National Album Review: Terrestrials is a dark and ambient musical collaboration

Posted on February 24, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Sunn O (pronounced as just “Sunn”) and Ulver’s drone metal collaboration, Terrestrials, is pristine.  There is a perfect combination of the two groups on this album, which was released on February 3.  With this collaboration, the two bands have come far from where they first musically started yet strike a good balance with their roots. […]

Dark comedic musical written by Holocaust survior has english world premiere at USM

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

The USM Department of Theatre is debuting the English language world premiere of In the Underworld, a darkly comedic musical written by the French ethnologist Germaine Tillion who secretly wrote the three-act script while imprisoned at the Nazi all women’s concentration camp of Ravensbrück in northern Germany. The operetta was originally titled Le Verfügbar aux […]

Film Review: American Hustle

Posted on February 23, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

David O’Russell is perhaps one of the most curious directors working in Hollywood.  Hanging on the periphery of celebrity status since “Three Kings” in 1999, O’Russell sprang into the spotlight with “The Fighter”, a grim look into the violent life of a Lowell boxer. He returned to critical acclaim again two years later with “Silver […]

Local Album Review: The Border

Posted on February 14, 2014 by elledavis in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Successfully executing the traditionally untraditional, and predominantly disfavored, integration of punk and country genres, here’s one stampede of an album fresh out of Dirigimus, Portland’s very own DIY music cooperative.  Seriously, listen up and listen well. The Coalsack in Crux released their second album, The Border, in January, and it’s by far one of the […]

McConaughey’s perfomance may be career best: Film Review of Dallas Buyers Club

Posted on February 14, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

Sporting a bucket-sized cowboy hat and thinner than a cornstalk, Ron Woodruff is nevertheless a very familiar character to us.  He’s a womanizing, alcoholic, rugged, obnoxious, insulting, son-of-a-gun.  Loved in a certain cautious way by his friends, and appreciated for a compassionate heart under all the grime, Woodruff is still repulsive to us, as his […]

Finding love in the digital age

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Can apps like Tinder spark an off screen romance? Whether we care to admit it or not, technology is changing every aspect of our 21st century world and, of course, dating and relationships are not exempt. Single people in the digital age have numerous tools at their disposal for finding love in the form of […]

Album Review: Along the Way

Posted on February 09, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Arts & Culture

Mark McGuire has had a busy year. After splitting up with the electronic band Emeralds and signing on to the Dead Oceans label, McGuire has managed to keep up an impressive creative pace with the release of what may be his most ambitious work yet. His EP, entitled Along the Way features 14 tracks of […]

Film Review: “August: Osage County”

Posted on February 03, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

By: Martin Conte It’s every movie buff’s guilty pleasure. It’s like getting wine tipsy, or treating yourself to dinner just before the rent is due. Putting some of the finest actors and actresses currently at work in the same dilapidated mansion, alongside the finest actress of any generation and shaking up the bottle with crisis […]

National Album Review: “Grass Punks” by Tom Brosseau

Posted on February 03, 2014 by dkelly in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Grass Punks, released by Tom Brosseau, questions the imperatives of American folk, yet it is still able to pay dear respect to the timeless genre. Folk music has always been an elusive term––world music played by lower socioeconomic classes, artists from the ‘60s folk revival (e.g., Bob Dylan, Joan Baez), and more recently, bands like […]

National Album Review: “The Age of Reason” by Gramatik

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Uncategorized

The Age of Reason defies standards in electronic music albums featuring 15 dynamic tracks that are rich in innovation and variety. The Slovenian born DJ Gramatik, whose real name is Denis Jasarevic, has been busy creating his own record label Lowtemp and crafting this gem of an album that’s been released after much anticipation. The […]