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‘Gigaton’ brings new music to grunge fans

Gigaton album provides fresh perspective on modern grunge. This is Pearl Jam’s 11th studio album in 29 years.

Harris Keekley, Writer

June 4, 2020

After a long wait, Pearl Jam released a new studio album filled with political rage, angst and amazing songs. Although “Gigaton” is no “Ten”, the album has some great songs. For example, “Quick Escape,” “Who Ever Said” and “Seven O’ Clock.” This album is a nice breath of fre...

One of rock’s greatest albums syncs a classic movie

Pair the recording of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” with “The Wizard of Oz” starting at the third roar of the MGM lion.

Harris Keekley, Writer

June 4, 2020

What happens if you take one of rock's most famous albums and pair it with a classic movie like “The Wizard of Oz”, you get a sync that seems almost too accurate to have been accidental. If “The Dark Side of the Moon” is started right as the Metro Goldwyn-Mayer lion roars for the third time...

‘Dissimulation’ shows potential

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Tenzin Gyaldatsang

May 28, 2020

When I first heard that KSI would be dropping an album, I was surprised. My only knowledge of him was that he is a YouTuber, but when I listened to his new album “Dissimulation,” I knew he was more than that. Having many famous artists like Lil Pump and Offset featured helped enhance the overall q...

‘High Off Life’ proves nothing more than satisfactory

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Tenzin Gyaldatsang

May 28, 2020

On May 15, Future dropped his eighth studio album, “High Off Life.” According to HYPEBEAST, the album is projected to take the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Even though this statistic seems achievable, while looking deeper into the album, I don't think this would be deserved. Tracks like...

‘Outer Banks’ is the next series to binge on Netflix

Fair use from Netflix. Kiara (Madison Bailey), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), John B (Chase Stokes) and JJ (Rudy Pankow) are hiding behind planks of wood because the cops are after John B.

Anna Benishek

May 25, 2020

When the new series “Outer Banks” premiered on Netflix, I scrolled past it not really giving it a second thought, until my friends strongly suggested watching the series. After binging all of it in one day, I completely fell in love with the show.  Season one of “Outer Banks” is centered ...

‘The Last Dance’ proves great basketball is timeless

Fair use from ESPN. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a layup against James Edwards and Bill Laimbeer of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons eliminated Jordan and the Bulls from the playoffs three seasons in a row before Jordan captured his first title.

Noah Orloff

May 24, 2020

With the NBA and other professional sports leagues out of play because of COVID-19, I turned to “The Last Dance” to satisfy my hunger for sports. After Bulls coach Phil Jackson was told by general manager Jerry Krause that his days in Chicago were coming to an end, the team prepared for their...

YouTubers newly released music turns out dull

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Izzy Kanne

May 21, 2020

As a fan of Gabbie Hanna’s YouTube channel, I was excited to stream her newest extended play (EP) “Bad Karma,” but after listening, I was left unsatisfied. In 2017, Hanna started releasing singles that showed great potential for a music career. Two years later she released her first EP “2WayMirror,”...

Movies about widespread disease provide parallels to COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) talks on the phone with someone amidst her research to understand the source of the flu-like disease spreading throughout the world. The movie

Ruthie Posada

May 20, 2020

With the current COVID-19 pandemic underway, several movies characterized by widespread infection have resurfaced as viewers compare and contrast the movies with our current situation. Two movies I’ve recently had the privilege to see are “Contagion” and “Outbreak,” both following doctors and scie...

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend’ interactive special compels

Fair use from Netflix. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) talks to Prince Fredrick (Daniel Radcliffe) about what they should do. The choices are shown on the bottom for viewers to decide what happens next.

Maria Perez Barriga

May 17, 2020

When “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend” was set to premiere May 12, I was intrigued to see how the interactive format would work on Netflix. It was my first time doing a Netflix interactive film and I thought it was fun to play around with the interactive format which gives viewe...

‘Extraction’ thrills, but lacks development

Fair use from Netflix. Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) walks through the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Adam Gips

May 17, 2020

I had high expectations before watching Netflix’s “Extraction” because Chris Hemsworth was starring in this new action thriller. The movie kept me on the edge of my seat with a moving story full of compelling violence, which was on par with my expectations. The story follows Tyler Rake (Chris Hemswort...

‘Becoming’ beautifully captures story of former First Lady

Fair use from Getty Images. Former First Lady Michelle Obama travelled all over the United States for up-close interviews about her book

Sofia Seewald

May 16, 2020

When “Becoming” was released on Netflix May 6, my mom and I were anticipating an informational documentary about Michelle Obama, however, the movie gave us much more than that. “Becoming” was one of the most empowering documentaries I have ever seen. The movie “Becoming” is based partly...

Best pet walking destinations in St. Louis Park

Park student walks his two Golden Retrievers in Oak Hill Park. The park’s trails remain open but many of its facilities remain closed due to COVID-19.

Sam Swisher

May 13, 2020

Throughout quarantine I’ve found myself bored because I have been primarily staying inside and watching Netflix. One way I’ve found to combat my boredom is to take my dogs for walks in parks and trails that I’ve never been to. The following parks and trails are a great change from taking your dog ...

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