As expected, Brad Paisley's ninth album went viral. What was not expected was the firestorm of controversy that has swept the nation in regards to Paisley’s duet with LL COOL J on the track, "Accidental Racist."
In case you need a new movie to embarrass your boyfriend when you force him to see chick-flick, “Safe Haven” was released on Valentine’s Day. Nicholas Sparks has used his classic formula of love, conflict, cancer and mystery to construct yet another movie that will make girls swoon and boys beg for mercy.
A near-full audience waits as the lights dim and a blonde Ella Fitzgerald dressed in black begins to lip-synch a warped version of “Embraceable You.” A male counterpart does just that–embraces her as if he is holding his lover for the last time. Their bodies constantly touch, arms entangled, cheeks brushing, while images of a potter kneading clay play on a scrim in front of the actors, as well as on a screen behind them. So begins the UNCWTheatre Department’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Through "Portrait of a Dreamer"--a production in celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday--performers and audience members were able to watch the events of the civil rights movement unfold thanks to actor Ron Dortch, director Teresa Davis, and composer NkeiruOkoye.
Recently, hundreds of people flocked to Kenan Auditorium to hear live bluegrass music. The Travelin’McCourys, and guest guitarists Cody Kilby and Peter Rowan, shared the music of Bill Monroe, a man considered the father of bluegrass music.
Denzel Washington is one of the most acclaimed actors of our time- from his Academy Award winning role in “Training Day” to his portrayal of a hardened bodyguard avenging the kidnapping of a little girl in “Man on Fire,” he constantly astounds movie-goers with his complex characters. And his work in “Flight” as a widely praised but deeply flawed pilot is no exception.
City Stage and True 2 You Productions combined efforts to bring the premiere of "The Color Purple," to the Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts from Wednesday, Oct. 24-28 and Friday, Nov.2-4. The musical was an adaptation of the book by Alice Walker, and the film by Steven Spielberg.
Sylvia Day's latest book in her "Crossfire" series comes up short
You may or may not be familiar with the new “Crossfire” series by Sylvia Day, but it really doesn’t matter because there is little you need to know about the first book, “Bared to You,” to understand the sequel, “Reflected in You.” While the book is generally well-written there is no relief from the unrelenting passion that drives the forward action, making it hard not to ask: why can’t main characters Eva and Gideon leave passion behind and just try and be happy?
“Draw careful breath and consider the angle your words must take before you open your mouth, let them leak out. Because once you tilt the truth, it becomes a lie,” a statement many are afraid to admit to, but New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins is as real as it gets.
From the get-go, we’re presented with the predictable Clint Eastwood character that we all know and love—a grouchy old man. Eastwood plays Gus Lobel, a long time baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves who is losing his eye sight. Naturally, his poor health only makes him more stubborn as he refers to old age as the thing that “crawled up [his] ass.”
“The Words,” starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, calls attention to the allure of plagiarism and, through a series of pretentious cinematic devices, proves that the “easy way out” may not be so easy after all.
If I told you that you could party on the deck of the USS North Carolina while drinking your favorite microbrew, eating delicious food and cheering your favorite team to victory, you’d probably think that I was lying.
After a 3-year hiatus, the British indie rock band, Bloc Party, is back with their fourth album, fittingly named, “Four.” Most predominately known in young American alternative rock circles for hit songs “Banquet” and “Helicopter,” Bloc Party provides something off the beaten path.
This year, the committee for UNCW's Synergy Common Reading program have selected Eli Saslow's "Ten Letters." The novel focuses on President Obama's daily practice of reading ten letters a day, in order to escape his "presidential bubble" and stay connected to the American people.
Unless you’ve been frozen in ice for the past seventy years like Captain America, you have surely seen, or at least heard of, “Marvel’s The Avengers.” According to BoxOffice.com, the cinematic blockbuster took in $775.4 million worldwide as of May 10, less than a week after the film’s release.
Neon Trees newest album, “Picture Show,” has been receiving mixed reviews from critics and fans, alike. If you liked Neon Trees before this album was released, you’re bound to like this too. But, for those of you who weren’t Neon Trees fans to begin with, their sophomore album doe nothing new to change your mind.
After classic romance movies like “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook,” who would have thought a Nicholas Sparks book-to-movie adaptation could leave so much to be desired? Well, it’s happened with Friday’s release of “The Lucky One.”
M. Ward’s seventh studio album, “A Wasteland Companion,” has a number of various musical companions such as ZooeyDeschanel, Louis Armstrong and Steve Shelley. From covers to featured guests, “A Wasteland Companion” is not a lonely album, and also isn’t entirely a wasteland.
