Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle)
plays the deranged Walter White.
Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus.
The final tale of television’s favorite serial killer will kick off June 2013 on Showtime. Don’t know the basis of the story? During the daytime, Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst for Miami Metro. Night time Dexter is a cynical superhero (in my eyes) who kills those causing the heart-breaking crime in Miami. So how will this story end…with Dexter behind bars? Will he get away with everything? Will his legacy end in his death? Or will it be carried on by his own son? Although my heart will break as the show comes to a close, I am EXTREMELY excited to see where the final season takes us.
The story of Walter White will end this summer after an edge-of-your-seat 5 seasons comes to a close with Season 5-Part 2 on AMC. We’ve watched closely as Walter White transformed from the spineless chemistry teacher Mr. White to the bad-ass drug dealer (or king of the drug dealers) Heisenberg in a matter of 5 years, along with the help of Jesse Pinkman, who has transformed from a white-trash junkie to a sophisticated partner-in-crime. I have bitter-sweet feelings about seeing this partnership come to an end, not to mention extreme anxiety. How will this show wrap up? Will Walter finally get caught and locked up? What will happen to Jesse? Also…will Skyler White finally get the stick out of her ass? Will Walter Jr. continue his breakfast binge? All jokes aside, we shall see.
Girl Meets World
The prediction for this comeback sequel of Boy Meets World is late summer 2013. If all goes according to plan, we will get a kick of nostalgia along with a new story line of the 90’s favorite and most iconic couple Corey and Topanga and their daughter. We hope to see a comeback from more of Boys Meets World’s cast but we will have to wait and see. I have high hopes for this show, and I hope it will live up to its fathered show. Deal, Mr. Feeny?
Aisha Tyler is also the voice
of Lana on FX's "Archer"
Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus.
Comedian Aisha Tyler will be hosting the comeback of Whose Line Is It Anyway? that is predicted to premier June 2013 on The CW. The show will feature returning comedic cast members such as Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Each show will feature a special guest as well (Drew Carey, please?), to join the cast in spontaneous improv games prompted by the random ideas of the studio audience. I think I speak for every one when I wish well for this show, seeing as the previous broadcasting left me with 6-pack abs solely from laughing my ass off.
Mac Miller seems to have taken on a weird, pseudo-hippy persona. His debut album, Blue Slide Park, was a mess. His hardcore fans loved it, but it was an underwhelming debut record from someone with all the potential in the world. He followed BSP up with a few other mixtapes, the best of these being the stupidly titled Macadelic. There were a handful of above-average tracks to be found, but most of it was full of dumbed-down psychedelia and over-produced beats. Now, he’s trying his hand at a beat mixtape.
Using his alter-ego Larry Fisherman, Miller brings us the first volume of what one assumes will be a series of beat mixtapes, Run-On Sentences. This is by no means an awful or unlistenable mixtape, but one has to wonder why Miller decided to make it in the first place. The most obvious reason would seemingly be because he felt like it. He may be on a production kick, and decided releasing a mixtape only of beats would be a good idea. However, the problem with releasing an entire mixtape full of beats is finding a way to make each beat unique in it’s own way. Last weeks mixtape of the week, araabMUZIK’s stellar For Professional Use Only, shined because each beat had something unique about it that set it apart from each one of the nineteen other tracks. Out of Run-On Sentences 8 tracks, there’s about 6 that sound the exact same.
The beats offer nothing original, and are so generic it’s almost unbelievable. The goal must have been to release a collection of “chill” beats, and that’s all well and good. The problem is that there is absolutely nothing interesting about these beats. They all feature wavy synths and jazz-infused melodies, and most of them feature pointless clips of random dialogue sprinkled throughout. This gets annoying quick. The clips are unneeded, and add nothing to the beat that they accompany.
Out of all 8 songs, the only one remotely interesting is the closing number, “Avocado”. It’s the only time Mac comes in and drops a verse, and that’s a shame because the verse he does drop is fire. “Avocado” is a good song, but at nearly seven minutes long it feels drawn out. Basically, it is just more proof that Mac Miller needs to stick to rapping and send Larry Fisherman into retirement.
I understand what Mac Miller is trying to do with Run-On Sentences. He’s trying to show off his diverse musical talents, and I respect him for doing that. Most of us can’t even rap let alone produce a decent beat. So props to Mac for being able to do both. Like I said, the mixtape is not unlistenable. Stoners will enjoy getting high to it, and Mac Miller die-hards will eat it up simply because it’s Mac Miller. The beats aren’t bad, but they’re repetitive and unoriginal. There’s most likely going to be a second volume, and maybe Mac will improve his production skill with that one and offer up a more unique and diverse tape. Maybe it will be just as mediocre as it’s volume one counterpart. The only thing that’s certain is that Mac Miller needs to stick to his day job. And some improvement there wouldn’t hurt either. Sorry Mac, but you’re getting closer and closer to falling off with each project you release.
Download These Now: Outside, The Spins, Senior Skip Day (Not one of these are from this mixtape, but check these out if you want to hear some above-average Mac Miller)
Granted, Atoms for Peace is made up of some huge names. Its no wonder many have branded them with the supergroup label. Comprised of Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and session musicians Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco, Atoms for Piece sure sounds like a supergroup on paper. But does their debut album live up to that moniker?
In short, the answer is almost. If you listen to the album with the expectations that this band truly is in fact a supergroup, you might be disappointed. However, if you go into it just hoping to here some good music, the album will deliver and then some. Amok is an electronic album through and through, but it doesn’t make it a point to drill the electronica into our heads. Where most bands tend to overload on synths and loops, Amok is focused and deliberant with it’s electronic elements. Songs like “Default” sound almost ambient, and Yorke’s voice fits with this sound like a glove. Other songs are straight up funky dance numbers. Songs like “Dropped” and “Reverse Running” revel in the fact that they must be danced to.
Flea is the shining star of the album, and this really comes as no surprise if you have ever listened to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has the capabilities and talent to play just about any and every bassline there is, and can use his bass as simply another element in the rhythm section or as a showpiece that dominates the entire song. He doesn’t do much showing off here, say, in the way that he does with the Chili Peppers. But he doesn’t need to. His terrific playing speaks for itself and carries the album from the very first song until the closing title track. The only instrument that dominates the album more is Yorke’s voice.
There is one track that stands above the rest on Amok. Coming right before the end of the album, “Judge, Jury, and Executioner” is the best song Atoms For Peace has recorded. It brings together the best of every piece of this band, with an ambient sound, a driving bassline, a pretty acoustic guitar, and tight percussion to create a catchy, alternative-electronica masterpiece. The way Yorke’s subdued voice carries over the instruments is enough to give you goosebumps.
