Album Review: Frankie Cosmos – Vessel

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Caramelize”, “Duet”, “Vessel” It’s not a secret that singer-songwriter Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos has always viewed herself as an outsider. Her previous effervescent albums show snapshots of her distinct human experiences with the outside world through her metaphorical lyrics and sometimes outlandish…

Movie Review: A Fantastic Woman

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Sony Pictures Classics; 2017] Rating: 8/10 In this house, we support LGBT media. A Fantastic Woman, or Una Mujer Fantástica in its home country, has already won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It was made and produced in Chile and features a transgender actress, Daniela Vega, in the lead…

Movie Review: Thoroughbreds

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [B Story, 2018] Rating: 5/10 Do you want to watch teens raging against the machine? Taking any and all action needed to bring down the current power structure of upper-class societies? Cool, then go watch Heathers, because this is nothing more than an eventless hour and half that leaves you as…

Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Jagjaguwar; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Espionage”, “Manipulation”, “Doubt” Calgary-based post-punk group Preoccupations have certainly found themselves on a creative streak these last three years – having now released their third full-length album in said time. Ever since the band rebranded themselves back in 2016, (having originally gone by Viet Cong…

Ten Years Today: Panic! at the Disco – Pretty Odd

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Fueled By Ramen; 2008] Original Release Date: 3/25/08 Memorable tracks: “Northern Downpour”, “Nine in the Afternoon”, “That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)” A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! at the Disco was the first ever album I bought for myself. During then, I exhausted that album to the…

Setting the Stage: Reminiscing Athens’ Music from the 1970s and 1980s

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer On March 9, almost 50 years after getting their start in music, J.D. Hutchison and the Realbilly Jive packed a crowd of Athens, Ohio residents into a local art gallery for a performance evoking pure Appalachian pride. On that night, the band’s audience was not just another crowd of strangers….

Album Review: Suicidal Tendencies – Get Your Fight On!

By Eric Perzanowski, Staff Writer [Suicidal; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key Tracks: “Get Your Bass On”, “Get United” The crossover between hardcore and thrash metal tends to be characterized by several traits: a more playful approach to the music in comparison to the style’s influences, lyrics that generally either reflect that playfulness, or make a political…

Album Review: David Byrne — American Utopia

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Nonesuch; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “I Dance Like This”, “Gasoline and Dirty Sheets”, “Bullet” If music had its own Saturday Night Live, American Utopia would be its first episode. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne expertly intertwines stark commentary on the American political climate with witty and, at times, odd humor in…

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Disney; 2018] Rating: 5/10 A Wrinkle in Time was a magical story from many people’s childhood, but its 2018 retelling leans too heavily on special effects and big name actors to keep that whimsy alive. While the core message and plot of the book shone through, the already odd pacing is only…

Album Review: Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Quality Control; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key Tracks: “OOPS”, “she ready”, “love me forever” Since his quick rise in 2016, Lil Yachty has been one of the most head-turning and mind-boggling rappers to blow up in recent memory. Thanks to his quirky style on albums like Lil Boat and Teenage Emotions, he…

Unappreciated: Laserdisc Visions

By Eli Schoop, Contributor Browsing through YouTube, as we all do, the eventual discovery of Floral Shoppe by Macintosh Plus belies a certain intrigue, somewhere between the weirdness of the Internet and the hint of something more surrealist and astonishing. Deep inside your cranium, there becomes an inevitable understanding of this creation by Vektroid, and…

Movie Review: Annihilation

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Paramount Pictures, 2018] Rating: 7/10 There is no doubt that Annihilation will hold up as one of the most beautiful and disturbing movies of the year. The haunting visuals of the Shimmer are unlike anything seen in previous horrors, thrillers or sci-fi movies, with phenomenal acting only making it more convincing. There…