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REVIEW: Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2

REVIEW: Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2

Kayla Lumpkins, Reviewer

March 22, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Opinions, Reviews

Dropping his sophomore album Lil Boat 2 on the anniversary of his debut project, Lil Boat, Atlanta’s Lil Yachty hopes fans take to his new material better than they did his last album, Teenage Emotions. In an interview with Ebro Darden on Beats1, he discussed how he felt like he let fans down wit...

Annihilation: Another win for 21st century sci-fi film canon

Annihilation: Another win for 21st century sci-fi film canon

Kyle Howard, Reviewer

February 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

Annihilation is writer and director Alex Garland’s second directorial endeavor after the success of his artificially intelligent debut, Ex Machina, which pitted two geniuses against the wit of an android woman. While Annihilation has suffered from some distribution, marketing, and editing problems...

REVIEW: Black Panther

REVIEW: Black Panther

Kayla Lumpkins, Reviewer

February 19, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

OH MY GOD. We’re only two months into 2018 and Black Panther is already the best film of the year. I was fortunate to watch the movie Thursday night before its debut and WOW. I’m still shook. I haven’t stopped talking about the movie since I’ve seen it and I don’t know if I’ll stop anytime...

REVIEW: Rich Brian – “Amen”

REVIEW: Rich Brian – “Amen”

Kayla Lumpkins, Reviewer

February 11, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Reviews, Viewpoints

Rich Brian, formerly known as Rich Chigga, just dropped his highly anticipated debut album “Amen,” a cohesive body of work that proves the 18-year-old rapper from Indonesia is more than a fluke. The 14-track album includes the hit single “Glow Like Dat,” “Attention,” which features Offset, and his ...

REVIEW: Drake’s ‘Scary Hours’ frighteningly introspective

REVIEW: Drake’s ‘Scary Hours’ frighteningly introspective

Kayla Lumpkins, Reporter

January 28, 2018


Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Reviews, Viewpoints

Drake dropped his new EP “Scary Hours" last week, making it the first project fans have heard since last year’s “More Life.”  The Grammy-winning artist released an EP comprised of two-tracks,  “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” As a Drake fan, I felt like he’d been quiet f...

Review: ‘Losing Sleep’ tour countrified BB&T Arena

Review: ‘Losing Sleep’ tour countrified BB&T Arena

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

January 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews, Viewpoints

My dad introduced country music to me when I was a little kid. The radio in our garage would blare the Indiana’s Eagle 99.3 as he worked on various tasks. On our fishing trips to Kentucky Lake, the old, beat up radio in our Triton boat played the southern drawls of older country music artists I didn’...

REVIEW: ‘The Post’ charms like retro Spielberg, bridging past and present

REVIEW: ‘The Post’ charms like retro Spielberg, bridging past and present

Jude Noel, Arts & Life Editor

January 18, 2018


Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

Whether it’s tailing publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) into a sea of sharply-dressed Wall Street investors or plunging into a swell of notepads and flashbulbs on the Supreme Court steps, Stephen Spielberg’s camera rolls from swarm to throng like an amusement park’s anxiety-fueled dark ri...

REVIEW: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

REVIEW: Guillermo del Toro’s <i>The Shape of Water</i>

Jude Noel, Social Media Editor

November 25, 2017


Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

Green: The medicinal-pale exterior of a new 1963 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. The shade of twenty half-eaten key lime pie slices, stored in a refrigerator. The Jell-O wiggling at the focal point of a Norman Rockwell-esque painting. And the reptilian skin of The Shape of Water’s aquatic love interest: the p...

REVIEW: Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

REVIEW: Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

Nicole Browning, News Editor

September 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

While many address the problematic racial divide in our society with discussion, action, and sometimes even apathy, Joan Ferrante took a different path: grief. Her documentary, Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories, had an exclusive first screening in NKU’s University Center on Sept. 23. Ferrante, p...

REVIEW: Day one of Midpoint Music Festival

REVIEW: Day one of Midpoint Music Festival

Cole Grecco, Arts & Life Editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

Food and beer trucks lined East 5th St., forming a barrier that separated Midpoint Music Festival from the rest of Cincinnati on Saturday night. Beyond the food trucks, lines of festival-goers sat against the outside wall of Taft Theatre and the Cincinnati Masonic Center, enjoying their glasses of Rhi...

Review: Day two of Midpoint Music Festival

Review: Day two of Midpoint Music Festival

Jude Noel, Social Media Editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Featured Story, Reviews

“Seven years ago, a young guy walked into my office on a Friday afternoon with a CD called I Want! I Want! and two tickets to the studio release at the Mockbee,” said WNKU’s station manager Aaron Sharpe, addressing a Taft Theatre crowd so densely-packed that extra security had to be called in to keep...

Take a trip back in time: SOTA sets stage for fall

Take a trip back in time: SOTA sets stage for fall

Cole Grecco, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

August 30, 2016


Filed under A&L Features, Arts & Life, Reviews

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will visit Great Depression-era Oklahoma for “The Grapes of Wrath,” a 1920s recording studio in Chicago’s South Side for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and New York City in the 1920s for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as they gear up for anoth...

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