Overall, Atoms For Piece has crafted an album that I would consider a worthy debut for a band with such a lineup. Everyone that listens to this record is going to have high expectations, and understandably so. The only reason I could see anyone being disappointed with the album is because they expected something “groundbreaking” or “new”. If you want groundbreaking or new, go listen to Radiohead’s Kid A, or The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It’s important to remember that Atoms for Peace is not a band that is trying to be groundbreaking or do anything new. The album has it’s fair share of flaws and imperfections, but has moments of genius as well. These guys are simply too talented to record music that doesn’t show flashes of genius. And while this may not be a masterpiece that will be talked about for years to come, it’s a great album that deserves to be heard and one of the best records to come out so far this year.
Download These Now: “Judge, Jury, and Executioner”, “Dropped”, “Stuck Together Pieces”
Original Score: “Life Of Pi,” Mychael Danna
Live Action Short Film: “Curfew,” Shawn Christensen
Makeup & Hair: “Les Miserable,” Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell
Animated Short Film: “Paperman,” John Kahrs
Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson & Simon Hayes
Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” Austria
Film Editing: “Argo,” William Goldenberg
Short Subject Documentary: “Inocente”
Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man”
Cinematography: “Life of Pi,” Claudio Mirando
Animated Film: “Brave,” Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Visual Effects: “Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
Costume Design: “Anna Karenia,” Jacqueline Durran
Sound Editing: Tie, “Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson/ “Skyfall,” Per Hallberg & Karen M. Baker
Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele, Paul Epworth
Adapted Screenplay: “Argo,” Chris Terrio
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Production Design: “Lincoln,” Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
Best Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Leading Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Best Picture: “Argo,” Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov & George Clooney
Quentin Tarantino gave one of the more
memorable acceptance speeches during
the 85th annual Academy Awards. Photo
courtesy of MCT Campus.
- Daniel Day-Lewis:
Cinema history was made when Lewis became the first actor in movie history to ever win three Best Actor awards. Without a doubt Lewis deserved this Oscar not only for his portrayal of one of the greatest American Presidents but also the characters and work he has done through out his career.
- Ang Lee:
The “Hulk” director surprisingly took home Best Director when many believed Spielberg would be the winner for “Lincoln”.
- Christoph Waltz:
The “Django Unchained” actor gave one of the most heartfelt acceptance speeches for his role as Dr. Shultz. It has only been a couple of years since he won his first Oscar as Colonel Hans Landa in “Inglorious Basterds.” This was not expected but I was thrilled.
- Quentin Tarantino:
Tarantino finally received the recognition he deserved by the Academy by winning Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchanined.” It’s about time!
- Life of Pi:
This novel based film won several Oscars.
Even though Ben got the Best Director snub, "Argo" still cleaned up pretty nicely.
Joaquin Phoenix arriving at the 85th annual
Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.
- Ben Affleck:
Even though his film won a fair share of Oscars including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, you could tell he was still sore about this snub.
- Joaquin Phoenix:
He was nominated for Best Actor but it seemed like the isolated actor had better things to do or he’s still be pissed about his PETA ad being pulled from the Oscar broadcast.
- Steven Spielberg:
The legendary director definitely got gypped tonight. He should have won Best Director for “Lincoln.” It was a remarkable movie and should have received more praise.
- "The Master":
The highly talked about film did not take home any awards.
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Director, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Lewis), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Jones), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Screenplay based on material previously produced or published.
As the Civil War continues, President Abraham Lincoln (Lewis) struggles with allowing such blood shed and carnage to continue between the Union and the Confederacy on the battlefield that was once their home. Lincoln fights with not only himself but also the men in his own cabinet on whether to emancipate slavery or not.
Why it should or should not win: This was an outstanding movie for more than one reason. It not only shone a new light and understanding on one the greatest American presidents but also a different point of view during a time when our country was divided. When it comes to movies about the Civil War it usually surrounds the battles and soldiers but in this film we are for the first time put in the shoes of Lincoln and the challenges he faced as a President and a human being. Lincoln was President during the worst time in our history and what he experienced in office and personally shows how brave and wise this man truly was. I think it should win because it provides a different view on Lincoln that many people do not know or have ever thought about and it was just a great movie all around. Lewis did an excellent job at portraying the Illinois-native. I thought Lincoln was really on the silver screen. You can just tell how much preparation and connection Lewis made when playing Lincoln. His role of Lincoln and this film will down in history Best Picture winner or not.
Why it will or will not win: I don’t think this film is going to win Best Picture but it still has a chance! This movie has a couple things going for it that other nominations don’t. It is directed by film legend and genius Steven Spielberg and both him and Lewis are frequent favorites of the Academy. This movie has won a fair amount of awards so far and made a large, positive impact on the American public and the box office. I do think Lewis will win Best Actor and he should.
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Wallis) and Best Writing Screenplay Based on Material Produced or Published
Hushpuppy (Wallis), a six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink (Henry), in The Bathtub, a southern Delta at the edge of the world. Hushpuppy’s father prepares his daughter for the time when the universe will unravel and he will no longer be with her and protect her. Wink contracts a mysterious illness and his rise in temperature melts all the ice caps unleashing an army of creatures called aurochs. With her father dying and the world flooding, Hushpuppy needs to find answers which means she must find her mother.
Why it should or should not win: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” gained its attention when it won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. This was a very interesting and out there film. It is based on the best-selling novel and is a great fantasy story but I don’t think it is Best Picture worthy. This film came into theaters in July and did not have much of an effect on the public or the box office. I don’t think this film should win because even though it has had much applause and praise from film critics and organizations it hasn’t won over its hardest one, the public.
Why it will or will not win: I don’t think it will win Best Picture because it is one of the least known films out of the nine nominations. The public is not very familiar with the movie and it hasn’t made a come back in theaters even after its nominations were announced. If a film doesn’t have a well knowing or impact with its public, it is very rare for it to win an award as popular as an Oscar.
Oscar Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jackman), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hathaway), Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Song, Production Design, Best Sound Mixing
In early 19th century France, Jean Valjean (Jackman), a man imprisoned years earlier for stealing a loaf of bread, decides to break his parole following his release and assume a new identity. While finding a new path, Valjean meets a poor woman named Fantine (Hathaway) and soon becomes in custody of her only daughter, Cosette, after a turn of unfortunate events. Although Valjean succeeds in building a new life for himself and Cosette, he doesn’t know the relentless pursuit of Inspector Javert, which threatens Valjean and Cosette’s newfound happiness and existence.
Why it should or should not win: This is I think the third re-make of the successful Broadway musical. Ironically, this is the first re-make to actually include the music. Odd, I know. It is also the first movie musical where the actors actually sang and recorded during filming instead of recording the songs prior in a studio. This is a depressing story and I have no clue why so many people like it but I really think it is over rated. I wasn’t very impressed with the acting of the cast in this film and I didn’t find anything unique about from the other remakes except for the music. I don’t think it should win Best Picture because it didn’t reach new heights with this remake. You can’t win this award by just re-making a story that is without a doubt popular with the public. There’s nothing different about than the others except for the music. Even the musical performances could have been better I was disappointed with a majority of the performances except for Hathaway. Her voice and performance left chills.
