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Boston-area campus news round-up, week of Feb. 6: Musical musings

Posted by Alex Pearlman  February 10, 2012 02:21 PM

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newspaper stack tied together.jpgBoston is one big college town. What students are talking about and what's happening on the city's campuses matters. Every Friday, TNGG Boston will round up a few of the most interesting and well-written stories from student journalists across the area.

Boston’s music scene is pretty awesome. No matter your tastes, you should be able to find at least one music-related event that interests you each week. We get tons of club shows from up-and-comers, and nearly every big-artist arena or amphitheatre tour stops nearby. The city even has its own music awards. Maybe “pretty awesome” is an understatement.

And since “music’s biggest night” is Sunday and all, what better time than now to highlight some of the music-related stories in this week’s campus papers?

"Student Profile: JP Bouvet" (Elisa Lomazzo, Feb. 6) -- The Berklee Groove
Berklee is full of talented musicians; that much is no secret. One of said talented musicians, Minnesota native Jean-Pierre Didier Bouvet, recently beat out 4,500 other drummers to win Guitar Center’s Drum-Off. In his interview with Lomazzo, Bouvet says that he is “a huge advocate of preparation,” which is solid advice for any musician. Practice makes perfect, after all -- or, at least, makes a pretty awesome drummer.

"Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die' album enjoyable, does not deserve Grammy" (Emily Merlino, Feb. 7) -- The Daily Collegian
It’s probably safe to say there’s not a more polarizing figure in music right now than Lana Del Rey -- “The online frenzy of revulsion is so potent it’s surprising torch-wielding mobs of Pitchfork bloggers haven’t mowed her down by now,” writes Merlino -- but given all that, this review is actually quite level-headed. “Her sound is decent and occasionally catchy, but the lyrics and tone need to diversify to be taken more seriously,” Merlino writes. (Del Rey’s up for some awards on Sunday night, by the way.)

"Getting down to business: Emerson senior boots his rap career with marketing know-how" (Christina Jedra, Feb. 9) -- The Berkeley Beacon
As the music industry has evolved, artists have found that it’s good to have at least a basic knowledge of the business side of their art. Juma Inniss decided to enroll at Emerson for that exact reason: “I need some sort of business/marketing foundation to support what I’m doing with my art,” he told Jedra. Still, Inniss is hoping to make a lasting impression in the music world. ‘“Music comes and goes, but magic pervades throughout generations,” he told Jedra. “Magic is what I strive for.”

"The Artsy Jumbo: Girltalk influenced, Andrew Dempsey makes fresh music mashups" (Joseph Stile, Feb. 9) -- The Tufts Daily
Only a freshman, Dempsey, who works under the name Kimbo Slice, recently released his debut EP, On The Rise, on a pay-what-you-want basis. “Generally, I go for the unexpected with my songs,” Dempsey told Stile. “I try to combine two songs that you wouldn’t think would go well together but then do.”

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