Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 16 induction nominees for 2021: JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, DEVO make the list Wednesday, Feb 10 2021 

The 2021 inductees will be revealed in May after the voting process is complete. The induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland this fall.

        

How to spend your rainy day this spring Monday, Feb 8 2021 

By Grace Welsh- 

With spring right around the corner, spring showers and gloomy days may hinder us from doing the things we love, but you don’t have to be bored if you use the time to your advantage. Here are some things you can do in the comfort of your own home to pass the time on a rainy day.

 

Get creative.

Building a puzzle is a great way to exercise your mind. Puzzles have been proven to increase short term memory, visual-spatial awareness, and mental speed.  They are also a great tool to practice mindfulness, patience and relieve stress. 

If you don’t have any puzzles on standby, consider making your own using a picture from a magazine and a pair of scissors.

Baking is another great way to pass the time. Because of quarantines and lockdowns, many have already picked up learning how to bake.

With no one to tell you not to, why not use your free day to make that dream cake you’ve been wanting to bake? One thing you can do is make an iconic dessert from a movie or show. For example, Miss Trunchbull’s chocolate cake from Matilda, Tiana’s honey-glazed baguettes from The Princess and the Frog, or Alice’s shape-shifting cookies as seen in Alice in Wonderland. Invite a friend to come share with you or enjoy your delicacy on your own.

If you’d rather sit down and write, you can always follow a journal prompt.

To some people, writing in a journal may seem arbitrary and too open-ended, but using a prompt to aid what you write about can aid in your own journey of self-discovery. 

Moving your thoughts from your head to a page can help clear your mind and release pent-up emotions in a safe way. Ask yourself questions like: “How would someone who just met me describe me?” or, “when am I most in my element?”

A few minutes of self reflection everyday can make a big difference!

 

Practice self care through good cleaning habits.

The thought of cleaning isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s truly easier said than done. But a rainy day inside is the perfect excuse to crank up your music and deep clean all the nooks and crannies in your home that don’t get enough love. 

Vacuum under that couch, scrub out that microwave, wipe down those windows, and wash those sheets. Try working in 25 minute increments with 5 minute breaks, otherwise known as the Pomodoro method, and it can make time go by faster and increase your productivity. 

But you also need to focus on keeping your body in good condition.

Time spent on self care is never wasted. Your body is your home, and sometimes it can be easy to neglect certain pieces. If you have the opportunity on a rainy day at home, take the time to listen to what your body needs and cater to it. 

Light some candles and soak in an Epsom salt bath, play with some nail polish, try on outfits that make you feel awesome, stretch your bones or try a face mask

Take time to do something fun.

Find a nice movie to sit down and enjoy. Sometimes, all we really need is a day on the couch or snuggled up in bed to make us feel better. Giving yourself permission to release, relax, and consume a comforting film is a wonderful experience. Whether it be a critically acclaimed A24 film, or a Nicholas Sparks tearjerker, whatever you do with your day off is your business.

Dance like nobody’s watching! Getting up and moving your body is a great way to release endorphins and serotonin that boost your mood. Stretch your body, turn on that playlist, dim the lights, and dance like no one’s watching. Invite your roommates/friends to join, or partake in the cathartic experience by yourself. You won’t be disappointed by the results. 

Think of something you’ve been curious about for a while and take some time to learn more about it. 

Going down rabbit holes on Wikipedia or Youtube are fun ways to learn about a topic, but you could also watch a documentary or pick up a book from the library. Some interesting documentaries include Ancient Top 10 on Hulu and 13th, or, Have a Good Trip on Netflix.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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Jack Harlow releases debut album, ‘Thats What They All Say’ Friday, Dec 11 2020 

The Louisville rapper's debut album features collaborations with artists like Lil Baby, Adam Levine and fellow Louisville native, Bryson Tiller.

        

Jack Harlow nabs Grammy nomination for ‘WHATS POPPIN’ Wednesday, Nov 25 2020 

The Louisville native was nominated for Best Rap Performance. The Grammy Awards show takes place on Jan. 31, 2021.

        

2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony: Real-time updates as Whitney Houston, Doobie Brothers and six others honored in HBO special Saturday, Nov 7 2020 

Here's a minute-by-minute breakdown of every major moment from the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as it aired on HBO.

        

School of Music duo share acoustic folk sound online Friday, Sep 18 2020 


By Tate Luckey —

One University of Louisville duo is bringing authenticity to their music in hopes of connecting with listeners. 

Murphy Lamb and Andrew Chapman, both U of L School of Music seniors, started their band, The Brothers’ Mother, around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, the self-described acoustic folk duo have cultivated a debut EP, Oasis, and multiple live streamed performances.

The pair, whose influences range from bluegrass and country groups like Tony Rice and Nickel Creek, to old school contemporary christian singers like Rich Mullins, have an authentic, folk sound that includes acoustic guitar, delicate harmonies and lush piano tones. 

“We have a real simple, ‘stripped down’ vibe,” Lamb said.

Lamb and Chapman know too that if there’s a time where authenticity is needed, it’s now.

“We wouldn’t exist if the pandemic didn’t happen,” Chapman said. The roommates-turned-musicians recorded all their songs on nothing more than a USB mic in their apartment. 

“We had been playing music for a while, but didn’t start writing until the pandemic,” Chapman said. 

They collaborate on both ends of the songwriting spectrum, meaning both can come to each other with ideas or lyrics.

