Critic’s Corner: Azealia Banks album “Broke With Expensive Taste” is worth the wait

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The career of Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has had as many ups and downs as an artist can possibly have in the span of four years. Her debut single, “212,” was considered one of the best and most refreshing new rap songs of 2011, if not the best. The combination […]

Critic’s Corner: Taylor Swift shakes off her country roots with ‘1989’

By Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Several country stars have transitioned to pop over the years, but none have seemed to be as quick or brazen about it as Taylor Swift. From her early career, where her songs consisted of little more than her voice, an acoustic guitar and heartbreak, Swift has come to this […]

‘Destiny’ latest release from makers of ‘Halo’

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn., — So far, 2014 has been a great year for video games both for the old generation of consoles and the new. Games like “Dark Souls II” and “Titanfall” dominated the early part of the year, despite complete contrast in styles, with “Dark Souls II” being a big role playing game […]

Critic’s Corner: Universal Joint

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By Daniel McNeeley, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Are you always looking for more interesting places to eat out? Tired of the same wallpaper in every restaurant or the 20-minute wait with your friends while you wish you had your puppy with you? Thankfully, Universal Joint (UJ) is here to save the day. Sporting a sign that […]

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 […]