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‘Logan’ a memorable send off to wolverine

‘Logan’ a memorable send off to wolverine

Riley Walberg, News Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under A & E, Reviews, Showcase

Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, we have seen an explosion in superhero movies. Every year, we get a few more, whether it was Sony making Spider-Man movies just to keep the rights to him or DC's recent attempts to compete with the Marvel's dynasty of movies. This recent renaissance of superhero...

Review: Apple AirPods most beneficial to iPhone 7 users

Review: Apple AirPods most beneficial to iPhone 7 users

Riley Walberg, News Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under A & E, Reviews, Showcase

After a week of using Apple's new wireless headphones, the Apple AirPods, I have come to the conclusion that they are only worth buying if you have the iPhone 7. Advantages: The AirPods have a very generous battery life, with five hours from a single charge and the case doubling as a charging st...

Lancer Spirit on the Air: Reel Talk on Dr. Strange

Lancer Spirit on the Air: Reel Talk on Dr. Strange

Chance Broderick, Josh Stambach, and Abi Whitcomb, Producer

December 20, 2016


Filed under A & E, Multimedia, Reviews, Showcase

Reporters Chance Broderick and Josh Stambach talk about and review the new blockbuster hit Dr. Strange. Listen to our new podcast Lancer Spirit on the Air. ...

James Blake spins melodic melancholy on ‘The Colour in Anything’

James Blake spins melodic melancholy on ‘The Colour in Anything’

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

May 13, 2016


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There's nothing wrong with tragic storytelling, the problem is that there's simply too much of it. Seventeen tracks, seven of them crossing the five-minute mark, is a lot of music to take in. James Blake may not sound like anyone else with his eclectic blend of electronic, ambient and R&B, but that sound barely evolves over the hour-plus runtime of 'The Colour in Anything.' The album begins to drone on, melting into the background far more than Blake intended.

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Radiohead mix ambiance, emotion on ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead mix ambiance, emotion on ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2016


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A Moon Shaped Pool, the long-awaited ninth LP from the British experimental rock quintet, traces its roots through the band's thirty-year history: "Burn the Witch," its lead single and manic, bubbling beating heart, was first worked on during the 2000 sessions for that year's acclaimed Kid A. The orchestral post-rock of closer "True Love Waits" was debuted as a tender, folk-flavored dirge in 1995.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ an amusing letdown

‘Captain America: Civil War’ an amusing letdown

Isaac Owens, Broadcast Manager

May 9, 2016


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Civil War falls somewhere in the middle of the rankings of the rest of Marvel Studios’ films. It is keeps you focused and amused but never amazed.

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Death Grips astound, confuse with ‘Bottomless Pit’

Death Grips astound, confuse with ‘Bottomless Pit’

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2016


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That's not to say Bottomless Pit is a mellow affair. It's about as mellow as a bad acid trip while skydiving; from the impossibly fast black metal-accented drums that spring to life fifteen seconds into the album's opener, "Giving Bad People Good Ideas," to the post-apocalyptic, overdriven drone of the eponymous closer. Bottomless Pit is what would blare over the blown-out, sand-caked stereo in Mad Max's Interceptor, and to hear its second single debut on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show earlier this week is as jarring and unexpected as it is hilarious.

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‘Lemonade’ a cinematic concept album

‘Lemonade’ a cinematic concept album

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2016


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While the rallying cry of "Formation" is left for bonus track (or end credits) territory, its visceral sound and empowering message is felt in ripples throughout the rest of Lemonade. This is pop music untethered; an organic fusion of pop, rap, electronic, R&B, and even rock elements. Her choice in collaborators is top-notch, as evidenced by contributions from everyone from The Weeknd to James Blake to Kendrick Lamar. The dancehall-esque pulse of "Sorry" stands in sharp contrast to the gutsy blues of Jack White duet "Don't Hurt Yourself," yet the dissonance lends itself to cohesion.

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Jason Coburn’s keys to success

Jason Coburn’s keys to success

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2016


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“I do what I do for myself,” Coburn said. “I’m not so interested in building a fanbase or anything. I think that people are starting to lose track of the fun in music, but I’m trying to keep that alive and keep myself from going down a similar path. I’m a huge admirer of [Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters frontman] Dave Grohl, because he takes that idea of fun to its extreme.”

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‘Hardcore Henry’ dulls with weak gimmick, listless violence

‘Hardcore Henry’ dulls with weak gimmick, listless violence

Riley Walberg, News Editor

May 4, 2016


Filed under A & E, Reviews, Showcase

What isn't shocking is the story itself. Unmemorable, unsurprising, and uninteresting, Hardcore Henry's plot quickly becomes predictable, especially when you realize that you're basically watching someone else play a video game. The more the story goes on, the more video-game-like it becomes, complete with waves and levels of enemies escalating in difficulty and even a final boss fight at the end.

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Drake underwhelms with ‘Views’

Drake underwhelms with ‘Views’

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2016


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Ultimately, Views falls short of greatness. Drake has portrayed this release as his evolution; an expansion on his signature sound that would propel him towards legend status. It's reflected in the album's cover - Drake, solitary and sullen above the rest of the world, poised to strike from atop the CN Tower. In the end, though, Views is enjoyable, but more of the same.

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Classic Review: ‘Sunset Blvd.’ (1950)

Classic Review: ‘Sunset Blvd.’ (1950)

Isaac Owens, Broadcast Manager

April 13, 2016


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Somehow, Billy Wilder created a movie that feels as fresh today as it did in 1950, as though he knew exactly how it would be taken in today.

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