Every time I get on the phone with my Internet provider, I’m always pleasantly offered to upgrade with a cable package. How sweet, they offer me a deal that charges double what I pay monthly for awful Internet service. Of course, I turn them down with the same excuses each time: college student who’s never home, rarely turning on the TV and simply not having the money — the first two of which are complete Oscar-Mayer-copyrighted bologna. Truly, I have discovered the loophole I can only hope a majority of college students have, too: the art of Netflix, Hulu, LetMeWatchThis.com and an HDMI cable.
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The versatile artists of Family Force 5 have been on their journey to popularity since the early ‘90s. With three of the members being brothers and the rest from other mothers, the family was formed in Atlanta. First breaking into the Christian market, the guys hit mainstream success in 2004 with their first major album, “Business Up Front/Party in the Back.”
“I don’t think there are enough movies made that leave people with an uplifting and inspiring message.”
'Martha Marcy May Marlene'
10. “Day of the Dead” (2007)
The day of cute, spooky, wholesome, costumed children wandering up and down safe suburban streets asking for candy to rot their tiny teeth out is behind us. For college students, Halloween is a weekend event of party hopping and unique displays of cult-classic characters, whether wholesome or not. So, what better to fill your plastic jack-o-lantern with this year than a grand playlist appropriate for the holiday? With the playlist conveniently placed on Grooveshark.com, The State Press has your music needs covered for your Halloween weekend.
Since the dawn of time, sick and twisted souls across the world enjoy getting the daylights scared out of them through movies, tales and haunted houses. This reporter happens to be one of them. Addicted to zombie apocalypse and demons infesting our homes, this idea of fear has become entertainment for the masses.
Dining halls — enough said, right? While ASU has given students a myriad of options of evolved cafeteria food, the average student will eventually miss the smell of a home-cooked meal or the fresh taste of a domestic culinary creation. While Tempe campus flurries with dining options outside of dining halls and the Memorial Union, smaller campuses around the Phoenix area struggle to have an affordable alternate in reach. This is especially true for the Downtown campus, which is located in the middle of Phoenix’s business district, where shops and restaurants generally close around 5 p.m.
If you’re looking for the ultimate grocery store for any hipster looking to impress people with their organic creations, Trader Joe’s is your destination. Trader Joe’s, one of the artsiest grocery stores known to man, knows their demographic and has made a fortune off of sales and widening their realm with cookbooks for any specific culture they can find — vegans, bakers and now the college student. The egotistically named book “I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook: 150 Cheap-and-Easy Gourmet Recipes” focuses on cheap and easy meals targeted specifically at college students.
Making the Phoenix area proud for years, Jimmy Eat World has recently wrapped up touring on their seventh full-length album and has jumped into Arizona’s Fall Frenzy to officially wrap things up in their home town. After almost 20 years of being together, the band is jumping back into the studio with new music and getting geared up to play with Blink-182 and Matt & Kim on the Phoenix stop of their Honda Civic Tour. The State Press caught up with frontman Jim Adkins about playing Fall Frenzy and what’s next for the alt-rock gods.
First dating and then moving on to music, Matt & Kim have been indie-pop sensations for years now. The band has developed a penchant for playing simple tunes that never fail to get a crowd dancing. The Brooklyn-dwellers have been busy since taking off from their albums “Grand” and “Sidewalks.” On tour now with My Chemical Romance and Blink-182, the peppy duo is playing shows across the country and getting ready for a winter of recording. The State Press spoke with Matt Johnson about their recent collaborative track and life on the road.
The beat drops, the audience screams, the feet pound on the ballroom floor, and that’s when one must wonder: is the floor is supposed to vibrate like that? It is doubtful that the Phoenix Convention Center has ever seen a show quite like this.
Earlier this week, The State Press had the opportunity to send a few reporters to view the brand new AMC Esplanade dine-in theater. The result? Three reporters who were able to attend the exclusive viewing deliver a chat-style review, featuring opinions and impressions of the new theater.
“The Rip Tide”
On Saturday, April 23, Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford and Sons took over a dirt field in Tempe for a night of bluegrass, folk, and bonding. The Railroad Revival Tour has taken these three bands to six southern towns to liven up the area with good old tunes. The State Press writers Lauren Jordan and Trevor Paxton discussed the night, performances and the future of music following the event.
Tempe native Roger Clyne has been rocking for years, closing the gap of fame and charity as he uses CD releases, connections and his ability to gather a crowd for the greater good. With the Peacemakers, he has led his charitable rock band for almost 13 years now. The band’s upcoming event will be record-breaking — seriously. On April 16, Clyne plans to have his fans at Salt Rivers Fields for his latest album release for “Unida Cantina.” All the fans have to do is show up … with a sombrero. Named, fittingly, the Sombrero Solution, Clyne wants to break the world record for most sombreros worn in one location. All proceeds will go to Valley of the Sun United Way.
Sharon Von Etten, a timid, Jersey-girl indie musician, has been through her fair share of life lessons. After getting her heart broken in Tennessee, Von Etten picked herself back up, headed back to the East Coast and nabbed an internship with Ba Da Bing Records doing behind-the-scenes work. The label discovered this quiet girl’s talents and she switched rolls. Now touring for her second album, “Epic,” Von Etten has opened up more as she finds herself through recording. The State Press spoke with the mellow rocker Wednesday before her show at the Rhythm Room.
Pittsburgh native Gregg Gillis is just another dweeb who throws songs together in his room on some expensive laptop with some expensive software you’ve never heard of — right?
“Angles” The Strokes 3/5 Pitchforks
Leonardo DiCaprio, I am disappointed in you. I sit down in a theater for a movie I'm on the fence about; within the first few seconds, your name pops up. You helped produce this? It must be good! You, Leonardo, create golden works. What a misleading credit ...