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Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

October 5, 2011

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

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

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...

There's always money in the banana stand

Lauren Light

September 21, 2011

I was about 14 years old when I saw my first Arrested Development episode. I was with my mom, watching some T.V. show on FOX when a commercial announced, “Stay tuned for Arrested.” I was expecting a show similar to COPS or America’s Most Wanted, but was in no way ready for what I was about to s...

Feature Fiction: I must apologize for my behavior at Dungeons and Dragons

Feature Fiction: I must apologize for my behavior at Dungeons and Dragons

Ross Hardy

September 21, 2011

To Todd, Dan, Steve, Amber, and the rest of my Thursday Dungeons and Dragons group, I would like to offer my sincere apologies for my behavior over the last few sessions. The passage of time, and our culture’s ready availability for mood-stabilizing pharmaceuticals, has led me to realize that my...

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

September 21, 2011

Welcome to Kill Your Idols. This is my third year as The Cluster’s entertainment editor, and I’ve never bothered to indulge myself with a regular column before (if you don’t count failed Reviewing Movies I’ve Never Seen, which I co-authored from time to time), and I decided it was high time for ...

Q&A: The Front Bottoms

Q&A: The Front Bottoms

Eric Brown

September 21, 2011

The Front Bottoms are one of the most interesting new bands I’ve come across in a long time. The New Jersey duo, composed of singer/guitarist Brian Sella and Matt Uychich recently released their self-titled debut album, an absolutely mind-blowing blend of pop, rock, and old fashioned punk spirit....

Spotify: your new favorite thing

Jonathan Popham

September 7, 2011

Reviewing results from World Beard and Mustache Championships, I can’t help but wonder why I wasn’t gifted with such talents. Instead of combing one of those monsters I was stuck on this Earth as a columnist. What horseshit. In more perfect (read: bearded) world, I’d make an unspeakable amount...

'The Help' examines racial conflicts

Monica Hoyle

September 7, 2011

Very rarely do books adapted into films end up pleasing the majority of people, especially when those films force one to think about those forbidden topics that society tries to bury and pretends no longer exist.  This summer’s The Help has done just that. The book, written by Kathryn Sockett, was...

Madness at Dragon*Con: A savage journey to the heart of America's nerdiest event

Ross Hardy

September 7, 2011

  I’m exhausted, sitting on itchy carpet in the basement of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. To my left is a wild-eyed youth in four-inch platform boots; to my right is a mountain of a man wearing a kilt, a cycling t-shirt, and a handlebar mustache. My feet hurt, I’m covered in glitter,...

Watch 'Watch the Throne:' Hip Hop legends collaborate

Tullika Saraf

September 7, 2011

Yeezy and Jay are back, and they’re as brash, blunt, and bold as ever. On Watch the Throne, their first full-fledged collaborative effort, the duo embarks on a darkly lyrical tête-à-tête, picking apart the urban myth of street sovereignty. Albeit loosely, the album’s tracks weave together fragments...

Guess who's coming to Mercer: Fun. & Janelle Monae

Guess who's coming to Mercer: Fun. & Janelle Monae

Eric Brown

September 7, 2011

  After bringing in hit artists ranging from The Format to 3Oh!3 to Gym Class Heroes, Bearstock has become one of Quadworks’ most ambitious and well-recieved projects, leaving the organization wondering what they can possibly do to top last year’s event. Their answer? More concerts. Quadwo...

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