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Coen Brothers separate themselves from Hollywood once again with “Hail, Caesar!”

Coen Brothers separate themselves from Hollywood once again with “Hail, Caesar!”

Rob Gabe, Staff Writer
February 22, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Sitting just a notch below 2003’s battle-of-the-sexes, romantic comedy “Intolerable Cruelty,” the Coen Brothers (“No Country For Old Men,” “A Serious Man,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”) latest star-studded picture,“Hail, Caesar!” failed to find its audience the weekend of Feb. 6, where...

Remembering David Bowie

Remembering David Bowie

Eric Ryan, Special to the Quad
February 8, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

Before its release, David Bowie’s “Blackstar” had been on my radar for quite some time. Since the title track’s video, a 10-minute exercise in what can only be described as borderline occultism, was uploaded onto YouTube, I had been eager for what the album had in store. Eerie and haunting, it...

Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog releases new album

Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog releases new album

Tyler Asay, Staff Writer
February 8, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

Philadelphia rock band Dr. Dog’s musical history goes back further than one might think. The band’s success and notoriety has grown at a steady pace for years now with strong indie-rock albums such as 2008’s “Fate “and 2012’s “Be The Void.” Known for their impressive live shows, the...

Music as therapy: Zachary Cole Smith’s DIIV releases sophomore album

Music as therapy: Zachary Cole Smith’s DIIV releases sophomore album

Jeffrey Holmes, Entertainment Editor
February 1, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

In a 2016 interview with Pitchfork Media, singer-guitarist Zachary Cole Smith describes a personal connection to his music: “I knew it was going to take a really good album to save me. That’s what made it so hard to write, and why it took so long. If I didn’t make a great record, then I’m done.”...

West Chester student interviews “Pride + Prejudice + Zombies” cast

Casey Tobias, Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 novel of the same name, “Pride + Prejudice + Zombies” is a comedy horror film following the same characters that appear in Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice.” It is set to premiere on Friday, Feb. 5. As the movie name suggests, however, zombies...

Local Music: Jeffrey Holmes

Local Music: Jeffrey Holmes

Megan Sabers, Staff Writer
February 1, 2016
Filed under Entertainment

West Chester University senior Jeffrey Holmes started recording/writing their own music in 2013, launching a Bandcamp account with fellow student Reggie Smith one year later. The duo was inspired by acts like Skinny Puppy, Aphex Twin, and Danny Brown, leading to a digital sound drawn from synthesizers...

Bloc Party releases new album

Bloc Party releases new album

Rob Gabe, Staff Writer
February 1, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

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