Why it will or will not win: I am not sure if this will win or not. It was a hit with the public and film critics but I don’t think it made a big enough impact to be the Best Picture. I think there are better films nominated that should win this award instead of a one too many re-make. I also don’t think it will win because the director, Tom Hooper, won Best Picture only two years ago for “The King’s Speech.” I do think it will win Best Song and Hathaway will take home Best Supporting Actress.
Oscars: The Biggest Snubs of 2013
Ah, the Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night. A night to celebrate the best films of the year, and to reward those that brought those films to the screen with Hollywood’s most coveted prize. While the Academy got a few things right this year (the stunning indie favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild up for Best Picture, the incomparable Christoph Waltz up for Best Supporting Actor), there were a handful of snubs that made us shake our heads in disbelief. Furthermore, it made us ponder one question: could the Academy really be this out of touch? Here’s the ten biggest Oscar snubs of 2013.
1 Ben Affleck-Best Director "Argo" Really Academy? You have no problem nominating the white-knuckle political thriller of the year for seven Oscars (including Best Picture of the year, which it most likely will win), but choose to completely ignore the film’s leader? You’ve gotta be kidding me. Sure, Affleck has been involved with some truly awful films in his time (remember Gigli?), but it’s time to get past that. That was ten years ago, and Affleck has matured not only as a man but as a filmmaker as well. His handling of Argo deservers recognition, and I would say that he deserves the Best Director Oscar more than any nominee in the running. It’s challenging enough to deliver a fantastic performance as a lead actor in a film. It’s even more challenging to direct that same film. This is not only the biggest snub of this years event, but one of the biggest and most disappointing snubs in Oscar history.
2 Kathryn Bigelow, Best Director "Zero Dark Thirty" God forbid Hollywood glorify torture. Even if that torture is of deplorable people used to gain valuable, history-making information. Zero Dark Thirty is such an astounding work that the Academy could not possibly ignore it, even if the members may have winced at scenes of Taliban members being waterboarded. The film scooped up five well deserved noms (including Best Picture), but the Academy failed to recognize the woman who made the film into the masterpiece it turned out to be. Bigelow, who won a few years back for The Hurt Locker, takes her place among the biggest snubs of the year. This was the Academy’s way of saying “Hey, you made a great film. We’ll give it some recognition. But don’t think you’re gonna get rewarded for depicting torture so realistically.” Another classic example of how the Academy lets politics interfere with art.
3 Quentin Tarantino, Best Director "Django Unchained" If you haven’t figured out by now, this year’s director category is nothing more than a bad joke. Save for Stephen Spielberg’s exquisite direction of Lincoln, none of the other four deserve to be there. I’m not saying they are not gifted filmmakers, however there are four individuals that deserve the nominations more than Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell, Michael Haneke, and Ang Lee. One of those is the genius Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino wrote, acted in, and directed the best film of the year, Django Unchained. While the Academy members are much too old and conservative to vote a movie about slavery to ever win best picture (it’s a small miracle that Django even got nominated), the least they could have done was nominate one of Hollywood’s most talented directors. Tarantino’s blood-soaked revenge western is a two and a half hour roller coaster ride through the antebellum South, and a film that could only have been made by Tarantino. QT pays such attention to detail, and is almost obsessed with making his films the best they can possibly be. With Django, he’s created an enduring masterpiece that will live on in the same timeless vein as his previous masterpieces Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds. But hey, I guess in the Academy’s eyes, the man that directed the depressing tale of octogenarian love deserves a nod more than than the man who crafted one of the most exciting and unique films of the past decade.
4Moonrise Kingdom, Best Picture Speaking of unique films, Wes Anderson’s quirky love story about two children who find love in a small New England town and run off together is without a doubt the most unique film of the year. Bringing together an ensemble cast that includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, and Tilda Swinton as Social Services, the film is beautifully written and entertaining from start to finish. Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman manage to outshine the ensemble cast as the young lovers, and light up the screen with their fantastic performances. It’s a crime that this little masterpiece only scored one nod for screenwriting. An extremely early frontrunner for Best Picture upon it’s release this past summer, the film was forced into Oscar obscurity as more and more heavyweight contenders were released. If it was up to me, I’d say take out Life of Pi (though a great film in it’s own right) to make room for Moonrise Kingdom. It deserves recognition for more than just it’s excellent screenplay.
5Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Supporting Actor "Django Unchained" Only Quentin Tarantino can craft such a detestable, deplorable, and maniacal villain that you actually hate them as if they were your personal sworn enemy. He did it a few years back with the Nazi Hans Landa (for which Christoph Waltz won an Oscar) in Inglorious Basterds, and he did it again this year with Monsieur Calvin J. Candie. It takes a truly gifted actor to bring such characters to life, and DiCaprio makes it look easy. Transforming yourself into a racist psychopath would be tough for any civilized person, but DiCaprio manages to get inside Candie’s mind and steals the last half of the movie with his amazing performance. I believe the Academy had the choice between nominating DiCaprio or Christoph Waltz, and ultimately went with Waltz simply because he plays a charming character with a heart of gold and not a charming character with a penchant for holding Mandingo fights between his slaves. I do believe Waltz deserves the Oscar for his astounding performance, and I think he has a great chance of pulling off an upset win this Sunday. Still, how hard could it have been to give DiCaprio a nod instead of say, Alan Arkin? It all comes down to the fact the Academy will probably never celebrate a character as blatantly racist and evil as Calvin Candie.
6John Hawkes, Best Actor "The Sessions" A little film you might’ve missed this year, The Sessions stars John Hawkes as poet Mark O’Brien, a man confined to an iron lung due to polio complications. The film is based on an essay by O’Brien, and chronicles the true story of his relationship with Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate whom he hires to take his virginity. Helen Hunt is up for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Cohen-Greene, but Hawkes‘ performance is truly brilliant. Hawkes has been nominated before, for his work as a meth addict in 2010’s Winter’s Bone (which also features a fine performance from one of this years Best Actress nominees, Jennifer Lawrence). The simple fact is that this year there were much too many fantastic performances like this one for each to get a nomination. With only five slots, Hawkes just came up short and failed to get a nod for a definite Oscar-caliber performance. It’s not like this really matters though, because this year’s Best Actor Oscar will most certainly be awarded to the masterful Daniel Day-Lewis for his career-defining performance as Abraham Lincoln.
7Tom Hooper, Best Director "Les Miserables" Les Miserables is easily one of the top 5 films of the year, and that is due in large part to the direction of Tom Hooper. Hooper won this category in 2011 for The King’s Speech, and while it would be much too soon for the Academy to give him the award again, omitting him from the nominees completely is a crime that only helps to the argument that this year’s Best Director category is one of the worst in history. I really cannot find a reason or excuse as to why this snub happened. I’m sure Hooper isn’t too broken up inside about it though, as Les Miz racked up a total of eight nominations this year and has made an absolute killing at the box office.
