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The Strokes knock it out of the park with “The New Abnormal”

Otis Hixon, Music Reviewer
April 19, 2020

“The New Abnormal” is a beautiful concoction of classic Strokes and something... different. Dabbling in everything from britpop to even auto-tuned vocals, their newest album is a celebration of experimentation.  The lead singer of the group, Julian Casablancas, is larger than life on this record, crooning modest yet heartfelt. The signature distortion present in his voice in their other projects...

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Conan Gray’s new album proves he still has a lot to learn

Otis Hixon, Music Reviewer
April 19, 2020

Although Conan Gray’s been releasing music since 2017, “Kid Krow” is his first attempt at a full-length album. While it still manages to capture the airy, nostalgia-infused pop from his previous projects here and there, it largely comes off as overproduced and unimaginative. In fact, the project is so formulaic that it was difficult to listen to in one sitting. It’s ironic that something played...

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“Altered Carbon” Season 2 is weaker than weak

Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
April 19, 2020

“Altered Carbon” was one of the most successful Netflix originals when it released two years ago, drawing praise for its gritty and futuristic worldbuilding and dynamic plot. The acting was fantastic, its various subplots were fascinating, and the action, although relatively bland, was choreographed well. The second season of “Altered Carbon” is a mere shadow of its predecessor. Almost everything...

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Aler Giffin, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 14, 2020

Lil Uzi Vert's new album Eternal Atake is an ignominy to rap. Much awaited, the album failed to reach high hopes set by fans for almost two years, as it consisted of mumbled rap and subpar lyrics.  The album starts out with the piece “Baby Pluto,” an intro that foreshadows the hour of the listeners lives they will never get back. The listener gains this insight with the first verse, “I turned to an addict, I bought me a Patek / I bought her a baby one,” where Uzi starts out the album...

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Alexandra Fry, Features Editor
March 20, 2020

Six, the cast album of the soon-to-be broadway musical of the same name, starts with the old rhyme  “Divorced. Beheaded. Died.” From there, it fills a gruesome history lesson with wordplay, catchy songs, and a new take on an old story.  Written by British college students Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the musical will premiere on Broadway later this year.  In Six, the six wives of King Henry VIII of England sing about their lives and deaths. While it may sound unusual, the theme of historical...

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Luke Murray, Reporter
March 13, 2020

“GUILTY,” King Yosef’s most recent album released in early 2018, revamps what metal used to be during its peak in the 60’s, but augmented with more electronic production and mastering. The entire album is an assortment of different musical styles & choices, each worked on to the point of perfection. Each song has a beautifully unique sound, as “GUILTY” was released with the intent of conveying a message of hatred toward artists who only continue to produce music for money and fame,...

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Erik Gustufson, Reporter
March 10, 2020

The Academy Awards are a chance to recognize exceptional films and performances of the previous year, unless you’re a woman. Some of the best films of the year didn’t get nominated, despite winning other prestigious awards like a BAFTA or an Independent Spirit Award.  Lulu Wang’s film “The Farewell” had six Golden Globe nominations, and Awkwafina won Best Actress. However, the Oscars failed to nominate it, despite the longstanding trend of Best Actress Golden Globe winners winning the...

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Otis Hixon, Music Reviewer
March 4, 2020

“Green Day’s” “Father of All…” is an anomaly. The album somehow plays it too safe while managing to pursue the worst ideas possible. Although often revisiting the blandest of the group’s previous work, the sound-production, mixing, writing, and performance on the record is unforgivably flawed, keeping it from even achieving a mediocre rating. For some mind bending reason, the group decided it was bored of writing more ambitious songs and sneezed the laziest tracks they could think...

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Ray and Paul Holmberg release their first music video

Aler Giffin, Arts and Entertainment Editor
March 2, 2020

Ray and Paul Holmberg (Drake senior and freshman, respectively) dropped a music video for arguably one of their most popular songs, “Mystery”. Older brother and lead singer Ray performs the vocals, and younger brother Paul plays the drums along with other instruments. The two brothers created their band just a few years ago and are making a name for themselves today.    The original...

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Lock “Locke and Key” away – and throw away the key

Nick Anthony, Arts & Entertainment Editor
March 2, 2020

I like to imagine that Netflix Originals are a little bit like a mystery house themselves. At first, they seem structured and varied, with solid casting and decent plotlines. But, like most mystery houses, there are secret rooms and hidden doors that reveal the dark truths that have laid there for decades. One of the truths that lie beyond, through the winding hallways and dusty attics, is the unfortunate...

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“The Turning” is Broken, Just Like You

Pace Buchan, Illustrator
February 25, 2020

Director Floria Sigismondi's The Turning was the latest adaptation of the classic 1898 horror novella "The Turn of the Screw." The film follows Kate Mandell (Mackenzie Davis) who takes a job as a governess to a young orphan named Flora Fairchild (Brooklynn Prince) and her brother Miles (Finn Wolfhard), who returns home after expulsion from boarding school.   At times the film can be quite beautiful:...

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Tender Tenders serves up exceptional chicken, mediocre ambiance

Samantha Parr, Managing Editor
February 25, 2020

After hearing countless opinions about the crispy chicken and addictive fries at Tender Tenders, I knew that I had to see what the chatter was all about. Tender Tenders, a fast-food restaurant in San Rafael, focuses on one thing: chicken tenders. It is tucked away in the spacious parking lot of the West End Center, which also houses Best Buy and Pink Owl Coffee. It was nearly impossible to miss...

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