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Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

April 25, 2012

This is my last issue at The Cluster, meaning that my long and rambling column is finally at its end. All three of my readers must be disappointed and heartbroken. And so am I. I’ve spent the last four years working at The Cluster, from its first issue my freshman year right up until this one. A...

Kill Your Idols: 'Chronically' amazing

Kill Your Idols: 'Chronically' amazing

Eric Brown

April 11, 2012

Alright, I think it’s time for a change of pace. For months I’ve talked about classic and not so classic rock albums, and pretty much ignored any type of music that wasn’t based on loud guitars and pop hooks. So I want to break away from that in my second-to-last instalment of this column. I want...

SGA, you are public figures, so get used to mudslinging

Eric Brown

April 11, 2012

Two weeks ago, The Cluster published an opinion piece by senior Gene Mitchell, who was at that time a Student Government parliamentarian. Mitchell, who in the interest of full disclosure is a good friend of mine and regular contributor to the paper, criticized the current crop of SGA candidates, several...

Macon of the past

Eric Brown

April 11, 2012

A few days ago, the federal government released the data from the 1940 census. The large-scale data — population amounts and aggregations of — have been available for years, but due to a federal law restricting the release of  personally identifying information for 72 years, the specifics of the...

Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

March 28, 2012

I have bad things to say about a lot of artists. I have bad things to say about most things, really. That’s kind of the point about this column. It’s not enough for me to trash talk a couple of bands behind closed doors to my friends. No, I have to desecrate the fine journalistic tradition of The Cl...

Gingrich speaks at Macon rally ahead of Super Tuesday victory

Gingrich speaks at Macon rally ahead of Super Tuesday victory

Eric Brown

March 14, 2012

Republican Party presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich visited Macon on Thursday, March 1 as a part of his Georgia campaign. The former Speaker of the House appeared at the Hephzibah Ministries gym, delivering a 40-minute speech touching on the importance of American energy independence, foreign policy...

Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

March 14, 2012

I wasn’t exactly sure what I intended to create when I set out to write this column. Honestly, I think I just wanted to knock a couple of supposedly “classic” albums down a notch and praise some records that I think have gone unnoticed. Over time, it seems to have evolved into an episodic tre...

Bearstock 2012 bands announced: Far East Movement, Yellowcard to headline

Bearstock 2012 bands announced: Far East Movement, Yellowcard to headline

Eric Brown

March 14, 2012

Quadworks is proud to announce the lineup of Bearstock 2012. This year’s headliners include electro-hop act Far East Movement and pop-rock band Yellowcard. The festival takes place April 14. Like last year, the free, all-day event will be held at Tattnall Square Park. Bands will alternate playing at two ...

Macon film fest returns

Macon film fest returns

Eric Brown

February 22, 2012

For years, Macon’s artistic legacy has been its music. Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard and more all emerged onto the world stage from their humble beginnings in Macon. For the past few years, however, a group of Macon artists have been giving Macon a name as a hub for independent film, as well. The Macon Film Festival, created in part b...

Kill Your Idols: Like, whatever, man

Pavement in all their glory.

Eric Brown

February 22, 2012

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...

Kill Your Idols

Eric Brown

February 8, 2012

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...

Good Luck is good, clean pop-punk

Good Luck is good, clean pop-punk

Eric Brown

February 8, 2012

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, ...

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