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SZA self-reflects on her captivating debut album

SZA self-reflects on her captivating debut album

Isaac Wert
June 11, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment

On her debut album, alt. R&B singer-songwriter SZA weaves thoughtful lyrics and mesmerizing beats to create an opus of self-reflection. Solána Rowe, under the stage name "SZA," released her debut album “Ctrl” following two successful EPs (extended plays). Rowe, known for her raspy voice, co-wro...

“Witness” fails to bring Katy Perry into 2017

“Witness” fails to bring Katy Perry into 2017

Isaac Wert
June 9, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment

Coming off a multi-year hiatus, Katy Perry re-enters the music scene with her fourth studio album, titled “Witness.” Described as “purposeful pop” about Perry’s various “liberations,” “Witness” fails to leave an impact on listeners. Perry’s previous album, “Prism,” was released in 2013, whe...

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ a compelling new show

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ a compelling new show

Alexis Machoka
May 31, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment

‘The Handmaid's Tale’, a best-selling novel written by Margaret Atwood, was recently adapted as a Hulu original. The show is set in a future dystopian society where the first book of the bible, the book of Genesis, is taken quite literally; women are forced to live as Handmaids under a fundamenta...

Paramore explores new sonic territory

Paramore explores new sonic territory

Maddie Lund
May 19, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment

After two and a half years of silence, the band Paramore is back with their experimental new album “After Laughter." During their hiatus, the band lost its bassist Jeremy Davis, and gained their former drummer Zac Farro for this new album. “After Laughter” produced by Taylor York and Justin Meldal-J...

“Harry Styles” diverges from boyband to rock band

Samyu Yenemandra
May 18, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment, Uncategorized

Since the hiatus of One Direction, Harry Styles has kept most of his work on his debut album a secret. Instead of continuing along the mainstream pop path paved by his former band, “Harry Styles” pulls from classic rock influences to craft a refreshingly alternative solo debut. Styles’s albu...

‘Snatched’ wastes potential with poor writing

‘Snatched’ wastes potential with poor writing

Isaac Wert
May 16, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment, Showcase

This past Mother’s Day weekend, Goldie Hawn makes her return to the silver screen alongside comedienne Amy Schumer in their new comedy “Snatched.” Despite occasional laughs, the movie’s hilarious cast do not make up for film’s poor writing. “Snatched” begins after Schumer’s character “Emily” is...

Pure Comedy reveals more cynicism than musical creativity

Pure Comedy reveals more cynicism than musical creativity

Samyu Yenamandra, Writer
April 27, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment

In 2015, Father John Misty’s album, “I Love You, Honeybear,” gained popularity and critical acclaim. With Misty’s purpose of creating a collection of love songs for his wife, “I Love You, Honeybear” resonated with listeners with its romantic undertones. Yet, with Misty’s new album, “Pure Comed...

Review: A movie partially out of this world

Review: A movie partially out of this world

Isabelle Becker
March 9, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment, Reviews

“The Space Between Us” was a cute story, but some of the characters had qualities that were not very enjoyable. The movie follows teenager Gardner (Asa Butterfield) as he comes to Earth for the first time after living his whole life on Mars. The romance comes in when he goes to find Tulsa (Britt...

A ‘Split’ decision

A ‘Split’ decision

Eleanor Kline-Olson
February 16, 2017
Filed under City Entertainment

The director of “Split”, M. Night Shyamalan, always has a plot twist in his movies, no matter if they work or not. This movie was not an exception to that rule, but only avid fans of Shyamalan would see it. “Split” explores Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), what causes DID and adds the ...

Year in Review: Best 10 albums of 2015

Ethan Brown
December 30, 2015
Filed under Reviews

Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” was undoubtedly the most daring album of 2015.

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Year in Review: Best songs of 2015

Ethan Brown
December 26, 2015
Filed under Reviews

Everything Adele can offer as a musician comes together perfectly in “Hello.” Adele reappeared into the pop culture scene late in 2015 with this hit.

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Year in Review: Biggest music disappointments of 2015

Ethan Brown
December 20, 2015
Filed under Reviews

Many love Lana Del Rey for her vintage voice and nostalgic production, however that’s all she ever does. “Honeymoon” sounds like every other Lana Del Rey album released to this date.

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