8Samuel L. Jackson, Best Supporting Actor "Django Unchained"- Sam Jackson’s performance as Stephen, Calvin Candie’s head house slave and right-hand man, is truly a remarkable feat. On one token, Stephen is a shuckin’ and jivin’ 1920’s blackface stereotype, making bad jokes and walking hunched over with a prominent limp. But when the white folks aren’t looking, Stephen is a sinister and brutal head slave, and treats his own people just as bad as Candie treats them. Again, this is the case of the Academy not being ready to celebrate this kind of a character. Django Unchained is a movie full of great performances, but there’s something about Jackson’s take on this slave that sets it apart from every other performance in the film.
9Flight, Best Picture- Flight is a difficult film to watch. It’s the story of drunken pilot Whip Whitaker, who manages to save many lives after crash landing a seemingly doomed plane. As if that isn’t impressive enough, he did this drunk and high on cocaine. Denzel Washington’s performance as Whitaker reminds us why he’s such a sought after talent in Hollywood, and it’s no surprise the Academy has nominated him for Best Actor for this role. But from beginning to end, Flight is a darkly entertaining tale of a man’s personal struggle with demons that ultimately end up changing his world. John Goodman provides some much needed comic relief as Whitaker’s drug dealer, and if this weren’t a year filled with such great supporting actor performances he’d be a shoe-in for a slot in that category. Flight would not have had much of a chance of winning, as there were some better films made last year. But it deserves recognition among the best of the best of 2012.
10“Who Did That To You” John Legend, Best Original Song, "Django Unchained" This year’s Best Original Song category is fairly strong, with Adele’s “Skyfall” the frontrunner. But there is one head-scratcher; the utterly asinine inclusion of “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Seth MacFarlane’s hilarious Ted. The film itself is one of the funniest comedies of last year, but this song is obviously only included because MacFarlane is serving as host of the show this year. The song that should have taken that spot is John Legend’s stirring, emotional soul ballad “Who Did That to You”. One of the most exciting moments in Django Unchained occurs when Django picks off the Le Quint Dickey Mining Company Employees, and saddles up to ride back to Candieland to the resounding notes of this great song. While it would most likely not triumph over Adele’s beautiful “Skyfall” (the best Bond theme in years), it would lend the Best Original Song category a bit more credibility.
Skrillex's rise grabbed the attention
of everyone after winning six Grammy's.
Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus.
Many see Beyoncé as the entertainer who commands the stage in her sky-high stilettos bursting with confidence, but don’t get to see her as the human being who feels pain and nurses bloody feet after hours of rehearsals.
For an hour-and-a-half, this human side of Beyoncé is exposed through her HBO documentary, “Life Is But a Dream,” which is produced, directed and narrated by the pop star.
This documentary is not only a treat for any Beyoncé fan, but it is also a great watch for anyone interested in a compelling story about a girl from Houston, Texas who made her dream come true. The documentary includes clips of Beyoncé’s childhood home and memories, behind-the-scenes footage of the preparation for performances and recording studio sessions, personal moments with Jay-Z, and most importantly, a close-up of her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Between clips, Beyoncé tells her story through a candid sit-down interview with her hair up in braids and not a single spot of makeup on. She discusses why she dropped her dad as her manager, and the overwhelming pain caused by her first miscarriage.
Beyoncé expressed how she’s done pleasing others and is focusing on the artist she truly wants to be.
“Forget being cool; I’m going to be honest,” she said.
Beyoncé shows her honest human side through slipups at the recording studio and tension during rehearsals. I had to pause and rewind when I heard her first swear after her album preview for “4” at Columbia Records.
“I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit,” Beyoncé explained with relief after the executives raved about the album.
I didn’t expect someone with such a clean public image to swear in public – but after all, she is just a human like you or me. Beyoncé said she decided to pour every single human emotion – good or bad – into her most recent album and didn’t care if she sold one single record.
Throughout these shots of her in the studio and preparing for performances, she shuts down every argument against her talent and work ethic.
Beyoncé is truly the CEO of her brand and calls the shots on everything from her recording sessions to her sets on stage. The documentary is a sneak peek into the rigorous rehearsals in hotel lobbies and the enormous amount of stress that comes her way when thousands are scrutinizing her every move.
The most powerful and memorable moments of the documentary were the ones that focused on her family.
She said lessons from her father and mother helped her rise to the top, and her relationship with Jay-Z taught her how to be a woman. Beyoncé’s eyes then filled with tears as she described her relationship with God and how she could feel God’s love inside of her.
Beyoncé said her daughter Blue Ivy is the best miracle.
Through this documentary, Beyoncé shows she’s just a normal person doing what she loves to do – she laughs, she cries, she gets nervous just like everyone else. She truly opens up.
Popular Music and Arts Festival Bonnaroo is making its way to Manchester Tennessee, June 13-16 for this year. Bonnaroo claims to be “Four of the best days ever” and is topped on 700 acres of beauty in Tennessee. There are over ten stages for the astonishing 150+ artists to perform on, in so many different genres of music. Not only is this a huge concert, the festival also includes over dozens of comedians. Many like to refer to this festival as our generations Woodstock. This festival is an overwhelming jumble of art to be enjoyed by all different groups of people.
Because this is a four day rendezvous, each ticket includes the price for the festival as well as a camping ticket, for RV’s as well as car camping. They have general admission campsites in a set section so it’s almost like a mini city for the weekend, with plenty of opportunity to make new friends. The campsites tend to also be about a 20-30 minute walk from the Main Venue, thus another chance to make new friends of new faces. Each campsite includes a POD which includes bathroom and sinks, and showers (for an additional fee.) If you’re feeling like being a big spender, you can purchase VIP tickets which includes closer location to the Main Venue, deluxe bathrooms, and even a VIP longue with internet and laptop access as well as gaming areas, phone charger stations, and live video of the performances going on during the day.
Other necessity stations or facilities you can find all over the festival include Art Installations (where you can check out the art work of the artists on the festival), Medical/Emergency Services, Shopping Stations, ATMs, telephones, food and drink venders, Info booths, a lost and found, and even clean and sober groups for people to meet and chat. There are endless amounts of activities to keep you busy at the festival so it never gets dull.
Bonnaroo is even disability friendly. They have an American Sign Language team available, assisting listening devices, open caption availability, services for blind patrons, disability service dogs, medical consideration tents, and much more. This festival has kept everyone possible in mind.
The Bonnaroo Department of Health made a list of safety tips to keep in mind during the festival.
1. Keep your friends in site. Never leave a friend behind. Sure, most of the South is extremely friendly but 700 acres is a lot of room for a friend to wander. Don’t lose them.
2. DRINK WATER! Lots of water. Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink ample amounts, more than you’d think you’ll need.
3. Wear hats, light clothing, and use plenty of sunshine. Self explanatory.
4. Substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol. e all know consumption is going to happen, but be careful about it. The Tennessee sun with a mixture of the drugs and alcohol will ruin your time.
