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December 16, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Review: Bruno Mars grooves his way to artistic gold

By | Dec 1, 2016

Mars takes on a new rhythm and blues persona — and he does not disappoint.

Review: New Marvel blockbuster not quite ‘Strange’ enough

By | Nov 23, 2016

“Doctor Strange” meets expectations but does not exceed them. Marvel can’t be afraid to make bold choices, to be unusual — to be strange.

Review: Kings of Leon ‘WALLS’ succeeds with stunning sound

By | Oct 25, 2016

Most of this album shows off the band’s true potential since they returned to their roots and produced an album of substance and depth.

Review: Passenger’s latest album delivers powerful lyricism

By | Oct 4, 2016

While the album is an enjoyable listen and delivers quality lyrics that Passenger is known for, it lacks musical diversity as a whole.

Cine Con Cultura: Hispanic film festival shines on IC campus

By | Sep 28, 2016

The film festival, part of Latinx Heritage Month, began Sept. 20 and runs until Oct. 15, showing 11 films at local venues.

Review: ‘Blair Witch’ fails with repetitive plotline

By | Sep 26, 2016

There’s no fooling the internet, which is where this sequel belongs. “Blair Witch” would be better served as a YouTube short than as a feature film.

Review: Mac Miller’s ‘The Divine Feminine’ lacks originality

By | Sep 26, 2016

In “The Divine Feminine,” Miller tries to show he has the chops to make more intricate tracks. He proves his talent by executing talented flow.

Review: Taking Back Sunday resurfaces with ‘Tidal Wave’ album

By | Sep 23, 2016

The Long Island rock band was formed in 1999 and has released seven full-length albums and two EPs since, proving to stand the test of time.

Dancing on the deck: Porchfest 2016 rocks with local artists

By | Sep 21, 2016

Beautiful ballads float through the air, while musicians serenade locals from their front porches. This is Porchfest.

Review: Edward Snowden’s leak produces succinct film plot

By | Sep 21, 2016

The movie is indeed a one-sided telling…carried by the spectacular performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) but hindered by other performances.

Review: Moose Blood’s raw vocals shine on ‘Stay Beautiful’

By | Sep 19, 2016

The group made waves with “Stay Beautiful,” a two-piece acoustic Spotify exclusive, released Sept. 8. Following the release of their second full-length album, “Blush,” “Stay Beautiful” is a coupling of two songs that successfully encompasses the two themes that are most prevalent in Moose Blood’s music: family and love. Their deeply personal lyrics translate beautifully into the stories told by the E.P.’s tracks, “Glow” and “Knuckles.”

The first track, “Glow,” opens up with slow, melodic guitar strumming, which sets a melancholy tone for the rest of the track. The instrumentals are followed by the lyrics, “I said goodbye today / I just watched you drive away / I just stood with mum and waved.” The combination of Eddy Brewerton’s raw vocals and the guitarist’s soft melodies add a heart-wrenching touch to the song. The lyrics provide insight to the difficulties of being separated from one’s father, while sweet melodies and instrumentals envelop the listener. Released as a single on Jun. 1, “Knuckles” is a true anthem to those who have experienced unrequited love. Opening up with the lyrics, “It wasn’t hard to fall for you / You had it all planned out, didn’t you,” the song offers an introspective look at love. The track builds on this knowledge, providing slow, low instrumentals to accompany it, adding to the emotion. It continues later with “That thing you said, stay beautiful / Even though that I know that it’s second hand,” providing more evidence of the heartache being felt by the artist while also referencing the name of the E.P., “Stay Beautiful.” During the last run through of those lines, there are moments of unaccompanied vocals where the listener is left with nothing between them and the music. It’s a period of reflection, for both the listener and the musician.

Review: ‘Southside With You’ viewers follow a budding romance

By | Sep 19, 2016

Viewers meet Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) as she gets ready in her mother’s home for what she calls a “business meeting.” Her mother teases her, saying, “I thought this wasn’t a date?” To Robinson, it wasn’t — until she met the ever-so-charming Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers). Obama and Robinson visit countless places on their date, such as an Afro-Culture museum exhibit, a church meeting and a theater to see the film “Do the Right Thing.”