Reviews

Spring Break Album Review Special

Now that the snow is finally melting and spring break is in our immediate future, I want to give you a run-down of what is becoming one of the best years of music within recent memory. Undoubtedly, some of us will be hitting the road, yearning for splendiferous music of all sorts. In no particular order, here are some tunes that ... Read More »

‘Uptown Special’ Album Review

“Uptown Special,” the latest release from English musician, DJ, singer and producer, Mark Ronson, is a star-studded, funky tug-of-war featuring more variety than you can wag a finger at. Ronson produced a number of wildly successful records, including Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”, Adele’s “19” and Bruno Mars’ “Jukebox.” He’s had his hand in over 40 albums since 1998. Bruno ... Read More »

Will Smith Deliver Fresh ‘Focus’?

Will Smith’s most recent film “Focus,” is ironically a bit of a blur in my mind. The pacing is fast and constantly building momentum as it drives you through a colorful world of high-class events and high-stake crime. “Focus” is likely to be the slickest and most stylish movie of the year and has an amazing soundtrack that infuses every beautifully shot ... Read More »

“I Love You, Honeybear” Album Review

“I Love You, Honeybear,” from Sub Pop Records, is Joshua Tillman’s 2nd studio album under the moniker Father John Misty. Tillman has been self-releasing solo albums and EPs under this name since 2003, and he is most notably known for his involvement as drummer for the Fleet Foxes. Tillman’s raucous live performances propelled him onto Late Night: With David Letterman ... Read More »

‘Kingsmen’ Offers Suitable Service

“Kingsmen: The Secret Service” is the kind of movie Hollywood has not made in years. When the “Austin Powers” franchise mocked James Bond, the future Bond films took on a serious tone to avoid being laughed at as well. However, “Kingsmen” does the opposite and embraces the campy nature of sexy superspies in finely-tailored suits, along with evil geniuses bent on ... Read More »

Best Places to Wine and Dine in Stevens Point

Even in a smaller city like Stevens Point, there are more places to eat than some realize. Having lived here for two years, I have found there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy to get a unique dining experience. For a night out, or when you want to relax or catch up with old friends, I recommend the following: Indulgence ... Read More »

‘In The Shower’ Album Review

Coming straight from the smoky streets of Montreal, Homeshake is the once side-project, now full-time musical endeavor of Mac Demarco’s ex-touring guitarist Peter Sagar. “In The Shower” is Sagar’s first full-length LP released under the pseudonym Homeshake, featuring jangly guitars, crackly vocals and bass lines so funky even your 80-year-old grandmother with osteoporosis can’t help but wiggle along. Although “In ... Read More »

Seeing ‘Grey’ Should Have You Seeing Red

It is appropriate that “50 Shades of Grey” was released on Friday the 13th, because it is one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. The film’s protagonist, Anastasia Steele, is the potential murder victim of Christian Grey, a less charming version of Patrick Bateman from “American Psycho.” Christian is a narcissistic sociopath who likes to psychologically enslave and ... Read More »

‘Live in San Francisco’ Album Review

For starters, Ty Segall is pronounced “Tie Seagull,” like you’re capturing a bird by the ocean, and his latest album is a set of ten songs performed by The Ty Segall Band over the course of two nights at the Rickshaw Shop in San Francisco, California. He has already released several albums since the recording. Ty Segall is a creative ... Read More »

Review: ‘I Was Here’

Most people have heard of, if not read, a novel by Gayle Forman. Her most well-known novel is “If I Stay,”and on Jan. 27, 2015, she came out with a new bestseller. “I Was Here” chronicles the story of Cody whose best friend Meg commits suicide. Cody does not believe the claims, though, and becomes obsessed with finding out why she ... Read More »