Lights Breathes New Life Into Her Music on ‘Skin&Earth’

In April, multi-talented alternative pop artist Lights teased fans on her social media about a new era, following the release of Little Machines three years ago. Her hair now a brightly-coloured hue of red, she unveiled not only a new album, but a comic to accompany her new music. Fast forward to September, Lights’ new album, Skin&Earth, is finally here.  The comic, written and drawn by Lights … Continue reading Lights Breathes New Life Into Her Music on ‘Skin&Earth’

The Killers’ ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Explores the Grace and Complexity of Being Alive

The Killers are arguably one of the greatest alternative rock bands of this generation. The Las Vegas four-piece has been creating heart-wrenching, sweeping and iconically anthemic music since 2001, from the ever-popular “Mr. Brightside” to “When You Were Young.” After a long four years since their 4th studio album Battle Born, The Killers are back to their old tricks in Wonderful Wonderful, their latest release … Continue reading The Killers’ ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Explores the Grace and Complexity of Being Alive

“The Only Way Out is Through”: Exploring the Emotional Complexities of BoJack Horseman in its Fourth Season

*DISCLAIMER: This article contains spoilers for the new season of BoJack Horseman. If you have yet to watch the new season, please watch it, and then come back.* Upon first glance, BoJack Horseman seems like a goofy, Family Guy-esque series—how could a show about a talking cartoon horse possibly get any deeper than this? However, as the show progresses further along, it becomes more twisted … Continue reading “The Only Way Out is Through”: Exploring the Emotional Complexities of BoJack Horseman in its Fourth Season

Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ Exposes Glamour and the Trauma in a Short Structurally-Sound Record

Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, was just 16 years old when she broke through the music scene with her debut album Pure Heroine in 2013. Brimming with wisdom beyond her years, fantastic production, and incredible songwriting about growing up (among other subjects), the young New Zealander was at the top of the pop game. David Bowie had even coined her as … Continue reading Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ Exposes Glamour and the Trauma in a Short Structurally-Sound Record

Gifted is a Charming Tear-Jerker, but Lacks Punch

Director Marc Webb, best known for hit rom-com (500) Days of Summer, brings back the witty charm of his previous films to his latest feature Gifted. Seven-year-old Mary Adler (Mckenna Grace) is a math genius living with her uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans). Frank just wants Mary to have a normal childhood, but tensions rise when Frank’s mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) finds out about Mary’s … Continue reading Gifted is a Charming Tear-Jerker, but Lacks Punch

Hippo Campus Blends Coming-of-Age Realities with Breezy Indie Pop in ‘Landmark’

Indie rock quartet Hippo Campus finally debut a full-length album this year, after playing major festivals like Lollapalooza and Red Rocks, and after their 2015 EPs Bashful Creatures and South. Landmark is a poignant, upbeat triumph that’s layered with deep societal commentary and mature coming-of-age struggles. The band formed in St. Paul, Minnesota, and are made up of vocalists and guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathen … Continue reading Hippo Campus Blends Coming-of-Age Realities with Breezy Indie Pop in ‘Landmark’