Laugh Tracks – Knocked Loose

The Louisville, Kentucky music scene is undoubtedly catching fire. With the release of Greyhaven’s monumental album, Cult America, and the Pop Culture EP from Knocked Loose released in 2014 , there is no sign of the momentum stopping. Both bands take the idea of hardcore or metalcore music and do new and innovative things with the genres. That’s made very clear with Knocked Loose’s newest release, Laugh Tracks, … Continue reading Laugh Tracks – Knocked Loose

Grad School Confessional

(This post originally appeared on the BSU English blog.)

In my final spring semester at Ball State, before the air became toxic from the dogwood trees near the Atrium, I was over college. The sleepless nights and the mountains of reading were something I had been looking forward to leaving behind. My mighty keyboard had vanquished all of the research papers lurking in the shadows, and the hefty textbooks could find new homes.  Continue reading “Grad School Confessional”

Ode to Sylvia

“July 1950 – I may never be happy, but tonight I am content….At times like this I’d call myself a fool to ask for more…” – from the Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

I have never quite understood my fascination with Sylvia Plath. From my first encounter with The Bell Jar to my in-depth studies of her poetry, I have always had an admiration for her ability to weave a devil-may-care sense of despair between the lines.  Continue reading “Ode to Sylvia”

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus seems to have quite a presence in the spotlight recently–the VMAs may have helped–and mostly for terrible reasons. I want to start by initially recognizing that her appropriation of black culture is something worth examining and is not only disheartening, but disrespectful and damaging. However,  I won’t be addressing that further in this post, as it is strictly a review of her newest music.

Say what you want, but Miley’s new music is arguably the most artful she has ever made. Hands down. First and foremost, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz doesn’t conform to the cookie-cutter pop form we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing from not only her, but the entire industry. It has been freaking people out. In my book that means she’s doing something right. Continue reading “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz”

More Wreck, More Wreck – Tyler Gobble

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“You are the earth the dog displaced. You are the neat little pile.
I’m sorry whatever came back to haunt me ended up a silly ghost.”
-from “How Many Years”

On the vast spectrum of contemporary poetry, Tyler Gobble’s More Wreck More Wreck lands somewhere between experimental and uniquely charming. While Gobble’s poems bring light to the wonderful (and not so wonderful) sides of growing up in the Midwest, political issues, and love and family—among other things—they are so much more than that. Gobble’s poems are honest and powerful, as they speak to the idea of what it is like to be human in this messed-up world. They are tender, funny, and full of life, and break convention, falling from the page into your eyes. They are energetic and loud. To put it simply, Gobble’s poems emanate who he is as a person, someone that gives all of the love in the world and is not afraid to be himself.

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Local Spotlight: Red Light Syndrome EP – Bad Fiction

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Rating: 4/5 Lights4lights

With the resurgence of the grunge and garage punk genres–no doubt due to the fact all of the teens and twenty-somethings that grew up listening to 90’s grunge and 2000’s garage punk music are starting their own bands–it’s no surprise that local Indy group Bad Fiction is reminiscent of bands like The Hives (circa Veni Vidi Vicious) or Nirvana (circa In Utero). In their debut EP, Red Light Syndrome [2015], Bad Fiction’s distorted guitar, strained vocals, and disjointed drums meld into a spasmodic assault to the senses–in a good way, people. It holds an overwhelming nostalgia from beginning to end that makes it hard to pinpoint why a song titled “Shark of Wichita” reminds me of Jaws, which reminds me of being a child visiting family in Mississippi and being mercilessly bitten raw by fire ants. The point is, it made me think of something I haven’t thought about in a long time. Red Light Syndrome is the nostalgic musical equivalent of the Super Nintendo or Easy Bake Ovens–except it’s new and most people have yet to experience Bad Fiction’s songs.

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