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The Blue & Gray Press | March 30, 2017

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

March 16, 2017 |

By SHAWNYA PETERSON

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 |

By GRACE HOWIE

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 | 1

By ZACHARY WOHLEKING

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 |

By VALARIE GIBSON

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 |

By AHAD SHAHID

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 |

By TESS OSMER

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 |

By AHAH SHAHID and CHAD MUNDIE

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 |

By OLYMPIA JARRELL

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 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

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 |

By  THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

  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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS STAFF

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 |

By HANNAH PARKER

“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 |

By THE BLUE & GRAY STAFF

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 |

By DELLA HETHCOX

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 |

By TESS OSMER

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 |

By TESS OSMER

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 |

By JORDAN SCHULTZ

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 |

By TESS OSMER

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 |

By MONA OSMER

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 |

By COLEMAN HOPKINS

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 |

By AMANDA MOTLEY

“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 |

By TESS OSMER

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.

I … Read More

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

February 3, 2015 |

By KATIE FRAZIER

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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In music industry, mindless catchiness wins over intellectual projects

February 3, 2015 | 2

By MONA OSMER

On a season 5 episode of the popular show,“Louie,” Louis C.K. walks into a coffee shop. Every customer in the coffee shop is mindlessly complaining, and all are having zombie-like interactions with each other.

Louis has a very blunt humor in general, and I love it. However, in this instance it is also insanely depressing; he encapsulates the society we live in spectacularly. The mindless nature of the coffee shop customers, for example, is something I see everyday.Read More

Playlist for proficiency

February 19, 2014 |

Picture this: spring break is right around the corner. In order to have a week of freedom, however, you have to get past midterms. Campus changed drastically in the last week. Classes seem fuller than ever, and you are elbowing your way for desk space in the library.Read More

Science and math professors keep their music alive

January 30, 2013 |

By RIVES KUHAR
The hobby started early for Keith Mellinger, associate professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington, when his cousin loaned him a guitar during the summer after his high school graduation.Read More

Flannel, Guitars, Beards: Dr. Dog Milestone for Giant

November 8, 2012 |

By UPMA KAPOOR
Beards, flannel and hard-hitting guitar trios in front of an American flag with three stars barely characterizes Dr. Dog’s performance at the University of Mary Washington in the Great Hall on Saturday, Nov. 3.Read More

Garibaldi Blows Students Away with ‘Rhythm and Hue’

October 24, 2012 |

By MADELINE McDONALD
Ball Circle was bright with color Friday night as performance painter David Garibaldi brought his show, “Rhythm and Hue,” to the University of Mary Washington as part of homecoming.Read More

Sass, Soul and Community: Inside Look at BellACapella

October 10, 2012 |

By GABRIELLE KUHN
With the words “rock it out,” Katherine Preseren, president of BellACapella, transformed laughing, chattering young women into a room of swaying hips and nodding heads.  Voice became orchestra as the members of BellACapella took the words of their president to heart.Read More

Mysterious Jack White Dazzles Fans and Disappears

October 3, 2012 |

By RUTH BORDETT

An eerie shade of blue light beamed down upon the stage at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Thursday night as musician Jack White’s all male, five-piece backing band took their places at their respective instruments. The … Read More