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What would Hüsker Dü?

What would Hüsker Dü?

Eric Brown

January 25, 2012


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Critics have called 1991 “the year that punk broke.” Nirvana’s Nevermind rocketed to the top of the charts, exposing America to a new world of underground and alternative rock, allowing bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., and more to find a commercial audience. But Nirvana’s blend of punk energy and pop hooks ...

Artist Q&A: Rubblebucket

Artist Q&A: Rubblebucket

Eric Brown

January 25, 2012


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Brooklyn eight-piece experiemental rock act Rubblebucket will be in Macon February 9, playing the Cox Theatre with Jubee and the Morning After and Baby Baby. We’re big fans of the band at The Cluster, and so to promote the show, I sat down with Rubblebucket trumpeteer and vocalist Alex Toth. Read it. Eric Brown: So, for starter...

Stopping SOPA

Stopping SOPA

Jonathan Popham

January 25, 2012


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With all this horseshit about censoring the internet, I’ve got to say something. The biggest problem with the legislation to “fix” the internet (SOPA/PIPA), other than the flood of lobbying money that is maintaining congressional support of the bills, is the plain fact that the people talking about doing this do not understand the internet. Imagine ...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

December 7, 2011


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So it goes. Drive-By Truckers loses another bassist with the departure of Shonna Tucker.  Both the announcement posted by Tucker yesterday and another posted on DBT’s website were vague. The Drive-By Trucker’s official response reads, “We all love and respect her and wish her all of the best i...

'Modern Warfare' delivers again

Garret McDowell

December 7, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

So, “It’s good, but it’s Modern Warfare 2 with new maps!” is all I’ve heard from people complaining about the latest iteration of Activision’s over-hyped and over-purchased game series Call of Duty. Modern Warfare 3 is the final installment in a great trilogy that really set the bar for online...

'Twilight' is still the worst

'Twilight' is still the worst

Brittany Dant

December 7, 2011


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In Breaking Dawn: Part 1, yes I saw Breaking Dawn, the two star-crossed lovers straight out of a sci-fi Romeo and Juliet are given yet another set of obstacles to over-come. In this installment of the popular series we see the marriage, honeymoon and the resulting child of Bella and Edward Cullen. ...

JuBee rocks Jimmy Kimmel

Eric Brown

December 7, 2011


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A few weeks back, Macon rockers JubBe and the Morning after flew out to Seattle, performing as the opening band on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It’s not every day that Macon musicians get a chance to perform on national television, so naturally, we here at the Cluster were very excited for the band’s success....

Kill Your Idols: On Going 'Underground'

Eric Brown

December 7, 2011


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So, last week I talked about a world-famous band that I think DJs the world over ought to banish from the airwaves. This week, though, I’m going to go in a different direction to tell you all about a band that went unloved and underrated for its entire career, despite being one of the most important...

'Ye Gods' is irreverent, fun

'Ye Gods' is irreverent, fun

TrentonWhite

December 7, 2011


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In a series of vignettes entitled “Ye Gods,” senior Kyle Shook exhibits his take on some of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Jewish gods we have studied and/or worshipped since we began eating from the Tree of Knowledge as toddlers in Sunday School or sixth-graders in Gifted Literature class (thanks Ms...

Kill Your Idols: I hate the f'n Eagles, man

Kill Your Idols: I hate the f'n Eagles, man

Eric Brown

November 16, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

So, I started this column intending to re-examine classic albums, evaluating them in the context of their time and questioning whether or not they hold up now. And for the most part, I’ve done that. But I haven’t been as critical as I’d intended at the start. Ultimately, I concluded that most of ...

Drive By Truckers rock Macon

Drive By Truckers rock Macon

Jonathan Popham

November 16, 2011


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The Athens-based Southern Rock act Drive-By Truckers burned rubber in Macon, Georgia on 11-11-11 at the Cox Capitol theater. The show opens their Fall 2011 tour. It was a delightful thrillbilly experience. With songs reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, DBT's writing style waxes fables that are markedly Southern....

'Skyrim' is an amazing, immersive experience

Jonathan Popham

November 16, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Skyrim is the best game ever. No, I’m serious. It is Half-Life 2 good. It is like Ocarina of Time’s older brother who was addicted to steroids but then went to India to cleanse himself with gurus. After he found his peace, he came to Cambridge to read European and Scandanavian History. He might have ski...

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