Talents converge in thriller

When a film mixes journalists and politicians, there is a possibility for heavy-handed morals or clichéd plots and characters. Yet State of Playmanages to narrowly avoid all of those common pitfalls. Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe, "American Gangster") is a weathered reporter who is so involved in his work that he eats food on the run in his car or out of a can when he actually makes it home.

Keep your soul and spirit alive: Charles Bradley talks to TNL

Charles Bradley started his career in music as a James Brown impersonator by the name of Black Velvet. Bradley was discovered by Gabriel Roth...

‘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...

Comedy duo to bring their quirkiness to UAA

Dakaboom is a musical comedy duo whose show, according to their official website, “is one that needs to be seen to be understood.” The duo consists of best friends Ben McLain and Paul Peglar, who have been living together for years. McLain was part of NBC’s “The Sing Off” with his vocal band ARORA (called Sonos when on the show), and Peglar was the pianist for season one of “Glee.” The two have all released a studio album titled “Get Awesome.”

‘Guitar Hero II’

"Guitar Hero II" is in no way a guitar simulator. There are only five fret buttons to play different notes. The neck and headstock of the guitar controller that comes with the game is made of plastic. "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden is easier to play in the game than on actual guitar-even on the expert difficulty level.

MellowHype raises the bar

Sharing hundreds of blunts and stages as a member of OFWGKTA with infamous rapper Tyler the Creator gave rising rap duo MellowHype the knowledge of what rap fans want to hear. No longer destined to merely be the mid-stage lurkers at shows, MellowHype's new album "Numbers," released Oct. 9, establishes them as serious contenders in the rap industry.

‘Family Guy’ creator releases ‘Music is better than Words’

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has released a jazz album. The arrangements are pretty good, and it’s really difficult not to tap your toe...

‘Hell of the Living Dead’ transcends nonsense

Horror has a history of reveling in disaster. Where other genres lock away their failures, horror holds a special place for its own. A...

After 10 releases, Morrissey abides

Unfamiliar to the likes of Morrissey, I embarked on the close study of "Years of Refusal," Morrissey's tenth solo release. One would fi gure that choosing an artist one is utterly unfamiliar with for a good evaluation would be a chore, but I was feeling ambitious.

Local anime convention storms UAA

Once a year, UAA’s Student Union floods with hundreds of television personalities. No, you won’t find Snooki or Kim Kardashian, but you will find Batman, Avatar Aang and, if you’re lucky, some of the original Power Rangers.

‘The Westport Independent’ lacks narrative depth

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Goth rock band Evanescence gives strong comeback

Gothic rock group Evanescence is back with a new, self-titled album. The album, titled “Evanescence,” is more of their usual introspective piano fueled music,...

Q&A with Young Dubliners

The Young Dubliners have been around since the late 80s and were created by Keith Roberts and former member Paul O’ Toole. Through the...

‘C.O.R.E’ restyles a classic game form

First of all, I love first-person shooters (FPS) for the Nintendo DS. The stylus dragging on the bottom screen to aim the reticule on the top screen is smooth and intuitive, not to mention a cool control scheme. Second of all, I like the throwback of "C.

Glee Club is welcoming new voices

The Glee Club at UAA is in its ninth year as an a cappella singing community. The Glee Club has been around since 2010; it...

E3 2015: The after-report

Well... that was an E3. I've got a lot to get through, but briefly, if you don't know what E3 is, it's a week-long expo...

Top Ten Albums of 2008

It was a year of great debut albums and one with a lot of love for the 80s. Tracks from each album will be played from noon until two on Edge Essentials, Dec. 5. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago If Iron & Wine met TV on the Radio in the forest and joined forces they would be Bon Iver.

‘The Wolf Among Us’ is a gripping mystery

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: "The Wolf Among Us" Telltale Games PS3, 360, PC, Mac, iOS Adventure July 8, 2014 5/5 stars In 2012, developer Telltale Games released a point-and-click adventure game adaptation of...

A&E Briefs

Human Landscape grand opening at the Student Union Gallery Thursday, Sept. 25 will see the opening of the Student Union Gallery's newest attraction, "The Human Landscape," a show featuring art from student Kristin MacAdams. The show will hold a mix of classic black and white portraiture and surreal landscapes.

Dancers open the floor for next generation

During these dance battles, all the participants sign up for a specific battle and showcase their moves in front of their opponent(s). While they give it their all, three judges intently watch how they groove to the music and connect with their opponent.


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‘Homefront’ a decent alternative to ‘Call of Duty’

THQ’s heavily advertised shooter, “Homefront,” has finally arrived. The premise is simple: North and South Korea have joined to become the Unified Republic of...

August Movie Preview

Aug. 1 “Guardians of the Galaxy” In this new Marvel adventure, everyday man and pilot Peter Quill — or as he calls himself, “Star-Lord” (Chris Pratt,...

‘Let’s Be Still’ by the Head and the Heart

“Down in the valley with whiskey rivers, these are the places you’ll find me hiding. These are the places I will always go.” These are the iconic lyrics from The Head and the Heart’s breakout tune “Down In The Valley,” a folk ballad that evokes a little piece of Jack Kerouac’s rambling mysticism in all of us. And they — these beautiful, quaint, and captivating folksters — certainly took listeners down there with them.

The uninspired ‘Serra Pelada’ retreads old territory

The post “Breaking Bad” glut of anti-hero centric crime flicks only had so much to work with. A man, seeking fortune or some means...

8 mile: Lose yourself in the movie

When I first heard Eminem was starring in a movie, I was skeptical. My initial thought was that this movie would end up being...

More of the same, but ‘Bloom’ still shines

Beach House is a Baltimore-based duo consisting of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally. In their short time together this dual of...

‘Venetica’ sports potential, but doesn’t bring it home

“Venetica” is an action role-playing game from German developer DTP Entertainment. While it boasts some fairly impressive features, it seems to be missing a...

Toro y Moi: Bull and Me is growing up

Toro y Moi has mellowed out since he started his career in 2009. The album "Anything in Return" is an electronic melodic calamity of synthesizers and drum kits. The third LP from singer and producer Chazwick Bundick, one of the founding fathers of the 80s-orientated chillwave genre, forces listeners to mentally transport themselves to the days when cassette tapes were preferred and colorful knee-high socks were adored.