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Standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers, carelessly dancing with them, clinking drinks, screaming lyrics at the top of your lungs, and smiling from ear to ear are all on the itinerary for a Trippie Redd concert.
Disclaimer: This review was conducted on an Xbox One X.
On this episode of Remixed Sam dives into another minisode this time going in on the Sara Kays and AJR concert at Emens this past weekend. Did they make a fan out of Sam? Listen and find out! Host: Sam Shipe Edited by: Sam Shipe Graphic by: Talor Sheridan
By Anthony Herring Warning: This review contains spoilers for the first season of "Loki” Back in Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers enacted a “Time Heist” where they traveled through time to gather all six Infinity Stones. One of the places that they went to was New York City in 2012, where the final battle of The Avengers occurred. After a dangerous mishap involving the Hulk and a flight of stairs, the Avengers fail in gaining the Tesseract (Space Stone), and it ends up in the hands of none other than Loki. With the Stone in his possession, he disappears. That was the last time we all saw him, and none of us knew when he would see him again. Everything changed in 2019, where it was revealed that Loki’s story would continue in a Disney+ show, aptly titled 'Loki'. After several delays due to COVID-19, Loki premiered on Disney+ on June 9th, 2021 and ended on July 14th. It is the third MCU show on the platform, following WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and is the third installment of Phase Four. Overall, Loki ultimately proved to be a wacky ride from start to finish. He’s the Loki to All of This [caption id="" align="alignright" width="456"] Image from Inside the Magic[/caption] The show’s premise is this: the Loki that escaped in Endgame has been arrested by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), since his theft of the Tesseract violates the “Sacred Timeline.” This violation resulted in the near-creation of an alternate timeline, and Loki is dubbed a variant. Rather than face the threat of being erased from existence, Loki reluctantly works with the TVA to stop a rogue variant of himself from destroying the timeline. When it comes to playing this character, Tom Hiddleston has never phoned it in in a performance, and the streak continues here. The Loki that the show follows didn’t go through the redemption arc that ended in Infinity War, so Hiddleston has wiggle room to try something new: a semi-redemption of sorts. In the first episode, Glorious Purpose, Loki is shown both his life and failures by TVA agent Mobius (played by Owen Wilson). Mobius confronts him on the “God of Mischief” persona that Loki has created, and Hiddleston does a great job in conveying the character’s insecurities about it and rationale for creating it. The cherry on top is the fact that Loki actually witnesses what happened to him in the Sacred Timeline—including the moment where Thanos killed him. It’s a powerful scene, and it helps make Loki see that in order to change for the better, he’ll have to save himself first. Lament This-1 [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="442"] Image from Marvel[/caption] Since Loki deals with timelines, alternate timelines, and other things (more on that later), it’s not surprising to find that variants of the title character exist. The primary one that Loki encounters is Sylvie, played by Sophia Di Martino. She has a hatred for the TVA, who took her when she was a child and has been on the run from them ever since. Loki and Sylvie inevitably find their goals aligning, and go on a season-long adventure in the hopes of destroying the TVA. Di Martino is a welcome addition to the MCU, delivering a charismatic and engaging performance—even outshining Hiddleston on many occasions. (That; however, doesn’t hinder the wonderful chemistry that the two share). [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="445"] Image from Marvel[/caption] Other variants of Loki show up, such as Classic Loki, Boastful Loki, President Loki, Kid Loki, and even an alligator Loki (Alli-Loki?). When it comes to these other variants, results are…mixed. Classic Loki, played by Richard E. Grant, is by far the best of the bunch, providing a version of the character who has lost his “glorious purpose.” (Such purpose actually has an effective payoff for Classic Loki, where he helps Loki and Sylvie in an emotional way). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the other variants. President Loki—also played by Hiddleston—has a hilarious scene with Alli-Loki, but that’s about it. Alli-Loki’s only gimmick is that he’s an alligator. Boastful Loki’s thing is that…he’s boastful—and a traitor. Kid Loki happens to be the oldest of this group of variants, having killed his Thor long ago. Despite that, his only real purpose is to gift Loki with a weapon that will prove useful to him in the future. Let’s go out with a Kang! [caption id="" align="alignright" width="379"] Image from Marvel[/caption] The final episode of the season, For All Time. Always., has Loki and Sylvie meet the creator of the TVA, He Who Remains (HWR), played by Jonathan Majors. HWR reveals to the duo that he created the organization, so as to keep the timeline safe from his more dangerous variants, HWR waged a “multiverse war” a long time ago. Loki ultimately hesitates on killing him, fearing the worst, but Sylvie thinks