Aaaaand the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The LINEUP! Here is the list of artists who will be performing at Bonnaroo:
Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang, Clan, Daniel Tosh, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, The XX, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Soul Super Jam ft. Jim James with John Oats, Zigaboo Modeliste, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ed Helms’ Bluegrass Situation Superjam with Special Guests, Nas, ZZ Top Beachhouse, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Cat Power, Ed Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Jim James, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tame Impala, Wolfgang Gartner, Glen Hansard, Gov’t Mule, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal the Man. Boys Noize, Billy Idol, Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Dwight Yoakam, Foals, Porter Robinson, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Dirty Projectors
Trombone Shorty, John McClaughlin and The 4th Dimension, Noam Pikelny & Friends, Amadou & Marian, ALT-J, Father John Misty, Baroness, The Tallest Man on Earth, Walk the Moon, A-Trak, Earl Sweatshirt, The Vaccines, Paper Diamond, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fights, Mike Birbiglia, Purity Ring, Swans, Frank Turner, Big K.R.I.T, Allen Stone, AraabMuzic, Cults, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fatoumata Diawara, Two Gallants, The Sheepdogs, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Death Grips
Conspirator, Wild Nothing, John Fullbright, Django Django, Haim, Killer Mike, Ariel’s Pink Haunted Grafitti, Action Bronson, Clock Work, Twenty I One I Pilots, Reptar, Diiv, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, Futurebirds, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Charli XCX, Jeff the Brotherhood, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Sea Wolf, JD Mcpherson, Trixie Whitley Deap Vally, Patrick Watson, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Stepkids, Aoife O’Donovan, Bombino, Bernhoft, Matthew E. White
Here we are, another article about Girls. Usually we do a character’s power ranking by episode, but this time is a bit different. There was only two characters in this past episode, Hannah and the mysterious, angry, 42 year-old, recently separated Joshua. So instead, we’re going to bring you our evaluations on the two characters from the episode, Katy breaking down Hannah and Justin breaking down Joshua.
I love Hannah. I think she’s great character overall, and that’s my disclaimer here. No matter how weird or crazy or needy or she may be, I think that Hannah typically comes out on top in all of these situations she finds herself in. While I think this particular episode was strange, it was almost a watershed for Hannah.
So we see her confessing to Joshua that she is the one who is putting Grumpy’s trash in his trashcans. This after learning that she isn’t the first to coin “sexit” and getting into a huge argument with Ray. This isn’t exactly on track to be her episode by any stretch. After Joshua comes into the coffee shop to complain, Hannah decides to tell him the truth – and of course, this leads to some kind of relationship.
Hannah doesn’t just leave Joshua’s place, though. She goes in for the kill after just a few minutes, kissing Joshua, and then staying with him over the course of nearly two days. Rarely does Girls focus so squarely on one character, and it’s a huge moment for Hannah. She admits that she’s lonely, despite having a dinner party with her friends only last week. She pours all of her feelings out to a complete stranger, and you can tell just from watching how freeing it is for her. While she appears surrounded by all of these other strong characters, none of them fully comprehend what it is she’s going through. And, even more likely, none of them would understand it in a way that an outsider sometimes can.
When Hannah is done telling Joshua everything going through her head, she realizes that he hasn’t opened up to her. While she is visibly frustrated, she still stays the night, and wakes up the next day essentially new. It’s the fresh start that you know Hannah has been wanting for herself this whole time, and it comes as a relief to know that next week, she’ll be back on her feet. Plus, I’m so excited to see Adam again!
Coduto’s disclaimer is pretty accurate, she idolizes, adores, and hopes to some day be Hannah (20-something, alone, out of work, and struggling in New York. She has big goals!!) There’s no denying that, and it’s one of the funniest things ever. Anyways, let’s talk “Don’t Call Me Josh” Joshua. Let’s get serious here, Lena Dunham just wanted to have sex with Patrick Wilson as many times as she could in one episode, that’s what this entire episode was all about. And, wow, did she have sex with him a lot. But before the intercourse was a serious issue at Grumpy’s as aforementioned by Katy; Joshua’s trash was being filled with garbage that was not his own. That’s something that never needs to happen, I feel your pain Joshua, and so he brings it to the attention of Grumpy manager/Hannah friend Ray, which is followed by a loud argument. Hannah, the one who is secretly dropping the trash off, goes to apologize to Joshua and of course what do they do? They have a sex fueled two days, with some steak and ping-pong in between.
Joshua is more or less the perfect man: successful doctor, recently single, nice house, and great at begging. I’ve never cared more about a character in this show then when Joshua begs Hannah to spend the night with him, something she insisted he did out of her own sick and twisted mind. Besides an odd quirk with his name, really don’t call him “Josh”, he seemed perfect up until Hannah got all emotional on him.
For the record, Joshua did not, as Hannah put it, “beg for her feelings to be shared.” He was kind and caring, sexually engaged with her, and even providing the best hospitality Hannah’s ever seen, but that does not mean that she needed to cry about how she really was just faking her whole “I don’t give a shit” attitude. That’s way too much pressure to put on a guy you’ve just recently been hooking up with, no matter how great they may have been. All I’m saying is that Joshua didn’t do anything wrong, it’s not his fault that Horvath is an emotionally unstable train wreck that can’t stop crashing into any guy that offers a sense of stability.
Quick prediction: Joshua’s role on this show isn’t done, Patrick is just too good-looking not to be back on this show. Coduto will not complain, I promise. She was drooling.
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It’s that time of year again! The snow’s starting to fall, the trees are going up, and Santa will soon be on his way. But perhaps the most essential element needed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit is the music.
Last weekend when I was home, a discussion with my brother and dad gave me the idea to come up with thirty of the coolest male and female characters. My entire family shares my love for film but both my parents and brother know more than I do if you could believe that.
If you ask anyone who knows me they will agree that I have a great love for Seth MacFarlane. Even if you have read my other stories you should know this! MacFarlane is one of the most talented voice actors of our time but what I feel sets him apart from others is his ability to banter with just himself and give specific voices to a number of characters. Below are not even half of the characters voiced by MacFarlane but I think these are his main ones. From what I can tell he really likes his characters being boarder-line alcoholics.
- Peter Griffin (Family Guy): “Sorry Meg. Daddy loves ya, but daddy also loves Star Trek, and in all fairness, Star Trek was here first.”
- Brian Griffin (Family Guy): “Lois, when you leave to go to the market I, I just don’t know what to do with myself but then when I hear you pulling in the driveway I realize you haven’t really been gone that long….”
- Glenn Quagmire (Family Guy): “Joe, don’t you dare or I’ll push you into traffic!”
- Stewie (Family Guy): “You can’t have pie without CHool whip!”
- Dr. Hartman (Family Guy): “Oh Peter’s fine he’s just really fat….”
- Carter Pewtersmith (Family Guy): “I’m sorry pumpkin you know we don’t negotiate with terrorists. Now have a good time at the prom.”
- Tom Tucker (Family Guy): “And up next, Diane’s weight!”
- Jake Tucker (Family Guy): “Maybe one day you can go up on me.”
- Seamus (Family Guy): “That’s what we call a manatee boys or in nautical slang: the sea cow.”
