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. […]

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 […]