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Bloc Party releases new album

Bloc Party releases new album

Rob Gabe, Staff Writer
February 1
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Consecutively reinventing themselves with every new release, Bloc Party, the British-indie rock band has been under scrutiny from a substantial amount of their fan base ever since their critically acclaimed, Generation-Y album “Silent Alarm” (2005) to which some would argue is the defining record...

“Mystery Dungeon” readies Pokémon series for anniversary

Megan Sabers, Staff Writer
January 25
Filed under Entertainment

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, a series beloved by adults and children alike. To celebrate, fans are getting a treasure trove of Pokémon memorabilia. Special edition New Nintendo 3DS bundles will be released in February with remasters of the original Pokémon “Red” and “Blue”...

On “The 5th Wave:” West Chester student interviews science fiction author

Casey Tobias, Editor-In-Chief
January 25
Filed under Entertainment

Popular science fiction novel “The 5th Wave” recenty received a movie adaptation that hit theaters this past weekend on Friday, Jan 22. Written by New York Times bestselling author Rick Yancey, “The 5th Wave” follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan (portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz), who struggles...

West Chester student interviews YouTube star Frankjavcee

Jeffrey Holmes, Entertainment Editor
January 7
Filed under Entertainment

Francisco Jav Contreras, better known on YouTube as Frankjavcee, is a musician and filmmaker popular for his series of electronic music tutorials and 8-bit chiptune covers of popular songs. Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Contreras grew up learning several instruments and then studied film as an undergraduate...

Why your eyes need to be on Chance the Rapper

Why your eyes need to be on Chance the Rapper

Zach Ritz, Staff Writer
November 23
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

First the underdog and now on his way to becoming a star, Chance the Rapper is one of hip-hop’s finest in this day and age, appealing to the young crowd with his over-the-top lyricism and intriguing style of rap, and even appealing to the older folks with his extreme gospel and soul influences. At...

Grimes’ “Art Angels”

Megan Sabers, Staff Writer
November 23
Filed under Entertainment

Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, released her fourth studio album “Art Angels” in early November. This album differs greatly from her last release, “Visions,” which, although painful to create, brought her critical acclaim and launched her into the spotlight. Where “Visions” is dark...

Nathan Fielder stars in new Comedy Central original

Nathan Fielder stars in new Comedy Central original

Ryan Colon, Practicum Writer
November 23
Filed under Entertainment

If you have never seen the Comedy Central show “Nathan For You,” I suggest you give it a try. Nathan is this young, awkward guy who tries to help struggling businesses become successful in the most unorthodox ways possible. His type of humor is low-energy as he tends to make conversations with the...

“Ash vs. the Evil Dead:” B-movie star hits television

Rob Gabe, Staff Writer
November 23
Filed under Entertainment

Not counting a brief, end-credits cameo from 2013’s very unsatisfying remake, it’s been almost 23 years since Bruce Campbell, from “The Evil Dead” (1981), “Evil Dead II” (1987), and “Army of Darkness” (1992), has elected to reprise his role as the most groovy and beloved B-movie character...

Pennsylvania locals master Americana

Pennsylvania locals master Americana

Zach Writz, Staff Writer
November 23
Filed under Entertainment

Hailing right outside Philadelphia, Raphael Cutrufello, alongside his folk outfit known as Hezekiah Jones, is releasing their newest full-length album, “In Loving Memory of Oosi Lockjaw” this month. I’ll be the first to admit that my reach of folk music, especially in the 21st century is fairly...

Alternative metal acts come to Union Transfer

Alternative metal acts come to Union Transfer

Jeffrey Holmes and Megan Sabers
November 16
Filed under Entertainment

On Sat., Nov. 7, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer was the host to three diverse acts in the modern metal scene. Swedish death metal outfit Tribulation, Japanese atmospheric hardcore quintet Envy, and California shoegaze metal act Deafheaven stunned the venue with their own takes on what it means to be...

TV producer Dick Wolf career shows no signs of slowing down

TV producer Dick Wolf career shows no signs of slowing down

Keeley Gould, Practicum Writer
November 16
Filed under Entertainment

What do these shows all have in common: “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,​” and premiering Nov. 17: “C​hicago Med?” Dick Wolf. For all six of these shows, Dick Wolf is either the creator, executive producer,...

West Chester locals Trycheck prepare debut album

West Chester locals Trycheck prepare debut album

Jeffrey Holmes, Entertainment Editor
November 16
Filed under Entertainment

West Chester University student Michael Trycieckyj has spent the past year writing, collaborating, recording, and mastering a full-length album of indie rock under the name Trycheck. The sophomore and music major performs a balancing act between indie pop and his classical roots, employing instrumentation...

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