- God (Family Guy): “Karen…why is there a pen cap but no pen?!”
- Roger the Alien (American Dad): “Francine, husbands need time with people other than their wives because they are boring. I’ve been talking to you for twenty seconds and I’m already tired of you.”
- Stan Smith (American Dad): “You know they made four Free Willies? How’d that fat, salt-water fool let himself get caught four times?!”
- Greg (American Dad): “See I’m straight skinny but I’m gay fat…”
- Tim the Bear (The Cleveland Show): “Uh, seeing as I can eat you I seem to have the upper hand in this situation.”
- Ted: “I love you girls. Somewhere out there are four terrible fathers I wish I could thank for this great night!”
- Johann (Hellboy II: Rise of the Golden Army): “Dr. Manning…. suck my ectoplasmic.”
- Emperor Palpatine (Robot Chicken): “Oh I’m sorry I thought my Dark Lord of the Sith could protect a small thermal exhaust port that’s only two meters wide!”
- Santa Claus (Robot Chicken): “I know a lot of things, Larry, I know you have been on my naughty list since ’72, I know your company has been using my image to promote your product since 1931 and I know I haven’t seen a dime!”
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There is no party without music. Music is the most essential part of any party, next to alcohol of course. But it can’t be just any old music. It’s gotta get the partygoers hype, up on their feet and ready to leave it all on the dance floor. So, for the next party you throw, consider adding these ten tracks to your playlist. These songs are guaranteed to have everyone up and moving, and really take the party to the next level.
1Do It-Mykko Montana- ATL rapper Mykko Montana broke out earlier this year with this song about a popular subject in rap right now; having sex with strippers. Montana sings about hittin’ it from all different positions before the monster hook comes. It’s damn near impossible not to sing along, and the beat will have everyone dancing. If you’re not off your feet by the halfway point of this song, there may be something seriously wrong with your ears.
2Birthday Song-2 Chainz ft. Kanye West- This Ye-assisted track from 2 Chainz solo debut album is the definition of a party starter. With it’s lush, crisp beat and lyrics about a “big-booty hoe”, this song was destined from day one to become a party-anthem.
3Whistle-Flo Rida- One of the catchiest songs of the year, this chilled out but highly danceable record is propelled by a whistled melody and guitar strums. It offers a break from Flo Rida’s usual sound, and that’s a good thing. This one will be in your had long after the party has come to an end.
4Bands A Make Her Dance (Remix)-Juicy J feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz- The king of trippy himself, Three Six Mafia and Taylor Gang member Juicy J is no stranger to a good party song. This is his most successful yet, a strip-club banger with two stellar guest verses from Weezy and 2 Chainz. It’’s also responsible for bringing the term “ratchet” to the masses.
5My Type of Party (Remix)-Dom Kennedy ft. Tyga and Juicy J- The beat is dark and brooding, and sounds more like a trap-rap anthem than a party song. But just as the title suggest, it’s an unapologetic banger all about having a good time, which makes it a perfect addition to any party playlist. The addition of Tyga and Juicy J give the track the extra push it needed to land a spot on this list. And I promise you won’t be able to keep a straight face when Kennedy spits about his verse, which includes a reference to “Taco Tuesday on Thursday”.
6Young & Gettin It-Meek Mill ft. Kirko Bangz- The lead single off of Rick Ross’s second-in-command’s debut solo album, Young & Gettin It is probably the most obvious party song Meek Mill’s ever recorded (next to House Party, of course). The beat slaps, and for once auto-tune sounds good when Meek uses it. And the hook from Kirko Bangz is one his best features yet.
7Clique-Big Sean ft. Jay Z and Kanye West- This banger was brought to us courtesy of the G.O.O.D Music compilation album Cruel Summer, released just last month. Production is handled by Hit-Boy, the man who’s brought us tracks like “Niggas in Paris” and ASAP Rocky’s “Goldie”. It’s one of his strongest efforts yet, and the party is all but guaranteed to scream along to the songs ultra-catchy hook.
8Dance (Ass)- Big Sean- Over a year after it’s release, twerkers everywhere still go crazy when this comes on at a party. It’s Big Sean’s ode to everyones favorite part of the female anatomy, and it will without a doubt have every female in the place droppin’ it in no time.
9Take It Too The Head- DJ Khaled ft. Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj- If there’s one thing DJ Khaled can do, it’s craft a club banger. This one brings together some of hip-hops biggest names for a mid-tempo tribute to letting loose and going hard with second guessing yourself. Hey, that’s what partying is all about, right?
10Mercy- Kanye West ft. Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz- Since this song dropped, try and remember a party where it hasn’t been played at least once. With it’s reggae sample and bass-heavy beat, there’s not a song in the world better suited for a night of partying then this giant from the G.O.O.D Music crew.
This week was Parks and Rec’s much anticipated (at least for me) Halloween episode. Why do I love it so much? Because of the beautiful Ann Perkins and her amazing Halloween costumes. This year she was an olympic athlete (they don’t say which one, but I assumed Gabby Douglas). It wasn’t quite as good as last year’s eggplant get up, but I still enjoyed it. Leslie, on the other hand, had a great costume. Rosie the Riveter was a perfect choice for her. Now, with that out of my system, onto the episode.
It opens with Diane visiting Ron at work (aww!).
“Hey, am I interrupting something important?”
“Impossible. I work for the government.”
She invites him to go trick-or-treating with her and her daughters and he reluctantly agrees. At least he’ll have Andy to keep him company.
Meanwhile, Leslie is house hunting for a place she can share with Ben (awww!). He could just move into her place, but as it is a “scary nightmare hoarder mess” they decide something new might be the best option. She ends up signing a lease for the first house we see, and celebrates with Ann by having an impromptu dance party. Things may not go as smoothly as she would like, though. Just as Ben is finished working on one campaign, he gets offered a job working for another.
Now it’s time for trick-or-treating. Things are going well at first, but Diane has to leave after she gets news that some kids pooped on the soccer field. Then, things immediately go south for Ron, as he doesn’t know how to deal with her daughters. At one point, Zoe breaks Ivy’s tiara. When she tells Ron about it, his solution is to break Zoe’s tiara, which results in them both crying.
Instead of a Halloween party like past season, this episode featured the department gathered together to watch the movie Death Canoe 4. Most were in costume, including Chris who dressed as his worst fear: an older version of himself. Brilliant. At this screening, Ben breaks the bad news about the campaign to Leslie, which makes her very upset. In order to cheer her up, Ann suggests they wait outside the bathroom and scare Tom when he walks out. Unfortunately, Jerry walks out first and they scare him so bad that he suffers a mild heart attack. I’m sorry, “fart attack.” He’s okay, but his bills will be very expensive. So in order to help him pay, Leslie organizes an auction.
