Archive for the ‘A&E’ Category

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‘Zelda’: The case for a female Link

A couple weeks ago, Nintendo finally announced it long-awaited new “Legend of Zelda” game for Wii U. The trailer begins with a vast open world, dotted only by a green figure riding a horse. A monster begins to attack. It chases the figure into the forest, where it flings off its cloak, takes aim with […]


UAA backstage at Road to Vans Warped Tour

Sound engineers run about with sound equipment as roadies carry instruments on and off the stage. Band members, local and big-time alike, mingle with fans with all-access and VIP passes while waiting for their time to go on stage. Warped Tour itself is quite the experience, but there’s nothing quite like being backstage at the […]


‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is fantasy at its finest

Film: Director: Starring: Release date: Rating: “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Dean DeBlois Jay Baruchel Cate Blanchett Gerard Butler June 13, 2014 5/5 stars The first “How to Train Your Dragon” film was something of a surprise success. Very loosely based on a recent children’s book series, it was a coming-of-age story about a […]

Beyond the Black Rainbow

‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’ is beautiful, empty

Title: Director: Country: Release date: Rating: “Beyond the Black Rainbow” Panos Cosmatos Canada December 31, 2010 3/5 stars The annals of sci-fi are haunted by the campiness, and occasional genius, of the ‘70s and ‘80s. With the advent of CGI, amateur and professional filmmakers alike had a field day with visuals. Playing out with fever […]


‘Lazaretto’ proves Jack White’s musical genius

Artist: Album: Genre: Release date: Rating: Jack White “Lazaretto” Blues Rock June 10, 2014 4/5 stars Jack White’s second album “Lazaretto” is something to either download or grab off the shelves of the store as soon as possible. With a little bit of everything, there’s at least one song on the album that everyone can […]

July Movie Preview

July 4 “Tammy” When Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, “The Heat”) gets fired from her job at a fast food restaurant called Topper Jack’s, she takes to the road with her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon, “Ping Pong Summer”) in a crazy adventure.   “Deliver Us from Evil” Detective Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana, “Lone Survivor”) believes that human […]

Film: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Release Date: June 13, 2014
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Rating: 5

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ is fantasy at its finest

The first “How to Train Your Dragon” film was something of a surprise success. Very loosely based on a recent children’s book series, it was a coming-of-age story about a boy raising a pet dragon against the will of his village. It was pretty standard stuff when it came to film tropes and clichés, but […]

Lifeless Planet

‘Lifeless Planet’ is a contemplative journey

Game: Developer: Platforms: Genre: Release date: Rating: “Lifeless Planet” Stage 2 Studios PC Journey June 6, 2014 4/5 stars Back in 2012, “Journey” launched a whole new genre. It inspired the type of game involving relatively peaceful and thoughtful adventures through environments that are more about philosophical thought than they are about any challenge. Games […]

Days of Future Past

‘Days of Future Past’ is the best of both worlds

Film: &nbsp Director: Release date: Rating: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Bryan Singer May 23, 2014 4/5 stars The “X-Men” film franchise has seen its ups and downs in the almost-14 years it’s been around. The first two, directed by Bryan Singer, are generally seen as superhero classics. The next two, “The Last Stand” and […]


Yellowcard Q&A with violinist Sean Mackin

Yellowcard a pop punk/alternative band that’s been around for 17 years and began playing together purely for the opportunity to play the Vans Warped Tour is coming to Alaska for the Road to Vans Warped Tour. They will be continuing onto the Vans Warped Tour this summer in the tour’s 20th year. Yellowcard violinist Sean […]


Girls Rock Camp Alaska empowers women, challenges stereotypes

When popular music focuses on women, they’re often stereotyped or dominated in some way by a man, according to B. Lee Cooper, professor of history and American culture at Reinhardt College. In response to this, Monica Lettner decided to start a summer music camp that focuses on girls called Girls Rock Camp Alaska. The camp […]

‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1’ is lusty indulgence

Film: &nbsp Director: Release date: Rating: Country: “Nymphomaniac: Volume 1″ Lars von Trier March 6, 2014 4/5 stars Denmark If the viewer could look into filmmaker Lars von Trier’s mind, chances are it would look almost exactly like his opus, “Nymphomaniac: Volume 1.” Every character struggles with an emptiness and the most damaged of them, […]


Rapper Sage Francis fights change on Copper Gone

After a long and tense hiatus, Rhode Island-based emcee Sage Francis is back with his much-anticipated LP, “Copper Gone.” His previous album, “L(i)fe,” was produced with live, poppy instrumentation, but that change was only superficial. It was clear that the elder statesman of underground hip-hop was stalling. On the upside, Francis steps out of his […]

Capital Cities

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 headline act, Capital Cities. The concert that took over an entire block of F Street had people of all ages dancing and having an all-around good time. The sound of Youngblood […]

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