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This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

    Here are all of the interesting things I learned this week, plus the Top Five Love Song Lyrics of all time (or of some time) that may or may not get you the Valentine’s lovin’ you crave… V-Day Lyrics #5: “You’re My Home” – Billy Joel “I’ll never be a stranger/and I’ll never […]

Music News (2/6 – 2/12)

Music News (2/6 – 2/12)

    Neil Young to induct Tom Waits into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame On March 17, Neil Young will deliver the speech officially entering Tom Waits into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Waits has released 23 albums since 1973, running the musical gamut from blues and rock to jazz and vaudeville.  […]

“King Lear” is a labor of love

“King Lear” is a labor of love

          Poking out of trapdoors, painting wooden staircases and hanging sliding partitions, students work furiously to bring to life Director Brent Hinkley’s medieval set. Hipsters in tight jeans, striped hoodies and coiffed hairdo’s buzz from set to lobby, lobby to costume design, costume design to the drafting loft and then back […]

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

    I thoroughly enjoyed Cage the Elephant’s eponymous debut album.  It was a great, original album that wasn’t concerned with being mainstream at all.   Cage the Elephant struck me as some weird amalgamation of the Pixies and Kings of Leon, but with a lot more twang.  It was this original sound that drew […]

“Batman: Arkham Asylum” revisited: 9.8 out of 10

“Batman: Arkham Asylum” revisited: 9.8 out of 10

    “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” the epic, open-world, crime-fighting game has received multiple accolades and game-of-the-year awards across the gaming community. The sequel, “Batman: Arkham City,” will be released in November. The game is available for Xbox 360, Play Station 3, and Microsoft Windows computers. This video game allows players to assume the role of […]

Music news (1/30 – 2/5)

Music news (1/30 – 2/5)

            The White Stripes call it quits Jack and Meg White announced Feb. 2 that they “will make no further new recordings or perform live.” Dispelling rumors of in-fighting and health problems, the White Stripes issued a press release on their website saying they wish “to preserve what is beautiful […]

Thorndike Gallery host Andrew W.K. Morgan

A new display opened this month at Southern Oregon University’s Thorndike Gallery. This month features the abstract work of Andrew W. K. Morgan. The gallery features 19 select abstract pieces, all in the oil-on-panel medium. The central theme, according to the artist’s statement, is that of memory; and the artist channels his own memories through […]

“Grove” opens in Retzlaff Gallery

Claire Stephens’ new exhibition, “Grove”, is now on display at the Retzlaff Gallery in Southern Oregon University’s Art Building.  The opening Thursday night was attended by both SOU students and members of the community, who seemed enthralled by Stephens’ rather unique display. “Grove” is a painting of a birch forest on a collection of twelve […]

“Blue Valentine” falls short

“Blue Valentine” falls short

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in “Blue Valentine,” as Dean and Cindy. Their marriage is on the rocks and after the death of the family dog, issues slowly come to a head as they both reflect on their past as a couple. This all occurs over a two day period. After they drop their […]

Two albums you may have missed (and shouldn’t)

Two albums you may have missed (and shouldn’t)

NOFX: Punk in Drublic Many people have never heard of NoFX, which is downright insulting to musical history.   Easily one of the greatest punk bands of all time, and definitely one of the biggest influences for the countless other punk descendents, NoFX is criminally underappreciated. Despite a rather recent release of newer stuff, this […]