At first, everything goes smoothly. There a lot of nice things available, including a “good table” built by Ron and a bunch of stuff from Ann’s old relationships. Then, Leslie gets another call from Ben about not coming back for a while. Ron also gets bad news. Diane confronts him about the trick-or-treating debacle. She apologizes for overreacting via voicemail, but when he doesn’t say sorry for how he acted with the girls, she storms out. Then, the unspeakable happened. Ron Swanson expressed emotion (awwww!).
He isn’t sad for long, though. After some thought, he goes over to Diane’s and explains himself. After bearing his soul (as well as flowers, chocolate and grout cleaner), she accepts his apology.
Because Ben won’t be back for a while, Leslie meets the realtor at the house to say she won’t be moving in anymore. When she leaves the room, Ben walks in and surprises Leslie.
“Hey! I didn’t know you were coming back here! What are you doing? Oh my God, what are you doing?” “Thinking about my future.”
And with that, he gets on one knee and proposes (AWWW!). What a perfect Halloween surprise. It was a great ending to a great episode. I absolutely cannot wait for this wedding!
The golden-age of hip-hop is long gone. The days when rappers used the mic and headphones to tell a story are all but over, and have been replaced by pseudo-gangsters who would rather brag about money, cars, and women than tell a story that the average person can connect and identify with. Granted, this can make for some great music, as rapper’s such as Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and even 2 Chainz have released solid efforts this year. But that’s an act that can get real stale real quick, and leave hip-hop fans hoping and praying for someone to come along and change the game. A savior for the modern rap scene, someone who is able to tell of struggles and hardships while still retaining a modern sound. Someone who we as people can connect with on a personal level. Enter Kendrick Lamar, the next great American rapper.
Growing up into Compton, California (the birthplace of West Coast Hip-Hop, a genre that Lamar has perfected) K.Dot was no stranger to violence, gangs, drugs, and death. However, he strayed from the darkness that his friends and family embraced, and managed to stay a good kid in the mad city of Compton. His debut studio album serves as a chronicle of life in that city, with songs that touch on themes such as prostitution, gang violence, love, sex, family, drugs, and the pressure to fit in.
The opening track makes for a perfect welcome to the journey Lamar is about to take us on, one that will captivate us for the next hour of the record. “Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter” opens with a prayer, before the dark synths and funky bassline kick in. Lamar takes us through the tale of his first meeting with Sherane at a house party, his recurring love interest. By the third verse he is on his way to her house, blinded by the thoughts in his head as she texts him nude pictures. So blinded he doesn’t notice the two men in black hoodies waiting for him across the street. The song ends with a voicemail left on Kendrick’s phone from his parents. While Lamar gets jumped, his mother and father rant on and on about how they need the car back ASAP, while making sure Kendrick knows to stop at the local Dominoes and bring back some pizza for his father.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this album is how cohesive it feels. The production credits are as diverse as they come, but the beats never feel out of place. The standout “Backseat Freestyle”, produced by Hit-Boy, is the perfect example of this. Theres no denying it’s a Hit-Boy beat, but it’s not your typical Hit-Boy fare. It’s tweaked to fit Lamar’s standard, not the other way around, which is a rarity in the rap game today. It’s also the only track where K.Dot hits us with the typical cocky rapper bravado. It’s reminiscent of Kanye West’s 2010 record “Power”, another song where the rapper makes outrageous claims over a perfectly fitting beat.
The album is surprisingly light on features, which is another step in the right direction. Too many rap records have a feature on every other song, which makes the album feel less like an album and more like a mixtape. The features here are few, but absolutely one of the best things about the album. On the albums strongest overall track, the perfect “Money Trees”, Lamar’s label mate and friend Jay Rock comes in and rips his verse apart, delivering a song-stealing performance and actually managing to outshine Lamar’s two quality verses. Drake adds the extra touch to the smooth as silk “Poetic Justice”, a Janet Jackson sampling slow jam for the ladies where Kendrick gets his Barry White on. Finally, on the albums glorious and triumphant closer, “Compton”, Kendrick brings in the legendary Dr. Dre for a love-letter to their hometown. Yes, Compton may be a mad city, but it’s home to these guys nonetheless.
The feature that is most noteworthy appears on “m.A.A.d city”. The song begins with a bass-heavy, angry sounding beat that is sure to have many a trunk slumping for the next few months. Kendrick sounds just as angry, spitting his best verse on the album before the beats fizzles into a classic West Coast beat straight out of the 80’s. Kendrick delivers another strong verse over this beat before giving the stage to another Compton native and man who got his start in the 80’s Compton rap scene, MC Eiht. The song is something truly special, linking the modern rap game to it’s 80’s counterpart flawlessly.
With this record, Kendrick Lamar has done something myself and many others thought wasn’t possible. He has saved modern hip-hop. If you only know the name because you pre-game to “Swimming Pools” before going out on Saturday night, please do yourself a favor and download this record. You’ll get “Swimming Pools”, (an extended version, actually) and you’ll also get eleven other tracks that just might blow your mind. And hey, if you don’t like what you hear, that’s ok. Lamar isn’t a rapper that’s going to please everyone (rapper Shyne called the album trash, but that’s just a washed-up MC trying to remain relevant through hatin’). But if you don’t like it, at least you can say you experienced a little bit of history. This is not just another rap album meant to generate as much money as possible. This is a man opening up to us about his struggle, telling his story through the best and most accessible medium in the world; music. This is an album that has revamped a genre that has lost it’s way over the past few years. Lamar has created history by breathing new life into music. It may not make the history books quite like Biggie, Tupac, and Eminem albums have, but believe that Kendrick Lamar is a name that belongs right up there with those greats.
Download These Now: Money Trees, m.A.A.d city, Backseat Freestyle
Sam Armstrong, sophomore sports administration major, finds CDs to be an inconvenience.
“iTunes is the easiest way I know how to get music,” Armstrong said. “I can buy music anytime and anywhere using my phone or on my computer.” With iTunes, Armstrong has the power to download an individual song or an entire album. He can then take his newly downloaded album and transfer them onto a blank CD-ROM for more tangibility.
Pokémon’s back for another two months of endless clicking on a video screen with “Pokémon Black and White Version 2.” I have been playing Pokémon since the first generation and have never gotten tired of it. The endless journey of starting a new chapter in a new region, choosing your starter Pokémon and collecting all eight gym badges. I played every Pokémon game in the series, and this one is pretty good compared.
Everyone loves a good scary movie, right? Right. And with Halloween right around the corner, it just so happens to be everyone’s favorite time of year to enjoy a good one. So, here’s a list of the ten best movies to generate some good scares come October 31st.
The Kent Stage will be host local and regional acts for “The Aliver Hall Fall Ball” this Friday.
The free, all-ages show opens its door at 6 p.m. and starts at 7 p.m.
Local jam band Aliver Hall is one of six bands performing Friday. Based in Kent and Akron, the Aliver Hall band-mates describe themselves as a classic rock band with a little bit of a harder edge to them.
“We definitely consider ourselves a rock band,” said lead guitarist Alex Hall. “We have some wicked guitar harmonies, and we harmonize the vocals. I would say we play harder rock but in a Led Zeppelin way.”
