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 […]

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. […]

Critics Corner: Blue Water Grille

By Eleanor Angel, Chattanooga, Tenn.–Not many people know about Blue Water Grille,  located on Broad Street right next to Big River Grille. My sister and I are always looking for places to grab some tasty appetizers and a drink or two. She found Blue Water Grille on a happy hour app on her iPhone. We […]

Critics Corner: Her

Joakim Roth, Chattanooga, Tenn. – “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.” These are the words that Theodore Twombly, played by a brilliant Joaquin Phoenix, whispers heartfelt to his new computer’s operating system Samantha, […]

Critics Corner: Top four albums of 2013

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Top four Albums of 2013  4. Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”  Although the French electronic duo’s fourth studio album wasn’t nearly as innovative as previous releases, Daft Punk’s techno-funk release still managed to broaden their appeal. Although “Get Lucky” is by far the album’s most popular track, it obscures the genius of the release’s […]

Death Grips continues strong start to career with “Government Plates”

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, TN– “You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it’s your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat” is pretty much the perfectly named opening track on alt-rap group Death Grips’ new album, Government Plates, released suddenly last week online for free on the group’s official […]

Swans Live Release Combines New With Old

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, TN– New York post-rock band Swans has been classified as “noise rock” very commonly but that is only a part of what makes the group stand out. “The Seer” (2012) was hailed as one of the albums of the year by several music publications, such as “Stereofunk,” “Pitchfork,” and “Sputnikmusic.” This year’s live release […]

Cut Copy continues to fine-tune electropop on “Free Your Mind”

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, TN– Australian electronic trio Cut Copy has been one of the more consistent performers in the genre for 12 years, making their mark in 2008 with their second album “In Ghost Colours.” Since then, the band has been putting out hit after hit internationally, refining their sound without deviating from their roots […]