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‘Vampire Weekend’ debut album full of complexity

‘Vampire Weekend’ debut album full of complexity

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018

Vampire Weekend is a band known for its catchy beats, intricate lyrics and Afro-pop, but few know of the origins of the band members themselves. Ezra Koenig is the front-man of the group and graduated Columbia University with a degree in English literature. His bandmates Chris Balo, Rostam Batma...

‘Scythe’: A utopia that fails to be perfect

‘Scythe’: A utopia that fails to be perfect

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018

Would you take the chance to go to a world where there is no longer any more hunger, illnesses, warfare and misery? In “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman, the world seems to be perfect. Everything has been perfected—even death is no longer an issue. Citra and Rowan, two teenagers of different backgrounds, are cho...

‘Let’s Play’ showcases Youtube culture, diversity

‘Let’s Play’ showcases Youtube culture, diversity

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 24, 2018

YouTube culture, memes and themes of social anxiety meet diversity and relationships of different variety in the webcomic “Let’s Play” written and illustrated by Mongie. Available on WebToon, “Let’s Play” tells the story of Sam, a shy and introverted gamer who has finally developed he...

‘Flame in the Mist’ full of female empowerment

‘Flame in the Mist’ full of female empowerment

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018

A purpose in life is what people strive for, but when a purpose is constructed by someone else, how will you be able to make it your own?   In "Flame in the Mist” by Renée Ahdieh, the daughter of a samurai is sent off to be married to a prince. Mariko, the filial daughter she is, agrees to ...

‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ exhibits disappointing protagonist

‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ exhibits disappointing protagonist

Abby Sink, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018

One thing became clear to Netflix following the release of  “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” the internet had a growing fan base for “The Fosters” star Noah Centineo. Luckily, another film starring him dropped Sept. 7 that fans were buzzing in anticipation for. However, following its ...

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” resurrects teen comedy genre

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” resurrects teen comedy genre

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a Netflix original movie that has become widely successful and has revived the teen romantic comedy genre. The story’s protagonist is Lara Jean Song-Covey who is biracial, half Caucasian and half Korean. Her ethnic background can be observed in her family...

Standards of beauty addressed in South Korean drama

Standards of beauty addressed in South Korean drama

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018

Society’s toxic standards of beauty are hard to get past, and they are not often spoken about. Only when these standards are brought up and shown to the viewers can they fully understand the stress and importance of the issues being brought up. In “My ID is Gangnam Beauty,” the audience follows a college...

“Hadestown” making its way to Broadway

“Hadestown” making its way to Broadway

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018

Every once and a while, there’s a new piece of media that takes an old concept and turns it on its head. It uses that old concept to reflect many of the fears and desires felt by the people of today. In 2010, Anaïs Mitchell released a concept album called “Hadestown.” The album was a folk ...

“I Hunt Killers” not for the faint-hearted

“I Hunt Killers” not for the faint-hearted

Alexis Osborn, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018

“Take Your Son to Work Day” is year-round for Jasper (Jazz) Dent, but what if your father was the most notorious serial killer of the past half-century? Barry Lyga’s book “I Hunt Killers” shows what it might be like to be the son of a serial killer. After his father, Billy Dent, goe...

“Mt. Joy” album relatable and symbolic

“Mt. Joy” album relatable and symbolic

Austin Lewis, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018

“And here comes Jesus in an Astrovan rolling down the strip again. He's stoned while Jerry plays,” starts out the lyrics to Mt. Joy’s first single “Astrovan.” In just over a year, the small, Philly-originating, Los Angeles-based band with a love for music have become a hot commodity. Mt. Joy ha...

BTS’ “Love Yourself: Answer” closes series of self-love

BTS’ “Love Yourself: Answer” closes series of self-love

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

September 4, 2018

The final installment to K-POP group BTS’ “Love Yourself” series has finally dropped and along with the release, the group has smashed YouTube records and earned a spot in the Billboard 200 with their new music video to “IDOL.” “Love Yourself: Answer” is the last installment in the group...

Mixing old with the new

Mixing old with the new

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

August 28, 2018

Stereogum Earlier this week, Disclosure released “Moonlight.” Now for the second time this week, the British duo released another single titled “Where Angels Fear to Tread.” The single is based on the 1905 novel by E.M. Forster which is shockingly also titled “Where Angels Fear to Tr...

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