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Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

February 22, 2012


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Greetings again dear reader! Something has brought us together again, maybe fate? More likely one of the editors hand delivered this to you at Jittery Joe’s. Fate is more romantic, so I’ll just run with it. Fate brought me yet again to the truly unique sound of Electro-Swing band Caravan Palace. I...

Brush up on the 'Hunger Games'

Brush up on the 'Hunger Games'

Michelle Meredith

February 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

If you thought The Hunger Games was a children’s book, you’re absolutely right. But if you found yourself being a full-grown adult and still connecting with its intricate commentary on politics, social media, and pop culture, you’re one of the millions of fans propelling the series towards its amaz...

Grammy wrapup: Adele wins

Grammy wrapup: Adele wins

Bryson Jones

February 22, 2012


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Rumor Has It Someone Like You has been wondering who decided to Take It All at the Grammys. Not only did British sensation Adele Set Fire to the stage with her first performance since her recent vocal cord surgery singing “Rolling in the Deep,” but she was the One and Only person who took every award t...

Kill Your Idols: Like, whatever, man

Kill Your Idols: Like, whatever, man

Eric Brown

February 22, 2012


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A couple issues back, I talked about Hüsker Dü’s 1986 album New Day Rising and, more importantly, its status as a landmark record that went on the influence alternative rock for years to come. And now I’d like to go on to explain to both of my readers exactly what sort of influence SST records and their bands had on the dec...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

February 8, 2012


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Dear reader, I find myself ensnared in yet another deadline. My father told me that Death was the only deadline. I tried to contend with him. He responded, “Well, you’ll be dead, and that’ll be the line.” Hard to argue with that.  I could say that this fatalism inspired me in ways I am just beginning to understand. But, that is way t...

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

February 8, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I know it’s been a while since I tore some classic band to shreds. Lately I’ve been spending a little too much time praising my favorites instead of tearing down the much-beloved, but little-deserved icons of rock. And I had every intention to do that this week. To tell you how, for example, the Rollin...

Awards season preview: Who will win the biggest awards of the year?

Bryson Jones

February 8, 2012


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It’s the New Year, which means one thing: hella awards being given out. Award season has gone into full effect with the Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards already being finished but in movies we still await the Academy Awards, the most coveted prize in cinema, as well as in mus...

Good Luck is good, clean pop-punk

Good Luck is good, clean pop-punk

Eric Brown

February 8, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

When I say the words “pop-punk,” what comes into your mind? Is it visions of Warped Tour-goers, singing along to overproduced, radio hitmakers like Good Charlotte or Fall Out Boy? Well, it shouldn’t. There are plenty of bands out there that give pop-punk a good name. Bands like Bloomington, Indiana’s Good Luck, ...

Latest 'Assassin's Creed' struggles to find its footing

Latest 'Assassin's Creed' struggles to find its footing

Garret McDowell

February 8, 2012


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They say good things come in threes. Well, since Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is technically the fourth installment in the franchise, I understand why this offering was so weak. It was such a waste of $60. Yes, I spent $60 on this piece of crap. Yeah, this came out back in November, but it’s ta...

WWI drama in 'War Horse'

WWI drama in 'War Horse'

emilymgarrott

January 25, 2012


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Usually, the storyline of a film about animals is predictable, heart-wrenching and sold to the audience so that any dissenters from the enthusiastic majority are judged for their apparently missing soul. War Horse is not your typical equestrian drama. Directed by the wonderful Steven Spielberg, the stor...

'Old Republic' is the perfect MMO

Salim Ali

January 25, 2012


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Bioware, a company famous for its role playing games, has recently released a new PC game called Star Wars: The Old Republic. If you’ve ever dreamt of being Darth Maul or Han Solo, this game puts you in the driver’s seat of your own personal heroic story. For the past couple of weeks I was a Sith...

Fincher brings action, drama in 'Dragon Tattoo'

Fincher brings action, drama in 'Dragon Tattoo'

emilymgarrott

January 25, 2012


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It all began with a thrilling crime trilogy from the mind of bestselling author, Stieg Larsson. Taking place in Sweden, the series was published posthumously after Larsson endured a fatal heart attack in 2004. Europeans were enrapt with the story long before Americans knew of their existence. Two fi...

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