otherwise. She kills HWR and sends Loki back to the TVA—only to see that her actions have unleashed the worst. This episode will no doubt have massive ramifications for the MCU, and it all comes back to HWR. Majors’ performance as the character was a tad goofy, but considering that he has been doing this who-knows-how long—completely alone, mind you—it makes sense why he’d be a bit loony. It also is a bit worrisome considering that while HWR revealed his doings to Loki and Sylvie, he spoke about it all so…casually; as if everything he’s done is menial. Since HWR is meant to be the “good variant” of Kang the Conqueror—who Majors will be playing in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania—this is a clear sign that Kang will not to be taken lightly. Sources: Marvel, IMDB, Disney, Disney, Disney, Marvel Images: Inside the Magic, Marvel, Marvel, Marvel Featured Image: Deadline
By Arianna Sergio Billie Eilish has been in the public eye for all of her adolescent life. She received praise from listeners in November 2015 after releasing her song, “Ocean Eyes” on SoundCloud at a mere age of 13. Ever since then she has been releasing hit after hit with guidance from Finneas O’Connell—her older brother, producer, and co-writer. Her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, was released in August 2017 and she began to grow a larger, more loyal fanbase. She then released her first full-length studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in March 2019. This album was very well-received by critics and fans alike. It even went on to receive several awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Of course, fame goes hand-in-hand with unwanted and often negative attention. She has been dissected and picked apart from social media for almost half of her life, given the fact that she is arguably the most distinguished teenage girl in the world. Eilish is notorious for her oversized, statement outfits and putting forth a cultural reset for what the “norm” is for women’s fashion. In March 2020, Eilish started including a short film at the beginning of her concerts titled, “Not my Responsibility,” in which she focuses on the public’s view and personal opinions of her clothing choices and body. In this, she unzips a black cotton jacket and reveals more of her body than she typically does. This was the beginning of a new era of Eilish. She ditched the bright green roots and dark black hair for bleach blonde swapping her trademark baggy clothes for a softer, more sophisticated look. She debuted this look on her Instagram, and further on a British Vogue photoshoot for their June cover story, and on her Happier Than Ever album cover. Tackling Sensitive Topics “Getting Older” has Eilish reflecting on her past, specifically her past trauma, an expanding amount of responsibilities, and her own personal discoveries along the way, all over a gentle and elegant synth beat. The first track is the most revealing song on the album, which definitely sets the tone for how the rest of the album is. Eilish released five singles before the release of her much anticipated sophomore album: “my future,” “Therefore I Am,” “Your Power,” “Lost Cause,” and “NDA.” “my future” is a heartfelt letter to Eilish from Eilish—with lots and lots of love. She opens up about her enthusiasm toward her future, singing that she's “in love” with it and can’t wait to see what’s in store. This song has a more optimistic and lively sound, compared to the others on the album. This sound creates a nice break for the listener amongst all the heaviness. This song's change in tone impacts the overall construction of the album by helping it. It still shows the listener that raw side of Eilish, but in a refined happier way. “Therefore I Am” Eilish is blunt and demands that the people saying that they're "friends" with her and using her name for attention stop with her saying, "I'm not your friend/ Or anything, d***/ You think that you're the man/ I think, therefore, I am." Her vocals are conversational and natural. It’s as if she is having a direct conversation with the person accused, with her singing, “Stop, what the hell are you talking about? Ha/ Get my pretty name out of your mouth.” “Your Power” is about someone abusing their power. She longingly and emotionally sings to the listener in this stripped down, acoustic guitar anthem. Eilish even admitted that this song was one of her “favorite songs” she’s ever written. She said in an Instagram post, “i feel very vulnerable putting this one out because i hold it so close to my heart. this is about many different situations that we’ve all either witnessed or experienced. i hope this can inspire change. try not to abuse your power.” “Lost Cause” is about someone who isn’t worth pursuing anymore, because they have no desire to change, so at the end of the day it’s just hopeless. Something that is noteworthy that Eilish is doing more on this album is that she’s adding more of her personality. This is even evident in the music video she released for “Lost Cause.” She’s becoming more confident and comfortable with herself and her music. This shift impacts how you listen to her music and view her, because of the deepened connected to her and what she writes. “NDA” Eilish details her troubles with her ever-growing fame, even discussing how every romantic partner she has ever had has to sign an NDA. Eilish wishes her life was different and that she didn’t have to jump through all of the hoops that come with