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Sounds of the Summer: Country Thunder preview

Hannah Mason, co-editor-in-chief

May 29, 2015

Filed under A&E, Reviews

This year Country Thunder will be taking place from July 23-26 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Compared to other festivals, Country Thunder has a more relaxed and chill vibe. While there is a stage and sitting area, most people tend...

Sounds of the Summer: Warped Tour preview

Lauren Frias, co-editor-in-chief

May 29, 2015

Filed under A&E, Reviews

For all enthusiastic alternative rock, indie, metal rock and even hip-hop fans, the Vans Warped Tour is a musical festival that can bring together a variety of music genres to a singular venue. This year, Warped is set to make...

Sounds of the Summer: Lollapalooza preview

Kali Croke, senior editor

May 29, 2015

Filed under A&E, Reviews

The annual three-day music festival Lollapalooza will consume all of Chicago once more with music, food and out-of-state travellers July 31-Aug. 2 at its usual territory: Grant Park. While the lineup this year is heavily recycled,...

Kendrick Lamar merges personal narrative, denunciations of society

Nish Asokan, columnist

April 24, 2015

Filed under Opinions, Reviews

To those who compared Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore effort, good kid, m.A.A.d city, to a movie I would say that Lamar’s latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is more of a hip-hopera. The album runs for 79 minutes with Lamar crooning and ...

Sarah Kay artfully composes relatable, unconventional poetry compilation

Elaine Sine, asst. a&e editor

April 24, 2015

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If life is like a box of chocolates, poetry is like the glass of milk to accompany it, because no matter how thick, dark or bitter life can be, poetry will be able to smooth its flavors. With Sarah Kay’s collection of poems...

Earl Sweatshirt combines ingenuous approach, authentic lyrical expression

Evan Sawires, asst. opinions editor

April 24, 2015

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When Earl Sweatshirt’s first commercial album, Doris, was released in 2013, its style was something of a surprise. Poetic, introspective and occasionally amelodic, it avoided the lyrical thrills of his debut mixtape, Earl, ...

Selma honors history in gripping portrayal

Dani Tuchman, Co-opinions editor

February 6, 2015

Filed under Opinions, Reviews

There have been a fair share of biopics in the last decade, but there are few that truly manage to encapsulate the crux of an individual’s life accomplishments. Selma, an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, recently defined itself...

American Horror Story pushes limits of fear, social norms

Lauren Frias, Co-a&e editor

February 6, 2015

Filed under Opinions, Reviews

From haunting spirits to murderous clowns, a new popular anthology is making its viewers howl in fear. In its fourth installment, FX’s hit series American Horror Story: Freak Show is set in a dying freak show in 1952. Finally having...

Birdman toys with cognitive twists: Keaton’s character haunted by his past in comedy, drama

Danny Fookson, columnist

December 19, 2014

Filed under A&E, Reviews

I left Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) feeling like I had just witnessed my first poetry slam. An eccentric drum beat gave rhythm to the film as Michael Keaton, Ed Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi ...

Film immortalizes Stephen Hawking: romance, drama, life combined in biographical movie

Claire Fisher, co-opinions editor

December 19, 2014

Filed under A&E, Reviews

Stephen Hawking is a physicist who has pioneered trailblazing theories explaining the nature of the universe. He is also an author who wrote multiple books detailing such theories. A husband and a father of three, Hawking has...

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