Critic’s Corner: Aphex Twin presents “Syro”

By Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. — If you like any sort of electronic music today, there is one man to thank for a large amount of innovation that made the genre into what it currently is. Richard D. James, better known by his artist name Aphex Twin, is considered by many, including this avid listener, to […]

Spooky Black debuts with “Black Silk”

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn., — The anonymous Spooky Black of  St. Paul, Minn., is one of the biggest stories in the world of Internet music this year. But what has caused Spooky Black to be such a huge story? For starters, the character’s real name has not been explicitly stated, although the name on the […]

Critics Corner: “Five Nights at Freddy’s”

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In “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” Mike Schmidt tries to stay safe from the animatronic characters.

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Although horror gaming seems to have fallen off in the last few years, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is starting its comeback. A lack of new ideas and truly terrifying concepts made the perception of horror games very far from what it was in their heyday of the mid-to-late ‘90s. Popular […]

Critic’s Corner: Mick Jenkins’ “The Water”

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(Note: Scroll to the bottom to listen to samples from the album.) Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Chicago-based rapper Mick Jenkins has proven his status as an up-and-coming rap star with the recent release of his sophomore mixtape, “The Water” (2014). The mixtape starts with the track “Shipwrecked.” It has an ambient introduction, setting the […]

Critics Corner: Guardians Worth the Attention

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After hearing Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, had the highest August opening ever, I was skeptical of the praise it had been receiving. Critics were giving praise to the movie and my friends, both in person and online, were asking me to see it. When I saw the trailers for the film, […]

Critic’s Corner

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. —   For the final critic’s corner of the school year, I want to review an album I discovered about a year and a half ago and has held my attention ever since. King Crimson’s debut album “In the Court of the Crimson King” is considered by many to be the first great […]

Critics Corner: UTC Dining

Sarah Cooksey, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Though there is so much to love about UTC, sometimes the tweet “#GoMocs” does not fully exemplify the adoration I have for this school. Today we will discourse my ever favorite subject of UTC Dining. Food. I love it, you love it. We need it to survive. It is a […]

Nickel Creek reunites and returns to the Scenic City

Joakim Roth, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Grammy winning acoustic bluegrass super trio, Nickel Creek has reunited and decided to hit the road again. The kings and queen of poppy acoustic string tunes have announced a new tour and brand new album, putting an indefinite hiatus since 2007 to rest. This marks the 7 year return of […]

Critic’s Corner: “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Joakim Roth, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Alright, alright, alright. It is the year of Matthew McConaughey. Let’s be honest, the prolific Texas heartthrob has come quite a ways since the 2000’s rom coms (“Fool’s Gold,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” among others). Starring in “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” McConaughey reinforces that pretty boy comebacks-á la Justin Timberlake- can and […]

Critic’s Corner: Top Dawg Entertainment

Specer Lane, Chattanooga Tenn. – Top Dawg Entertainment, the West Coast label responsible for Kendrick Lamar’s rise, has steadily been making a name for itself as one of the best forces in hip-hop today. Now the label is bringing another LA-based rapper from the forefront of the indie scene to a broader hip- hop audience. […]