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Popham Culture: Is Paste reinventing online publication?

Popham Culture: Is Paste reinventing online publication?

Jonathan Popham

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

While at DeLuna fest, I ran into a couple of editors and interns for Paste Magazine, which was also covering the festival. Being a fan of the magazine, I stopped by their booth. They were promoting Paste’s new web based magazine, the mPlayer. The company’s print version suffered layoffs last ye...

Explore Switchfoots's 'Vices'

Explore Switchfoots's 'Vices'

Garret McDowell

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot, most notably known for their hits “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move,” have outdone their previous albums again. Their newest issue is called Vice Verses, and it has been referred to as their most personal and explorative album yet. I love the album,...

EA's 'FIFA 2012' brings soccer to life

EA's 'FIFA 2012' brings soccer to life

Garret McDowell

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

After what was thought to be the pinnacle of soccer games in FIFA 11 (minus the infamously buggy career mode), no one thought that the sequel could outshine it to a high extent. FIFA 12 proved to everyone that EA Sports would continue to put out stellar versions of the game. After several years of m...

Kill Your Idols: Learning to forgive Weezer

Eric Brown

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

  I’ve been a Weezer fan for years. Probably for about a decade, to be honest. Their self-titled debut record and Pinkerton are some of the most important records in my life. But a few years ago, Weezer released Raditude, the latest in a series of records representing a severe decline in quality...

Hear Mutemath's 'Odd Soul'

Hear Mutemath's 'Odd Soul'

Jonathan Popham

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

We (Eric Brown, Liz Bibb and myself) met up with MUTEMATH’s founders, lead singer Paul Meany and drummer Darren King, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Pensacola, Florida.  We chatted about the rebuilding of their native New Orleans, festival lineups, Brian Eno, and their recollections of playing with Kiss at Voodoo...

DeLuna Fest Live Blog

DeLuna Fest Live Blog

Eric Brown

October 14, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Sunday, 3:12 p.m. I’ve been sick all morning. Some sort of stomach flu combined with the exhaustion that comes from running across miles of sand all weekend. But today has been a pretty sparse day anyway. We interviewed Mutemath and the Constellations today, but that’s about all we’ve had time for. It’s a six hour dr...

Deluna Fest

Deluna Fest

Eric Brown

October 5, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I’m not really sure if you’ve noticed, but we’re sort of into music here at The Cluster entertainment page. It’s kind of our big thing. That’s why, this fall break, we’re headed to Deluna Fest, a three day music festival on the beaches of Pensacola, Florida. And we’d like you to join...

Brad Pitt's home run

Brad Pitt's home run

Samir Moussawel

October 5, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Uncategorized

From the director of the award-winning Capote (2005), Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is a film suitable for sports fans. Based on the true story of Oakland Athletic’s General Manager Billy Beane, the film tells of the risk one man takes to bring his club back to respectability when he believes all...

Q&A: Comics scribe Gail Simone

Q&A: Comics scribe Gail Simone

Ross Hardy

October 5, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Gail Simone is one of the most high-profile women writers in the world of superhero comic. She began her career working for Marvel Comics on titles like Agent X before moving on to Secret Six and Batgirl at DC Comics. She was recently in town for the Crossroads Writers Festival, and our geek liaison Ross Hardy managed to snag an int...

Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

October 5, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I’ve always been on the fence about Nirvana. On one hand, I recognize that Nevermind is probably the single most important album in over 20 years. They exploded onto the scene and changed the music industry forever — like some drugged up, diseased version of The Beatles that crawled out of a hole in a Paci...

Artist Q&A: Janelle Monae

Artist Q&A: Janelle Monae

Eric Brown

October 5, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, genre-bending singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe will be performing at the Grand Opera House this Friday, backed with indie pop act fun., as a part of Mercer’s Fall Concert. Her debut album, The ArchAndroid dropped last year and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&...

Come here, listen to me talk

Come here, listen to me talk

Jonathan Popham

September 21, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I’m so tired. My parents are vegans. They told me that they aren’t eating anything that has a mama or a daddy. I think they are crazy. On the other hand, I’m listening to a Kenny Rogers/Wyclef Jean collab, remixed with a Pharoah Monch beat. I am also drinking Wild Turkey with Apple Cider. Who a...

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