Music Program gives old instruments new life

Basma Humadi, Staff Writer A new outreach program is spreading tunes in a new way by collecting used musical instruments for children and students to give them a second life. Instruments in the Attic, first sprouted in 2007 when Mason alumnus John Paul Phaup took a methods class that required him to learn to play numerous […]

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Artist Kendrick Lamar’s powerful Grammy 2016 performance

Grammy award winning writer/artist Kendrick Lamar gave a highly lauded performance yesterday evening on the Grammys. And it was epochal. The reasons why this performance is going to be rightly viewed by critics as well as those who are well-versed in the arts as powerful and socially progressive are innumerable. Kendrick is known for his […]

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Best bets for February concerts

Jacob Lahah, Staff Writer With the spring semester here, it’s apparent that many (if not all) of us are feeling overwhelmed with schoolwork and in need of a break. Getting out of the study groups and heading to a concert might be a helpful way for some of us to escape the chaos. To keep […]

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Screamo band The Cage You Call A Chest opens a fresh dialogue

Jesse Harman, Staff Columnist A functional music scene can provide a haven for people seeking asylum from a strict, oppressive society. Increasing numbers of venues, online discussion forums, and other culture hubs are adopting a “safe space” mentality – striving to be an inclusive space where any individual can feel welcome. Mason-based screamo act, The Cage You […]

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Band reflects on career, gives advice on “living the dream”

Sara Moniuszko, Co-Editor-In-Chief Folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step took the stage on Sept. 26 at Jammin Java in Vienna, Va. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their second album, Second Step. Before the concert, the duo, comprised of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman sat down for an interview about their longstanding career and the advice they […]

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Fourth Estate reviews Ghost concert

Connor Smith and Jesse Harman, Staff Writers Swedish doom metal band, Ghost, kicked off its “Black to the Future” U.S. tour at the Fillmore the same night Pope Francis touched ground for his American debut. The tour is an attempt to cultivate a more authentic, grassroots fanbase within the States. The band already holds superstar status […]

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Layman’s terms – indie-pop band The Duskwhales surge

Jesse Harman, Staff Columnist The unique cultural identity of a George Mason student remains elusive.  A school of a nearly unrivaled diversity faces a clear question: What exactly constitutes a ‘Mason student?’ What is our ‘identity?’ This problem pervades nearly all aspects of campus life, and it manifests itself so prominently in the music scene […]

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Music club brings jam sessions to new level

Jesse Harman, Staff Writer Student organizations at Mason serve a variety of great purposes for students. Some clubs and groups help students form networks of friends and acquaintances in an unfamiliar environment. Others might hone students’ practical talents and skills to prepare them for entering the workforce. Of course, a few clubs simply offer a place to spend time […]

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Student hip-hop artist talks growth through collaboration

This story was originally published in the April 27 issue of Fourth Estate. Jesse Harman, staff writer Succeeding as an artist in any music scene requires a perfect storm of talent, connections, hard work, and a little bit of luck. The local pool of artists swells with a surplus of gifted minds, but most of […]

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Local music scene moving forward, if a bit off-course

This story was originally published in the April 27 issue of Fourth Estate. Jesse Harman, staff writer World-renowned musician Frank Zappa once said, “Without deviation, progress is not possible.” We – as a people, as a community – cannot move forward and grow without setting new precedents and finding new formulas. A great microcosm to […]

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