AJR’s ‘OK Orchestra:’ a chaotic masterpiece

by Ian Maddox AJR, an American indie pop trio, released their most recent full-length album, called OK OVERTURE, in 2021, and it is something to remember. It takes the type of basic alternative music we’re all familiar with and turns it on its head. In typical AJR fashion, they start this album off with a rousing overture, “OK Overture,” showcasing the songs and themes played throughout the album itself, as well as preparing the listener for the tone and mood of the following tracks.  They smash together elements of different genres, making…

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‘The Ultimate Gift:’ family friendly and full of hope

by Nora Hollinghead “The Ultimate Gift,”  based on the best-selling novel written by Jim Stovall, was brought to screen in 2006 by director Michael O. Sajbel.  At the beginning of the movie, “Red” Stevens, grandfather and billionaire, passes away. Though none of his heirs were pleased with what was in his will, his grandson, Jason Stevens, goes on a journey to discover his fortune. Jason Stevens is a spoiled trust fund baby who expected nothing after he watched his family leave the reading of the will upset. However, Jason received a series…

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The duality of man: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ begins production

by Kris Harrell Troy Theatre and Dance has begun its work on the Spring musical “Jekyll and Hyde.” With a steampunk atmosphere, director Tommy Newman hopes to reinvent this challenging piece to something not seen before.  Premiering on Broadway in the 1990s, this over-the-top production is a musical adaptation of the novella, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”  One of the reasons for the selection of this musical was based on recognition. However, there were other factors at play. “I think the music is just so fun, and…

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A true ‘Death of a Bachelor’: Panic! At the Disco disbands

by Kris Harrell Panic! At the Disco, an alternative pop rock band, has officially disbanded after an announcement made by the lead singer, Brendon Urie, on January 24. Beginning in Las Vegas, Nevada, Panic! At the Disco consisted of Urie and high school classmates Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson. It was not long until they created their debut album, “A Fever you can’t sweat out” in 2005.However, the original band members slowly left the band, until in 2016 when the band dissolved a solo project led by Urie. Panic! At the disco went on to…

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Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday Addams, passed away

by PJ Heath Lisa Loring, who played the original Wednesday Addams in the 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family,” has died at the age of 64.  Loring died from a stroke on Jan 28, surrounded by her loved ones. Laurie Jacobson, a friend of Loring, announced her death on Facebook, stating she had “suffered a massive stroke brought on by smoking and high blood pressure.” Going into acting at just age five, Loring was best known for her role as the macabre, eccentric Wednesday.  Wednesday’s somber enthusiasm for raising spiders, beheading…

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