{Music Reviews}

Ozzy Osbourne “Down to Earth” - Sony Music $13.29 at Samgoody.com Ozzy's name alone guarantees platinum sales. His music defines the heavy metal genre, and his...

Floating on to stardom

Anchorage band, Termination Dust, signed to Modest Mouse frontman's Glacial Pace Records.

Alaska Native playwright lecture to promote diversity

It is said that in the early Cimmerian days of the world, a selfish chief found a chest containing light. He shared it with no man. The clever raven, seeing daybreak at the chief's feet, took the form of a young boy and coerced the chief into giving him the light.

Zombie jogging app brings fun and fright to exercise

When you think of zombies, there are only two reactions that come to mind: fight or flight. “Zombies, Run!” is an app that plays to...

Bear Tooth hosts release of new beer with Flowmotion

Bear Tooth hosts release of new beer with Flowmotion The Thursday First Tap at Bear Tooth will be celebrating the release of a new beer in style with Flowmotion, a jam band based out of Seattle. Their music is a combination of rock, funk, reggae and bluegrass, but the band identifies primarily with rock and roll.

Stay in with a bowl of popcorn and classic Halloween movies

Just like tastes in wine, the choice of a good scary movie is a personal preference. Some like a good slasher film with plenty of gore. Others like a good thriller with plenty of plot. Some like a good comedy that makes fun of the horror genre, while still providing an intense time.

Ween a whirlwind of ecclectic fun, a true Girdwood experience

I knew I was at a Ween concert because I simultaneously lost my beanie and my shoe. I knew I was in Girdwood because...

‘The Cabin in the Woods’ gives horror flicks a complete redo

By Heather Hamilton A&E Editor Horror isn’t scary anymore. If it makes you jump in surprise from time to time, the movie is exceeding expectations, so...

‘1776’ mixes humor, music, history with aplomb

Once you get past the initial giggles induced by the idea of a musical about the American Revolution, it’s smooth sailing. It would...

‘Miss Violence’ is quiet, too quiet

Calling the group of people in “Miss Violence” a family is like calling prisoners of war safe because they have shelter. There’s no truth...

‘Hounds of Love’ should have had a tighter leash

For all its earnest intensity, “Hounds of Love” has remarkably boring stretches. I was puzzled by those moments because everything on-screen was important and...

‘Harakiri,’ a pointed rock album

Former System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is back with another solo album commentating on how society currently sucks and is on its...

‘Hedwig’ sexy, smart but too sugarcoated for its own good

Drag comedy shows generally aren’t my cup of tea. I’m no expert on the subject, but what I’ve seen has been a disappointing mix...

Youngblood Hawke and Capital Cities rock downtown

On June 6, Humpy’s Big Spawn concert series kicked off with local act Turquoise Boy, followed by Los Angeles-based Youngblood Hawke and then the...

New Filthybird album soothing, yet powerful

The four-piece band that is Filthybird is anything but filthy; at least when it comes to their new album “Songs for Other People.” Coming...

Ambition sets “So Young” apart

Title: “So Young” Director: Zhao Wei Release date: June 14, 2013 Genre: Romance Country: China Rating: 3 out of 5 To give credit where...

Aerial Angels teach students how to fly

When your arms are stuck in the T-rex position, your ankles feel like putty and your bruises have bruises, the odds are good that...

‘Next Year in Zion’

Why listen to songs with intricate instrumentation and innovative song structuring when you can get simple melodic refrains and a singer's quirky French accent that prefers rhymes to not actually rhyme? Why listen to songs with deep meaningful lyrics when you can listen to songs about afternoon dance parties with girls from Texas or his girlfriend's bizarre phobias? So why not listen to Herman Dune? They're a duo out of France that play fun, loveable folk songs that are akin to the likes of Kimya Dawson or Jeffrey Lewis both of whom have been tour mates.

‘We Are Not Alone’ feels like nothing at all

If I taught a horror history course, I’d open it with the Peruvian bore, “We Are Not Alone.” Not because it’s anything special, mind...

Hello dark room, my old friend

Photography classes make the transition from film to digital

Additions to the Shootout half-time lineup

Halftime is cool-down time. The players are off the court, the bathroom breaks are commencing and it’s everyone’s chance to unwind from the game tension for a few minutes.

Why religious arguments are uneducated arguments

Madonna made headlines last week when she took the time to vocalize her support of gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was immediately slapped with a lawsuit over it. There is a law in St. Petersburg that bars the promotion of homosexuality in front of minors — and audience members were allegedly as young as 12 at the concert in question.

Cable Conspiracy Theory Network

Long ago in the dark ages of last fall, I wrote an article about how the major news networks covered the situation in Syria,...

Movies in 2009 feature everything old and new

While 2008 was a good year for movies (even the sequels), 2009 doesn't look to offer the same thing. There are very few movies people are actually looking forward to and even a majority of the sequels seem rehashed. Is it any wonder that Warner Brothers pushed back the release of the next Harry Potter film till next year with such a daunting outlook? There are many repeats-be they sequels, prequels or revisits of characters-that are offered in the movies for 2009.

‘Minimum’ is an intriguing blend

Game: “Minimum” Developer: Human Head Studios Platform: PC Release Date: Sept. 10, 2014 Rating: 4/5 +Great genre mixing +Looks stunning -Glitches abound Many genre mixtures this past year have experimented and failed....

A tongue in cheek look at the English Language

There have been many well-documented changes in the history of the English language. Ask a lexicographer or linguist and they'll be able to tell...

‘The Grudge’ light on plot, heavy on inane scares

“The Grudge” is a translation of a Japanese franchise to American theaters from director Takashi Shimizu. While stylistically interesting and packed full of creepy...

Claybody creations

Claybody, the campus ceramics club, is hosting an invitational for up-and-coming ceramic students. Works will range from beginning-level ceramic art to Bachelor of Fine Arts students and ceramic art majors. The show will encompass functional and sculptural work.

Thursday prepares for ten more years with ‘Kill the House Lights’

Angst-driven post-hardcore pioneers Thursday celebrate their ten-year career with the release of "Kill the House Lights," a full-length album/DVD crammed with b-sides, behind-the-scenes escapades, original demos, live concert footage, band interviews and even some new tunes.