Friday, April 16, 2021

Ian Krietzberg

‘OK Orchestra’ Review: AJR has never been this strong

'OK Orchestra' is utterly unique — a beautiful, surprising yet fantastic evolution from “Neotheater” while still being true to its predecessors. It is sprawling and powerful and musically compelling, but it is full of stories. 

How David Ross Lawn is ‘making it’ as a professional musician

“The reason this album is called ‘The Nocturnes’  is that it’s the pieces of the nighttime,” Lawn said. “These pieces for me are my response to the darkness, the darkness that one would feel when they are getting told that they have to stay inside, they can’t do anything really artistic or have an audience in front of them, and so I think it goes deeper into the darkness that someone would feel during this time. And that’s where I drew my inspiration for this, I just kind of sat at the piano and went for it.”

An interview with President Foster: fall semester versus spring preparedness

“I think that what I constantly think about is a balance, it’s a balancing act,” Foster said. “We’re living in a world of trade-offs right now. So you could say alright, what we did in the Fall essentially, say we’re not going back, we’re not giving choice to students or faculty this semester, and we could do that. But what we also know is that the cost of doing that will be on students, mental health in terms of desperate to come back, yearning to be here, in particular, difficult circumstances at home that would make the cost of being off-campus even greater than the risk of being on-campus."

Weezer partially evolves with ‘OK Human’

Weezer surprises fans with the release of “OK Human,” an album that was announced less than two weeks ago, and an album that is as different and distinct as Weezer has ever been.

‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 recaptures the essence of ‘Star Wars’

Ever since Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, “Star Wars” has largely been marked by a build up of excitement, followed — almost always — by a crushing letdown. With “The Mandalorian,” Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have recaptured the very essence of “Star Wars,” telling their story with the kind of love and passion that was so sorely lacking in the Sequel Trilogy. 

College decides against ungraded option, extends withdrawal period

After a challenging semester spent online in the midst of a raging pandemic, the College, despite a Change.org petition that has garnered nearly 2,000 signatures, reaffirmed its position today against an ungraded option for the fall 2020 semester. 

TCNJ Alumni In The Arts: Holly Black

Holly Black is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. She is best known for penning, alongside Tony DiTerlizzi, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” — a renowned children’s fantasy series that began in 2003 and was adapted into a film by the same name, which was released in 2008. She has received a Newbery Honor Award, a Nebula Award and a Mythopoeic Award for her work over the years. Black has since released dozens of other novels, exploring fantasy worlds full of magic and faeries. Though she now lives with her family in New England, she got her start here in Ewing, as a member of the 1994 graduating class at The College. 

‘Alex Rider:’ a pioneer of YA book adaptations

“Alex Rider,” The IMDb TV adaptation of the famed book series written by Anthony Horowitz, has just been made available to stream in the US through Amazon Prime Video. 

What we’re watching on Netflix: ‘Schitt’s Creek’

“Schitt’s Creek” recently wrapped its sixth and final season on the highest possible note, sweeping at the Emmy Awards and trending for a significant stretch of time on Netflix. 

America is saying something; we have to listen

In the days and weeks leading up to what has become one of the most contentious presidential races in modern American history, a wide variety of different polls showed, both nationally and at the state levels, Joe Biden with a tangible lead over the incumbent President Trump. Even after pollsters accounted for the potential errors that lead to their miscalculation in 2016, many Democrats were under the impression that Nov. 3 could very well have marked a historic, landslide victory for Biden. As the last 24 hours have shown us, this optimistic hope was not the case. 

Entertainers, it’s not a sin to use your voices

The influence of “celebrities,” whether they are musicians or actors, has been compounded by the constantly growing prevalence of social media. And that influence has become as contentious as the environment in America at this moment — an environment where many people seem to be split along political lines. 

‘Letter To You,’ a simple, meaningful revival of the E-Street Band

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that everyone who calls the Garden State home has, at the very least, heard of “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen. And now, the Boss is back — though he’s definitely a bit different.

‘Troubled Blood’ — more than the critics make it out to be

It wasn’t until the second novel — “The Silkworm” — written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, that I realized that J.K. Rowling had grown up. I understood almost immediately after picking up that book (and stumbling upon a truly graphic scene) that her latest literary series about a modern London-based detective, was truly something special. “Troubled Blood,” the most recent installment in the “Cormoran Strike” series might very well be Rowling’s best work yet. 

This Week’s Playlist: Keep Looking Up

I was born and raised surrounded by music.  From the time I was an infant, my parents would host informal music education sessions, popping CDs into the 8-track player built into our old minivan, gracing my ears with a variety of classic and alternative rock, from Queen to Rob Thomas and so much in between. 

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