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'Paranormal Activity 3' will scare you

Garret McDowell

November 2, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Most good ghost stories need an origin. Most of them need something that begins their mystique and horror. Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity series has become a Halloween fixture for millions of people. In now its third iteration, the original tale of Katie and her haunting has gone back to the begi...

Coldplay has room for improvement

Coldplay has room for improvement

emilymgarrott

November 2, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Coldplay’s fifth studio release, titled Mylo Xyloto, will take any listener on a psychedelic trip to happiness. Expected to shoot to the top of the charts and garner several Grammy nominations, Rihanna collaborated on “Princess of China” lending unnecessary star power to an anticipated album. T...

Kill Your Idols: Revisiting the Sex Pistols

Eric Brown

November 2, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Most of the time when people talk about the Sex Pistols, they’re not talking about the band’s music. They’re talking about the heroin, the onstage antics, the interruption of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration. And there’s good reason for that. The band’s music was, in a lot of ways, secondary...

The reinvention of Mutemath

The reinvention of Mutemath

emilymgarrott

November 2, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

From the second the powerful chords of “Odd Soul” begin, MuteMath makes a clear statement that this third album will be their most confident and self-assured endeavor to date. Aptly titled Odd Soul, the album is the closest to the core of MuteMath when compared to their self-titled debut Mutemath and ...

Pensacola: a guide

Jonathan Popham

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

It was a gorgeous Pensacola October, with warm air and a cooling ocean. Casino Island adrift in a perfect, clear blue sea.  The city itself moves like tides, with the people gently rolling in to town in the morning and away again at night. On day two of our DeLuna Fest coverage, I awoke at 7:00 A.M.,...

Girl Talk is partying, changing music forever

Girl Talk is partying, changing music forever

Jonathan Popham

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Looking back on this beautiful weekend spent in Pensacola at DeLuna Fest 2011, I have a lot of bedazzling memories. Framed by the emerald gulf,  DeLuna Fest's crown jewel was Girl Talk. Pittsburg native Greg Gillis, also known as Girl Talk, left an engineering job to pursue a career in music. It is rare that I say th...

A conversation with The Constellations

A conversation with The Constellations

Eric Brown

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

There are a lot of different terms you could use to describe Atlanta troubadors The Constellations. Soul ,rock, psycadellic, hip-hop, and plenty of others. But no matter which term you end up going with, it’s not going to fully or accurately describe the seven-piece band. They blend genres togeth...

My top 5 Deluna Fest moments

Elizabeth Bibb

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I don’t pretend to be a music aficionado. I enjoy music, and I enjoy live shows, but I most certainly am not an expert. On the one hand, this might diminish my appreciation of performances, but on the other hand, I believe it might enhance it. I am able to appreciate the show organically without being...

Popham Culture: Is Paste reinventing online publication?

Popham Culture: Is Paste reinventing online publication?

Jonathan Popham

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

While at DeLuna fest, I ran into a couple of editors and interns for Paste Magazine, which was also covering the festival. Being a fan of the magazine, I stopped by their booth. They were promoting Paste’s new web based magazine, the mPlayer. The company’s print version suffered layoffs last ye...

Explore Switchfoots's 'Vices'

Explore Switchfoots's 'Vices'

Garret McDowell

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot, most notably known for their hits “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move,” have outdone their previous albums again. Their newest issue is called Vice Verses, and it has been referred to as their most personal and explorative album yet. I love the album,...

EA's 'FIFA 2012' brings soccer to life

EA's 'FIFA 2012' brings soccer to life

Garret McDowell

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

After what was thought to be the pinnacle of soccer games in FIFA 11 (minus the infamously buggy career mode), no one thought that the sequel could outshine it to a high extent. FIFA 12 proved to everyone that EA Sports would continue to put out stellar versions of the game. After several years of m...

Kill Your Idols: Learning to forgive Weezer

Eric Brown

October 19, 2011


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

  I’ve been a Weezer fan for years. Probably for about a decade, to be honest. Their self-titled debut record and Pinkerton are some of the most important records in my life. But a few years ago, Weezer released Raditude, the latest in a series of records representing a severe decline in quality...

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