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Fetch the Bolt Cutters is Fiona Apple, untethered

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple released her first album, “Tidal” in 1996 when she was only 19, earning the award for Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. After a controversial acceptance speech, in which she referred to the music industry as “bullshit,” Apple made herself the ...

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

The late April weekend of Indio, California’s famed music festival was graced with the buzz band of the decade. The Strokes had just released their debut album, “Is This It.” They were set to play Coachella’s main stage on Sunday. Beside bands like Oasis, The Strokes got their first taste o...

Justin Bieber reaches the end of his career on “Changes”

Bieber's album

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

At some point during the early 2010s, “Bieber fever” was a pop culture phenomenon and no teen was safe from the sickness. Fast forward to 2020, and Justin Bieber is a washed up teen pop idol trying to jump onto the moody R&B train.   Like the long line of teen heartthrobs that came befo...

‘Knives Out’: a great twist on the murder mystery genre

Photo credit: Lions Gate Publicity

Ricardo Tovar

December 9, 2019

Notable director Rian Johnson released his latest feature film since "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in 2017. "Knives Out" features a star-studded cast from Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Colette.The movie takes place after the apparent suicide of wealthy novelist Harlan Thrombey on his 85...

‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ is unnecessary but fine

The poster for Netflix's Breaking bad movie

Ricardo Tovar

October 24, 2019

It’s been seven years since the tale of the rise and fall of meth kingpin, Walter White had concluded. “Breaking Bad,” arguably the best television show that has ever been made, left us with a satisfying ending. The last episode tied together all possible loose ends and left the oth...

‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ is fun and that’s all that matters

Ricardo Tovar

May 15, 2019

The point of any form of entertainment is too entertain. It seems silly to say it like that, it should be obvious, but it's incredible how people forget that.You see critics like Rotten Tomatoes give films like "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" a 64%. They take the review business too seriously when the same s...

‘Devil May Cry 5’ comes back with a ‘SSS’ score in action

Dante (left), Nero (middle) and V (right), all walking towards a hoard of demons. 
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Ricardo Tovar

March 16, 2019

Capcom is back making "Devil May Cry,” as they should be. After 11 years since their last title in the series, "Devil May Cry 4,” Capcom has been on a tear to start 2019, having already released the remake for the classic "Resident Evil 2."The "Devil May Cry" series has been trying to get r...

Podcast Video: Arts in Review – When books become movies

In our last podcast, we tackle the debate around books that are turned into movies. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Alex Coba, Grant Schmieding, Ulises Duenas, and Natalie Hanson

December 19, 2018

In our last podcast for the semester, we decided to tackle a major topic that everyone has a different perspective on - film adaptations of best-selling books, beloved or otherwise. From "The Lord of the Rings" to "Twilight" to comic book adaptations, there's a lot of movies out there that owe it al...

Podcast: “Red Dead Redemption 2” delivers top-quality gaming, uneven story

Natalie Hanson, Alex Coba, Grant Schmieding, Ulises Duenas, and Ricardo Tovar

December 4, 2018

After hundreds of hours of playing this game, it's time to weigh in. "Red Dead Redemption 2" had a lot to live up to since the original took the gaming world by storm. We set out to play the whole thing, address these expectations and analyze what makes this game worth the ride. Listen here.0:37 General ...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has music and swagger, but can’t find its voice

In 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Rami Malek works hard to portray Mercury but cannot rise above serious plot problems. Image from 20th Century Fox.

Natalie Hanson

November 5, 2018

There are so many things 'Bohemian Rhapsody' had the potential to be. The story of Queen and how it basically took over the music world, and the story of Freddie Mercury have grown to mythical proportions by now. However, the movie never decides which kind of story it is going to be, and settles for...

On This Day: “The Man Who Sold the World” is dark, Gothic rock masterpiece


Natalie Hanson

November 4, 2018

"The Man Who Sold the World" is David Bowie's third studio album. Though it turns 48 today, it represents a turning point for Bowie and for pop and rock of the time, as a hard rock departure from his previously acoustic work. It has been compared to other albums released that year, including those by...

Podcast: Why is modern pop music so stale?

Pop music has become dominated by the electronic and dance music genres. Photo by Getty Images.

Natalie Hanson, Alex Coba, Ulises Duenas, and Grant Schmieding

November 4, 2018

Pop music itself is not inherently bad, so why does it have such a bad reputation these days? In our latest podcast, we sat down to discuss the evolution of modern pop music (or lack of evolution) and how it got to where it currently is today. Tackling the state of contemporary popular music is no sm...

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