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Opinion: Secret vows, ‘staged’ elevator quarrel make pop culture headlines

September 2, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Joan Rivers on life support after surgery complications Joan Rivers, 81, was undergoing a routine throat procedure last Thursday when she stopped breathing during the surgery and went into cardiac arrest. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she was unconscious and kept on life support as of Tuesday night. Doctors brought her out of a medically-induced coma to assess her brain, and they will be checking for brain function and damage. Rivers’ only child, Melissa, is asking the public for prayers and… Read more

Album review: Interpol paints a masterpiece with ‘El Pintor’

September 2, 2014
It doesn’t take long into listening to Interpol’s newest record, “El Pintor,” to realize that the band hasn’t been joking around about this being a “return to form” record. While the band’s sound has never sharply deviated from the brooding, post-punk revivalist style that it helped usher in at the turn of the century, on this album, the group has a resounding and unifying sense of urgency. Prior to this album, the group had gone through some angst, turmoil and a lull in critical and commercial success. The band’s 2002 debut “Turn on the Bright Lights” was one of the most-heralded debut albums ever in rock music and was named… Read more

Ohio State chosen to pilot new music app

September 1, 2014
The name “Carmen” is soon to be included both in the title of a famous Ohio State song and a new music streaming service available to OSU students.  Project Carmen is a music application that is currently signing up students from five different universities, including OSU, to test out and provide feedback on the pilot program, which is set to take place between September and December. What’s different about Project Carmen from other music streaming services — such as Pandora and Spotify ­— is that users will be able to stream music on the app, and if they like a song, they can download it — for free. “We’re creating… Read more

Review: Ohio State students welcomed back to campus ‘Safe and Sound’

August 30, 2014
The “welcome” was loud and clear. Ohio State students flocked on Friday to see live performances from Captain Kidd, GRiZ and Capital Cities at the Ohio Union Activities Board-sponsored 2014 Welcome Week Concert, which was held on the now construction-free South Oval for the first time since 2010. The crowd quickly drew in when Captain Kidd — comprised of fourth-years Nate Baumgard, Eric Blaha, Nick Samson and Stew Weinland and second-year Andrew Gutierrez — opened the event with a cover of Phoenix’s “1901” and took the stage with its alternative style and musical accuracy. The band’s set introduced students to the atmosphere and music that would continue to be heard… Read more

Bagpiper heads to Oval, South Oval to practice

August 29, 2014
The Oval isn’t quite the Highlands, but that’s not stopping Josh Whitson from playing his bagpipe. Whitson, the Ohio State student immigration coordinator, has been playing his Great Highland bagpipe this week around campus, particularly on the Oval and South Oval. He’s preparing for a competition — the Ligonier Highland Games on Sept. 20 in Ligonier, Pa., where he said he’ll be playing in three solo events and competing with a band. But don’t count on his being on the Oval daily — Whitson said he doesn’t practice in one spot. “I try to move around so I don’t annoy the same people everyday,” he said Friday. “I live in… Read more

Album review: Tom Petty’s political rants, bluesy jams fuse in “Hypnotic Eye”

August 28, 2014
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ masterful new record, “Hypnotic Eye,” lives up to its name. It finds the legendary rocker in fine form. It’s a mesmerizing blend of well-crafted, lo-fi rockers and ballads that are meticulously sequenced. The first four songs build on each other and hook the listener right away. “American Dream Plan B” is a punchy, no-nonsense rocker while “Fault Lines” and “Red River” are among the album’s highlights. “Fault Lines” is Petty’s terrific shot at psychedelic rock. It’s an infectious number, energetic from the get-go, with the rhythm section blasting away and long-time Heartbreakers lead guitarist Mike Campbell adding a series of fierce guitar solos to the… Read more

Ensemble steps out of comfort zone for a Collective Reaction

August 28, 2014
In an attempt to shine light on local music, The Lantern’s “Columbus’ Own” is a weekly series that will profile a new Columbus band every week.  The term “college band,” might bring images of a garage rock band to mind. Columbus band Collective Reaction, however, aims to break the mold with their modern jazz and funk sound. Ohio State alumnus Jason Deran and fifth-year in jazz studies Wes Perry founded the six-piece instrumental band in January and serve as its co-leaders. Perry said they play a genre that can be found running through other styles of music. “(Jazz) is becoming an integral part of every music out there today. There… Read more

Album review: Ariana Grande’s sophomore effort bogged down by outside voices

August 28, 2014
It’s not always a smooth transition from Nickelodeon star to pop princess, but Ariana Grande mastered it with her first album, 2013’s “Yours Truly.” Almost exactly a year later, she cemented her place in pop music and attempted to shed her child star image with “My Everything.” She is commonly referred to as a young Mariah Carey, and that is exactly who I thought I was listening to in the album’s intro. The vocals are very angelic and breathy, reminiscent of Carey for sure. Do not fear, though — Grande clears the confusion quick, starting with “Problem,” featuring Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea. This relationship-bashing, girl’s anthem has peaked at No.… Read more

Ohio State band to greet students with some ‘Freaky Love’ on Welcome Week stage

August 27, 2014
Some of Ohio State’s students will be looking at the crowd instead of standing in it for the Welcome Week Concert. Fourth-years Nate Baumgard (studying geographic information sciences), Eric Blaha (studying marketing), Nick Samson (studying English), Stew Weinland (studying mechanical engineering) and second-year Andrew Gutierrez (studying English) will be playing in their band, Captain Kidd, at Friday night’s show, opening for GRiZ and Capital Cities. The group started with Baumgard and Blaha, who wanted to keep making music when they came to OSU after they started playing together in high school. They gained popularity with their single “Freaky Love” last fall and a self-titled EP in the spring. “The progression… Read more

School of Music looks to broaden reach with free concerts

August 26, 2014
For those looking to attend a concert of a more classical kind this semester, Ohio State’s School of Music has just the ticket — a ticket that won’t cost you a dime. Unlike previous years, OSU’s School of Music is offering free admission for concerts to the entire community. In the past, the majority of events were free for students with a BuckID. Now, many of the concerts are free to the community, with the exception of some premium concerts, said Tamara Morris, spokeswoman for the School of Music. While the School of Music has numerous performances planned for fall semester, Morris said she is especially excited for the traditionally… Read more