Meet the DJ: Blue

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Swipe Out Hunger] Abby Jeffers spent her days growing up near the Park of Roses in Clintonville, Ohio, making mixed CDs. Today, she spends her days in Athens, Ohio, still just as in love with music.  “I guess for me, the radio show is an extension of [making…

Meet The DJ: Rev

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Emily Doll] A native of Rittman, Ohio, RJ Martin grew up in a place where the town’s biggest highlights are having one Burger King and one Subway.  “It’s not like much at all. Morton Salt is from there, so we have that going for us, and that’s about it….

Life and Legacy: Lil Peep

By Amy Szmik, Contributor [Photo Courtesy of NTS] Emo-rap sensation, Lil Peep, left a legacy not just on music, but on pop culture. Considered the “future of emo” by Pitchfork, his tragic death on Nov. 15, 2017, left a mark on the music industry for musicians and fans. He was notable for pioneering both the…

You Can’t Miss This: Don’t Look Now

By Keri Johnson, Contributor [Paramount; 1973] Don’t Look Now is Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 masterpiece that viewers know, but haven’t watched.  Don’t Look Now is the story of grieving couple John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie) who travel to Venice, where John has been commissioned to work. The couple encounters two sisters, one a…

Mindful Miditation: Hotline Miami

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor Composed by Various Artists The experience of Hotline Miami is distilled into its soundtrack with a level of cohesion rare to the world of media. The role of the OST within video games is to support the experience, increasing the immersion felt by the player. Without question, Hotline Miami’s OST…

Meet The DJ: TB Cooper

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Emily Doll] Kwase Lane grew up in Southfield, Michigan as a self-described nerdier version of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He moved from a public school to a “really bougie” private middle school and spent a lot of time at his grandmother’s home in the Detroit area listening to…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

By Jessica Jones, Copy Editor  [Capitol Records; 1966] Original Release Date: May 16th, 1966 In the spring of 1966, The Beach Boys debuted the “most progressive pop album ever” Pet Sounds, which was at the time a wildly experimental album that influenced generations of music to come. With two instrumental tracks, four songs reaching the…

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…

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…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Epic; 1977] Original Release Date: Oct. 3, 1977 Using orchestral instruments and opera influences as the base for a rock album isn’t something most people would think of as being successful, but that wasn’t the case for Electric Light Orchestra frontman, Jeff Lynne. Out of the Blue, ELO ’s seventh…

Column: 2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

By Keri Johnson, Contributor Madre (Spain) is an unnerving, 19-minute exercise in technical expertise. The film is the story of any parent’s nightmare; a mother gets a phone call from her child, who is lost and alone on a far-away beach. The writing drives the film. Viewers hang onto every line, searching for clues or…