The Wallows hiatus brings adventure in their new sophomore album

After a three year hiatus, Rock Band Wallows released their debut album “Nothing Happen” in 2019. The alternative trio is back with their sophomore album “Tell Me That It’s Over”. Wallows followed up the highly anticipated album with brand new singles and different experimental sounds. With 10 songs, the new album gives Wallows the spirit to dive deeper into a different sound that they started from their first album. Without the two albums biting off each other. The band made a huge improvement from its …

Former vampire unexpectedly makes a good Batman

Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves gives viewers a look into the very human struggle and the motivation of the “caped crusader” and less of the Bruce Wayne perspective. In the beginning we Pattinson gives a monologue explaining what he’s up against and what his actions have done in hopes of creating fear in the hearts of the criminal element in the city. Pattinson’s Batman voice is amazing, deep, with a raspy strength that is expected when portraying the character. The …

Laufey sets new standard for modern jazz

A mixture of classical to contemporary, Laufey brings heartfelt authenticity to modern music. Laufey, an Icelandic-Chinese singer-songwriter and composer, strays away from the typical pop sound. Her music feels like a mixture of Chet Baker and a beautiful lullaby that is filled with comfort and love. My first recommendation is “Magnolia”, a song that is an ode to a beautiful person who still finds insecurities about themselves and longs for another Magnolia cycle that plays with the concept of not being good enough for yourself. …

TV review: Nobody cares about how she met his father

Hulu attempts a lighthearted comedy spinoff with “How I Met Your Father” and falls into an oblivion of laugh tracks and bad jokes. Hillary Duff leads the cast in the series as a single woman in New York named Sophie who is searching for love on her Tinder app, hardly an innovative spin on a stereotypical plot. Ultimately the show fails to bring anything new to our streaming screens and falls short in replicating the success of its predecessor “How I Met Your Mother”(2005). We’ve …

Zendaya’s intense acting shows drugs are cool until they’re not

Within the first three minutes of the episode Rue is confronted by her mom who claims she knows Rue has been taking pills. Rue’s entire world has been completely disrupted from the very opening scene. The gravity of the situation makes it apparent that the entire episode is going to be extremely emotional. Up until now, Rue had deceived her mom into believing her lies of sobriety all the while getting entangled with drug dealing. “Euphoria” fans have anticipated Rue’s downfall but were still shocked …

‘DAWN FM’: The rise of the Weeknd’s mature sound

2021 marked a decade of Abel Tesfaye, known more by his stage name The Weeknd, telling the world of his tumultuous lifestyle. Over the span of three mixtapes and four albums, he has successfully branded himself the master of recounting the late night escapades that lead to morning regret. The true king of passing off heartache as jadeness. In 2022, however, Tesfaye returns with an album that breaks free from this self made mold. Dawn FM, a 16-track album that plays like a radio station …

Bun Bun Bao: New bun spot provides good bang for your buck

Across the street from campus on the corner of Colorado Blvd. and Bonnie Ave., a new Chinese restaurant Bun Bun Bao has recently opened its doors to the public. This restaurant has plans to bring authentic Asian culture into our community with their dishes and drinks. Students have anticipated trying the new food since their “opening soon” sign first appeared. With limited food options in the area and on campus, there has been a sort of need for diversity amongst the lunch and dinner options nearby. …

‘Encanto’ captures the magic of family dynamics

Most classic Disney movies are rooted in the idea of a damsel in distress. A princess unhappy with her current situation seeking a knight in shining armor to save her from misery. Disney seemingly stepped away from that format to provide their audience with a film that can be entertaining, culturally educational, and heartwarming in a time when hope and magic are needed. Like the 2016 film “Moana” which strays from the conventional lead female character but instead portrays a modernist independent-no-prince-princess, “Encanto’s” protagonist Mirabel …

Netflix’s Squid Game is the show of the decade

The new series “Squid Game” on Netflix isn’t a cinematic masterpiece, but no show is. Given each episode comes in at nearly an hour long, mastering every scene would be nearly impossible. But the show does, on occasion, have amazing cinematic sequences, with amazing camera pans, side-to-side point of view, use of color, composition, and framing. It is easily a decade worth of work. Squid Game might be the best show in the world. In the 4th episode, there is a scene where an old …

Review: And that’s the way the cookie ‘Crumbl’s’

From “bringing families and friends together over a box of the best cookies in the world” (as stated on their pink boxes) to expanding over 175 locations in 31 states in only 4 years. Attention all cookieholics, Crumbl is by far the most delicious, melt in your mouth, ooey gooey cookies you’ll ever have. The closest location to PCC is only a 41 minute drive according to Apple Maps, and it’s located in La Habra. The first location ever built is located in Logan, Utah …