a unique, holistic sound both reminiscent of an earlier age and refreshingly original. Over the next six years, this grunge sound transformed the music industry and all rock music thereafter.Read More

‘Fifty Shades’ soundtrack scores numerous hits

February 17, 2015 |


“Fifty Shades of Grey” accumulated a lot of media attention over the past couple of weeks due to the racy nature of its plot. The movie reached a record high at the box office with an opening of $266 million dollars worldwide, but the soundtrack also shined and reached the number two spot for most purchased album on iTunes.Read More

Plugged In: Tunes to help you tune out

February 17, 2015 |


Pause and plug in those ear buds or reach for your beats, I have something to show you. That is if chill, layered music sounds like something you would be interested in.

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Missy Elliot makes a surprising comeback, stirring up the music industry

February 3, 2015 |


Step aside Katy Perry because the queen of rap has come back to steal the show and claim her crown. “You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream” was more like “I feel like I’m living in 2003” thanks to the incredible Super Bowl 2015 halftime performance by Missy Elliott.
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