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Dylan Gardener’s Debut Album proves to be Sensational

Dylan Gardener’s Debut Album proves to be Sensational

Kristin Iler, Staff Writer

March 25, 2015


Filed under Music, Showcase

No surprise that the name Dylan Gardner is probably familiar; he is a YouTube sensation. He went viral with a cover of the Beatles “Abbey Road” that he constructed in 15-second increments. Since then, Gardner has hit many musical milestones, getting his singing career off to a great start. In 2013,...

Extended Playlist: Undiscovered Hip Hop

Extended Playlist: Undiscovered Hip Hop

Cameron Conner, Staff Writer

March 9, 2015


Filed under Playlist, Showcase

The late 20th and early 21st centuries have been characterized by the veritable revival of culture within the post-modern societies of the third world. As the values of Humanism and self-actualization rise to dominance in the minds and ambitions of everyday people, more and more tales of societal asc...

“Unbroken” Review

“Unbroken” Review

Jack Dalmolin, Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Movies, TV, & Games, Showcase

Unbroken is an uplifting, family-friendly movie with an enthralling storyline and an even more inspiring message. Unbroken, which hit the theaters on Christmas day, had the potential to add to the holiday spirit for millions of families across America - and it did just that, becoming the third biggest...

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Amanda Lewsader

February 3, 2015


Filed under Features

5 Seconds of Summer recently opened the concert for One Direction in the Georgia Dome on October 1. It was clear that they enjoy themselves on stage, showing that they thoroughly love what they do. They took time to genuinely thank the fans st the concert for all they have done for the group. The...

The Second Brit Invasion: Rixton

The Second Brit Invasion:  Rixton

Cameron Conner, Staff Writer

December 16, 2014


Filed under Music, Showcase

As of late, a proverbial tide of well dressed, accented pop stars has been pouring over to the States from across the pond. Unsuspecting American teenagers have seemingly succumbed to this new breed of Anglophilia, and the appeal of boyish good looks, blatantly jolly lyrical content, and tight pants...

Taylor Swift Comes “Out of the Woods” in her Revealing Fifth Album

Taylor Swift Comes “Out of the Woods” in her Revealing Fifth Album

Hailey Yarbrough and Caitlin Shelby, Sports Editor and Literature Editor

December 10, 2014


Filed under Music, Showcase

World famous and fresh-faced, Taylor Swift released her newest album on October 27, 2014. 1989 is a perfect blend of modern pop music and alternative. Its energetic songs like “Shake it off” and many more rocked the music society and encouraged excitement in listeners everywhere. This record surprise...

Gwen Stefani “Comeback” Proves Less than Stellar

Gwen Stefani “Comeback” Proves Less than Stellar

Rayne Crivelli, Staff Writer

December 1, 2014


Filed under Music, Showcase

In conjunction with her first season as a judge on The Voice, Gwen Stefani is scheduled to release her third studio album (her first solo album since Sweet Escape, which debuted over six years ago). “Baby Don’t Lie” is her first single off of the still unnamed album and it leaves a bit to be desir...

Forgive Me, For I Used to Hate The National

Forgive Me, For I Used to Hate The National

Cameron Conner, Staff Writer

December 1, 2014


Filed under Editor's Picks, Music, Showcase

As much as it pains me to admit this, until recently I really could not stand The National. I used to let out an ominous hiss at the sight of my peers posting grayscale pictures of whatever their newest album was at the time. I found comfort in perpetually rolling my eyes at the thought of people actually...

Mary Lambert showing a whole different side of her with her new Album “Heart on My Sleeve”

Mary Lambert showing a whole different side of her with her new Album “Heart on My Sleeve”

Kayla Salemi, Staff Writer

December 1, 2014


Filed under Music, Showcase

Mary Lambert’s debut album Heart on My Sleeve broke through the surface of the music industry on October 14, 2014. Lambert may best be known for featuring on the Grammy-winning single “Same Love” for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Lambert appeared in the chord of the “Same Love” single repeated...

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

Amanda Lewsader, Staff Writer

October 31, 2014


Filed under Books, Showcase

John Green yet again succeeds in writing another number one bestseller. Colin, the main character, has a problem with Katherines and not the Catherines that are spelt with a C. When he gets dumped for the 19th time by a Katherine, he becomes broken-hearted and dramatically depressed. He desperately needs to f...

Adventures in Costco

Adventures in Costco

Emma Franklin, Senior Editor

October 20, 2014


Filed under Features, Showcase

Costco is a large building full of consumer products and this summer one came to my home town; I did not have it in me to stay away from the grand opening. We went there with one mission: to buy a television. My grandmother needed a new one and we got a membership specifically for it. Though the televisions...

Alternative Angel

Alternative Angel

Brandon Moss and Brandon Moss

September 11, 2013


Filed under Features, Showcase

A few weeks prior to this writing, we celebrated the immortal and precious voices’ birth. Layne Staley, the lead singer of the band Alice in Chains and Mad Season, has touched the lives of thousands throughout the world with his unique style in music. We cannot fully describe the textual and emotional...

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