Let’s all give a warm farewell to Magic Bullets. Their EP, “Much Ado About,” is the last album they’ll make as a band and is their way of saying so long to their fans and stepping out of the music scene. After seven years of being Magic Bullets, the band cheerily says goodbye.
Imagine waking up to find yourself being lifted through a hole in the ground with people staring down at you. When you arrive, you see that you are in a group of unfamiliar faces and you are being told to “get up.". Fear takes over and you have a fuzzy feeling in your head that something isn’t right. After being told about your new home and the people in it, it finally hits you: you can’t remember anything but your name.
The new indie/pop/folk band, Of Monsters and Men, claim that they are “here to stay,” on their song “King and Lionheart” and with the brilliant work they’ve done on their first studio album, any listener will be inclined to agree with such a bold statement. The Icelandic band’s sound on their album “My Head Is an Animal” is similar to that of the Arcade Fire, with fun, catchy and upbeat melodies and vocals that vary from song to song (depending on who takes the lead-singing reigns) but are always impeccable.
After four years since the Toronto-based band, Great Lake Swimmers’ latest album, “New Wild Everywhere,” comes as a long-awaited disappointment. The album is not totally inadequate, but on the whole, the folk rock work of lead man Tony Dekker and his band mates does not deliver like previous albums.
It is hard to say what Poor Moon is trying to do with their debut EP, “Illusion.” As a side project of the Fleet Foxes and Crystal Skulls, the EP ends up being a not-so-original expedition into the same soft vocal harmonies and spacey instrumentation that both bands are already known for.
In the indie-folk genre today, there is little better than what Good Old War does with ease: luscious three-part harmonies, basic acoustic strumming, and the catchiest hooks around. What they perhaps lack in lyricism on “Come Back As Rain,” they make up for with tune after tune of addicting ear pleasure.
"Six Degrees of Separation," a play by John Guare, can connect any one person to another by a short chain of four people. It can connect English department lecturer Kimberley Faxon-Hemingway to George Clooney (Hemingway's brother, Nat Faxon, helped write the screenplay for "The Descendents" in which George Clooney starred) with just one degree of separation.
There is something to be said—and it's hard to say if it's positive or negative—about a film that can simultaneously annoy you and make you feel like weeping. Steven Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan SafranFoer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" does just that.
Ever since Lana Del Rey’s song “Video Games” hit the internet last summer and propelled her into the spotlight, her second full-length album, “Born to Die,” has been highly anticipated. However, the album may not live up to the hype it has generated, both in the U.S. and abroad.
OsteriaCicchetti's main dining room displays relics that are from another time. The rustic natural wood tabletops coupled with cherry wood dining booths transport one to an era when wine was sipped from brass goblets. Rusted mirrors broken up in framed cherry wood, to match the booths, skirt the walls at mid-waist.
If you are looking for the quintessential Valentine's date movie, you might be better off staying in and re-watching "The Notebook," but if you are willing to pay to see the reality and bittersweet challenges of modern love—not to mention Channing Tatum's bare ass—go see "The Vow.
The psychedelic rockers of Dr. Dog have done it again… and again and again. The band is consistently accused of putting out the same bright harmonies and head-bopping melodies that satisfy at first, but tend to quickly get old.
On Feb. 7th, pop rock band the Fray released their third album, Scars & Stories, a collection of songs that deals with love, loss and hope. The first single off the album, Heartbeat,was met with mixed reviews.
From the Grammy-Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, comes an album that is part backyard, boot-stomping goodness and part soulful ballad power, but all pure string, strong sound, and a splash of sass. The band's old-timey influence shines through in the banjo, jug, and bones, but the album is much more than homage to a time past.
Critics and fans alike agreed that Anais Mitchell would have her work cut out for her after the release of her 2010 album "Hadestown," a powerful album (and stage production) in which each song was part of the whole album's storyline. The album received such high praise that anything Mitchell produced directly after would have to live up to it.
Tuesday, Jan. 17, folk singer-songwriter AniDiFranco released her 17th studio album, entitled "¿Which Side Are You On?"It is her first studio album in over three years. Compared to DiFranco's previous work, her new album has a far more mature sound. It is a less raucous and more subdued expression. The exception, however, is the title track.
"Why push to attain an ideal state of being that no two random people will agree?" Ellen Hopkins' newest young adult novel discusses the lives of four teenagers on the brink of graduating high school who are pushed to be perfect.
Heart-on-sleeve confessional lyrics used to be considered an intrinsically female mode. Their frequent resemblance to dreary diary entries, void of poetic sensibility and full of self-pity, meant that they were (and still are) frowned upon by many.
It's Christmas time once again. The time of year where Christmas tree lots pop up in parking lots overnight, everyone is shopping for the perfect gifts, and, of course, Christmas music starts playing everywhere.