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Don’t need your help: The unlikely resurgence of cassette culture

Don’t need your help: The unlikely resurgence of cassette culture

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Entertainments Editor

March 31, 2016

Even back when they were all the rage, it was hard to explain what made cassettes popular. Quality-wise, they were terrible. The ultrathin, wiry spools of tape could tear, knot, or burn out with ease. But they were cheap, and they were portable. As such, the cassette tape ruled. It has lain dormant since the advent of the compact disc, but with the popularity of vinyl, what's to stop a slowly-growing movement of entrepreneurs and self-starting indie outfits from mounting a tape comeback?

‘Batman v Superman’ does no justice

‘Batman v Superman’ does no justice

Isaac Owens, Broadcasting Manager

March 26, 2016

The problems do not necessarily lie within the movie's excessively violent protagonists or adult themes but rather in its unintentionally silly way they’re carried out.

Coffee House 2016 to be held tonight in LHS cafe

Coffee House 2016 to be held tonight in LHS cafe

March 25, 2016

The LHS music department is hosting the annual Coffee House Concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the HS cafe.   The cost is $5 at the door.   Coffee House 2016 List of Performers Bold as Love : Patrick Sullivan, Damian Bernardini, Jason Coburn, Connor Rouse Lost Boy:  Dharma Paradis In ...

Commentary: The nebulous possibilities of virtual reality

Commentary: The nebulous possibilities of virtual reality

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Entertainments Editor

March 24, 2016

The simple truth is that the layman - that is, the average consumer that hasn't spent the last few years playing around with Oculus devkits and browsing industry forums - knows next to nothing about the raw technical differences between, say, Google Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR. The idea that a typical consumer would so readily drop several hundred dollars on something they know so little about is more than a little absurd, and is VR's biggest problem going forward to mainstream use.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme merge art-rock with Detroit punk on ‘Post Pop Depression’

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme merge art-rock with Detroit punk on ‘Post Pop Depression’

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Entertainments Editor

March 14, 2016

Taking in the bold new sonic directions that Iggy Pop has taken his decades-honed sound in is a heady task. It's a puzzling trend, considering the relative success the reunited Stooges have had in the last half decade, but in an odd way, it suits Iggy. He embraces his elder-statesemanhood with all the grace the man responsible for "I Wanna Be Your Dog" can muster, and Josh Homme is the perfect muse for Iggy to experiment on/with.

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ an unexpected thrill ride

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ an unexpected thrill ride

Isaac Owens, Broadcasting Manager

March 11, 2016

...rookie director Dan Trachtenberg proves his is a name to keep an eye on. Surpassing the original film in every way, 10 Cloverfield Lane is exactly the simple and fun white knuckle thriller it needed to be.

‘House of Cards’ underwhelms with fourth season

‘House of Cards’ underwhelms with fourth season

Isaac Owens, Broadcasting Manager

March 9, 2016

Unlike how seasons one through three are heavily influenced by the clockwork of Washington, season four sheds the spotlight on the facade surrounding presidential election seasons. Obviously Underwood’s campaign is important to the show, but House of Cards has become more about corruption than politics. Some of the shows greatest highlights come from scenes when Frank delegates tasks throughout the political spectrum, and that is the biggest qualm there is to be had with season four. Losing much of the shows politically technical intrigue, its smarts are replaced with the gossipy campaign zeitgeist that is seen by the public eye.

‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ a well-intentioned dud

‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ a well-intentioned dud

Isaac Owens, Broadcasting Manager

March 8, 2016

Part of the reason TUMIM doesn’t work is its rapidly varying genre types. Lyrically and musically the songs contradict the image Macklemore wants to produce. From soft political tracks to upbeat straightforward rap, the styles switch with almost every new track. That being said, while much of the album sounds like basic Macklemore some very welcomed changes were made to his routine. Bringing more and better features than his previous album, The Heist, the new record includes hooks from Chance the Rapper, Leon Bridges, YG, and other rappers of yesteryear. By itself Macklemore’s frail vocals have rarely brought many positives additions to the music, but with these features added to the production, some of the songs are surprisingly catchy.

‘Painting With’ an enjoyable experiment in retrofuturism

‘Painting With’ an enjoyable experiment in retrofuturism

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Entertainments Editor

March 3, 2016

Painting With is one of Animal Collective's most accessible releases, with tracks like the sublime reggae-accented "Floridada" or the sitcom ode "Golden Gals" being among their most danceable and radio-friendly songs. That isn't to say AnCo has lost their edge; Painting With remains singularly abstract and ofttimes inscrutable.

‘Deadpool’ a riotous, hard-R take on superhero movies

‘Deadpool’ a riotous, hard-R take on superhero movies

Isaac Owens, Broadcasting Manager

March 3, 2016

After too many years of Ryan Reynolds’ attempts of getting his favorite comic book hero on the silver screen, it finally happened. Against all odds the incredibly risky project hit theaters and quickly became acknowledged as one of the raunchiest and most entertaining action comedies in recent memor...

The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015

Conor Battles, Isaac Owens, and Cristian Flores

February 29, 2016

 After a series of heated debates and cutthroat confrontations, the Lancer Spirit staff has finally come to a conclusion of what is the best entertainment had to offer in 2015. Here are our top ten choices for best movies, music and games released this year. Click on the images bellow to see the f...

Top Music of 2015

Top Music of 2015

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Entertainments Editor

February 29, 2016

In a year full of albums focused on social change and global, universal concepts, Earl Sweatshirt kept the door locked and the shutters closed. The Odd Future expat followed up 2013’s acclaimed Doris with a moody, atmospheric collection of lo-fi beats and grimy, distortedly grotesque verses; a warped funhouse mirror’s view of the artist rather than outright introspection. I Don’t Like S**t, I Don’t Go Outside is a sparse, focused effort that distills the pathos of the 21-year-old through moody, atmospheric production and intensely personal bars. IDLSIDGO is a snapshot of a subculture in disarray; twentysomethings everywhere can wake up and smell the smoke.

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