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The Terror

The Terror

Andrew Burnes, Editor
September 12, 2015
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**** 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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

King Kunta reigns supreme

King Kunta reigns supreme

Andrew Burnes, Editor
April 9, 2015
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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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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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, 2014
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, 2014
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...

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