I have been a fan of all sorts of music in my life, and I have been lucky enough to have worked in multiple positions now where I am able to listen to music being performed live in front of an audience.
It seems that every place that sells coffee: Einstein's Bro’s Bagels, Dunkin' Donuts, even 7-Eleven, has attempted a pumpkin flavored coffee. No one does it better than the OG, Starbucks.
Post Malone released his third, highly anticipated studio album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” on Sept. 6. This album is quite lengthy, consisting of 17 tracks. Initially looking at the track list, I saw Malone collaborated with a lot of artists of all genres on this album. This alone intrigued me to give this album a listen.
As the first mainstage production piece of the year, “The Wolves,” directed by Rick Jones, made its debut Oct. 1-Oct. 5 in the Turner Auditorium at SFA. I attended the Oct. 4 show, and I would definitely say it is a show of a different kind.
When I first read what Disenchantment was about, I was expecting to hate it. Created by Matt Groening, who can also be credited with, “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” the series follows Bean, a princess who “dares to be different” (while also being drunk like, always.) Other characters in the series are her friends: Elfo, a naïve elf and Luci, her personal demon who is supposed to be corrupting her. The first part of season one consisted of 10 episodes and premiered Aug. 17, 2018, with the second part premiering on Sep.20, 2019, and consisting of 10 episodes.
Zach Galifianakis is back at it again with another take of his hit parody celebrity interview show, “Between Two Ferns,” only this time he’s taking it directly to your living room. Partnering with Netflix, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” has been a much-anticipated film from fans and viewers of the popular web series. With its release on September 20, the reviews all over the internet have begun to pour in. After viewing it myself, I found that the movie falls flat to the web series that has preceded it.
After three years of waiting, Sept. 27 finally arrived. Whiskey Myers released their fourth album, which was untitled. Anticipation for this release began in June of this year when they released the single, “Die Rockin.’” This song was featured on the album. Whiskey Myers is known for their southern rock sound, and they continue to follow through.
Recognized by many and followed by many more, the Twitter handle “@SFAQuestions” is very popular among students around campus. But, at the end of last May, the previous owner Yajaira Romero handed the account over to an undisclosed student. It was suspected to be a male but never confirmed.
If anyone had said to me at the beginning of 2019, “Hey, name the three female pop stars you think are most likely to release a song together this year,” I probably wouldn’t have said Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey. Nonetheless, when I heard the three singers were releasing a song called “Don’t Call Me Angel” for the upcoming 2019 remake of Charlie’s Angels, I was extremely excited because I am a huge fan of Grande. Cyrus’s music is usually fun. While I’m not super familiar with Del Rey’s music, I’ve heard good things and was intrigued to see what she would bring to the song.
Technology is an ever changing field in which the innovative can survive and thrive by pushing their hardware to the absolute limits. Today, I get to go over some new tech, which by now everyone has heard about: the iPhone 11. Before getting into the actual hardware itself though, I want to give a brief bit over what Apple’s tech as a company has meant for the landscape of technology as a whole. To do that, I need to go all the way back to the beginning with two men working out of a garage to do what they see fit.
After the debut of the trailer for the new DC character study of the villain Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the villainous clown, excitement and criticism came out of the woodwork. The concern of fans is being expressed due to DC’s track record on movies that have historically paled in comparison to other superhero franchises.
I went in to “It: Chapter 2” with high hopes and low expectations. After experiencing the first part in theatres two years ago, I had my doubts that the sequel would be able to come close. “It” (2017) was not only the first horror movie I saw in theatres but it also was the first movie I ever paid to see more than once in theatres. The bar was set immeasurably high before the previews even started.
Marvel Studios, in partnership with Sony, did it again this summer by releasing another successful blockbuster, "Spider-Man: Far From Home." The film’s initial release date was set for July 5 but was released early on July 2. Starring Tom Holland as the titular hero, Far From Home is the 23rdinstallment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the sequel to "Avengers: Endgame." To date, the MCU has released three films this year, including "Captain Marvel" in March and "Avengers: Endgame" in April. This is also the final film in the MCU’s “phase three” slate of films which kicked off with "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016.
Going into this album, I had no expectations. I wasn’t really a fan of Lana Del Rey, nor did I really get the hype around her, especially on her song Summertime Sadness. Although I don’t really know Rey’s music, I do realize that she doesn’t just create music; she creates an essence. She sometimes creates aesthetically pleasing art. Although I think some of her music is pretty and nice, I genuinely think her music is for those with an acquired taste.
Like everyone else in the world that is a fan of the band Tool, I was eagerly waiting for Aug. 30 to arrive. This would be the release of their highly anticipated album, “Fear Inoculum.” After an astounding 13 year absence, Tool was finally about to come out with a new record. I was more than excited to listen to it. I got my first taste of the album when Tool released the title track, “Fear Inoculum” a couple weeks before the album. Overall, I enjoyed the track. The song reminded me of the older Tool songs, which I really enjoyed. I was a bit disappointed that they decided to drag the song out to 10 minutes, but I didn't think much of it at the time.
I was lucky enough to see “Avengers: Endgame” on the night of its official release with my friend who, like me, has been anticipating this movie since we left the theater after “Infinity War.” But with rumors, speculation and spoilers floating around for months before the premiere, we were scared.
With summer approaching in nearly two weeks, many college students are deciding to stay in Nac to take summer classes or because they have an apartment. Although some might believe otherwise, there are many fun things to do in Nac for the summer. These may not take up the entire summer, but they do kill a day or two on the weekend.
The Maine is an American rock band from Arizona that formed in 2007. They currently have seven albums, and their latest release titled “You Are Ok” was released on March 29. The band announced the album back in January and has released three singles before the album release.
