Category: A & E

‘All the Old Knives’ is a slow burn with a heart-wrenching ending

This article contains spoilers. Most movies about plane hijacking are action-packed, such as “Air Force One” (1997), “Non-stop” (2014) and “United 93” (2006). “All the Old Knives” takes a calmer, more dramatic approach that leaves audience members feeling the suspense throughout the entire film. The movie, which was released on Amazon Prime Video April 8, [...]

‘Cody Simpson’ represents new wave of his life and sound

Imagine a perfect summer day coming to an end. You are sitting on a beach next to a bonfire, surrounded by all your loved ones. That is what listening to Cody Simpson’s new self-titled album feels like: beachy and peaceful. Released April 8, “Cody Simpson”  is the first album Simpson has put out since “B-Sides” [...]

‘Fun Home:’ Love, Loss and Legacy

This review contains mentions of suicide, grooming, pedophilia and domestic violence. As the music begins, I watch a graphic novel come to life as characters begin to draw books and picture frames on the walls of the set. With a few pieces of chalk, a cast of talented actors and a live orchestra, Ad Hoc’s [...]

Emory’s musical equinox: a new golden age

If a stage is merely its core components — the performer, the music, the stage lights and the speakers — the foyer of the house at 1152 Houston Mill Road was one. I felt Atlanta shifting, settled dust kicking up, cowboy boots stomping on hardwood and thrumming speakers. Shouting. Movement. This was Emory Musician Network’s [...]

‘Melt My Eyez See Your Future’ is a hip-hop collage

When J. Cole claimed the title of hip-hop’s “middle child” on his 2019 single, he meant that he felt stuck between two generations of hip-hop artists. Denzel Curry is also a middle child of hip-hop, but for different reasons.  Now on his fifth project, Curry is 10 years younger than Cole and has differentiated himself [...]

Holmes girl bossed too close to sun in ‘The Dropout’

This review contains spoilers and mentions of sexual assault and suicide. Hulu’s “The Dropout” presents viewers with the image of Elizabeth Holmes as a disgraced girlboss. Once an acclaimed title given solely to inspiring and confident female leaders, the term is now also used to describe women who exploit and bully others for profit.  The [...]

The “Jeen-Yuhs” of Kanye West

The first two parts to “Jeen-Yuhs,” the new Netflix documentary that follows Ye’s, formerly known as Kanye West, rise to fame, were finished more than 15 years ago. Since his emergence as a producer, West had sought to shape his public image through careful marketing of his personal brand. The film was only released two [...]

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Clairo wraps ‘Sling’ tour in Atlanta with mesmerizing show

On the stage of the Tabernacle, Claire Cottrill, better known by her stage name Clairo, was wrapped in light. Her mostly teenaged audience gathered under the painted eaves of the concert hall, some shouting “I love you” and others waving handmade signs. Cottrill concluded her “Sling” tour in Atlanta on April 16 and 17. I [...]

As the war in Ukraine rages on, the artistic response rages louder

After her home was torn apart by a Russian bomb, professional pianist Irina Maniukina sat down at her piano to play one last song. A video of her last performance, heart-wrenching and beautiful, went viral soon after. The visual sent a strong and vocal message to the world about the atrocities committed in Ukraine and [...]

‘All the Old Knives’ is a slow burn with a heart-wrenching ending

This article contains spoilers. Most movies about plane hijacking are action-packed, such as “Air Force One” (1997), “Non-stop” (2014) and “United 93” (2006). “All the Old Knives” takes a calmer, more dramatic approach that leaves audience members feeling the suspense throughout the entire film. The movie, which was released on Amazon Prime Video April 8, [...]

‘Cody Simpson’ represents new wave of his life and sound

Imagine a perfect summer day coming to an end. You are sitting on a beach next to a bonfire, surrounded by all your loved ones. That is what listening to Cody Simpson’s new self-titled album feels like: beachy and peaceful. Released April 8, “Cody Simpson”  is the first album Simpson has put out since “B-Sides” [...]

‘Fun Home:’ Love, Loss and Legacy

This review contains mentions of suicide, grooming, pedophilia and domestic violence. As the music begins, I watch a graphic novel come to life as characters begin to draw books and picture frames on the walls of the set. With a few pieces of chalk, a cast of talented actors and a live orchestra, Ad Hoc’s [...]

Emory’s musical equinox: a new golden age

If a stage is merely its core components — the performer, the music, the stage lights and the speakers — the foyer of the house at 1152 Houston Mill Road was one. I felt Atlanta shifting, settled dust kicking up, cowboy boots stomping on hardwood and thrumming speakers. Shouting. Movement. This was Emory Musician Network’s [...]

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