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Q&A with The Imaginaries: ‘music called us’

As a culmination of independent solo music careers filled with three studio albums apiece, tours, gigs and song placements all over television and film comes The Imaginaries, a husband-wife duo that combines the talents of Maggie McClure and Shane Henry in a bluesy, dramatic debut album.

The Oscars air despite a two-month delay

Over the years, award shows have lost the once-prominent momentum and interest. Performances are lackluster, speeches are trivial and the gilded glamour has been viciously scratched away. With the subtlety now exposed, the shows go on without a hitch, rendering a bitter feeling of pretending everything is alright. 

A Q&A with Five For Fighting: ‘I haven’t written my best song yet’

Everyone may not be familiar with the name Five For Fighting, but the song “100 Years,” one of the band’s biggest hits, has been a familiar staple since its release in 2004.  John Ondrasik, also known as Five For Fighting, released his first album “Message For Albert” in 1997, followed by 2000’s “America Town,” which skyrocketed Ondrasik’s career with the groundbreaking single “Superman (It’s Not Easy).”

i-Tunes performs their annual i-Cabaret

The a cappella group, i-Tunes, performed their annual spring concert, i-Cabaret, on YouTube in a creative way to showcase the talent of the group while social distancing. The live showing on April 23 featured solos and duets. Alexandra Vargas, a sophomore early childhood education and English dual major hosted the event along with Ryan McLaughlin, a junior and co-musical director of i-Tunes.

Alfa Mist’s ‘Bring Backs’ brings the forgotten beauty of jazz to life

Alfa Sekitoleko, professionally known as Alfa Mist, is a British jazz pianist, composer and rapper. He is seen as a pioneer of the modern jazz genre who creatively mixes in hip-hop elements. Sekitoleko’s second studio album “Antiphon” was released in 2017 and was very well received, with the YouTube video of the full album currently standing at nearly 8 million views. 

‘Mortal Kombat’: a forgettable, disappointing adaptation of the video game series

Many people were excited for the new highly anticipated adaptation of the video game franchise, “Mortal Kombat.” The popular fighting game is considered one of the most successful video game series of all time, with many of its characters, such as Sub-Zero and Scorpion, considered some of the most recognizable and iconic characters in gaming fandom. 

‘Shadow and Bone’ is a thrilling fantasy adaptation

In a world overtaken by darkness and war, the people of Ravka look for the light. Based on “The Grisha” Trilogy and the “Six of Crows” Duology, both written by Leigh Bardugo, the series follows an orphan mapmaker named Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) after she discovers she has a power that could save her country from the monstrous Shadow Fold. The Grisha are people with the ability to call earth, fire, wind, flesh. Alina has the rarest gift of light.

Netflix’s “Tell Me When” falls flat

The newly released Netflix original film written and directed by Gerardo Gatica, “Tell Me When,” (Spanish: “Dime Cuándo Tú”) had its debut on the streaming service on April 21. The plot follows a workaholic and Mexican-American, Will, who decides to go ahead with the plans his late grandfather made to help him discover his roots and heritage in Mexico. “Tell Me When” stars Jesús Zavala as Will, Ximena Romo as Dani (Will’s love interest), Verónica Castro and José Carlos Ruiz. The romantic comedy was already released in Mexico late last year. 

Embracing the unconventional in literature: an interview with experimental writer Ben Marcus

Few names are as recognizable in experimental literature as Ben Marcus. His numerous short stories and novels have been described equally as surreal, satirical, comical, absurd, meta, dystopic, postmodern, but above all else: entertaining and unique. Marcus’s work transports readers to vivid, oppressive, often terrifying worlds full of lyrical language and a one-of-a-kind writing style.

Senior graphic design majors premiere unique website

To celebrate the senior class, a website has been made to showcase all of the projects created by senior graphic design majors. The website, titled “the odds,” alludes to all the challenges the students have overcome as well as all the various projects and career interests they have. 

Babygirl’s “Losers Weepers” is outside the box of genre

“Losers Weepers” doesn’t fit completely into either the pop or rock genre, however it does pay tribute to those major influences on the music world. If you plan to give this underground duo a chance, lose all prior expectations of those two genres, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the creativity of the band’s approach to loss.

‘The Circle’ season two is off to a strong start

Netflix reality TV show “The Circle” is back for another season, and will be releasing episodes weekly until the beginning of May. With eight new contestants, drama is already through the roof, and the tension is high as they try to navigate who they can trust to win $100,000.

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