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Who is Allen Miller?

Written by Austin Schumacher; Media by Michael Trieb. Taking the Greenville College Campus by storm is the new hit wonder group by the name of The Allen Miller Band. With their sudden rise to fame, many are wondering, who these guys are and where did they come from? Managing to get a personal interview, I was able to sit down and chat with the members to get a feel for what’s really going on behind the music. ...

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Not The Elder Scrolls ‘Oblivion’ – Movie Review

Written and media by Jake Cannon. I hope I’m not the only one who got excited for about half-a-second when I saw that a movie was coming out titled Oblivion. Alas, my excitement was dashed upon the sharp and cold rocks of reality when I realized that this movie would have nothing to do with The Elder Scrolls. Looking past that, in my article that I co-wrote with Austin Schumacher, we dissected the third Oblivion trailer. ...

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Trailer Trash Returns!! [The Elysium Games: Steel Wolverine]

Trailer Trash is Austin Schumacher and Jake Cannon. And we’re back!! That’s right, the two guys you love best are back to check out the newest trailers and let you know what works and what doesn’t. This time, we’ll be discussing the newest trailers for Elysium, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolverine, and Man of Steel. I must admit, we’ve got some really good stuff going on here, but also some, well, not so good stuff. Plus, unfortunately for yours truly, that other guy (Jake) felt like he needed steal all the fun ones for himself, but read on for one more ride inside our twisted minds…..if you dare!! ...

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OneRepublic’s Native Review

Written and media by Jake Cannon. Over the years, many band have tried to create an authentic, lyric driven sound that remains catchy and radio worthy. OneRepublic seems to fit that niche incredibly well. Coming off the hot success of their last album release Waking Up, OneRepublic, slowly but surely, has created a name for themselves. Not to mention frontman Ryan Tedder has written songs for the likes of Adele to Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson to Beyonce, Daughtry to Big Time Rush, Jordin Sparks to Carrie Underwood and Clay Aiken to Backstreet Boys. To say that his career has been prolific would be an understatement. This might explain why the band's third album entitled Native sounds like a blend of fun. mixed with Imagine Dragons coupled with Muse-esque anthems and surging dance beats from Swedish House Mafia with a side of Coldplay for dessert. Delicious. ...

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“Accidental Racist”??

Written and Media by Austin Schumacher Racism. Wasn’t that something that the U.S. took care of back in the days of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks? I thought we were over all that jazz. Besides, I just went to see 42, the movie about Jackie Robinson. All that stuff about blacks and whites and all the hatred, that’s all done now, right? …….Right?? Wrong. At least, according to country artist Brad Paisley, it’s certainly alive today, and considering the firestorm that has been brewed on account of his new song “Accidental Racist,” I would have to venture that most of the country agrees with him. Now, exactly what Paisley is trying to say about that racism takes a slightly different slant than most people would think. Included on his newly-released album Wheelhouse, the song opens depicting a conversation that takes place between a customer and the man behind the counter at Starbucks. Taking on a bit of country ballad flavor, the Paisley claims that he only wants to show that he’s a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan by wearing one of their t-shirts, but “The red flag on my chest is somehow like the elephant in the corner of the south.” In the song, he claims “We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after one hundred fifty years,” and teams up with LL Cool J at the end to say that if the black man and the white man would just not judge one another based on appearances and things that happened generations ago, then maybe we could understand one another. ...

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Avatar 2: Under Water Motion Capture

Written by Logan Welliver; Media by Zach Bonner.When it was announced that the top-earning movie of all time was getting a sequel I was less than surprised. What production company wouldn’t produce a sequel, and trilogy, out of a movie that earn over 2 billion dollars worldwide? ...

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What “The Next Day” holds for David Bowie

Written by Kevin Dunne. Media by Mikey Trieb. Davy Jones. Ziggy Stardust. The Space Oddity. The Thin White Duke. Halloween Jack. The Goblin King. Call him whatever you like, David Bowie, the Man from Mars, is back with a down-to-earth album. A secret two-year project, it was announced on Bowie’s 66th birthday that the album would be released, and The Next Day dropped mid-March. ...

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A Conversation with Crowns

Written by Austin Schumacher; Media by Michael Trieb. Although I enjoy the music scene, having grown up somewhat of a musician, many times, my dedication to other things on campus has prevented me from being too involved, much to my chagrin.  However, I had heard the name of Crowns tossed around campus quite a bit.  Though I didn't know too much about them, when they released an EP as well as qualified to p ...

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Review of “The 20/20 Experience”

Written by Kelsey McConnell; Media by Zach Bonner Justin Timberlake’s newest album, The 20/20 Experience, introduces a new style to the listeners. Timberlake brings in different beats for each song that aren't really heard of. He doesn't copy his beats from other artists. Justin has tribal beats along with a jazz beat and pop beat. The songs that have the pop beat seem to be more club-like and hold the list ...

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Theban Trilogy Comes to Factory Theatre

Written by Kyle Smith; Media by Austin Schumacher In their latest production, Three from Thebes, the Factory Theater Players have undertaken an extremely ambitious project. Three from Thebes is an adaptation of three of the oldest plays in the history of theater, the Greek tragedies of Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. This project is ambitious for a number of reasons: First, this production takes three separate plays which are each approximately an hour and a half in length and condenses them into one, three-act play with a run time of about two to two and a half hours, give or take. Second, this production attempts to resurrect some of the Greek style of theater, primarily through the use of masks and a “chorus.” Greek actors wore masks to cover their faces as part of their costumes as a way to take on the role of their characters. The Factory Theater Players have adapted this tradition for Three from Thebes and use masks to symbolize their characters, meaning that they are robbed of communication with the audience through facial expressions. The “chorus” is usually a group of minor characters who speak in unison as a way to narrate and convey plot movement, much like a chorus in a musical but with speaking instead of singing parts. Both of these aspects of the show speak to the ambition of the project because they demonstrate how foreign certain elements of this production will be to the audience. Because the audience is probably unfamiliar with forms of theater that include elements like masks and choruses, the actors will need extra effort to connect with the audience. ...

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