being a celebrity. This song feels sneaky, almost like she is walking on her tiptoes singing these lyrics. I haven't heard this from any artist before, so this element pushes the song to a new level of artistry that I hope to see more of in the future. Lessons Learned “I Didn’t Change My Number” is an immediate standout. Eilish sings about a past relationship and how she intentionally doesn’t respond to that person, due to how poorly they treated her. This song has a hip hop-esque beat. When Eilish sings the line, “Maybe you should leave/ Before I get too mean/ And take it out on you/ And your best friend, too,” she whispers the last fragment and that one minor technical change in the song sets this song over the top. You can literally hear the sassiness in her tone, which adds much more personality to it, similarly to "Lost Cause." “Halley’s Comet” is about falling in love. Eilish details every minute detail that makes one feel euphoric and on cloud nine when they are in love. She compares this love to Halley’s Comet, which is visible from Earth every 75-76 years. The love she is describing is a once in a lifetime type of love. It’s melody is tenderhearted and leaves Eilish sounding angelic. “Happier Than Ever” begins with Eilish’s signature breathy vocals. She shares with the listener that she is indeed happier than ever. The sound is a bit muffled, which gives it the vibe of a 30’s -40’s love song that you could slow dance to with your loved one. Then halfway through, the song is flipped on its head and changes to a more crisp sounding, punk-rock ballad with her screaming, “You make me hate this city!” The listener is submerged into Eilish’s loud, passionate vocals and drowned in the heavy guitar. This contrast in genres makes this song the best on the album. Although the punk-rock style isn't her typical style of music, it works marvelously for the album. For the short period of time that Eilish sings this genre, she executes it extremely well, which gives her album a bit of an edge. Eilish ends this 16-track album with “Male Fantasy.” This is another strictly acoustic guitar song, which works in favor of the song, considering the content matter. This song is about Eilish trying to get over a past lover and reflecting on their time together. She leads the song by examining the typical “male fantasy.” Throughout, she distinguishes the difference between real love and fake love, along with the nature of each. This song closes the album out very well. I feel closure after listening to the entire album, due to how Eilish left her heart on her sleeve in every single song. Top Tracks: Happier Than Ever Male Fantasy I Didn’t Change My Number Recommended if you like: Halsey Alessia Cara King Princess Sources: SoundCloud, Metacritic, Metacritic, Grammys, YouTube, Instagram, Instagram, Instagram, Instagram, YouTube, Phys Org Featured Image: Genius
I’m just going to come out and say it: I love The Last of Us Part II. Sure, it made some controversial choices that didn’t sit well with everyone—Joel’s death primarily. Yes, it also made you play as the woman that killed him—who I found to be a compelling character. And yes, it was a pretty depressing game all around.
By Arianna Sergio Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, a.k.a Logic, is back. It hasn’t even been a year later before the rapper traded his mundane retirement in Montana for his classic bars and studio sessions. Back in July 2020, Logic released what was seemingly his final studio album, No Pressure. He took to Twitter and Instagram to announce his departure from the music industry, leaving fans from across the globe rattled by his decision but, at the end of the day, respected his choice. It was a wistful and heartbreaking moment for Logic and his fans alike, but as he said in an interview with Complex News, he just wanted to, “focus on his son [Little Bobby] and his family, because that’s what makes me [Logic] the most happy.” Bobby Tarantino III is the third installment of the Bobby Tarantino mixtape series. The mixtape that started this journey was Bobby Tarantino, and it was released in July 2016. He announced on Twitter that, “This mixtape is for my fans. I wanted to give u something for the Summer. Thank you for always supporting me. Enjoy.” And enjoy fans did. This mixtape had singles such as “Flexicution” and “Wrist,” with “Flexicution” generating a whopping 176 million streams and instantly becoming the most well-known track from the mixtape. Then, in March 2018, he released Bobby Tarantino II. This mixtape had singles such as, “44 More,” “Overnight,” and “Everyday,” which features American DJ Marshmello. This mixtape is arguably one of Logic’s most popular pieces of work to date charting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, following the success of his third studio album, Everybody. With this track record, Bobby Tarantino III was destined to be a smash hit. How does the third installment compare to the others? Bobby Tarantino III kicks off with “introll.” This song shows Logic’s humorous side and he’s doing what it says in the title: trolling the listener. Logic starts by rapping, “Hey, I didn’t see you there, I’m back,” and then he proceeds to warm up his voice like he’s going to start spitting some bars, but ends the song before he can even start. Logic only has one feature on the mixtape and it’s from award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo on the song “Inside.” Before listening to this song I had never heard music