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ALBUM REVIEW: Oh Wonder’s ‘Ultralife’ sends you in and out of love in the far reaches of space

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Oh Wonder’s ‘Ultralife’ sends you in and out of love in the far reaches of space

While pop queen Lorde’s fluorescent follow-up with ‘Melodrama’ might have easily been one of my most anticipated pop albums of the summer, another artist I was eager to hear again was the London-based duo of Oh Wonder. Surfacing to instant global acclaim in 2014 with their self-titled debut, the duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cross-cultural courtship and heart-warming hilarity meet in ‘The Big Sick’

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Cross-cultural courtship and heart-warming hilarity meet in ‘The Big Sick’

As struggling stand-up comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) stumbles his way through the trials and tribulations of becoming the next big thing in Chicago, one night on stage leads him to cross paths with graduate student Emily (Zoe Kazan). Though quickly dismissing each other after one night together, Kumail and Emily eventually begin dating, keeping their […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lorde makes a triumphant return with emotional, genre-defying ‘Melodrama’

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Lorde makes a triumphant return with emotional, genre-defying ‘Melodrama’

When up-and-coming pop artist Ella Yelich-O’Connor — known to the world now as Lorde — entered the music scene back in Spring of 2013, there was no telling that this New Zealand-native would soon evolve into one of the industry’s most dynamic players. With her dramatic debut album, ‘Pure Heroine,’ taking the world by storm, […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fleet Foxes deliver heavenly, haunting, at times hesitant harmonies in ‘Crack-Up’

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Fleet Foxes deliver heavenly, haunting, at times hesitant harmonies in ‘Crack-Up’

Ever-shape-shifting in sound and energy, and always weighted in deep and provocative thought, folk-rock darlings Fleet Foxes have captivated fans of the indie genre ever since their soothing 2008 EP, ‘Sun Giant.’ Quickly making a name for themselves with hymn-like hits ‘Ragged Wood’ and ‘White Winter Hymnal,’ and the guitar-strumming journey of ‘Mykonos,’ the Seattle-born […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Gone Now’ finds Bleachers exploring familiar but inspired territory

| June 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Gone Now’ finds Bleachers exploring familiar but inspired territory

It was quite a surprise when I first heard Jack Antonoff, lead guitarist of the indie pop group fun. and former frontman of Steel Train, explode into his solo venture with 2014’s ‘Strange Desire.’ The first album released from his nostalgic pop outfit, Bleachers, ‘Strange Desire’ mixed strong summer hits with experimental pop to deliver […]

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EP REVIEW: Geowulf’s ‘Relapse’ is dream pop at its finest

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
EP REVIEW: Geowulf’s ‘Relapse’ is dream pop at its finest

It was probably a dreary day in Charlotte, North Carolina, stressing over the next major curveball my first year in college might toss at me, when I discovered a little piece of summer magic in the song ‘Saltwater’ by the band Geowulf. Sun-drenched and passionately euphoric, the first song to be released from the Australian-born […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: alt-J’s ‘RELAXER’ is a dark, unsettling listen rich with ambition and hope

| June 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: alt-J’s ‘RELAXER’ is a dark, unsettling listen rich with ambition and hope

“The song came out of nowhere.” It’s no surprise that when describing the fourth song on their newest album, RELAXER, the alternative rock band, alt-J, said the song was a product of the band simply messing around in the studio, stringing loose ends together to make something work. The same can possibly be said about […]

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Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

This year’s Gold Reel Student Film Festival gave way to an evening of unpredictable brilliance and audacious filmmaking as students from across the globe offered up their best work in front of and behind the camera. From visual journeys across the stars of an animated world to a puppet-human romance, the fourth annual Gold Reel […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Five Came Back’ – Hollywood and the Art of War

| April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Five Came Back’ – Hollywood and the Art of War

I’m always fascinated with stories of the unbelievable, and even more, the unpredictable. When I stumbled upon the captivating tale of five Hollywood directors who left their decadent lives in favor of pointing a camera at one of the deadliest wars ever, you could say my interest was more than piqued. An avid fan of […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ – ‘It’s Time to Move On’

| September 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ – ‘It’s Time to Move On’

“How to Get Away with Murder” returned with season two and mouths were left wide open after the show ended. In season one, we were introduced to several characters of the show with the main character being Annalise Keating, played by Viola Davis, who recently won an Emmy award for the Outstanding Actress in a […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Islander

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: Islander

Islander’s genre can best be described as a blend of alternative rock and heavy metal – not quite hardcore enough to make your parents nervous, but just enough to make people from your grandparents’ generation shake their fists at you and call you a ‘rebel youth’ when you’re blasting the music from your apartment into […]

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Rudimental leaves it to the vibes

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Rudimental leaves it to the vibes

Three weeks into their tour with Ed Sheeran, Amir Amor and Piers Agget of Rudimental say life on the road is mostly work. “It’s kind of like going to another planet for a while. We’re in a different place everyday pretty much,” says Rudimental guitarist and keyboardist Amor. Those who have experienced Rudimental live can […]

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Friday Night Comedy Series Review

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Friday Night Comedy Series Review

Photos by Christina Harris. “Those ‘ohs’ aren’t gonna make me stop,” Byron Bowers said, chastising the crowd for their response to one of his jokes during his Sept. 5 performance on campus. Perhaps they should have. Bowers, joined by Mia Jackson, opened up this fall’s Friday Night Comedy series in the Cone building on a […]

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The Kongos with Young the Giant and Kings of Leon, Sept. 16

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Kongos with Young the Giant and Kings of Leon, Sept. 16

Coming to the PNC Pavilion on Sept. 16, opening for Kings of Leon on their Mechanical Bull Tour, are alternative-rock newbies The Kongos, playing through their international smash CD “Lunatic.” Hot off their single “Come With Me Now,” the band has come a long way from their South African origins. The sons of John Kongos, […]

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