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

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

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

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”

Chance Allen, Staff Writer

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

Ivia Rollins, Contributing Writer

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

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

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

Review: Katina Bitsicas’ red thread of loss and longing

Ivy Clarke, Staff Reporter

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.

Review: Tall Girl is a cliché and eye-rolling experience

Review: Tall Girl is a cliché and eye-rolling experience

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2019

The story conveyed is hardly a new one. Too many teenage romantic comedies feature an outcast girl who falls in love with the new student, deals with the antagonistic popular girl and has a childhood friend who is in love with her.

Review: Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is changing the narrative for rap artists

Review: Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is changing the narrative for rap artists

Chance Allen, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

Known for his striking facial tattoos and famous song, “Congratulations,” his new album showcases a more sincere and vulnerable side of himself. 

Review: Christie DeNizio creates abstract beauty in a world of chaos 

Review: Christie DeNizio creates abstract beauty in a world of chaos 

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

October 14, 2019

With the use of inspiration from famous works, drawings, postcards, tarot cards and other print materials, the details in DeNizio’s art are amazing. 

Review: The Lumineers’ visual album “III” explores the horrors of substance abuse

Review: The Lumineers’ visual album “III” explores the horrors of substance abuse

Samantha Homcy, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2019

“III” isn’t just an album, it’s an artistic masterpiece, and it sticks with the listener until long after the final track.

Review: “Norman F***ing Rockwell!” goes deeper than most of Lana Del Rey’s previous music

Review: “Norman F***ing Rockwell!” goes deeper than most of Lana Del Rey’s previous music

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

September 27, 2019

As is the case with most of Del Rey’s music, this album has nostalgic and soothing vibes. From the title song “Norman f***ing Rockwell,” to “Happiness is a Butterfly,” Del Rey crafts a lovely, dreamy beat with lyrics that sound equal parts romantic and sad.

Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance contains a slow beginning but solid ending

Review: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance contains a slow beginning but solid ending

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 25, 2019

One of the most unique things about the series is the use of puppets instead of actors or CGI. It is a very uncommon medium to use for an entire show that isn’t directed towards children.

Review: With “Lover,” Taylor Swift has finally grown up 

Review: With “Lover,” Taylor Swift has finally grown up 

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

September 11, 2019

Swift isn’t just writing pointed songs about her exes anymore but attempting to tackle more grown up topics like self-love, her mother’s illness and actually falling (and staying) in love. 

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