Ume – Monuments

Ume (pronounced Ooo-may) is a power trio from Austin, TX and they have been knocking at the door of mainstream rock success for a few years. With the release of their latest album, Monuments, in March they may have just kicked it in altogether. Fronted by guitarist and vocalist, Lauren Larson, Ume has hit their stride as a guitar-driven rock […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Contracted

Contracted (2013) Starring Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams and Alice MacDonald Written and Directed by Eric England Horror used to be fairly simple.  There was big-budget horror you could see in the theaters and low-budget horror you caught on video or on television.  With multiple mediums (Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant, hundreds of channels on DirecTV, et al), it has become impossible […]

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‘The Flamethrowers’ by Rachel Kushner – 5 out of 5 Stars

Rachel Kushner wrote the best novel of 2013. The author of ‘Telex From Cuba’ (2008) now sees her sophomore effort, ‘The Flamethrowers,’ as a 2013 National Book Award Finalist; her second go-round as a finalist in as many efforts (if you’re keeping score).  While book awards are not always indicative of artistic merit, ‘The Flamethrowers’ is impossible to miss.  Kushner […]

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College sports are abysmal, and you are to blame for it

If you are not completely disgusted with college sports, you have not been paying attention in the last decade.  Tonight, Jameis Winston won the Heisman Memorial Trophy, an award given to the nation’s best college football player.  He accepted this award amidst rape allegations.  Accusations of sexual battery were brought against Winston in December of 2012 when he was a […]

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‘Psychic Steampunk Parade’ by Gray Kane

With so much throwaway entertainment massing like a cancer, it’s easy for good fiction to slip past our net of awareness.  So much that we enjoy, things that were once bolstered partially by their esoteric nature alone, has become hegemonized, comodified, and slapped with a “For Sale” sticker.  As a result, consumers of intelligent entertainment have pulled the drawstrings tight […]

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