Every day we wear little things that remind us of the people we love or who we are. I noticed the editors of The Pine Log wear the same accessories daily and always wondered what they mean to them.
“Special” is an eight- episode Netflix original that follows Ryan Hayes, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy played by Ryan O’Connell. The show is based off of O’Connell’s memoir “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves,” which closely reflects his life. With each episode only being about 15 minutes long, it’s a fun and easy watch.
We are only getting closer and closer to “Avengers: Endgame” day by day, and with that, new theories are being thrown out as much as fans are getting excited about the new film. Before I go ahead and add my speculation as to what is going to happen in the new film, I should start by going over what happened in “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“Unicorn Store” on Netflix is a movie about an art school drop-out named Kit and her lonely existence. Kit, played by Brie Larson, loves rainbows, glitter and unicorns. From the opening scene, it’s easy to see that Kit loves to be herself, and it makes her stick out like a sore thumb.
Over the past few weeks, the internet has gone crazy for Lil Nas X and his new song, “Old Town Road.” Released in 2018, the song features a new take on country music, with hip-hop beats and rap.
Billie Eilish is a 17-year- old artist from Los Angeles who got her start in 2016 with the release of her single “Ocean Eyes.” On March 29, Eilish released her first studio album, “When We Sleep, Where Do We Go?” I only knew of Eilish and never listened to her music until recently, and it wasn’t really what I was expecting.
The buzz of a new movie from Jordan Peele permeated social media timelines as soon as the trailer was released last year. After the success of his first solo-directed movie, “Get Out,” movie watchers wanted to know what was next. What was next, was “Us.”
“DOOM” is one of those franchises that has been a large part of my life thanks to my dad immediately wanting my brother and me to get involved in video games. So when I discovered that my favorite ultra-violent game series got a movie adaptation with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I was immediately interested.
I started my spring break by doing nothing but working while others were vacationing, so I needed something to do. Netflix gave the answer full-screen and center with a new original series.
A little bit of creativity and wire has turned into a successful side business for one SFA student who decided to design and create gold- plated earrings.
We live in a place where there is nothing more common than superhero movies. You have DC pumping out decent films as of now with various failures along the way, and Marvel with their hits coming out on such a common schedule.
Every year it seems like we get a new movie about cyborgs, robots or post- apocalyptic life, and this year is no different. “Alita: Battle Angel” was recently released, and it follows a cyborg’s journey as she re-identifies herself through conflict and love.
I feel no shame in stating that I find movies based on video games bad. I have never seen a movie based on a video game do well. Even video game movies with a source material that should be able to write itself as a half-decent action movie, such as “DOOM,” don’t hold up well. “Double Dragon” is one of the movies that helped to establish the basic idea of why.
I am graduating this May, and I was having a hard time figuring out where I wanted to take my senior pictures. I had my photographer and outfits picked out, but I didn’t really know where I wanted to have them made. So, I put together a list of places that future graduates can go to take their pictures.
It is not often that you get lucky enough to have a show with a fantastic premise that not only works but also excels at what it is attempting to do. Netflix’s new original series, “Russian Doll,” is a beautiful example of that.
Friday marked the 55thanniversary of the British sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” Created in 1963, the series follows an alien known only as the Doctor as they traverse time and space with their companions. Episodes take place in the future, past and present; on Earth, in space and on alien planets; they’re sometimes scary, sometimes silly and occasionally, incredibly moving.
It’s officially socially acceptable to begin celebrating the Christmas season. Lights are being hung from roofs, inflatable gingerbread men decorate lawns and it is merry and bright in Nacogdoches. I love shopping in historic downtown Nacogdoches, especially for Christmas gifts. If you’re not familiar with all that Nacogdoches has to offer, here are some of my favorite shops to hit in downtown for Christmas shopping:
Like many of my peers raised in the Bible belt, the clear satanic references in the trailer of the new Netflix original, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” made me wary to begin the series. But since I loved “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” the sitcom based off of the same comic as the Netflix original, I couldn’t resist trying to watch it. Sometimes you just have to make the risky streaming choice.
Blue Bell Ice Cream has always had a special place in my heart. I grew up in a small town tucked between Houston and Austin called Brenham, the home of the Blue Bell Creamery.
Holiday baking is here, and what other way to get in the spirit of things than to bake in your local community kitchen? Baking doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and with the right people, it can be really fun. Here are some easy, dorm-friendly dessert recipes that can get you to either study for your exams and essays or just prolong the inevitable.
Stand Atlantic is a trio from Sydney, Australia, and they have made their way here with their first studio album “Skinny Dipping,” which was released on Oct. 23. The pop-punk group formed in 2014 and consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Bonnie Fraser, bassist David Potter and drummer Jonno Panichi. The group also has an EP out titled “Sidewinder.”
“Parks and Recreation” writer Michael Schur created “The Good Place,” a show which centers around a woman named Eleanor Shellstrop and her journey from death to The Good Place.
Late 90s boy-band artist gone solo sensation Jesse McCartney is coming off of his latest single, “Wasted” that dropped in September. McCartney will be kicking off his The Resolution tour in January.
In the meantime, McCartney performed at SFA’s Homecoming bonfire, which started off late due to technical difficulties and paused at one point later due to a medical emergency in the crowd.
The singer ended the show and the night with an encore performance of “Beautiful Soul.”
Oak Grove cemetery, located on North Lanana Street, houses some of the oldest graves in this 300-year- old town and has been an educational destination for many history enthusiasts.
“The Dragon Prince” is a fantasy cartoon created by some of the writers from the early 2000s cartoon “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” It’s aimed at a younger audience, around middle school age, but is great for anyone to watch.