Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Ventura

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Aftermath; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Come Home”, “Make It Better”, “Winners Circle” Just six months after his latest project, Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns to the music scene with Ventura. Oxnard was launched with a lukewarm response from many of .Paak’s fans, but Ventura sees him returning to a style…

Album Review: Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

By Maria Lubanovic, [Sister Polygon Records; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “The Seduction of Kansas”, “Good Time Charlie”, “Carol” Priests bring political power through twisted narrative lyrics and driving soundscapes, making their second LP on Sister Polygon, The Seduction of Kansas, a showcase of punk ideology and dirty rock riffs. Questions of bodily autonomy, motivation,…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Motown; 1971] Original Release Date: May 21, 1971 There couldn’t have been a better time in the world for the release of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (except for now, maybe). The Sergeant Pepper of the soul, this concept album tells the story of war, poverty, police brutality and drugs…

Album Review: Billie Eilish – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Darkroom/Interscope; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “xanny”, “you should see me in a crown”, “listen before i go” When Finneas O’Connell first wrote “Ocean Eyes” for his band The Slightlys, the future of the song was beyond the scope of his expectations. It was when his younger sister breathed life…

Athens International Film and Video Festival returns for its 46th year

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Athens International Film and Video Festival] The Athens International Film and Video Festival will celebrate its 46th anniversary this year with an amazing week of films from all around the world. The festival runs April 8–14 and features over 200 original films, documentaries and more. Read more:…

Mindful MIDItation: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum OST

By Josh Pettis, Staff Writer Composed by Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, Hitomi Sato Video game bedroom-poppy, hip-hoppy, melodically boppy, cheesy, bordering-on-baroque, cathedral-esque, softish, and over-the-toppish easy-listening: admittedly, the labels are lacking. If presented to Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, and Hitomi Sato as the synaptic dictionary to reference for the aural brainchild of Pokémon Diamond and…

Movie Review: Five Feet Apart

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Lionsgate; 2019] Rating: 4.5/10 Five Feet Apart, the latest teenage sob story to hit the big screen, is nothing more than average at best. The film takes every opportunity to make the viewers cry while also taking advantage of today’s heartthrob Cole Sprouse, who plays the main love interest, Will….

Album Review: Wallows – Nothing Happens

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Atlantic; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Are You Bored Yet?”, “Scrawny”, “Ice Cold Pool” On their debut album, Nothing Happens, Wallows dyes their colorful, upbeat instrumentation a dark gray with their moody vocals. The project is filled with songs that make for excellent background music, but it rewards close listeners…

Movie Review: Us

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Monkeypaw Productions; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Jordan Peele continues his transition from comedy king to horror god with this year’s release of Us. The unsettling film leaves even the most mundane things threatening. The genre has experienced a resurgence in the past few years, and this wonderfully unique nightmare is another…

Album Review: Lena Raine – One Knowing

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Self-released; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Tsukuyomi”,”Insomnia”, “Trance State” After widespread critical acclaim from her release Celeste OST, Lena Raine has used her momentum to release a debut album, One Knowing, that stands alone as a sonic experience, unaccompanied by partnered media. While the OST for Celeste is a perfectly tailored…

Movie Review: Shoplifters

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [GAGA; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Shoplifters introduces us to the Shibatas, a poor family of six living together under one tiny roof, scraping money together any way they can. As the title implies, shoplifting is one way they make a living, teaching their children to steal from local stores in Tokyo…