Category: A & E

‘Giada’ doesn’t live up to hype

‘Giada’ doesn’t live up to hype

After all of the hype for Giada's restaurant, I was a bit unsatisfied with my experience there.
‘AND&END’ the start of disappointment from T-ARA

‘AND&END’ the start of disappointment from T-ARA

‘AND&END’ experiments with another genre, straying from T-ARA’s typical sound, but this album will do nothing more than disappoint those who listen.
'Listen', the fourth studio album by The Kooks, captures romance and heartbreak in a new light.  Similar Artists: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and The Fratellis  Grade: A  Photo Courtesy of Music Chaotic

‘Listen’ to The Kooks

With an exploration of music throughout the 60s to the 90s, ‘Listen’ by The Kooks is an exemplary mix of romance and breakups.
Paired with her psychedelic vocals and entrancing instrumentals, Banks' debut album presents a tragic twist on torment and grief. The 14-track record barely makes its mark on the electronica music scene, but it does deserve to be held in high regard.
Similar artists: FKA twigs, BROODS and SOHN
Grade:  B-
Photo courtesy of the Daily Herald

Banks’ ‘Goddess’ strengthens fabric of modernized music

Banks steps onto the stage with her captivating, cacophonous album, 'Goddess.'
With its simplistic mini-games and user-friendly interface, 'Peak' serves up a new way to pass the time. Although it isn't filled with nail-bitting horror or gut-wrenching action, the app is enjoyably stimulating, yet lacking some luster.

Boost your brainpower with ‘Peak’

Portable and personal, 'Peak' adds to the era of “edutainment.”
Jay Park displays his personal growth through ‘Evolution’

Jay Park displays his personal growth through ‘Evolution’

Jay Park’s “Evolution” evolves into a dynamic compilation of both romance and heartbreak.
Siblings Alison and Catherine Pierce explore their darker and emotional side with their enigmatic compilation of harmonies. Similar Artists: Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, and Simon and Garkfunkel  Grade: A  Photo courtesy of Josepvinaixa

‘Creation’ explores the nostalgic side of folk rock

Sisters Alison and Catherine Pierce redefine victory and pride in "Creation."
Brought to America by the results of a Facebook poll, those who are a fan of both the Professor Layton franchise and the Ace Attorney franchise are able to experience their favorite professor and defence attorney join forces to uncover the mystery of the ancient city Labyrinthia through Professor Layton VS. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.  Grade: A  Similar Games: 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine doors, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Trauma Center: Under the Knife  Photo Credit: Nintendo

‘Professor Layton VS. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ is a puzzle worth solving

Brought to America by the results of a Facebook poll, gamer's favorite professor and defense attorney join forces to uncover the mystery of the ancient city Labyrinthia.
Having a clever usage of jump scares and a limited energy budget, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a nightmare that has been brought to life where it is least expected.  Similar Games: Slender, Night Trap, Don't Blink  Grade: A  Photo courtesy of Desura

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ results in five nights of no sleep

With ample scares and a limited energy budget, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a nightmare that has been brought to life where least expected.
Earning that folk label by the skin of their teeth, Dry the River's newest release, Alarms in the Heart, descends into limbo, their distorted guitar shreds and silky strings creating a concoction of contradictions.
Similar artists: Stornoway, Marcus Foster and Matthew and the Atlas
Grade: C+
Photo courtesy of Transgressive Records

Dry the River’s new release sets off ‘Alarms in the Heart’

Dry the River swaps their trademark folk sound for soft grunge material in their new album, 'Alarms in the Heart.'
The roasted chicken sandwich ($12.40) had a sweet savory sauce that lingered in the mouth after tasting. While slightly overpowering, the flavorful chicken still made for a filling dish. Photo Credit: Althea Gevero

‘Echo and Rig’ impresses with quality experience

A perfect place for a classy and memorable dinner out, Echo and Rig provides enticing food and outstanding service.
'They Want My Soul' refuses to conform to the electronica genre, while still teasing listeners with sprinkles of synth here and there. Spoon's new album is rousing and stimulating, but never lends itself to tumult or turmoil, maintaining a classy, "smart rock" feel.
 Similar artists: Divine Fits, White Rabbits, The Walkmen  Grade: A  Photo courtesy of The Rolling Stone Magazine

Spoon’s ‘They Want My Soul’ true to motherhood of rock

Their first album in four years, Spoon dishes out the raw riffs and swinging vocals they are known for.
At $10.50, the margherita pizza was a yummy mix of cheese and dough. Much of the GameWorks menu is similarly priced at the same quality. Simple to the point of near plain, I still enjoyed this dish due to it’s classiness.  Grade: C+  Photo Credit: Althea Gevero

‘Gameworks’ arcade trumps restaurant

The newly opened GameWorks was impressive in terms of gaming and entertainment, but doesn’t quite hit the mark when it comes to food.
Debut album 2014 S/S by WINNER is an exemplary compilation of energetic but meaningful tracks that will leave listeners interested in what comes next.  Similar Artists: BTS, GOT7, Topp Dogg  Rating: A  Photo Courtesy of 8tracks

WINNER wins all with “2014 S/S”

Debut album 2014 S/S by WINNER is an exemplary compilation of energetic but meaningful tracks.
Though upbeat and eccentric, 1000hp by Godsmack lacks artistic integrity and is unoriginal in sound and lyrics.  Similar Artists: Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, and Korn  Rating: D  Photo Courtesy of Republic Records

“1000hp” fails to please

Godsmack’s sixth studio album, 1000hp, is an unoriginal and unpleasant selection. Instrumentally and lyrically, it revolves around upsetting themes of hatred.