Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Uncle Attica

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Uncle Attica. What’s the story behind your band name?  Uncle Attica: In ancient Greek history, Attica [was] the region encompassing Athens, especially during its Golden Age. So for us, “Uncle Attica” is a musical collective surrounding Athens, Ohio just as Attica [surrounded] Athens, Greece. What…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: The Infinite Improbability Drive

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Julian Runyon of the Infinite Improbability Drive. The way you mix science fiction with dated conceptions of the future and more conventional alt and prog aesthetics is pretty interesting, especially on the more narrative, collagey-sounding holotape tracks on your EP Another Reality Brought to You…

Album Review: cupcakKe – Eden

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Self-Released; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “PetSmart”, “Garfield”, “A.U.T.I.S.M” If cupcakKe’s consecutively released albums are a staircase to her success, her fourth full-length album, Eden, is a giant step upward. The Chicago-born rapper Elizabeth Eden Harris released her second album of 2018 and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. With…

Album Review: Architects – Holy Hell

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Epitaph; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Mortal After All”, “The Seventh Circle”, “Doomsday” It was already hard enough for British metalcore act Architects to top All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. After the tragic loss of guitarist and core songwriter Tom Searle, the band was running on empty. Like a…

Movie Review: The Grinch

By Ceara Kelly: Staff Writer [Illumination; 2018] Rating: 2.5/10 Christmas is dead. People always talk about how it is nothing but a greedy holiday about money and nothing more, and after watching the newest remake of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, you can’t help but think maybe those people are right. There’s no other explanation for…

I “Love” This Movie: La La Land

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer No film was more deserving of the 2017 Oscar for Movie of the Year than the real winner, La La Land – a truly perfect film. Sure, Moonlight won in the end, but does anyone talk about that movie anymore? No. They talk about the movie that was robbed, saying great things…

Album Review: All Get Out – No Bouquet

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Equal Vision; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Rose”, “Value”, “However Long” If All Get Out used blast beats and china cymbals, then I would gladly let someone mosh me to death as their tunes play. However, these indie-emo rockers are after something more graceful on their fourth LP, No Bouquet. The…

Album Review: Sun Kil Moon – This Is My Dinner

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Caldo Verde; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key tracks: “This Is My Dinner”, “Candles”, “Chapter 87 of He” Occasionally, an album leaves me pondering “What the hell was that last hour and 30 minutes?” Sun Kil Moon’s This Is My Dinner is one of those albums. While their earlier efforts, such as Benji,…

Album Review: Poppy – Am I a Girl?

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [I’m Poppy; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Girls in Bikinis”, “Play Destroy”, “X” Everyone’s favorite robot(?) girl(?) has returned, showering listeners with more sugary beats in her second studio album, Am I a Girl?. Moriah Pereira, more widely known by her stage name Poppy, has had a near meteoric rise from…

Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [GK Films; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 First things first: Rami Malek? Knocked it out of the park. Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-awaited biopic about Queen, just barely scratches the surface of the European rock group’s history. Though it’s filled with flashy concert scenes and a mind-blowing recreation of the 1985 Live Aid concert,…

Movie Review: Mid90s

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [A24; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is off to a strong start with Mid90s, a tale of a young impressionable boy growing up in LA surrounded by his violent brother and absent mother. Our protagonist, Stevie, begins to explore his adolescence and individuality when he meets a group of…

Album Review: Vince Staples – FM!

By Tarein Phillips, Contributor [Def Jam; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Feels Like Summer”, “Outside!”, “New earlsweatshirt – Interlude” On the same night where Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin and Takeoff were set to release their newest albums, the prince of Long Beach and America’s most beloved former-Crip, Vince Staples, shined the brightest releasing FM!. This…