TikTok sound snippets are snuffing out songs

Mac Miller’s “Swimming” , Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange”, Childish Gambino’s “Because The Internet” and Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” are in the highest regard of art, with purpose and meaning the albums become more than just songs played in a collective. With the rise of TikTok and Spotify, albums are nitpicked, with only the best songs or even the best verses having the potential to become viral TikTok snippets. Nic D(@iamnicd) is a new TikTok artist that is known for his podcast “The FRDi Show” as well …

PCC students come clean about their dirty laundry

As society attempts to return to in-person outings, PCC students are asked to venture out into a dirty world. While pajamas and sweats are okay to wear at school, it may be taboo at a student’s job, place of worship, and other public settings. Keeping up with a more extensive wardrobe can be expensive to maintain, require more planning, and challenge student’s time management skills. Until garment technology advances and we can buy self cleaning clothes, the struggle to sustain our closet goes on. What …

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 …

Talent can’t save Omar Apollo’s boring single

Apollo enters on a guitar, with a soft strumming and emotional pattern sounding similar to song intros for bands like Weezer, Radiohead, or The Eagles, a feeling of distaste and repetition that every artist has already attempted before him. In today’s world of music, it’s best to get to the point, Apollo should have used the time to be different and exciting. His use of melodically familiar guitar riffs are an excellent tool for a song, but when done with little effort, it makes you …

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 …

Viewers grow attached to humanized androids in ‘Raised by Wolves’

Aaron Guzikowski’s “Raised by Wolves” places the human experience into a new world with adaptive androids that in most cases are more redeemable than the humans they serve. The show follows a family composed of a male and female android that are raising a pod of human children, in which the female android had grown from embryos. Guzikowski’s artistic choice on the droid’s sophisticated technology enables them to mimic the traits of humans to an uncanny degree, which often leaves the audience to question whether …

‘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 …