from Erivo, but now that my ears have been blessed by her effortlessly alluring voice, I crave more from her. She enhances the quality of this song and takes it to a whole new level with her voice evoking such emotion and passion. Logic tells the listener about his problems that caused him pain and ate at him, yet they remained inside, because on the outside he continued to make music for the fans and put on a happy face. “Flawless” is a homage to his wife. I admire Logic for showcasing not only the physical love for his wife, but also his emotional love for her. He raps, “I only want a good girl who give a f*** less 'bout all this / So I wrote this song for you, 'cause you're so f******—Flawless (Flawless, yeah)...” In the middle of the song, the song begins to fade out with Logic rapping “Oh you thought I was done?” I appreciated the cheekiness of this line, because it shows that he could rap so many more bars about her, which is a nod to not only his immense love for her, but his talent. I’m usually not one for interludes in albums/mixtapes unless they add more context to the storyline that the artist is trying to convey, but “Stupid Skit” is an exception. This song authentically displays how much carefree, fun Logic had while making this mixtape. Whereas, with most of his past projects, he felt so much pressure from everyone around him. (Hence, why his retirement album was titled No Pressure.) “Theme For The People” carries an extremely similar sound to “Indica Badu.” Both songs have a relaxing and soft beat that is easy to listen to. They each make you want to unwind, with Logic’s lyrics flowing smoothly and freely. “God Might Judge” is hands down the best song off the mixtape. It has excellent beats! Hats off to 6ix, with the first beat being reminiscent of Drake’s “Nice For What.” This song has the smoothest beat transitions I’ve ever heard on any Logic song. Having the beat switch from the second beat back to the first in the last 40 seconds is the cherry on top of an already masterful sundae. The lyrics are superior in this song and are some of Logic’s most catchy. Logic ends the mixtape with “untitled.” This song is the reason why Logic made Bobby Tarantino III: to have a blast and cater songs to his fans. Weekly singles Leading up to the release of Bobby Tarantino III Logic teased the mixtape by releasing 4 songs weekly—on every Friday. The first single he released was on July 1st titled, “Vaccine,” with his second being “Get Up,” then “My Way,” and lastly “Call Me.” In comparison to all four singles, “Vaccine” is the strongest one. “Vaccine” packs the biggest punch for the listener. “Get Up” and “My Way” fall flat. They weren’t memorable whatsoever. Now, listening to the mixtape countless times, they’ve grown on me a bit, but on the first listen they were nothing special; the beat along with the lyrics were just bland. “Call Me” is a sweet and endearing song. It’s about how people can always count on him when they need him and how he’s just one call away. Similar to what I said earlier, “Call Me” is like “Theme For The People,” with a sound that is similar to “Indica Badu.” So why did Logic come back? “See You Soon Space Cowboy” starts off as a fast-paced song showing off how fast he can rap and how cunning and clever his lyricism is. At 1 minute and 17 seconds, gunshots go off and the beat switches to a more slow-downed, honest, stream of consciousness. In the last minute and a half of “See You Soon Space Cowboy...” he explains his return to the rap industry by saying, “Alright, well I guess I just—I woke up one day and I was like ‘You know what? I kinda feel like rapping again.’ You know what I'm saying? So I did. And I been chillin' with Little Bobby and his fine a** momma and we out here in the country. Shooting guns, riding dirt bikes and s*** and I was just like ‘Man, I want to do this.’ So I invited all the homies in the middle of nowhere. And uhh we just decided to do this Bobby Tarantino EP, three-peat, off the cuff just for fun, just for the summer, just for all the homies.” If this is Logic impromptu, just having fun, I am extremely eager and excited to listen to his next piece of work. With that, he also reveals that he’s working on his last album with his current record label, Def Jam. Logic ends the song by saying that he’s doing all of this for his fans, because they wanted him to come back to rapping so badly, so he finally decided that it was time. Top Tracks: God Might Judge Flawless See You Soon Space Cowboy... Recommended if you like: Kanye West Drake Mac Miller Sources: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Spotify, Billboard, IMDB, Spotify, Genius, Spotify Featured Image: Genius
Words cannot express my love for Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. I first played the initial three games—Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake’s Deception—back in high school, and wow, what a ride. The adventures of Nathan Drake and his friends captured both my imagination and my attention for months on end; I couldn’t stop playing them (resulting in play sessions that I labeled “Uncharted Days”).
by Anthony HerringI’m just going to come out and say it: I love The Last of Us Part II. Sure, it made some controversial choices that didn’t sit well with everyone—Joel’s death primarily. Yes, it also made you play as the woman that killed him—who I found to be a compelling character. And yes, it was a pretty depressing game all around.Despite all of that, I still loved it.