The indie-folk-punk combination Titus Andronicus released its third album, Local Business, Oct. 22. The New Jersey band’s first album was raucous and hardy, the second introspective and thorough, sporting incredibly powerful sing-alongs and riotous choruses, but the group’s newest offering, Local Business, presents a more ‘70s-era vibe.
It is difficult to know what to make of a film like Cloud Atlas. Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, the movie is based on a novel by David Mitchell and stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon.
Nashville is ABC’s attempt to contribute to the new trend of musical dram-com TV shows and movies that have emerged since the creation of FOX’s Glee.
I love a good fairy tale, and television’s current fairy tale obsession couldn’t make me happier.
Bruce Springsteen might just be the most quintessentially American rock musician of our time. From the explosion of working-class angst in “Born to Run” to the sleek and sophisticated synth-beats of “Tunnel of Love,” the Boss has made a career out of capturing both the glamour and the grit of our national landscape.
Country superstar Jason Aldean opens his fifth studio album, Night Train, with a tribute to classic Americana, “This Nothin’ Town.” It’s hard to go wrong singing about small towns, drinking beer and Friday night football, but to avoid slipping too far into country music stereotypes, Aldean also reminds us “it ain’t all just porches and plows.” Aldean has long been the go-to-guy for a good, loud country party song, but when it comes to romantic ballads he’s got a thing or two to learn.
Just in time for Halloween comes ABC’s bone-chilling new series 666 Park Avenue. Premiering Sept. 30 to almost 7 million viewers, the show’s focus is the Drake, an upscale hotel located on 999 Park Avenue — the address appears as a 666 when the light casts a tricky shadow on the address plaque in the first episode.
What type of movies are you seeing this fall? I’m guessing some blockbusters are on your list. But if you find the movies that Hollywood pumps out to be somewhat predictable, then you should check out the Virginia Film Festival, an event that has been bringing great films to Charlottesville for 25 years.
Capitalizing on the popularity of a capella groups and glee clubs, Pitch Perfect has a familiar plot: Beca (Anna Kendrick) has just started her freshman year at Barden University, even though her dream is to move to Los Angeles and become a DJ.