Like a modern-day Lennon/McCartney, if Chapman comes to Lamb, he usually has a lyric or concept he needs to flesh out. If Lamb comes to Chapman, he almost always has some sort of chord progression or musical idea. 

The recording process itself is where both share a mix of excitement and nervousness.

“It was actually pretty convenient because of the limitedness [of the setup], but also super challenging because we hadn’t done it before or had had a time limit,” Lamb said.

Their 5 song EP, Oasis, is about getting to know someone and their feelings. An underlying theme present in their songs is a fostering of familial connection with the listener.

“‘Making it is not a goal of mine or Andrew’s,” Lamb said when asked about their future careers as musicians. “We’re just hanging out and writing songs.”

Chapman agreed, saying his biggest goal is to make the type of music people will love. His favorite song from Oasis is “Feeling Known.”

“To me, the whole idea is about a connection through music,” Chapman said.

Oasis is available on all streaming platforms. The band recently performed live in the Red Barn as part of  SAB Concert Committee’s  “SAB Live!”  You can catch the recap of that performance on Youtube here. Interested in keeping up with The Brothers’ Mother? Follow them at @thebrothersmother on social media.

Photo Courtesy // The Brothers’ Mother

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‘WHATS POPPIN’ | Louisville rapper Jack Harlow to perform at MTV’s VMA Sunday, Aug 30 2020 

Harlow is set to perform his breakout single, "WHATS POPPIN" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

        

Indoor roller-rink invites students to enjoy socially-distant fun Monday, Aug 17 2020 

By Zoe Watkins —

Campus has been mostly empty since students left back in March. However, last week was full of events tailored for freshmen to adjust to their new campus life. Welcome Week is the first taste that incoming freshmen get when they first arrive on campus, spanning across the week before classes. This year Welcome Week was from Aug. 12 through Aug. 16.

Due to COVID-19, a lot has changed including new protocols and rules to help keep students and faculty safe and healthy. Despite this, there were still many socially distant Welcome Week events going on, including a regular event hosted by the Student Activities Board.

Julie Nwosu, vice-chair of the campus life committee, said this year’s event “Cardinal World,” is an adapted take on their “Cardnival.”

“Every year, SAB hosts a Welcome Week event,” Nwosu said. “Every year it is kind of a different theme, so we went with a theme that would stand out more,” Nwosu explained.

The event took inspiration from “AstroWorld” by Travis Scott. “Cardinal World” featured an indoor roller-skating rink where students could skate and listen to music. Dinner was provided in the Red Barn as well.

Leanne-Sarah Dnamba, who serves as the campus life committee’s chair, said that having a roller rink indoors was like a carnival theme to them. The committee wanted it to have similar visuals to AstroWorld, think glow-in-the-dark, universe imagery and good music.

“Obviously, with the new COVID regulation it was a little bit hard for us to find activities to have for returning and incoming freshmen. So, we thought of a skating rink,” said Dnamba.

SAB had other events scheduled for Welcome Week, but due to the new regulations, most were canceled due to concerns of being able to follow proper social distance guidelines. In total, there were three other events planned besides the roller rink, which Nwosu said were trap-karaoke, Zumba and a silent disco.

Despite all the cancellations, the roller rink was decided to be the best course of action since there was a way to keep practicing social distancing while people could still have fun at the event.

Dnamba explained that cones were set out throughout the SAC to keep a six-foot distance between students who were waiting in line. A max limit of 50 people were allowed into the ballroom where the skating rink was, and anyone who attended the event was required to wear a mask. There was also someone regularly sanitizing tables once students left.

SAB also used different colored wristbands to schedule times when students could come.

“It would give us enough time to clean all the roller skates and clean the place they’re going to be roller skating so we could follow all of the guidelines of the university that they gave us,” Nowsu said.

Even with all the new regulations and social distancing, many students still showed up to skate and have fun.

Freshman Ellie Bruner came out to the event with some friends to enjoy the night. Despite not being able to participate in many of the events planned for Welcome Week, she said that the roller-skating rink was her favorite so far. “I’m not very good at it and I haven’t skated in a couple years probably, but I think its fun,” Bruner said.

If a student missed this event, there are still some coming down the road this fall semester; however,  it remains to be seen on what they are. Nowsu said that the board has decided to host all future events virtually for the time being.

“Right now, we’re just taking our time. We are seeing how this event goes and how everything is going to go and move forward with the fall semester. We have a few things planned, but we’re going to keep that to ourselves for now until we see how things go.” Dnamba said.

Photo By Anthony Riley // The Louisville Cardinal

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“The Go-Go’s”: Film Review Podcast Sunday, Aug 2 2020 

History of Rock & Roll Band documentaries have a certain, very familiar story arc.

It seems to be a trend.

This Showtime take on The Go-Go’s is no different.

Other than the fact that they were the first all female band, who wrote their own songs, and played their own instruments, that made a #1 album.

So, yeah, anything else that makes this doc worth watching?

Other than why Jann Wenner’s kept them out of the Rock & Roll HoF?

Or, what’s the story behind those towels they’re wearing on the cover of their first album?

For more reasons, why you might enjoy this pro forma documentary as I did, listen to the podcast below.

Audio MP3

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‘Voices of Fire’ | Pharrell Williams announces new gospel choir Netflix show Sunday, Jul 5 2020 

The Virginia Beach native said he was working with his uncle on the project. It brings together a diverse choir to "inspire change" and share the gospel.

        

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