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Q&A with Sara Bareilles

In about two weeks, singer and NBC’s “The Sing-Off” judge Sara Bareilles will be at the Hollywood Palladium, finishing up her “Kaleidoscope Heart” tour with one of its last shows. Bareilles, a UCLA alumna, spoke with the Daily Bruin’s Marjorie Yan about her time as an undergraduate, her musical writing process and what it’s like being a judge on “The Sing-Off.”

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Q&A with Joe Jonas about starting a solo career and his new album, ‘FastLife’

Q&A with Joe Jonas about starting a solo career and his new album, ‘FastLife’

Joe Jonas has chosen the road towards a solo career and releases his new album, “FastLife,” today. While the content and sound of his new album differs from what he recorded and performed with the Jonas Brothers, Jonas said he still hopes to appeal to both his loyal, longtime fans and new ones as well. He spoke with the Daily Bruin’s Marjorie Yan about his new album and what it’s like to make music without his brothers.

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The Indie Empire

The Indie Empire

Ryan Schreiber looks nothing like your average CEO. At 35, he is stout, boyish and remarkably candid. He is at once calm and fidgety, constantly tossing his head to and fro as if he’s looking for someone nearby. He looks more like a record store clerk. It’s the second day of the Pitchfork Music Festival and the man who founded the Pitchfork media giant is sitting backstage, behind where Sun Airway is scheduled to perform.

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Evanston teen’s ‘Secret Crush’ featured in Disney movie

Evanston singer/songwriter, Rachel McClusky achieved what most other aspiring artists her age only dream of — the 17-year-old’s song, “Secret Crush,” is featured in Disney’s latest teen comedy, “Prom,” which hit theaters April 29. McClusky said she got the deal through her father, Jeff McClusky, a Chicago-based music promoter and entrepreneur who has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Paul McCartney.

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Column: Grammys should focus on talent, not profit

If you’re of the belief that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is living up to its website overview’s claim to “honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position,” then I strongly recommend a brief scan of this year’s Grammy nominations.

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‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ rappers living the dream

Everyone from reality star Kim Kardashian to NBA player John Wall has danced it. But where exactly did Cali Swag District, the four-man rap group from Inglewood, Calif., find inspiration for their hit song “Teach Me How to Dougie”?

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Music interview: Slash

With his cigarette, top hat and Jack Daniels, Slash personifies rock ‘n’ roll. The ex-member of Guns N’ Roses and representative of the golden age of hard rock is still making music. The Minnesota Daily got a chance to talk to the articulate shredder before his show at the Medina Entertainment Center last Thursday about touring, image and the death of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Music Interview: Ben Kweller

Singer-songwriter Ben Kweller has been making music since he was 12, first performing with the band Radish, and later building a solo career that has seen four full-length albums released. The Daily’s Dusty Somers spoke to Kweller about his musical sensibilities and his optimistic outlook. Kweller performs for free 8 p.m. Friday on the East Lawn of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

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Music Interview: Jim Lauderdale

In the Internet-sustained chaos of our times, the great relic of the uniquely American art form of country music has been lost. Instead of the pride of ol’ glory that it once was, it is now an oft-scoffed pejorative, pigeon-holed into the “I’ll listen to anything but country” conversational chestnut. Rather than mendin’ broken hearts like it was meant to, it gets scorned on Facebook music preferences. Toby Keith put a boot in its ass; Tim McGraw liked it and loved it to death; and in turn names like Waylon and Merle got lost on the iGeneration.

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Music Feature: The Return Of Stone Temple Pilots

Ever since their chart-topping debut “Core,” Stone Temple Pilots have born the brunt of an avalanche of criticism. But despite being dismissed by critics as blatant mimics of their grunge peers, STP was met with unprecedented amounts of commercial success early on in their career. The sound was still mean and massive, but what set STP apart was their boisterous demeanor. They lacked all the dull theatrics of Pearl Jam, the angsty brilliance of Kurt Cobain and the heroin-fueled murk of Alice in Chains. Even if their music was never as consistent qualitatively, STP never succumbed to outright imitation. It had its own voice — it was like grunge for the alpha-male except, you know, good.

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