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The Lighthouse: Movie Review

The Lighthouse: Movie Review

Thomas Farrell, Contributor

November 8, 2019

Horror movies have seemingly become the last refuge for true artistry in popular cinema. Sure, we still get movies like Jigsaw or Unfriended: Dark Web, but we also get incredible films like Hereditary and The Wailing. This is probably on account of their low budgets, high returns, and polarizing nature...

‘Jesus Is King’, but the album lacks distinction

‘Jesus Is King’, but the album lacks distinction

McKenna Barnett, Contributor

November 7, 2019

Kanye West, one of the most well-known rappers of the 21st century, is typically known for his iconic lyrics and production. These iconic lyrics usually include a sense of audacity and vulgarity, which happens to be the opposite of his newest album, Jesus Is King. Deciding to make an album reflecti...

A mother’s fight for justice: Lil Peep’s mom sues record label for causing her late sons death

A mother’s fight for justice: Lil Peep’s mom sues record label for causing her late sons death

Casey McCabe, Editor

October 26, 2019

The drug culture and the music culture have long influenced each other. From Pink Floyd’s obvious psychedelic influences, to Eric Clapton's self-avowed love of Colombian marching powder, music and drugs have not only coexisted, but have changed each other.  In November 2017, this relationship resulte...

Joker vs Society

Joker vs Society

Thomas Farrell, Writer

October 24, 2019

Joker is undoubtedly one of the year’s greatest success stories. Shot on a budget of $55 million dollars and with a limited advertising presence, it has already made over $700 million dollars worldwide and is on track to make profit on par with Avengers: Infinity War. On top of Joker beating the odds in that w...

DaBaby’s “Kirk”, a spiritual slapper

DaBaby’s “Kirk”, a spiritual slapper

Casey McCabe, Editor

October 13, 2019

Kirk, the second studio album recorded by DaBaby, was released on September 27th 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  This was the North Carolina native's first album to chart number one, with the premier track on the album “Intro” debuting at number 17 on the Billboard c...

Rambo: Last Blood Review

Rambo: Last Blood Review

Thomas Farrell, Writer

October 12, 2019

Rambo is one of the great American movie franchises. The entries are ostensibly all action movies, but ones that occasionally tap into deeper questions about war, loneliness, and the alienation veterans experience when they come home. This past September, the fifth film in this almost 40-year-old franchise...

Urban Streetwear Store Attracts Local, Celebrity, and Investor Attention

Urban Streetwear Store Attracts Local, Celebrity, and Investor Attention

Adam Erickson

October 11, 2019

  $9,000 sneakers? $1,700 sweatshirts? These are a couple of the clothing prices at the local urban street wear shop Piff. Located in the Como area near the University of Minnesota campus, Piff is run by long-time buddies Bill Crubaugh and Ben Alberts, graduates of the University of St Thomas....

Albums with Addy: Dum and Dummer

Albums with Addy: Dum and Dummer

Addison Scufsa, A&E Editor

September 30, 2019

After a frenzied 2018 filled with releases by most of the biggest artists, it's been a slow year for hip hop. This lull has hurt the dominating performances of hip hop on the Billboard charts, but it's been particularly devastating to the trap subgenre.    Very few artists outside of Dababy and possi...

Euphoria is all about euphoric vibes, not the storyline

Euphoria is all about euphoric vibes, not the storyline

Tiana Meador, Editor in Chief

September 28, 2019

Let's take it back to the summer, rewind a little bit, and back away from fall. Remember when everyone was blabbing about this "great new tv show with really good music that was produced by Drake?" Remember that conversation? Well, they're talking about the HBO hit series Euphoria. And yes, I will s...

The ballad of snitch 9ine

The ballad of snitch 9ine

Casey McCabe, Editor

September 27, 2019

Every generation has an artist that is embroiled in controversy and legal troubles.  Arguably for the current generation of rap artists, Tekashi 6ix9ine fits the bill. 6ix9ine’s story has played out rather publicly over social media platforms like Instagram, allowing fans to actually see 6ix9ine’...

Albums with Addy: ZUU by Denzel Curry

Albums with Addy: ZUU by Denzel Curry

Addison Scufsa, A&E Editor

September 16, 2019

Every year before the summer starts, mainstream radio and music commentators ask the question, “What is going to be the summer anthem everyone plays over and over again?”   While “Old Town Road”, “Truth Hurts”, “Bad Guy”, and “Senorita” all were massively overplayed and he...

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, good but not compared to the hype

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, good but not compared to the hype

Adam Erickson, Staff Writer

September 13, 2019

This past summer there were many highly anticipated movies that came to theaters. None, however, had higher expectations than the ninth film by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The film had a powerhouse of big names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino....

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