Booming music and neon lights made the large auditorium of Wilson Hall feel like a nightclub when students gathered to see Cash Cash and Kap Slap perform.

Many band breakups have shaken the music industry in its entirety, while others slide under our radar, barely catching attention from the media. In recent years, we’ve seen some of the worst breakups and have had to say goodbye to some of the most influential bands in this history of music.

Free is a college student’s favorite word. Madipalooza provides free food, entertainment and swag. But only if you beat the crowds. Here are some tips to make the most out of this year’s festival:


Fans and hip-hop junkies alike were on the edges of their seats earlier in the day when Lamar wiped his Instagram clean and posted a cryptic image of the Roman numeral “IV” in white type on a black, leathery background.

By the latest count Adams has released 17 albums and eight EPs since 2000. Within this trove of content there are equal instances of innovative triumphs and pretentious failures. But Adams’ latest album “Prisoner” falls into the triumph category of his conflicted discography.

On Friday, Future dropped his new self-titled album. Sporting no features and clocking in at just over an hour, Future fans surely rejoiced, but should everyone else?

The new music of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness teleports you to the middle of the concrete jungle, with skyscrapers towering above you, the Brooklyn Bridge in the background and a barrage of taxi horns and subway cars whirling past in an interconnected loop.

I had a feeling I was going to like the halftime show before it even started. I’ve been a fan of Gaga since “The Fame” and have continued to follow her music to the present day. 

Floss performed at JMU through the University Program Board’s Spotlight Series, which typically brings alternative musical acts, rather than hip-hop and rap artists. Floss is the first rap act to be brought to TDU in over five years.

That’s where great art comes in, particularly in books, movies and music — elements that force us to think and feel about our current reality in ways that pulse multiple muscles and pathways in our brains.

Wilson Hall buzzed with anticipation and a small group of students from all different backgrounds came together to enjoy indie pop band Smallpools and Northern Virginia-based band Sub-Radio.

Frequently rocking black tracksuits and spitting dark lyrics in a hyperactive fervor, rapper Skepta’s music is full of an intensity and grit fittingly described as “Grime.”

On Thursday, JMU hosted the recital of Miriam Sabba and Jan Michael Horstmann, an operatic duo from Germany. Sabba is a soprano vocalist and Horstmann accompanied her on the piano. Dorothy Maddison, an associate professor in the College of Music, has known the duo for years.