On Sept. 5, 40-year-old “Chandelier” singer, Sia, released her new music video for “The Greatest." The song is a tribute to the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting victims who were killed in June, 2016. The six minute video begins with the hashtag #WeAreYourChildren displayed on a blank screen before switching to 13-year-old dancer, Maddie Ziegler. Ziegler, who … Continue reading Sia’s New Video Tribute to Orlando Victims
Skeleton Tree proves to be a stylistic shift for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The album is heavily influenced from the death of Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur, who died from an accidental fall off a cliff. In later recordings, the album had lyrics amended to capture the ideas and themes of death, personal grief … Continue reading Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Wilco brings out a change of music style on Schmilco. The album serves as the tenth from the band. Jeff Tweedy first mentioned the album in an interview in February of 2016, but didn’t really give much detail as to what was going on. Tweedy did some benefit shows in Chicago that May, and said … Continue reading Wilco Schmilco Review
This year was a great year for horror, plain and simple. The year was dominated by critically praised and commercially successful horror films. Three films solidified the genres year of success: The Conjuring 2, Lights Out and Don’t Breathe, supported by many other good horror films as well. The Conjuring 2 was a sequel to the highly … Continue reading They Come in Threes: The Resurgence of Horror
When you hear the term pop-punk, you either think “what does that even mean?” or you think of bands like blink-182, All Time Low or Sum 41. But sadly, you never think City Lights. City Lights is one of the most underappreciated bands of the genre. Their sound defines pop-punk, yet they continually fly under … Continue reading City Lights: Back to Pop-Punk Basics
With a star-studded cast, chart-hitting soundtrack and an amazing fan base, Suicide Squad is one of the highest grossing movies this year, despite a rating of 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 40 percent on Metacritic. The critics may be shunning the film, but DC fans and everyday viewers are eating it up. Released on Aug. … Continue reading Suicide Squad: Boom or Bust?
Vampire Weekend band members might have some choice words to describe democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, but “A-Punk” definitely isn’t one of them. Band lead singer and guitarist, Ezra Koenig, and drummer and percussionist, Chris Tomson, took the mic at a Northwestern University Sanders rally on Friday, March 11 in support of the democratic nominee. … Continue reading Vampire Weekend Endorses Bernie Sanders
Bon Iver began the first part of their Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea at Ax Hall on Feb. 21. Originally, multi-instrumentalist Justin Vernon announced that there were no plans for a tour or an album, but they played some new material last year at the Eaux Claires festival in Eau Claires, Wisconsin. This was … Continue reading An Update on Bon Iver
Sia has accomplished an almost incomparable amount of variety in the past 20 years, and This Is Acting is no exception. After spending years in the background of the music industry, 40-year-old Australian sensation Sia Furler is finally enjoying some well-deserved respect as a global pop-superstar. Her 2014 album 1000 Forms of Fear turned the … Continue reading Sia Captures Human Emotion in Her Newest Album This is Acting
The party-focused Jonathan Levine film The Night Before premiered on Nov. 20, leaving viewers wondering if they paid for a Christmas-themed re-installment of “The Hangover” or a new Christmas classic. Albeit unconventional, the Columbia Pictures film—starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie—could likely become a Christmas favorite among young adults and, admittedly, some mature … Continue reading The Night Before: The Hangover Part 3 or a Christmas Classic?