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Subjective Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Clare Mullherin, Reporter
January 26, 2017
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Most high school students in the Rockwood School District will be acquainted with the controversial William Shakespeare. Many freshman read Shakespeare’s pun and angst filled "Romeo and Juliet" as well. Sophomores have it way better in my opinion though, they have it better in general compared to f...

Review: Moana topping box offices worldwide

Shwetha Sundarrajan, Reporter
December 15, 2016
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The newest Disney animation, Moana, is topping box offices around the world. This is the latest movie in Disney's attempt to represent various cultures- starting from Mulan, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Merida, and now Moana. Previously, Disney has faced criticism from viewers for drawing their female protagonis...

Review: Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

Review: Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

Jack Deubner, Opinions Editor
December 1, 2016
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Underground legends Xiu Xiu have come back with one of their most hauntingly beautiful records in years. Now, Xiu Xiu isn't your typical underground band. Starting in 2002 Jamie Stewart, prominent leader of the group, has been playing with elements of noise, pop, freak folk, experimental music and...

BTS smashes records with third full length album

BTS smashes records with third full length album

Shwetha Sundarrajan, Reporter
October 24, 2016
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They're back at it again, and this time, they've made history.  Popular South Korean band BTS (Bangtan Boys) has released their second full album on October 10th, 2016. Big Hit Entertainment, BTS's record label, released a series of teaser trailers hyping fans across the globe. The first teas...

Painting With doesn’t live up to previous work, but worth a listen

Painting With doesn’t live up to previous work, but worth a listen

Jack Deubner, Reporter
February 23, 2016
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Animal Collective is just one of those bands, man. With the noisy and freak folk engulfed Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished and Sung Tongs, to the fun and psych-pop fused albums Merriweather Post Pavilion and Strawberry Jam, I can surely say Animal Collective is one of my favorite ba...

Neon Indian’s new album is a great mix funky beats and solid synths

Neon Indian’s new album is a great mix funky beats and solid synths

Jack Deubner, Reporter
November 3, 2015
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Released on Oct. 16th, Vega Intl. Night School is an escape from the normal sound of Alan Palomo's Neon Indian project. Palomo typically orients his music around neo-psychedelic synths and leading the short lived "chillwave" era of the mid 2000's, but on this album Palomo dives into the world of funk...

Destroyer’s new album is one to please

Destroyer’s new album is one to please

Jack Deubner, Staff Reporter
August 31, 2015
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With a name like "Destroyer", you'd think front man Dan Bejar would be screaming over some wailing guitars and heavy bass lines, but in reality, it's quite the opposite. Hailing from Vancouver, Destroyer's 19 year long run is filled with blissful indie rock that's good for settling down with a blan...

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Seth Boester, Sports Editor
May 18, 2015
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After several years of offshoots and smaller, more concentrated character development movies, including Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier Marvel Studios is back with a return of their most well-known superhero group, The Avengers. Keeping in line...

Shovel Knight shines in a market of old school imitations

Shovel Knight shines in a market of old school imitations

Garrett McBay, Reporter
May 7, 2015
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Shovel Knight, an indie game by Yacht Club Games, was recently released on the PlayStation 4, inspires feelings of childhood nostalgia all while justifying this admiration with gameplay that sets it aside from the rest. Shovel Knight succeeds in getting things straight; it isn't just a throw back, bu...

New artist brings a spark of interest to country music

New artist brings a spark of interest to country music

Anna James, Reporter
April 29, 2015
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Upcoming artist Sam Hunt is bringing a whole new vibe into country music with his new album Montevallo. After he co-wrote all 10 songs on the album that ranked number three in Billboard 200, it was a hit in the world of country music. When "Leave the Night On" and "Take Your Time" topped the US H...

Chaos And The Calm: Too calm to be remembered, but enjoyable

Chaos And The Calm: Too calm to be remembered, but enjoyable

Suzy Blalock, Reporter
March 31, 2015
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Singer/songwriter James Bay’s debut album Chaos And The Calm proves to be an awesome arrangement of songs, but overall lacks originality. The England native’s album contains an equal mix of upbeat pop songs with folk influences and acoustic, slower-paced songs. The combination of quiet feelin...

The Darkest Minds proves not to be another Hunger Games

The Darkest Minds proves not to be another Hunger Games

Amanda Shaw, Asst. Webmaster
March 26, 2015
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By now nearly everyone has read The Hunger Games or Divergent along with many other popular dystopian novels. The Darkest Minds, the first book of a trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, falls into this category, but don’t stereotype it: THIS BOOK IS NOT THE HUNGER GAMES. The Darkest Minds follows the life of sixte...