The Final Riot!’ crisply captures the essence of Paramore live

Besides Fall Out Boy, there are few pop-rock bands that consistently stay in the public spotlight long enough to warrant being pulled into the full category of “pop” music; however, Paramore has somehow wedged itself into that narrow position. After the success of the first single, “Misery Business,” off Paramore’s second album “Riot!” (2007), the […]


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    Jaffar Mahmood, who was featured in last week’s Weekender Interview, knew he wanted to make movies a long time before he even began writing the script for what would become “Shades of Ray,” which screened last night in Braker 001. The film was written, directed and produced by Mahmood, and for this Daily reporter, […]


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It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving week is already here, and you’re most likely going to have to go home to your family for a few days, whether you like it or not. And when I say “it,” I’m referring to your family. Maybe it’s because I have no life, but for whatever reason, I […]


In latest release, it’s hard to spell Mudvayne without ‘mundane’

A name foreign to most, Mudvayne has been rocking the modern world for over 10 years, a surprisingly long life span for any group in today’s fickle music scene. The group’s latest release, entitled “The New Game,” is another move toward the more melodic, classically rock ‘n’ roll styles that the band grew up listening […]


Teardrops on Swift’s guitar are replaced with a splash of angst in sophomore effort, ‘Fearless’

Taylor Swift is rapidly becoming one of the best-known names in the music industry, and that’s no big surprise to anyone at this point. Aside from the country genre’s increasing popularity, Swift’s self-titled 2006 debut release blended country perfectly with pop, making it superbly accessible. Swift’s sophomore release, “Fearless,” is a perfect example of what […]


Grant Beighley | Pants Optional

Grant Beighley | Pants OptionalTwitter this     I love the Internet; I really do. It’s given humanity so many great things — most of them pornographic in nature — but, more importantly, it has given us all new reasons to never leave the house and interact with other living beings. As my Dad has always […]


Lady GaGa embraces pop music stereotypes and achieves gloriously tacky hit, ‘The Fame’

On the surface, the debut album from self-proclaimed lover of pop, Lady GaGa, seems like it wouldn’t be of much interest to a college-aged crowd, but surprisingly it’s seeing heavy rotation in nearly all demographics. Moreover, it’s been heralded as the future of pop music, or conversely, according to All Music Guide, “anti-pop,” whatever that […]


Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ takes pop to a whole new level

    On the surface, the debut album from self-proclaimed lover of Pop, Lady GaGa seems like it wouldn’t be of much interest to a college-aged crowd, but surprisingly it’s, for some reason, seeing heavy rotation in nearly all demographics. Moreover, it’s been heralded as the future of pop music, or conversely, according to All Music […]


Grant Beighley | Pants Optional

What the hell Chronos, God of Time? I thought we had a deal. I’m taking back my four bushels of potatoes and three goats I sacrificed to you last week. Moloch the Owl God will not be pleased when he hears of this. You know Moloch, right? I think you met at last year’s mixer; […]


Copeland’s newest effort, ‘Sunshine,’ proves lackluster

Copeland has historically been lumped in with numerous other indie-rock acts such as Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, though the band really doesn’t deserve such denigration. But with its newest release, “You Are My Sunshine,” Copeland seems content to associate itself with other indie-rock groups by solidifying its roots in a banal, […]


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