Category Archives: Reviews

With Your Presence: Album Review of PVRIS’s White Noise

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I was fortuitously introduced to PVRIS when Jessie sent me a two-volume mixed CD, all the way from Denver. I had been desperate to hear some new music for a few weeks, and of the myriad of bands I found on those CDs, PVRIS (pronounced ‘Paris’) stuck out. Continue reading With Your Presence: Album Review of PVRIS’s White Noise

PARABOLIS Review: Engaging the Audience in Layers

I think the best stories come to us in the most interesting ways. Yet again, I have encountered an author and a world in the most unexpected of places. I first saw Parabolis  in an imgur post a couple years ago. I bought the book immediately. I regret that it took me this long to read.

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ROGUE ONE Re-Affirms Disney’s Commitment to STAR WARS

[Spoiler-free review]

I saw Rogue One on Saturday morning with Present Wife.  I have been excited for this film ever since it was first announced shortly after the release of The Force Awakens last year. It was amazing. Continue reading ROGUE ONE Re-Affirms Disney’s Commitment to STAR WARS

Beautiful Juxtaposition – Avenged Sevenfold’s The Stage Pt. I

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Forgive me Father for I have sinned. It has been six years since my last start to finish listen to a new Avenged Sevenfold album.

Confession time: I fell off the Avenged Sevenfold love boat years ago. I didn’t buy their last two albums; I bought a couple songs and figured ‘eh, I got the gist of it.’ After the passing of The Rev, well, things weren’t quite the same for a lot of us long-time fans. We were mourning and it’s hard to muster up anticipation in the face of tragedy. I couldn’t manage that same eager energy for them anymore. And yet, I still vividly remembered our early times together like freaking out the first time I saw ‘Unholy Confessions’ on MTV’s Headbangers Ball back in 2004. I was in high school. Continue reading Beautiful Juxtaposition – Avenged Sevenfold’s The Stage Pt. I

Nightmarish Allure: Meg Myers is My Favorite New Pop Star

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I’m not really into pop music, and Meg Myers is not all that new. However, she is new to me, and I have yet to hear her on the radio, so I think it counts. After Jessie graced our computer speakers and headphones by featuring Meg Myers’s video for  “Desire” in a post a few months ago,  my intrigue quickly sky-rocketed to mini-crush and then to buying Meg Myers’s first LP, 2015’s Sorry.

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Book Review: REVENANT: ADVENT, Valerie Dugie – A Sci-Fi Thrill-Ride

Revent: Advent by Valerie Dugie

The Book: Revenant: Advent

Author: Valerie Dugie

Published: 2010

Genre: Science fiction

Indie books are fun. I came upon Revenant: Advent because I happen to know the author personally. When I found out recently that Valerie Dugie had published her first book in 2010, I promised I would read it.

And I really enjoyed it. Continue reading Book Review: REVENANT: ADVENT, Valerie Dugie – A Sci-Fi Thrill-Ride

Strange Birds + Grandpa vs. Prowler + Dead Sara = The Best Rock Show I’ve Ever Seen

Dead Sara - Ottobar, Baltimore, 8/5/16
Dead Sara – Ottobar, Baltimore, 8/5/16

Ottobar in Baltimore is not a large venue, but it is the perfect venue to see three high-energy bands leading up to Dead Sara, who have rapidly become one of my favorite bands. Continue reading Strange Birds + Grandpa vs. Prowler + Dead Sara = The Best Rock Show I’ve Ever Seen

Concept Art: Lyrical Content Discontent

I went to a concert with shiny new acquaintances a few weekends ago. To give a little bit of setting, this was my first experience at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado after having moved west recently. The venue is majestic to the point of being almost surreally incomprehensible; the type of place that makes you believe that a stargate must’ve swooshed you off to a far off planet of paradise. Well. At least it made me feel that way. 

Red Rocks
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BLOODLINE and Flat Characters

Netflix’s original series Bloodline finally crossed my radar a few weeks ago when my sister was in town. I ended up watching about 4 episodes of the first season with her as she prepared for the release of season 2.

I re-watched season 1 in its entirety after she left, because I can’t just leave a story unfinished – that’s ludicrous! I’ve now started season 2, and I’m not sure if I’m going to finish it. Spoiler Alert – I’m going to discuss season 1’s events freely, but I’ll leave out season 2 since I’m only on episode 3 or 4.

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