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From celebrating 1,000 subscribers on Twitch, to breaking Kickstarter records, it has been a long and shockingly popular road for Critical Role. Although I cannot claim to be an original fan, and I only started binging Critical Role’s campaign a little over two years ago, I have become a big supporter of Matt Mercer and his nerdy, voice actor friends sitting around playing Dungeons and Dragons (They play Dungeons and Dragons!). I also was unfortunately late to witness them turn what was supposed to be an animated special into an $11.3 million Kickstarter fund that landed them a series on Amazon Prime. However, seeing The Legend of Vox Machina feels like a well-deserved critical success.
The phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” has never rung truer than it does now. In the day and age where every good classic film has to be revived with multitudes of sequels and prequels, and no one can just let a franchise die, I find myself pleading — why Scream? Scream has previously had not one, not two, but four (yes, you read that right) installments in this franchise AND a TV series. Scream (2022) is coming in swinging as number five. Striking while the iron is hot and creating one sequel to rake in more money makes complete sense, but after that it just seems ridiculous. How much can Ghostface really do to shake up little ol’ Woodsboro? Apparently, a lot.
Pop is one of the most recognizable music genres of this millennia. Everyone knows the classic beats, instrumentation, and tone stylization that define pop. While many people prefer the musicality of drums or piano, guitar is my favorite. I find myself constantly searching for new artists who incorporate guitar into their music. I am drawn to the gentle plucks of the strings and the hard-hitting riffs of guitar chords — to the point that I would call myself a guitar connoisseur. In my 18+ years of listening to music, I have never been more impressed with a guitar playing style than when I first heard “What’s My Name” by the artist Miyavi. The Japanese musician's unique guitar slapping, raspy vocals, diverse discography, and ever-evolving fashion style completely enraptured me. When Spotify Wrapped was released at the end of last year, I was happy to note that Miyavi, nicknamed the “Samurai Guitarist," was once again my top artist.
When Taylor Swift’s Red first came out over nine years ago, I vividly remember going to the mall, walking into Justice, and seeing stacks and stacks of the CDs next to the sparkly camisoles; meanwhile, “I Knew You Were Trouble” was playing over the store speakers. Now I am 20, and in my anticipation of the rerelease of Red, I felt the exact same butterflies in my stomach as my 11-year-old self did that day inside Justice. Much like that day, I’m positive that the release of Red (Taylor's Version) will forever be a core memory for me.
What is Christmastime without music? Holiday music allows families and friends a chance to relax and enjoy "the most wonderful time of the year.” Below I have compiled a list of 10 underrated Christmas songs, both original and covered, that may exceed your expectations just in time for the holidays. If you are looking for the Queen of Christmas herself, Mrs. Mariah Carey, you will not find her on this list. Instead, I have opted to share the spotlight with tunes that have missed their kiss under the mistletoe.
Landen and Riley break down the removal of Activision/Blizzard from this year's Game Awards. Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Landen Norton, Riley NowerExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Landen NortonAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Riley and Landen break down the last three Spider-Man films and the three new films promised by producers.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Riley Nower, Landen NortonExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Riley NowerAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Note: As the editing in this article does not adhere to the Byte or AP style guide, our editors found naming the characters in Sally Rooney’s novel, Normal People, by their first names on subsequent reference would adhere better to the novel’s and audience’s understanding of the storyline.
MUNCIE, Ind. — Byte BSU will officially co-stream the 2021 Game Awards on Thursday, Dec. 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook.
Welcome back to this special edition of How It's Played! In this first edition of a two part series, we discuss the 2021 Game Awards and predict who will take home coveted title of "Game of the Year." Which of our lovely contestants accurately predict this year's winners? Find out on this edition of How It's Played!
Warning: this review contains spoilers for Doom Patrol Season 3
In the wake of Native American Heritage month host, Sam Shipe discusses Native American musicians from years past as well as newer artists that deserve attention.
The Swedish pop sensation, ABBA, has returned. Although I’m sure you are already well aware of their amazing musical contributions to society, such as Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and my personal favorite Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), you may not have been aware of their triumphant homecoming.
The 1970s are back, decked out in large Bourbon-colored sunglasses, revere collars, Embassy cigarettes, and crushed velvet suits. I absolutely love it! In a world where rap has become the number one musical export, many are left asking where’s the “real R&B” music in 2021? Where did music with instruments, captivating vocal performances, and heart-wrenching climaxes go? Contrary to popular belief it never left. The existence of Childish Gambino, The Internet, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., Kali Uchis, and Miguel are a testament to the modern R&B scene. In March 2021 there was a fortuitous attempt to make R&B mainstream again, thus giving birth to November’s Artist of the Month: Silk Sonic.
Known for his fiery red hair, smooth English accent, and always clutching an acoustic guitar, Ed Sheeran has become one of the most beloved artists of our generation. = marks the fifth studio album from Sheeran succeeding the nationwide success of +, x, ÷, and most recently, No. 6 Collaborations Project—which featured the likes of Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, and YEBBA to name a few. There isn’t a musical stone Sheeran leaves unturned. In addition to releasing smash-hits, he’s also known for his exceptional songwriting skills. He’s written songs for countless fellow artists such as, “Little Things” by One Direction, “Love Yourself” by Bieber, and “Eastside” by Benny Blanco, Halsey, and Khalid, among many others. Sheeran took a 4-year hiatus from his mathematical symbol album series, but the Ginger Jesus is back in =, and showcasing a much more grown version of himself.
As a director whose cult following has grown enormously over his career, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch was not to be anticipated lightly. Originally set to premiere in July of 2020, Anderson’s fans have been eagerly waiting after his last major live-action film, The Grand Budapest Hotel premiered in 2014.
Joseph Robert Bellah—Prod. JRB—answers the Zoom call with a beaming smile spread across his face and a friendly attitude. He's repping his new found home, BobbyBoy Records, with him wearing their dad hat. On Nov. 3, I had the opportunity to interview the up-and-coming producer. We discussed the 14-year-old’s journey throughout the music industry, how he began producing, how he got signed to BobbyBoy Records, his debut beat tape—Legacy—and much more.