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Review: Misterwives bloom again

Review: Misterwives bloom again
November 22, 2019
Their new EP, “Mini Bloom,” consists of five songs that show off the lead singer Mandy Lee’s vocal talent, while allowing the instrumentals to shine through. Drummer Etienne Bowler truly stands out, along with bass player William Hehir on this EP.

Mill Hill East Macon Artist Village revitalizes art community

The first phase of this initiative was to restore the auditorium on Clinton Street to create a community arts center.
November 21, 2019
The Macon Arts Alliance started renovating the historic cottages along Schell Avenue and Hydrolia Street in order to create living spaces for artists in the community.

Review: Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” has high points, but West’s intentions do not align with his delivery

Graphic by Lidya Dereje.
November 21, 2019
While a fine LP, “Jesus Is King” is a watered-down amalgamation of West’s least ambitious moments strung together by a loose Christian influence.

Students’ choice: Your favorite songs and albums of the decade

Students' choice: Your favorite songs and albums of the decade
November 7, 2019
A lot has changed in the past decade for us and for music. What has stayed constant, however, are our favorite tunes. What better way to reminisce on the end of an era than by remembering some of the best albums and songs to come out of the 2010’s?

Mercer Artist: Poet Kate Lemon is writing about you

November 6, 2019
Kate Lemon wasn’t a poet until her freshman year of college. She started writing at the request of late Mercer professor and Guggenheim Fellow Anya Silver after turning in an essay for her introductory poetry class.

Things to do in Macon this holiday season

Second-year students Nay Gordon and Sanaa Yusuf bundle up for the incoming winter months and discuss their holiday plans.
November 5, 2019
With the holiday season coming up, Macon is going to be a hotbed of artistic and cultural events. There will be activities for everyone, from festivals to food trucks to fire breathers, all in the heart of the city. 

Review: “Evil Dead: The Musical” could be the next cult favorite

Review: “Evil Dead: The Musical” could be the next cult favorite
November 5, 2019
Tired horror movie tropes, borderline offensive female characters and H.P. Lovecraft’s “Necronomicon” make for a combination so bad it’s good. “Evil Dead: The Musical” finally delivers the meta, parody-esque rendition we never knew we needed.

Review: Frank Ocean steps back into the scene with “DHL”

Review: Frank Ocean steps back into the scene with “DHL”
November 4, 2019
In “DHL,” Ocean takes rap and converts it into an almost soft and soothing flow, yet still including powerful bass beats. Ocean uses his voice to show intense passion, enunciating every word as if it’s his last.

Review: Summer Walker’s “Over It” is an emotional rollercoaster we didn’t know we needed

Review: Summer Walker’s “Over It” is an emotional rollercoaster we didn’t know we needed
October 27, 2019
Giving us raw, relatable emotions, Walker managed to work through a real-life situation in 18 songs. Like many other R&B artists of her generation, she took another step in the right direction for soulful music.

Review: Dermot Kennedy’s “Without Fear” demands attention from hip hop and acoustic fans alike

Review: Dermot Kennedy's “Without Fear” demands attention from hip hop and acoustic fans alike
October 27, 2019
Kennedy’s debut album “Without Fear” culminates a decade between busking on the streets of Dublin and streaming to over 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify with heartbreaking honesty.

Review: Katina Bitsicas’ red thread of loss and longing

Katina Bitsicas's
October 26, 2019
Katina Bitsicas is the current visiting artist at Plunkett Gallery. Bitsicas’ exhibit, entitled “Revive,” explores themes centered around coming back to life even with death edging close. She uses the motif of red thread, commonly associated with human connection, to symbolize loss and longing.

Preview: 16th Annual Jazz and Art on Riverdale Festival

Graphic provided by Jazz & Arts on Riverdale
October 23, 2019
The Jazz Association of Macon will be hosting the event Oct. 26. Every year, musicians, artists and patrons gather to listen to music, eat food and celebrate the diverse art culture of Macon. 
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