Before making their 2018 appearance at Coachella, Tank and the Bangas made a boisterous stop at Santa Fe Brewing Co., just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tank and the Bangas, led by the ever fascinating Tarriona “Tank” Ball, gained a huge fan base due to their recent appearance on an episode of NPR Tiny Desk Concert as a result of winning the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest.

As conversation increases around females in the music industry, the importance of female acts in hip-hop culture seem to increase as well. With the dialogue circling around female empowerment and the escalation of female voices, there’s no better time to dive to into the discographies of these four diverse female acts. Listen to the compilation of all the female artists on an Apple Music Playlist here. Songs can also be found on the Daily Lobo Spotify account: Daily Lobo Music.

As college students grow more and more stressed throughout the semester, Fiestas at the University of New Mexico comes around for an opportunity to blow off steam and dress up, according to UNM freshman Rachel Shiver.

Fiestas started as a rodeo, said Chance Hoover, the Students Special Events Executive director.

“When the University was founded, a couple years after that, the festival was a three-day rodeo, and it did include live music,” he said.

Just over a year ago Able Tesfaye, known more widely by his super star persona The Weeknd, released his overly flashy album “Starboy,” the follow up to his Grammy winning “The Beauty, Behind the Madness” (TBBTM).

With Able teasing on Instagram that he was back in the studio working on new music, the world waited in anticipation for him to release the first single. On March 29, Able posted artwork for what many thought might be his new single, called “My Dear Melancholy,”. But fans in London noticed a suspicious billboard that stated “New album from The Weeknd out now.” Accidentally put up a day early and tweeted by fans, the world was now just hours away from another full album by The Weeknd.

Top Songs of March 2018

In what turned out to be a surprisingly dry month for new music, March still managed to witness the release of several amazing tracks, from nostalgic pop punk to rap bangers filled with expletives. You can find all of these songs, as well as all the best songs of 2018, in the Best of 2018 playlist on the Daily Lobo Spotify.

Column: Why contemporary classical music is relevant

When it comes to the arts, catering to norms can be stifling.

Contemporary classical music is a little-known world that brings a variety of approaches to the creation of sound within time and space, and none of these approaches can be described as completely normative. Most notably, composers in this world are alive and able to interact with other intellects and musical voices — something that Mozart and Beethoven simply cannot do.

To most, this may not seem like a big deal when compared to popular contemporary musicians like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Kanye West. These artists are alive, if not accessible. However the world of classical concert music is plagued by nostalgia, where new music often slides back to include music from the late 19th century.

Top Songs of February

Here is a list of some of the best tracks the month of February had to offer. You can find a playlist of all the best songs of 2018 on the Daily Lobo Spotify page, Daily Lobo Music.

Logic — “44 More”

Not even a year after the release of his album, “Everybody,” Logic is back with the debut single from his newest album, “Bobby Tarantino II.” “Everybody” was a prime example of where Logic lacks musically, getting carried away with trying to make music with a message and forgetting about the music itself. Logic’s work loses its ability to entertain. Thankfully on “44 More,” Logic finds his groove again, proving he can move away from socially charged music to make something purely fun.

UNM course studies women in music

Female Voices in Music Composition is an ongoing course this semester, taught by Ana Alonso-Minutti, Ph.D., an associate professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of New Mexico.

This course, offered through UNM’s Department of Music, focuses on female composers throughout various genres of music, encouraging students to engage with content through readings, listening selections and films.

Student receives composer award

As part of the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium, Annie Merrill received the Scott Wilkinson Student Composer Award and her recent piece, “Torusot,” for flute, clarinet, percussion and cello.

Born is Colorado, Merrill attended the University of New Mexico initially to study French horn performance, she said.

“I’ve been a musician for as long as I can remember,” Merrill said.

Music department gears up for 47th Annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium

The University of New Mexico music department will host the 47th Annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium from March 23 to 29.

The symposium brings distinguished composers from around the world to campus. This year it is hosting a larger-than-usual number of composers, including Betsy Jolas, Cort Lippe, Hilda Paredes, Augusta Read Thomas, Hans Tutschku and Hildegard Westerkamp. To get an idea of the individual voices of these composers the Symposium has put together a YouTube playlist.

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