Tag: arts and entertainment

TV REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ – ‘Journey Into Night’

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ – ‘Journey Into Night’

Spoilers from ‘Westworld’ Season 2, Episode 1 will be discussed, as well as details from the previous season. After a violent conclusion to the first season of HBO’s acclaimed adaptation of “Westworld,” the second season of the series based on Michael Crichton’s science fiction story finally returns — this time with a set of deadly […]

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‘War Requiem’ – A Symphony of the Truth Untold

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
‘War Requiem’ – A Symphony of the Truth Untold

“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity…All a poet can do today is warn.” The quote from renowned poet Wilfred Owen echoes among the aisles and rushes past the eyes and ears of the audience like a bittersweet wave from a distant ocean. Fleeting slowly, but still […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘How to: Friend, Love, Freefall’ – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘How to: Friend, Love, Freefall’ – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

It’s become a common occurrence for me to jump onto an emerging artist well into their career in the music scene. More than often it’s independent groups like alt-J and Glass Animals, these “new” artists tend to spark my interest with a single song, a single from their past that suddenly draws me into their […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ finds George Ezra spanning a gracious globe of genres

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ finds George Ezra spanning a gracious globe of genres

Perhaps more than any artist around today, the deep-baritone vocals of England’s own George Ezra remains a favorite of mine to mimic whenever I feel like rocking out on a lengthy road trip. A storyteller as well as songwriter, Ezra has made a name for himself through not only his straight-forward, narrative lyricism, but his […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Altered Carbon’ is glorified and pulpy sci-fi fodder with little lasting substance

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Altered Carbon’ is glorified and pulpy sci-fi fodder with little lasting substance

From creator Laeta Kalogridis, who has penned scripts for everything from bold psycho-thrillers like 2010’s “Shutter Island” to more lackluster endeavors like 2015’s “Terminator Genisys,” comes the writer’s first major leap into television with her ambitious adaptation, “Altered Carbon.” Blazing forward with an enigmatic cyberpunk aesthetic to rival that of “Blade Runner,” the latest series to hit the […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Nation of Two’ sustains Vance Joy’s earthy pop sound

| February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Nation of Two’ sustains Vance Joy’s earthy pop sound

After rising to the top of the charts with his 2014 debut album “Dream Your Life Away,” already stealing the attention of fellow songwriter Taylor Swift during her ‘1989’ World Tour, Vance Joy — aka James Keogh — quickly became the talk of the town within mainstream pop music. While his breezy single “Riptide” might […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Geowulf crafts a dazzling debut of escapist beach pop with ‘Great Big Blue’

| February 18, 2018
ALBUM REVIEW: Geowulf crafts a dazzling debut of escapist beach pop with ‘Great Big Blue’

Ever since their first EP, “Relapse,” dropped last summer, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the mesmerizing pop duo of Geowulf. While “Relapse” might have teased fans of the alternative genre with the band’s signature dreamy, atmospheric sound, their highly-anticipated debut album in this month’s “Great Big Blue” managed to deliver a near-perfect introduction into […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ revels in the unnerving echoes of war

| November 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ revels in the unnerving echoes of war

Marking the fifth character to gain their own solo series aboard the Netflix-Marvel vessel, a collaboration that has given comic-book fans a mostly-satisfying peek inside the darker realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Marvel’s The Punisher” rolled in with guns blazing and its humanity to bare as it delved into the haunting affairs of ex-Marine-turned-vigilante […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mudbound’ is a stirring American epic set against a profoundly resonant backdrop

| November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mudbound’ is a stirring American epic set against a profoundly resonant backdrop

From indie filmmaker Dee Rees, most known for her acclaimed coming-of-age drama in 2011’s “Pariah,” comes the stirring period piece of American values and racial tension in “Mudbound.” Cropping up on the streaming service that’s been overtaking the small screen with ambitious bouts of critically-acclaimed original content for the past few years, Netflix’s latest venture […]

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Late Night with Saint Motel

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Late Night with Saint Motel

Photos by Leysha Caraballo. Standing atop a television on standby, flanked by two massive cameras and one enthusiastic trumpeter blaring just behind him, Saint Motel frontman AJ Jackson leaps across the stage like some figment of the imagination. Teleporting effortlessly from the massive retro television adorning the wall behind the band, to the dim-lit bar […]

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Oh Wonder Rocks the Neighborhood

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
Oh Wonder Rocks the Neighborhood

While the Fillmore in Charlotte might be my go-to venue for concerts in the area, its standing room layout creating a more intimate atmosphere between performer and spectator, the same could be said about the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa. Venturing into the area right outside of Uptown Charlotte Friday for a night of dynamic pop […]

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Foster the People tackle rock anthems and gun violence at the Fillmore

| October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Foster the People tackle rock anthems and gun violence at the Fillmore

Photos by Leysha Caraballo . Finding my way back at the Fillmore this month, as the alternative rock-pop outfit Foster the People rolled through with their ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ tour, I was treated once more to a satisfying night to remember. Pulling together not only the biggest hits off their third album, but also a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Death Note’ runs its potential quickly out the door

| August 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Death Note’ runs its potential quickly out the door

From director Adam Wingard, who’s been steadily dipping his talents into the horror genre with his independent ventures in ‘The Guest’ and ‘Blair Witch,’ comes what’s been deemed as a dark fantasy thriller in ‘Death Note.’ While its fantasy elements are surely present, taking influence from the manga of the same name, the thrills never […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ unites a superhero quartet worthy of its name

| August 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ unites a superhero quartet worthy of its name

From the dawn of Marvel’s reign on the streaming service of Netflix back in 2015 with the critically-acclaimed ‘Daredevil’ series, the studio of super-powered heroes and lighthearted big-screen action has since crafting one of their darkest and most compelling corners in their collective television series following ‘Daredevil.’ Moving quickly from ninjas and blind lawyers to the […]

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