Jim Tauscher, guitarist and vocalist, graduated from Kent State in 2008. Hall is currently attending grad school at Kent State.
Coming into its third year as a band, Aliver Hall just performed its 50th show together.
“We make regular stops in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Lima,” Tauscher said. “We have even gone to Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and New York.”
Aliver Hall is also putting together a tour season to coincide with the release of its new album.
“We have been working on it for a while,” said Hall. “Once it’s done, we may look at a tour that takes us all over the place.”
Other bands joining Aliver Hall this Friday are Boogie Matrix, Winslow, Dave Hammer’s Power Supply, The Bees Trees and LAG. Local painter Justin Roberts will also attend, painting for a live audience.
The queen of preteen love anthems known as Taylor Swift made her millions singing about breakups, makeups, new flames and past jerks. She seems like she’s got a firm grip on her love life, but a lot of her songs seem a bit unrealistic. We took her lyrics and brought them down to Earth.
With the whirlwind of judges who have been replaced on American Idol, it seems no one is safe. We can’t even remember who was on season one at this point. So we created our own team of judges who we’d like to see up there making unknown singers’ dreams come true. Ryan Secrest, you should go ahead and make a few calls. You can thank us later, America.
Tom Jones: Nice vintage musical sound. Actually knows something about music because he was in the business.
Supporters of both President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaigns have posted playlists to Spotify to describe their time in the race. Here’s a breakdown of some of the songs that embody each candidate’s campaign.
President Obama’s List
“Keep Marchin’” by Raphael Saadiq — This peppy, upbeat song reminds us that we need to keep on moving through the hard times. Like the recession. See what they did there?
“I Got You” by Wilco — This song sends out the not-so-subtle message that President Obama is looking out for the citizens of the United States.
“Roll With the Changes” by REO Speedwagon — The key word in this song? “Change.” The platform President Obama ran on in 2008. Think it’ll do the same for him this year as it did then? REO Speedwagon seems to think so...
“The Best Thing About Me Is You” by Ricky Martin featuring Joss Stone — The song persuades you to say yes instead of no in reference to President Obama. The best thing about the president is the citizens that put him in office. Makes sense.
“Home” by Dierks Bentley — Bentley does a pretty decent job of saying how we all might disagree about various things but we still all have the same home (America, obviously). He also mentions how the “ride has been long” but we’re getting there. Very optimistic and perfect for a presidential campaign.
Mitt Romney’s Playlist
“Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban — The song’s chorus discusses “wanting to love someone like you.” Romney is desperately trying to connect with the American people by saying he wants to love us. It’s working.
“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash — An American classic depicting falling into, well, a ring of fire. Romney has kind of done with that with the Republican nomination. He had the desire to get it and he did. Just like in the song.
“Somebody Told Me” by the Killers — One line of the song is “All I want to do is try.” The Romney camp is using the song to show how much he’s willing to do to make life better for Americans. You’ve got to admire that spirit.
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Willie Nelson — As cliché as it is, Romney and Republicans really believe that there is something better on the other side.
“All-American Girl” by Carrie Underwood — We’re all about America. And so is Romney.
MTV’s annual Video Music Awards bring together some of the most charismatic and provocative stars in the business. From the vamped up Nikki Minaj to the charming Katy Perry, all came together in hope of taking home the coveted “moonman” award.
The night began with a statement-making performance of “Cockiness” by Rihanna. Her newest single quickly segued into the popular “We Found Love,” which jumpstarted the crowd. Rihanna later won the “moonman” for Video of the Year category, proving her place opening the show, was well earned.
Although Rihanna’s performance had the audience eating out of her hand, she didn’t hold a candle to the up-and-coming Frank Ocean. Once Ocean took to the stage with a moving rendition of his knockout single “Thinking of You,” the audience was transfixed. He tore right at their heartstrings, leaving them swooning and begging for more. Do yourself a favor, and watch his performance. Everyone will be talking about it tomorrow.
The man, or more correctly the men, of the evening are the members of One Direction. Their first-time VMA performance sent the audience into a frenzy. The band sang their smash hit “One Thing,” though you would never know because the band was drowned out by the echoes of a thousand screaming girls.
owever, if Rihanna, Frank Ocean and One Direction don’t speak to you, try Lil Wayne and 2Chainz. The duo stormed the stage with “Yuck” and “No Worries.” They owned every aspect and ended their performance with Wayne crowd surfing through the audience.
The VMAs also featured performances by Alicia Keys, P!nk and Green Day. Each of the artists commanded the stage and wowed the audience. All in all, the 2012 Video Music Awards were a host to today’s greatest stars and perhaps tomorrow’s newest stars.
This summer, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg grew out his dreads and transformed into Snoop Lion. A spiritual awakening in Jamaica made Snoop put down the guns, bitches, gin and juice in favor of a peace sign, Jamaican flag and weed pipe. We decided to predict some other rap names that might pop up this year.
Spend any time by a pool this summer? Or in a car for a road trip? Then there is no doubt that you heard one of these songs and consequently they were stuck in your head for days on end — which is not necessarily a good thing. These are some of the songs that were overplayed this summer, and we hope will disappear as fall approaches.
“Wide Awake” by Katy Perry Like most songs released ts summer that made Ryan Seacrest’s Top 40, Perry’s song has a chorus that gets stuck in your head for days. It’s safe to say that Perry’s unusually mellow verses and chorus will make you wish you weren’t wide-awake.
Shy, yodeling Oklahoma girl Carrie Underwood is just weeks away from releasing her fourth album. Underwood has come a long way from the quiet and innocent American Idol contestant.
The music industry comes to a fever pitch this Saturday, April 21. Countless music lovers and collectors fill independent record stores in hopes of snatching over 200 unique releases on this celebratory day.
“Actually, to be repped by Hank Moody’s agent is a dream come true. It’s pretty fuckin’ cool”
Picture a rapper. It’s probably someone who’s flashy, raps about money, who only fellow rappers can comprehend, and sounds essentially the same in every song. Now throw that picture away and meet Youngstown’s up-and-coming rap artist, KeilyN.
"Good Girls" by Cris Cab
This song proves white guys can rap. It’s a cute rap/love song!
Big Stove. “It’s not just a name; it’s a whole appliance,” Michael Stover, junior applied communications major said.
Ever since Lebron James uttered those famous words, the Akron and Canton area of this wonderful state had been looking for something they can brag about. The town should look no further than hip-hop performer Mitch McCurry.
Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus. Jakob Dylan performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, Sunday, June 15, 2008.
Plenty of big things are going on in the Kent music scene, and one player in that game is known to most as DJ Swerve.
AMBER ROWE | DAILY KENT STATER
The Blue Treads, including guitarist Pete Crane and drummer Nick Rose, performed at Checkers-N-Trophies Saturday night.
Maybe you heard their voices echo throughout the rotunda at Rosie’s. You might hear them as they burst into song outside Cartwright Hall before the drag show during Sex Week.
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