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Breaking Bread with the Dead

Breaking Bread with the Dead

Travis Hairgrove, Managing Editor
November 7
Filed under A&E, Student Life

The colorful skull makeup and other skull-depicting artwork (calaveras) may be the most recognizable and visually striking tradition associated with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and do much to imbue the Mexican holiday with a sense of mystery, but the Office of Hispanic Enrollment and Retention...

Undercover

Undercover

October 4
Filed under A&E, News

Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music - Ray Charles *****   It's easy to compare Rock and Roll's '50s legends. Was it Elvis that started the revolution? Or was it Chuck Berry? Was Little Richard more flamboyant than Jerry Lee Lewis? Was Buddy Holly the sleeper that beat all of them?...

Fountain of Dreams

Fountain of Dreams

Andrew Burnes, Editor
October 4
Filed under A&E, News

Yours Dreamily - The Arcs ****1/2 Holy crap. When The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach pushed his recent side band The Arcs earlier this year on the late night market, we figured it'd be pretty good. But who would've thought the band's debut Yours, Dreamily would come close to stealing the year and rival...

A Limited Legacy

A Limited Legacy

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 17
Filed under A&E

**** It's no secret that Jerry Lee Lewis is the weakest of the original Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and of the original lineup of legends created by the Rockin' '50s. This cover-heavy 10-song collection of hits suggests that although Lewis was still an accomplished artist with a mastery of his chosen...

Extraterrestrial Sorcery

Extraterrestrial Sorcery

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 16
Filed under A&E

****1/2 If there was any doubt before Wilco that 2015 is the year of Star Wars, it's been all but removed. But regardless of whether J.J. Abrams is able to pull off Episode 7, Wilco has quietly delivered not only one of the greatest albums of of the year, but one of the greatest works in their already...

Words of Love

Words of Love

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 15
Filed under A&E

***** When it comes to naming off the legends of early Rock and Roll, Buddy Holly tends to get passed over. Elvis was the King. Little Richard was the prince. James Brown was the innovater. Jerry Lee Lewis was... there. But when it comes down to it, track for track Buddy Holly may actually be stronger...

The Terror

The Terror

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 12
Filed under A&E

**** FKA Twigs' 2014 delight "Two Weeks" was a haunting classic that mixed evil vocals with a longing tongue as synth demons pounded on the door of depression. With a new EP, Twigs downplays the longing and maximizes the evil, bringing along clanging percussion and some of the creepiest music you'll...

Bass for your face

Bass for your face

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 9
Filed under A&E, Music

****1/2 Somebody in the house say yeah! Over two decades removed from its 1988 release, Public Enemy's unabridged masterpiece, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, is still just as fun to listen to as it was back then, not to mention still as relevant today as it was at its time. Whether...

The Jazz master’s expanding palate

The Jazz master’s expanding palate

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 8
Filed under A&E, Music

****1/2 It's a hot summer night in 1955 in Newport, Rhode Island and Miles Davis is about to take the stage. Things haven't gone well for the great Jazz trumpeter over the course of the last few years. His addiction to heroin (which he'd finally kicked the year before after locking himself in his fath...

Second Listen: The Beatles – Revolver

Second Listen: The Beatles – Revolver

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 6
Filed under A&E, Music

****1/2 Following The Beatles first forray into the beyond (Rubber Soul), Revolver seeked to top it in every way possible. To many, it succeeded; often Revolver is cited as The Beatles' best work, and therefore the greatest album ever made. Purists know that such an idea is impossible due to "Yell...

Ghostride the whip

Ghostride the whip

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 4
Filed under A&E, News

****1/2   The Magic Whip is a strange trip down a strange road with vast musical impressionism, symbolism, and words so cryptic you'd be best served calling in an ancestor to translate. Even so, there's enough from Albarn's imagination to spark your own and enough relatability in those un...

Speaking to the youth

Speaking to the youth

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 2
Filed under A&E, News

***** As the new generation, we as Millennials take a lot of crap from our elders. We're looked down upon as entitled, immature, materialistic, uneducated, self-centered, degenerative, anti-authority... the list goes on. Politicians ignore us. The middle aged are endlessly annoyed by us. Our idea...

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