Rasta-punk band Skindred gets in the groove with latest album

No other group can command attention the way Skindred can. The Prince of Wales quartet is fronted by Benji Webb, a dreadlock-sporting Jamaican with...

A&E Briefs

UAA rocks out with The Mountain Goats The Mountain Goats performed at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on Feb. 19, the same day their latest studio album, "Heretic Pride," was released. The folk-rock band kicked off their tour in Anchorage before heading for the West Coast.

Creative Corner: In the service of the Crown, part 1

Since the beginning of the eleventh century piracy plagued the seas of the world. Many famous pirates, such as Sweyn Forkbeard, Stortbeker, Redbeard also known as Barbarossa, and Klein Hanslein also known as Little Jack, brought fear to many who sailed across the open ocean. During this time and up to the golden age of piracy of the late 1600’s, many struggled to end this scourge of the seas.

5 reasons why Mountainfilm on Tour is worth watching

Telluride Mountainfilm is an annual festival and worldwide tour, displaying an array of beautiful and unique films from around the globe. Mountainfilm on Tour...

A&E Opinion: Queen B of Pop? Not yet

The shadows are full of whispers. The loyalists and the rebels are restless for confrontation. In light of a stunning victory in the nation’s greatest arena, a question has arisen: Is Beyonce Knowles the queen of pop?

Jay-Z’s rhymes poorly designed on ‘The Blueprint 3’

With a big name like Jay-Z, one would expect a certain amount of quality. For example, a listener might not want to hear the...

Bloc Party’s ‘Weekend’ trip not for travel-weary listeners

Listening to Bloc Party's second album is like listening to the sound of being just barely too cool for school. It's a golden age that can happen at any time: the briefest window when one realizes whatever rat-race one happens to be engaged in is an illusion that won't have any lasting impact on the course of one's life and it's possible to breeze by armed with half-baked ambition and the knowledge that it doesn't matter what people think - until the next crushing societal pressure takes hold of one's psyche, and the window closes.

‘The Intergalactic Nemesis’: A comic brought to life

How exactly does one describe a graphic novel for the stage? Proposing a solution to this odd question is “The Intergalactic Nemesis,” a sci-fi...

A&E Opinion: Zombie films need a boost in story artistry

Zombie movies have become a joke. The ravenous undead are no longer terrifying. Now they're stupid, shambling mannequins on which laughable premises are thrust.

Jellybean shooter, a springtime must

Jellybeans don’t just come in Easter baskets anymore. This shooter will knock you on your rump, so pay attention. Pour half an ounce of the blackberry brandy into a shot glass, filling it about a third of the way. Slowly pour in a third of a shot of Sambuca, which will layer it due to the differing densities of the alcohols. Layer the Southern Comfort on top.

The bard’s take on a galaxy far, far away

The first “Star Wars” was a landmark in filmmaking, pushing the boundaries of what could be done with special effects back in the late ‘70s. When adapting to another medium, then, the most obvious choice is classical theater —Wait, what?!

Why kiss and tell when you can kiss and show?

Kissing has a vast and extremely complicated history, believed to have evolved from its original purpose of a mother showing affection to her infant,...

Winter kicks off with Avalanche Awareness

The winter sports season has officially kicked off, and Parks and Recreation wants you to be safe by being informed. On Oct. 20 and 21, Parks and Recreation and the North America Outdoor Institute teamed up to present "Be Snow Smart" at Kincaid Park, a free symposium aimed encouraging more snow safety awareness.

‘The Eye of Moloch’ is bafflingly bad

In the first sentence of Glenn Beck's new thriller, “The Eye of Moloch,” Beck manages to abandon what it means to be a writer....

Sports Briefs

UAA's Williams earns GNAC honors UAA senior Ruby Williams has been honored at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's co-Player of the Week for women's basketball after helping the nation's top-ranked Division II team run its winning streak to 22 games last week.

The Boom Booms explode onto the UAA music scene

Rock-pop group The Boom Booms are coming to the UAA Student Union at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. They bring with them a unique blend of pop, hip-hop, reggae, soul and funk music.

Online opinions: When humor leads to threats in real life

Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has a right to express any opinion they have. Comedians, singers, artists, actors, authors and every other form...

“Dreaming Bears” is a captivating memoir

Trading Greenwood, South Carolina for the remote Alaskan village of Venetie, then medical student J. Michael Holloway, along with his brother, Ted and friend...

‘A Storm of Swords’ will break hearts while engaging readers

Warning: Review contains spoilers for the first two “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels There should be a support group for fans of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” No human can possibly take the punishment Martin doles out to readers.

The Ten-Week Gaming Initiative: Gaming classics I’ve never played before

  I like to think of myself as a pretty decent gaming critic. But with that said, with the many new releases that I cover...