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As the world woke up on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 29, it was greeted with an overnight gift in their music libraries from one of the most controversial names in the industry: Kanye West’s highly anticipated album “Donda.” Whoever said that “the best gifts come in small packages” obviously …

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Just as Jesus rose again, so has the artist who shares his moniker. Lorde has returned to the spotlight after a four-year hiatus with “Solar Power.” In her highly anticipated third studio album, Lorde packs the sun-soaked sound of a New Zealand summer into her 12-track LP. “Solar Power” expl…

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Did you hang out with friends, catch up with school work or do anything else except browse cable TV on the night of March 14? If you said yes, chances are you missed this year’s Grammy Awards. Do not fret, because I watched all three hours and 45 minutes of the award show so you don’t have t…

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One of the first brags a prospective Hokie will hear about Virginia Tech is the superior food on campus. Every dining hall brings new and delicious options to cater to the wide range of student palates and tastes in Blacksburg. Best of Blacksburg had to ask: what dining hall ranks above the rest?

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Our Daily Bread is a well-known staple of the Blacksburg community. The restaurant serves up fresh breakfast, bread, pastries and more daily and draws a huge crowd for brunch each weekend. It’s no surprise that Our Daily Bread took home Best of Blacksburg’s award for Best Place for Breakfast.

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Tucked away on West Roanoke Street in downtown Blacksburg, Ancient Art Tattoo looks like the quintessential tattoo shop. Through its glass storefront branded with a sign reading “Radchad’s Ancient Art Tattoo,” one can see black and red walls full of framed designs.

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If you’ve ever indulged in “Gilmore Girls” or “One Tree Hill,” chances are you will enjoy the new Netflix original “Ginny & Georgia.” The series was released on Feb. 24 and currently has one season consisting of 10 episodes. Beginning as a seemingly innocent family affair, the show soon …

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After 40 years, Paul McCartney is back with his third installment of homemade solo albums: ‘“McCartney III,” released just before Christmas. McCartney’s first self-titled album in 1970 was a raw and experimental DIY project recorded in response to the Beatles’ unraveling, with the second alb…

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“Soul” is a truly inspired film. It blends a fantastic score, an interesting premise, unique art and great voice performances by Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey to create one a to create one of the best Disney/Pixar movies in years. The film is a heartfelt, moving adventure that poses interesting qu…

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Students all over have returned back to their hometowns to celebrate the holidays with their families, enjoying the many traditions that come with the season and some very deserved time off. As for traditions, my family doesn’t do gingerbread house contests, themed Christmas trees or run Dec…

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With outstanding performances from newcomer Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson, the latest season of “The Crown” provides behind-the-scenes insight into Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s relationship, political turmoil under Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom and the pulling tendency to uph…

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The holiday season will surely look a lot different this year, with many sinking into the newest holiday TV releases to return to a small sense of normalcy. “Dash and Lily,” Netflix’s new eight-episode series based off the book Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, written by David Levithan and Rac…

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At this point in time, what more needs to be said about Elvis Costello? As one of the leading voices in alternative music from his beginnings in the late ‘70s, he rose to prominence on the strength of three home-run albums in a row with “My Aim is True,” “This Year’s Model” and “Armed Forces…

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Contrary to what you may think, the title, “Remote,” is not a nod to the fact that the three band members of Wallows never came in contact with each other during the entirety of recording their new EP. According to an interview in DIY Mag, band member Dylan Minnette claims the concept was to…

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Well, this is an unusual comeback. Normally, if an artist hasn’t released new music in several decades, their triumphant return is a blockbuster event, worthy of trumpets and parades. But in the case of Patty Smyth (not to be confused with Patti Smith), “It’s About Time,” only her third albu…