We added The Ting Tings “Great DJ”, Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” and Hey Monday’s “How You Love Me Now”. Â Check them out!
by Vanessa Paredes
Itâ€™s here. The highly anticipated, overly hyped, oh so talked about film: New Moon. The second installment of the Twilight Saga hit the big screen this November and you can bet your life savings that the lines were outrageous and theaters were sold out all over the nation. Fully equipped with a new director (Chris Weitz), New Moon definitely out staged the production of Twilight, but not by a long shot. If one thing is for certain though, itâ€™s that Edward Cullen is about to blend into the shadows and a new obsession will arise; his name is Jacob Black.
In New Moon, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) couldnâ€™t be more awkward with each other, and there is a reason behind it. Edward plans to leave forks and Bella behind. He does so early into the film, and the â€œbreak upâ€ shakes up the story line, bringing forward Jacob black (Taylor Lautner) to our attention. Once Bella really starts warming up to her new â€œfriendâ€ another fantastical secret is unraveled. Vampires are not the only non-humans roaming around Forks; Jacob and his â€œclanâ€ take the form of wolves in order to â€œprotectâ€ the town from vampires, or at least the evil kind. Naturally, Jacob falls in love with Bella while Edward is absent, and this creates a chaotic love triangle that will be a major theme in the movies to come. Just when it seems like Bella is finally warming up to the idea of liking Jacob back, Edward is forcefully engrained back on to her feeble mind when he makes a phone call to the Swan residence for the first time after his disappearance.
Bella gets on a plane to Italy faster than you can say vampires are not real, in attempts to save her soul mate from killing himself. Edward had been mal-informed that Bella had passed away, and finds only one solution: plead the Volturi (Organized coven of vampires) to take his life, which is no easy task, being a vampire and all. The Volturi consisted of the best actors in the film, including big shots such as Dakota fanning playing Jane, and Michael Sheen as Aro. How the movie ends can be yours to figure out.
New Moon shouldnâ€™t break a sweat impressing the teenage female population. Weitz incorporates all the right elements, and some of the scenes are beautifully done. Although the movie does lack decent actors, because letâ€™s face it, Robert Pattinson canâ€™t act to save his life, the movie-goers will still sink their teeth into this vampire fantasy flick. In addition the film was successful in staying true to the book, which will hopefully keep the Twi-hardâ€™s complaints to a minimum. So get those movie tickets and enjoy the eraâ€™s newest craze.
Cobra Starship visits with the crew from THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO on their bus during the OP Tour at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago during October 09. Â We also get a look at their latest video, “Good Girls Gone Bad” while they talk to Lisa about “the price is right” and other interesting tour happenings.
Hey all you Loonatics out there! Guess what! Zac got a chance to sit down with two of the stars from the new movie Twilight: New Moon. The interview has been added to the Loonatic Tv playlist, as well as the On-Demand section on the Rock Star Stories page!
All Student Journalists are invited to the AFI Press Conference this Wednesday at 3:45pm.
The location: Revolution Live (www.jointherevolution.net) 200 West Broward Blvd. Ft Lauderdale 33301.
Meet at will call to be escorted upstairs for the press conference.
The press conference will be over at approximately 4:30pm. No tickets are provided for the show but they are available at the Revolution box office or ticketmaster.
See you there!
Cobra Starship, As Tall as Lions and HelloGoodBye featured on the new THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO TV SHOW
See the newest episode of The Rock Star Stories Chicago TV show featuring COBRA STARSHIP, Â AS TALL AS LIONS and HELLOGOODBYE with interviews, the last music videos and a lot of behind the scenes footage: soundcheck and more. Â Catch it before it airs on Chicago cable TV during December! Â You get to see it first here on LoonaticTV!
THE ROCK STAR STORIES CHICAGO TV SHOW with COBRA STARSHIP, more.
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The Chicago crew meets up with Nick Santino from A Rocket to the Moon during the OP Tour at the Riviera Theatre.
by Diana Ciuca
The album begins with the quintessential Death Cab for Cutie song, with the electric piano and occasional wavering in and out of loud and soft harmony. The symbol of the equinox in the song displays some astrological influence upon the entire album. So far, I’m hoping that this is a themed album; fingers crossed.
Luckily, or not, the next few songs tend to stick to a similar principle. Truly, the only theme to this album can be summed up in three words: soft, indie, dreamy. After some ups and downs in tempos, beats, and instrumentation (guitars, drums, and piano), the only conclusion that can be drawn is that this is a genre piece. The album advocates the beauty of the indie (sub/counter) culture that has motivated hipsters to invade American Apparel and also the local Salvation Army/Goodwill in search of “hot buys.” They are the picture-hoarding, iPod wearing, Twilight-reading youngsters who are fluent in the language of music and, thankfully, that of texting. By putting all these songs together, I feel like their (the individual song’s and the hip, excitable, teen’s) originality is forsaken; Nevertheless, each song, on their own, is truly a work of art – as are most indie pieces. As Andy Warhol said, “Art is what you can get away with.” Certainly, we have gotten away with much avante-gardness in the past, and this album, asÂ fresh or unique as you want it to be, is no different.
Most critics see this as a medley of wonderful musicians. Still, I can’t help but question what is so great about these musical sensations? Usually it is the voice, or the smooth guitar, or the sound effects. This album has so much of those techniques that it almost becomes overwhelming. In conclusion, the New Moon soundtrack is like food. Sure, I love peperoni pizza, chocolate ice cream, steak, salsa, and salad. But, if you were to throw them all on one plate, I might not enjoy it as much.
The album ends with the quintessential Classical music piece, with the alternating piano and occasion speeding up and down of the tempo. The symbol of the new moon in the title displays some astrological influence upon the entire album – given that itÂ is the title.
Sounds like you’ve heard that sentence before? It sounds like I’ve heard all these songs before, too.