Literary festival hosts New York author

The guest speaker attending the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival is not unlike many SIU students. Her resume however, includes being published by the Guardian and Vice, among others. The 15th-annual festival, hosted by Grassroots magazine, will begin ... Continue Reading →

‘Fury’ is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war film genre. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →

“Fury” is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war genre in film. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →

‘Dracula Untold’ should have been left untold

Original concepts are untested ground to big budget studios. Untested ground is the possibility of losing money. Because of this, film is going through a stage of franchising anything with sequel potential. “Dracula Untold” (PG-13; 92 min) is a casualty ... Continue Reading →

Music In Motion festival promotes future musicianship

Countless hours of marching, standing at attention, playing and holding an instrument are just some of the things that go into a high school marching band’s preparation for a show. The Music in Motion festival was held on Saturday at Saluki Stadium. ... Continue Reading →

You+Me makes acoustic magic in debut

Alecia Moore, popularly known as P!nk, and Dallas Green from Alexisonfire,   have teamed up under the name You+Me. The collaboration released its debut album “rose ave.” Tuesday. The first track of the album titled “Capsized” starts with an eerie ... Continue Reading →

Terrific acting keeps ‘The Judge’ afloat

Even littered with clichés and dropped storylines, it can still win your heart. “The Judge” is a film full of such missteps that is saved by an all-star cast. “The Judge” (Rated R; 141 min.) is directed by David Dobkin and stars Robert Downey ... Continue Reading →
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Cornmeal talks touring, lineup and new album

For nearly 15 years, Chicago-based band Cornmeal has traveled around the country blending folk, Americana, and bluegrass into their own unique sound. Cornmeal brings that sound to Hangar 9 on Thursday. St. Louis-based “jamgrass” band Acoustics Anonymous ... Continue Reading →

Backdraft: balancing life while keeping the country tradition

Bands form for an assortment of reasons. Usually it’s because they revolve around a mutual love for producing the same kind of music. Members from country rock band Backdraft share this love for traditional country while balancing their careers and ... Continue Reading →

2K shoots air ball but can redeem

It is sad when one of the most entertaining aspects of a video game is a new feature which is clearly broken. 2K Sports launched “NBA 2K15” on Oct. 7, but gamers were let down when it didn’t live up to the hype. The game is taking a lot of criticism ... Continue Reading →

‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is long and purposeless

A good title is very important for a film becauuse it can encompass all of the emotional feelings towards a film, whether good or bad. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” (PG; 81 min) like its title, is long and purposeless. It ... Continue Reading →
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20th century musicians whose songwriting went beyond the page

Songwriters transpose poetry into music. They are creative with words– storytellers who follow rhythm. Plenty of songwriters have left lasting impressions. Lyrics are relatable. Sometimes there is nothing better than reading over words to an uplifting ... Continue Reading →

‘Left Behind’ is beyond uninteresting

The biggest complaint about movies adapted from books is that the films do not do the books justice. “Left Behind” (Rated PG-13; 110 min) is a reminder that it is OK to deviate away from source material. “Left Behind” is a disaster movie adaptation ... Continue Reading →

‘Gone Girl’ brutal, but in a good way

It is hard to remember amazing movies can come from big budget studios, especially with the mediocre roster of films that have been recently released. “Gone Girl” (Rated R; 149 min) is a helpful reminder that the studio system can make a brilliant ... Continue Reading →

Former SIU students work on ‘Gone Girl’

With enough hard work, dedication and passion anything is possible. Two former Salukis can vouch for that. Movie director David Fincher’s latest project, “Gone Girl,” was released on October third. Two former SIU students worked on its production. Aaron ... Continue Reading →
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