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Shawn Mendes surprises fans with two new singles

Shawn Mendes surprises fans with two new singles

Written By Kayla Snyder, Co-Copy Desk Chief

March 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Shawn Mendes surprised fans with not one, but two singles last week. With two dates of March 22 and 23 posted across his Instagram and Twitter, fans were left confused as to what they would mean. Some thought one of the dates would be the leading single to his upcoming third album and the second dat...

Jack White’s newest album as scattered as his persona

Written By Amanda Myers, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As reviews trickled in before the release of Jack White’s third solo album on Friday, one word stuck out amongst headlines: weird. If you are familiar with White and his thoughtfully constructed Tim Burton-like persona, the word doesn’t feel far off.  White has never been one to stand in line with...

Love, Simon: A movie everyone needs to see

Written By Lauren Ortego, Co-Opinions Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

I saw a tweet recently that really made me think. While I can’t recall the exact words used, it went something like this: “I thought I hated romantic comedies, but I realize now it was just straight people I hated seeing.” With its well-timed jokes, awkward main character and diverse, all star cas...

Warped Tour announces the final cross-country lineup

Warped Tour announces the final cross-country lineup

Written By Nick Horwat, Co-A&E Editor

March 6, 2018


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When Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 will be the final full-cross-country tour, he mentioned he wanted to get the biggest lineup the tour has ever seen. With the recent lineup announcement, it seems that he fell short of that expectation. Massive bands like Blink-182, Paramore or the...

Retiring rockers cement legacy

Written By Amanda Myers, Staff Writer

March 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As the superstars of the 60s and 70s continue to age, a number are bidding goodbye to the wear and tear of the road.  In recent farewell tour announcements, music greats like Sir. Elton John and Paul Simon have spoken of giving up their time on the stage for a more personal existence. These two musi...

Academy Awards celebrate diversity and women

Academy Awards celebrate diversity and women

Written By Mick Stinelli, Co-A&E Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The 90th Oscars occurred this week, in an industry shaken by movements like #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and #TimesUp. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Academy Awards were mostly predictable following last year’s shocking best picture mix-up between “La La Land” and “Moonlight.” Kimmel, for his credit, performed admirably....

Black Panther is an Ode to Black Excellence

Written By Sienna Rodriguez-Truley, Staff Writer

February 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Marvel has done it again. It's no surprise to me that this intro movie, packed with action and great supporting roles, is probably the best I have seen in years. This cinematic masterpiece is everything in a hero movie that was missing from my childhood. Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa, the king...

‘Wicked’ takes flight at Benedum Center

Written By Hannah Walden, Co-Copy Desk Chief

February 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

While thinking of modern musical classics, Stephen Schwartz’s “Wicked” is definitely at the top of the list. “Wicked” was shown from Jan. 29 to Feb. 11 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. “Wicked” takes the famous 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” and adds...

Beat makers thrive in Pittsburgh’s underground scene

Beat makers thrive in Pittsburgh’s underground scene

Written By Mick Stinelli, Co-A&E Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Orlando Marshall sits in his home studio, nodding his head to a new electrofunk beat he’s just made. Shade Cobain pounds out boom-bap - reminiscent of ‘90s hip-hop. Charlie Scott spins house and disco records in a dimly-lit club. There are a few in Pittsburgh who spend their days making beats. This seemingl...

‘Culture II’ hours long

‘Culture II’ hours long

Written By Nick Horwat, Co-A&E Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A day before their sophomore studio album “Culture” could turn a year old, Migos look to one up their 2017 chart topper with the release of “Culture II.” The trio of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset came through with a party album from beginning to end, from the featured artists to the 106-minute run ...

Grammys drop the ball on chief awards again

Written By Amanda Myers, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The 60th annual Grammy awards aired Sunday night, the Recording Academy aiming to right the wrongs they have committed against acclaimed artists in the past.  Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar remain at the top of those who have been snubbed, with the latter up for a bevy of awards.  His 2017 album “DA...

Walk the Moon charms Stage AE

Written By Matt Petras

January 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Before Walk the Moon began playing at their recent Stage AE concert in the North Side, the opening act Company of Thieves’ frontwoman Genevieve Schatz, a charismatic, casual and indelibly cute personality, told us the Walk the Moon band members are the sweetest guys. After, I’m pretty sure she t...