Without supporting instruments or digital synthesizing enhancement, a cappella groups are as bare bones as music can get – and yet, the sheer talent and range these singers exert in collaboration can upstage the most cutting-edge technology on the market.
Generally, fans greet the cancellation of their beloved shows with shock, anger and disbelief. A majority of the cast and crew have even more intense, but similar feelings as the shows that established their careers cease production, especially if the show is cancelled “before its time.” No television mogul may be more familiar with these feelings than Joss Whedon.
An initial look at the seemingly ancient, vinyl-looking album cover would seem to suggest that the Foxboro Hot Tubs is just another retro band trying to capitalize on the recent garage rock revival. But after hearing the first words of the album, a familiar voice comes to mind, one that is strikingly close to that of Billie Joe Armstrong. That’s because it is Armstrong, none other than the frontman of Green Day.
When describing Mates of State, the first word that comes to mind is “adorable.” This is a tricky adjective to describe music—what does “adorable music” sound like exactly? — but there is no denying how adorable this indie-pop duo is.
Nintendo twisted itself into a pretzel to make the “tired exercise” genre fun and innovative again with “Wii Fit.” After some heavy lifting, the new “balance board” accessory takes the gold.
Indiana Jones is back. It has been 19 years since the last film and the only real marks of change are some CGI-heavy scenes and cinematography that is ever so slightly slicker. It is just as fun and fast-paced as any of the older films. In fact, the story and action move so briskly that the two hours whiz by. The banter is still so playfully bitchy and the action sequences so exciting that it makes it impossible not to feel the same way you did when you first saw the original movies.
UC Irvine’s Songfest 2008 kicked off its 30th anniversary last Thursday night with a dazzling showcase of Irvine Greeks on Broadway. On May 22, the Bren Events Center transformed into the Tony awards as each fraternity and sorority on campus performed individual renditions of hit musical shows such as “Wicked” or “Damn Yankees.” Parents, students and alumni gathered together for a three-hour non-stop sequence of song and dance.
UCI students from the Drama Department advertise for their upcoming production “Clownzilla” on Ring Mall.
When picturing college life, the images that come to mind are those of a crowded dorm, a Thursday night party or a table littered with red cups from a round of beer pong. Rarely does anyone think of sitting in traffic or enduring a grueling commute. For many college students, however, commuting is a part of their college experience.
CHRONICLES OF GNARNIA: The bee is quietly buzzing around Cara; it’s not very much of a buzzing bee, just more of an annoying silent, small bug. I want to kill it, but no one else notices its buzzing. We’re in a large circle, smoking in front of Jill’s apartment.