New year, new music

By Idris Caldwell

According to, music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.  And who doesn’t love music? With so many artists, old and new, it is nearly impossible to listen to everything out there.  I asked several Cumberland County College students if there were any artists to look for in the New Year and why those artists sparked their interest. From what I listened to, from their advisement, I can honestly say that the following suggestions do not contain any ear poison.  As they say, to each his own, so take a listen and judge for yourselves.

CJ Dover

Artist:  Us from Outside

Genre: Post Hardcore/ Heavy metal

“They’re not really popular yet, but their music makes them sound popular. It’s something that you would assume to hear on the radio. The lyrics kind of make the music. And they’re a local band from Philly. Hopefully within the next few years they’ll blow up.”

Before you buy the music, listen to “Patient 67”. “It tells a story about a person having issues. It’s just a really heavy song and shows you what the band is about.”

Ty Carney

Artist: Ne-Yo

Genre: R & B

One thing that I admire about him is that he doesn’t really curse in his music. His music comes from his own life experiences. Each and every [song] has something to do with something he has experienced in his life.  Most of them are love songs, but they all have meaning to them and you can feel what he’s saying.”

Before you buy the music, listen to “Let Me Love You”. To me, it’s romantic. “He’s trying to change a female’s view of herself, telling her she’s beautiful, that she can trust him. He basically speaks from the heart.”

Zach Marcus

Artist: Holy Grail

Genre: New wave of British Heavy Metal/ Thrash Metal

“They brought back the whole Judist Priest, Iron Maiden kind of feel of music that hasn’t been around since the 80’s. They’re coming out with their second album in 2013 called “Ride the Void”.  Their debut album, “Crisis in Utopia,” was amazing. I actually met them two years ago and they are the coolest dudes and they are just all about their music, all about their fans.  I don’t see them selling out like Metallica did.”

Before you buy the music, listen to “Improper Burial,” an EP from 2009 that features “Fight to Kill” and “My Last Attack”. “Fight to Kill” is just a thrash end song from beginning to end.

Shaquile Johnson

Artist: Fun.

Genre: Alternative/Pop

“They’re bringing back songs that have a meaning. I’m tired of listening to crap that has no meaning at all. The singer’s voice is very subtle and one of a kind. Their next album should be out in the spring of 2013.”

Before you buy their music, listen to “Carry On”.

Christopher Scott:

Artist: Lupe Fiasco

Genre: Post Hip

“The subject matter in the songs is different. Instead of talking about money [and girls] it actually has an in-depth subject. He has one song called “He Say, She Say” which talks about how a mom and her son are struggling to live without a father. I just like his overall style and flow.”

Before you buy the music, listen to “The Cool,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Tokyo in Paris,” and “Conflict Diamonds”.


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