After about twenty seconds into Book of Shred’s music video “Straight Up,” it’s easy to see that Robbie Cohen and incoming ASU junior Colin Denker don’t take themselves too seriously. Clad in brightly colored mismatched sweatbands, sunglasses, tanks and short-shorts, the duo quite literally hop around to display what I can only assume are their “special occasion” dance moves.
Their music is another story—obviously something they do take very seriously. And rightfully so. The “Straight Up” music video off their debut album “Nobody’s Home” feels bold thematically. Instead of settling for the moody, please-respect-me-as-an-artist pretentiousness that in many ways would have been a much safer bet, these two do justice to their album through offering so much more: personality. Their album, like their video, doesn’t have anything “debut” about it. In fact, it’s already featured on ASU’s beloved radio station, The Blaze.
April 15, 2014 at 12:00 am
In April, we have the great opportunity to enjoy and learn more about poetry.
The Academy of American Poets initiated this poetic celebration in 1996. This month celebrates the legacy of historic American poets. Meanwhile, it offers a chance for current poets and artists to come together to discover new work.
Around the country, the Academy of American Poets is hosting events throughout the month. At the same time, you can find tons of great events in Phoenix and Tempe, to feed that hunger for poetry.
April 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
People glamorize life. They look at the world through rose-colored lenses, and are torn apart when they have to face reality. Life is a game. We play and sometimes, we lose.
But many times, we win. Some get so bogged down in the shadow of their failure that the victory that comes after is bittersweet. One thing that all people should accept is the fact that failure is inevitable. Perfection is impossible. No human can succeed at everything.
But failure, or more accurately fear of failure, shouldn’t stop you from trying something new. Courage isn’t defined by the absence of fear, but by being afraid and doing it anyway. It might surprise you to know that our most rewarding experiences come from stepping out of our comfort zone.
April 9, 2014 at 10:37 am
Music is one of the few things that are forever. There’s always room for new discoveries to nestle a permanent place between old favorites—maybe even songs you’ve listened to for years. Unlike music, college is fleeting, and I find myself staring at one last month of classes. (Imagine a 22-year-old version of a kid grasping her stuffed teddy bear, shaking her head, tears welling, after hearing Santa isn’t real. That’s me right now.) Does it have to end?
A reliable coping mechanism as I apply for countless jobs is listening to some bands I haven’t yet explored. Uncharted territory on all fronts, I enter this next phase of my life with an indefinite question mark drawn across the coming months.
April 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Sometimes you hear a song, speech or poem that leaves you speechless, unable to put words to feelings. You are stunned speechless.
That’s how I feel about amazing spoken word. That’s how I felt when I first heard Andrea Gibson. Gibson has often been considered the poet of our generation, and considers herself an activist as well as an artist. She has been featured in various media outlets and has published two books: “Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns” and “The Madness Vase.”
Andrea Gibson differs from other spoken word poets that I’ve encountered because her words say, “Take what I’m saying, and run with it.” They are poems that refuse to sit stagnant in your heart. They are calls to action.
April 7, 2014 at 10:04 am
The English language is an amalgamation of several cultures, histories, tragedies and successes. We have words rooted in every language, and people don’t acknowledge this melting pot of terminology often enough.
Words are as beautiful as they are powerful. The childhood saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Biggest lie ever.
Physical wounds heal—they may leave scars, but the pain they cause eventually ends. Words leave no scars, but they can shatter a person. Our minds are incredibly powerful and what gets in there has the ability to affect everything we do.
April 7, 2014 at 9:58 am
Over the last year or so, I have fallen in love with the city of Seattle. From the beautiful city skyline, to the nature surrounding it, Seattle radiates beauty, innovation and art.
Seattle is also home to one of the largest independent book festivals in the nation: the APRIL Festival. APRIL stands for “Artists, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature.” The mission statement of the event is “to connect readers with independent literature and the authors and publishers of this relevant and vitalizing work.”
April 2, 2014 at 7:00 am
Designer Coco Chanel said,“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Whether you believe in the power of the fashion industry or not, it doesn’t lessen the positive effects of wearing clothes that make you feel good.
Society puts far too much stock in physical appearances, but there is something to be said about a person wearing an outfit that boosts their confidence. In these trying times, every little bit of confidence you have is necessary.
April 2, 2014 at 12:00 am
Whoever thinks good music doesn’t come from Texas is profoundly mistaken. I’m not a fan of the pop-country fusion you hear at bars that serve buckets of Bud Light and offer mechanical bull rides. But I do love the timeless twang of more classical folk and country.
Shakey Graves—or should I say Alejandro Rose-Garcia—is more or less the king of Americana, the one-man band and the suitcase kickdrum (yes, that’s apparently a thing.) When I first heard his “Roll the Bones” on a music blog, I immediately googled it to find out what this soulful roots band was. I don’t know what surprised me more: That it was merely one person, or that this one person played “The Swede” on my family’s favorite show, Friday Night Lights. And let me tell you, he has grown up.
Rose-Garcia’s voice unpredictably shuffles between a soothing croon to a near wail, but always reaps a sincerity that feels directly aimed at your soul. His lyrics speak the hard truths of life, heartbreak and the long journey to our physical and metaphorical homes. Perhaps the best part of Shakey Graves is the literal “shaky” aspect of Rose-Garcia’s music. You never quite know when the pace will pick up for slow down, when his voice will heighten or suppress, but that’s the beauty of it. You have faith that it’s going to be good, and it always is.
April 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm
It is finally April… which means that school ends in less than six weeks. WHAT?
Where did the semester go? Between January craziness, Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, and March Madness — Spring 2014 simply flew by.
March 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm