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Cut Through the Noise: the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Vance Joy, Jennifer Lopez (Week of Feb. 8)

Cut Through the Noise: the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Vance Joy, Jennifer Lopez (Week of Feb. 8)

Samantha Klepfer

February 9, 2018


Filed under City Entertainment, Cut Through The Noise Music Reviews

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an Entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent single releases from a variety of artists. "Pray For Me" - the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar: ★★★...

Rupi Kaur releases new book of poems

Rupi Kaur releases new book of poems

Evelyn Nelson

January 8, 2018


Filed under City Entertainment

No. 1 New York Times bestseller and illustrator Rupi Kaur is back again with her most recent book, “the sun and her flowers,” another collection of self-written poems. Kaur released her first book, “milk and honey,” in 2015, which addressed love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing and femininity....

Tackling the Streaming World

Tackling the Streaming World

David Bryant

December 23, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment

A rising trend in the past five years has Americans favoring streaming services opposed to traditional television. The streaming option holds many advantages, most notably  the relative freedom to watch any show, any time. The three major streaming services are Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, each providing diffe...

“No One Ever Really Dies” hosts a playground for protest music

“No One Ever Really Dies” hosts a playground for protest music

Isaac Wert

December 20, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment

Super producer Pharrell Williams’ side-project band N.E.R.D brings their alternative hip-hop sound to 2017 with their new record, “No One Ever Really Dies,” a batch of politically-charged anthems that, despite their serious subject matter, maintain Pharrell’s classic groove. Like N.E.R.D’s...

‘Three Billboards’ broadcasts a story that will make the viewer ponder

‘Three Billboards’ broadcasts a story that will make the viewer ponder

Lukas Levin

December 12, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment

‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’, directed by Martin McDonagh, demonstrates how dark comedies can be genuinely clever. The movie follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) who, after months of the local police failing to locate the murderer of her daughter, begins to take matters into her own hands by pu...

Cut Through the Noise (Week of Dec. 8)

Cut Through the Noise (Week of Dec. 8)

Elise Riley and Racquel Fhima

December 8, 2017


Filed under Cut Through The Noise Music Reviews

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” a new column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer will take on the role as writer, reviewing recent releases aiming for success. Luke Bryan - What Makes You Country ★★★★★ Yet another country banger...

Dear Martin provokes gut wrenching reality

Dear Martin provokes gut wrenching reality

Samantha Klepfer

December 6, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment

Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a marvelous story about racism, police brutality and a young man searching for where he fits in the world. When a series of racism-laced events threaten to unravel his life, Justyce McAllister finds himself asking more questions than anyone around him can answer.  This prompts...

Boys’ varsity soccer reflects on improvement

Boys’ varsity soccer reflects on improvement

Tjessa Arradondo

November 16, 2017


Filed under Fall Sports

According to assistant coach Pat Hartman, the boys’ varsity soccer team has come a long way since losing its first two games this fall. “We have really skilled players, but I think one of the biggest things was our team unity was really high this year. It wasn't about being an individual scoring...

Sam Smith makes an emotional comeback with his beautiful second album

Sam Smith makes an emotional comeback with his beautiful second album

Tjessa Arradondo

November 15, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment

Four-time Grammy winning artist Sam Smith returns with his second studio album, “The Thrill Of It All,” and it’s sweeping up a lot of beautiful heartache. The British singer-songwriter emerged in 2012 on Disclosure’s hit-single, “Latch.” Smith’s breakout single, “Stay With Me” hit...

“Stranger Things” provides satisfying second season

“Stranger Things” provides satisfying second season

Malaika Bigirindavyi

November 10, 2017


Filed under Reviews

After over a year of waiting, Stranger Things fans can settle into their couches to watch the second season on Netflix. * SPOILER ALERT * The immensely popular first season left viewers with a cliffhanger, wondering the whereabouts of one main character, Eleven, and about the safety of another character, Will, from the U...

DECA executes Sadie Hawkins dance

DECA executes Sadie Hawkins dance

Sumaya Mohamed, Dani Orloff, and Hadeal Rizeq

November 3, 2017


Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life, Uncategorized

As sophomore Sarah Wojtasiak reflects on the Sadie Hawkins dance, she said she enjoyed seeing her peers outside of the classroom. “I thought it was a good opportunity to get together with other students,” Wojtasiak said. According to DECA co-adviser Sophia Ross, the overall attendance of the event...

“American Vandal” provides eight episodes of laughter

“American Vandal” provides eight episodes of laughter

Abby Intveld

October 29, 2017


Filed under City Entertainment

“American Vandal” follows the fictional student-led investigation regarding a vandalization of 27 teachers’ cars with phallic images, in which senior class clown Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is accused. Mocking another Netflix original “Making a Murderer”, “American Vandal” succeeds in be...

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