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Foster the People releases sophomore album, repeats first

Eric Casey, Staff Writer

April 8, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Indie pop trio Foster the People are back with their sophomore album “Supermodel.” If you’re looking for part two of “Torches,” their debut record, then this album might not be for you. It’s quite different, but not...

‘How to Fight Presidents’ mixes humor with bad ass history

April 8, 2014

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Cracked writer Daniel O’Brien really likes presidents. This is not an exaggeration. Besides being a comedian, he has also been a consultant for the history channel and an author. As a person who loves history just a little...

‘Divergent’ does not reflect book, leaving viewers disappointed

Jill Reifsnyder, Contributing writer

April 1, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Reviews

The first thing I’m going to say is that if you loved the book and are a dedicated reader expecting the movie to reflect its paper counterpart, you will be disappointed with Neil Burger’s adaptation, and I would suggest sa...

‘Grouplove’ concert gains recognition of unrecognized songs

Eric Casey, Contributing writer

April 1, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Reviews

I had the joy to attend a concert in Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 26. The opening acts were Alex Winston and a duo called MS MR. Grouplove was the headlining act. All three of which can fall under the “indie pop, indie rock,...

Newest addition to Private series is page-turning thriller

Anne Yoskoski, Managing Editor

April 1, 2014

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The newest addition to the ‘Private’ series by James Patterson, co-written with Mark Sullivan, is a page-turning, chill-inducing thriller. Chris Schneider is missing and it is up to his former fiancé, Mattie Engel, to...

‘Never heard of’ indie rock band breaks records

Eric Casey, Staff Writer

March 26, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Reviews

There is this huge indie rock band that many Americans have never heard of, myself included. This band hails from Sheffield, England. It’s home to many notorious acts such as The Human League and Def Leppard. This band is called...

‘12 Years a Slave’ creates riveting scenes, yielding mixed emotions

Kevin Herberling, Contributing Writer

March 26, 2014

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Based on actual events, “12 Years a Slave” is a beautifully tragic tale of a free African American, during the pre-Civil War era, being kidnapped and sold into slavery. During his unfortunately long time as a slave Solomon ...

‘Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie’ captures attention

Anne Yoskoski, Managing Editor

March 26, 2014

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“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” is the first book in the series of novels written by Alan Bradley that focus on the young, poison obsessed Flavia de Luce. In this first novel, the reader is introduced to Flavi...

Bastille, ‘Bad Blood,’ not much to remember

March 20, 2014

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Bastille is an indie rock and synthpop band fresh out of London. They formed in 2010 and have released one album thus far. Bad Blood’s first track off the record titled “Popmeii” has become a world smash hit. As usual, it has recently been climbing up American ch...

King’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ familiar read to avid horror fans

Anne Yoskoski, Managing Editor

March 20, 2014

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Almost everyone has heard of “The Shining,” Stephen King’s 1977 masterpiece. It was immortalized in film, with a creepy image of Jack Nicholson’s face, in 1980. It was the novel that truly pegged King as a horror writer. This...

‘Lego Movie’ fulfils childhood dream, entertains all audiences

Jill Reifsnyder, Contributing Writer

March 20, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Everyone’s favorite childhood toys have come to life in this cinematic tale of a rule-abiding, ordinary LEGO mini-figure, Emmet, mistaken to be the MasterBuilder destined to save the LEGO universe. I can’t go into much...

‘Shangri La’ creates gold for young folk artist

Eric Casey, Staff Writer

February 24, 2014

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Nineteen-year-old folk singer Jake Bugg of Nottingham, England, is out touring to support his newest album titled “Shangri La.” It was released on November, 18th and the following week debuted at No.3 on the U.K. Albums chart...

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