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Album Review – Port of Morrow

March 27, 2012

The newly regrouped indie favorites, The Shins, have just released their new and highly anticipated album, Port Of Morrow. The album is sure to end up in end-of-the-year “Best-of” conversations and lists. The lead single, “Simple Song”, is definitely a contender for the bands “signature song” title. The track resurrects the spirit of 1970’s stadium rock, but James Mercer’s vocals...

St. Patrick’s Day Songs

March 16, 2012

“If I Should Fall from Grace with God”- The Pogues: This is the song that is popularly known as “that one song from that car commercial and I don’t understand what the guy is singing”. Shane MacGowan is popular for that, mainly because he is usually inebriated. The Pogues are one of the most famous acts to come out of Ireland, and quite frankly, one of the best. “Fall from Grace,...

The 2012 Academy Awards

February 16, 2012

Introduction: Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again: the Oscars have finally arrived. The nominees this year are fair. The movie Hugo leads with 11 nominations. Many films, on the other hand, were snubbed -- specifically, Drive and 50/50. But you have to do the best with your options, so below are my picks for every category in this year’s Academy Awards, with commentary fo...

Top 10 Films of 2011

January 18, 2012

Love watching movies? Take a look at this compilation of the ten best films from this past year. The Tree Of Life: Terrence Malick has always reinvented cinema in some aspect with every film he has made. The Tree Of Life, however, is his finest film to date, even surpassing 1978’s Days Of Heaven. The Tree Of Life is filled with vividly wondrous imagery that evokes nothing but thought. Set in 19...

Top 10 Albums of 2011

December 16, 2011

Chalk Artist: Andy Hanson Photographer: Sarah Otto West Side Stories guest writer Anthony Clayton used his knowledge of 2011 music to determine which albums are the year's best. Here is the full list of his preferences. 1. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes: 2011 was generally a bad year for music; not many albums that came out seemed satisfying. Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues came along mid-way through the year, and it was much needed. With its lush...

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