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King Kunta reigns supreme

King Kunta reigns supreme

Andrew Burnes, Editor
April 9
Filed under A&E

Once or twice a year, if we’re lucky, we, as music listeners, are subjected to an album that warrants a five-star review. So far this decade, albums like Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus, Alvvays’ self-titled debut, and J Mascis’ Tied to a Star have been worthy of such...

In defense of the Rock Hall

Andrew Burnes, Editor
February 2
Filed under A&E, Music

Another year, another round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced, and another tempest of complaints about how the selections are chosen and who should be inducted that isn’t. Individuals like Eddie Trunk, the infamous Rock critic, have been rallying against the Rock Hall for years. Even...

Punk newcomers deliver thrills, spills on debut effort

Andrew Burnes, Editor
February 2
Filed under A&E, Music

If there’s one thing you need to know about Baltimore newcomers Turnstile, it’s that they’re pissed off. And for twenty-seven minutes of unbridled, righteous fury on their first full-length debut effort, Nonstop Feeling, they get that point across damn well. Feeling delivers everything you’d expec...

Theatre Department to perform Opera for first time since 2002

Amanda Heflin, Staff Writer
February 2
Filed under A&E

The music department will be hosting the first opera since 2002 this February. In 2002, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Theatre department performed Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” marking the last time an opera was put into production at the university. “It’s kind of a revival of ‘The...

U2’s surprise album ‘Songs of Innocence’ is almost as good as Bono thinks it is

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 17
Filed under A&E, Music

It’s not easy to make an anthem that doesn’t sound cliché. It’s here the bad boys of U2 are truly masters of their craft. They’ve been doing it for years, from the ‘80’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for,” to the ‘90’s “One,” to 2009’s “Moment of Surrender,”...

Metalcore heroes play to fan base

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 11
Filed under A&E, Music

Ah, Hardcore music. Dubbed Screamo by the rest of us, Hardcore bands around the country have excited fans (and annoyed everyone else) with wimpy, guttural screams and chaotic, time change-heavy riffing. There’s plenty of both to go around on I am King, the sophomore effort from Code Orange (not to...

A stellar supporting cast can’t save ‘If I Stay’ from drowning in teen-love mediocrity

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

Ever wonder how to stretch a 30-minute episode’s worth of far-fetched, soap opera-style, coma induced, love affairs into an hour-and-a-half high-profile theatrical release? I haven’t either. Apparently, though, director R.J. Cutler thought it would be a fantastic idea. As a result we get If I Stay,...

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