Rapper Kendrick Lamar returns with his fourth studio album, “DAMN.” released on April 14, showing that Lamar is blessed with the Midas Touch.
“Lake Coloring”, a virtual coloring book, is a unique game for users to express themselves, show off their artistic abilities and reduce their stress levels, but it is only good while it lasts.
Athens’ local Town and Gown Theater puts on the play “Disgraced” directed by Asia Meana running April 7-9.
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann returns with a quiet and acoustic album that straddles the line between bitter self-reflection and regret, while still showcasing her signature wit and charm.
“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is the newest installment to Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda” series. Originally announced in 2013 and set for release in 2015, it was delayed until it eventually dropped on March 3, proving itself to be well worth the wait.
Staff writer Connor McCage breaks down the top five albums of March, 2017.
“Causality” is a clever game that challenges the player by presenting complex problems that demand specific solutions.
The tale as old as time,“Beauty and the Beast,” returned as a live-action film on March 17. Although it attempts to meet the expectations of its 1991 predecessor, it lacks the energy and quirkiness of the original.
UberEATS is a new food delivery service in Athens, but will it rise above existing delivery providers?
Netflix’s freshly debuted original series “Santa Clarita Diet” is packed full of humor, gore and a taste for human flesh.
Burning Sands is a Netflix original movie released on Jan. 24. This drama has comedy, tragedy and several important messages.
Ed Sheeran follows up his 2014 album “Multiply” with “Divide”, an album that can’t decide what it wants to be.
The print variety staff searches for the best pizza in Athens, trying slices from two pizza places close to Clarke Central High School, Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Domino’s Pizza.
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” an FX mini-series, was recently released on Netflix and keeps viewers on their toes throughout the the entire season.
Fire Emblem Heroes is a mobile game released by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo that is a spin-off of the Fire Emblem series. Addicting and generous to players, Fire Emblem Heroes is ideal for lovers of mobile games.
Pocket Points is an app available for free on the app store that allows participants to earn points for not being on their phones at school. Students can then spend their points on coupons for a variety of local and online businesses.
Print Writing Coach Ana Aldridge and staff writer Connor McCage offer two critical insights on “Split,” released on Jan. 20.
Print Photography Editor Zoe Peterson breaks down her top 10 songs of 2017 so far (in no particular order).
The print variety staff searches for the best donuts in Athens, testing treats from Ike & Janes Cafe and Bakery and Zombie Donuts and Coffee.
A film with a sci-fi premise takes an intimate twist when it focuses on the experiences of two people who find each other in the middle of a malfunction on their spaceship.
Mel Gibson, after his decade long absence, returns to the directing chair to deliver a war movie to rival Stephen Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”.
2016 America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal’s first album offers much more than just insanely catchy tunes.
Although “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise, the film is charming all on its own, providing dazzling visuals and excellent performances from its stars.
Disney’s latest film “Moana” is a heartfelt family movie that will keep you locked in
Nedza’s Waffles, a pop up waffle stand, was started by University of Georgia student Joe Nedza, and provides Athens community members with affordable, gourmet waffles.
Mannaweenta Ethiopian/Eritrean Restaurant is located between Quality Dry Cleaners and Orient Mart in a small strip mall on the East Side of Athens and is a great place to get authentic Ethiopian cuisine with its tasty cuisine and great service.
Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween is a wacky movie with humor, crazy characters and a hilarious plot.
Lady Gaga’s latest album slows down to give audiences something genuine.
The Rose of Athens Theatre’s traveling performance of “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart” started out strong, but took a big turn for the worse in the latter part of the plot.
“The Girl on the Train” provides more than just the typical shock factor by combining brilliant acting, shots and plot reveals, making for an outstandingly unnerving movie.
The new TV comedy “Atlanta”, which stars Donald Glover — also known as rapper Childish Gambino –, is a great blend of witty jokes and music while depicting everyday life in Atlanta.
Apple’s iOS 10, released on Sept. 13, adds some innovative features like iMessage apps and Siri app suggestions, but drops the ball with the new emojis and lock screen.
Despite its high expectations, the newly released movie “Ben-Hur” failed to deliver a comprehendible plot line and engage the audience into the story.
The DC cinematic universe experienced another misfire with “Suicide Squad”. The film’s cut footage, awful dialogue and lack of plot made the movie not worth a shot.
Down To Lunch, compatible with both Android and Apple devices, is an app initially launched in April 2015, but has recently rose to popularity since. The main purpose serves to rekindle old friendships or make new ones and to bond.
On March 7, the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” began with a bang as 12 new queens vyed for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar”.
Ketchapp, known for its game 2048, has released another app that has hit the top of the Apple Apps chart. Stack, released on Feb. 17 2016, has a clear objective while still providing enough challenge for the player.
On Feb. 14, Kanye West released his new album The Life of Pablo on Tidal. News Editor Jurnee Louder is quite disappointed.
The role-playing game series Fire Emblem has gained its newest addition, Fire Emblem Fates, a game with an enriching plot and stunning cutscenes. Glaring flaws, however, harm its potential.
The new sitcom, “Fuller House”, premiered on Feb. 26 on Netflix. The sitcom is a continuation of the original series, “Full House”, which premiered in 1987.
The movie Deadpool, released Feb. 12, breaks the trend of pg-13 superhero movies and showcases the talent of actor Ryan Reynolds.
David Bowie’s new album, “Blackstar,” was released on his birthday, Jan. 8, days before his death.
The drama of high school returns to TV as the cast of Degrassi: Next Class hits the screen.
“The Revenant”, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, incorporates stunning visuals and powerfully acting performances from the cast.
The women’s lifestyle company A Beautiful Mess released its third photo editing app, A Color Story, on Jan. 12. The app focuses on brightening and enhancing the natural color of photos.
Hip-Hop group Run The Jewels came to Atlanta on their world tour after releasing their third studio album “Run The Jewels 3” on Jan. 21.
“The Forest,” a horror film starring Natalie Dormer, incredibly disrespects an existing Japanese suicide site for cheap jump scares.
Jennifer Lawrence gives a powerful performance in David O. Russell’s Joy, but the film’s lack of focus leaves viewers uninterested.
Comediennes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey add to their list of cult comedy TV series and movies with Sisters, their latest film, in which the duo play a set of adult sisters determined to throw one last party in their childhood home
WARNING: This may contain spoilers to books and movies in the Hunger Games series. The heavily anticipated finale to the popular movie franchise, “The Hunger Games”, leaves the viewers longing for a better conclusion to the acclaimed trilogy.
Musical.ly is a free app that allows users to lip sync to various songs, vines or parodies. It is similar to the app Dubsmash, but users can film themselves in fast and slow motion.
The print variety staff began their journey across the Classic City in search for the best Athens has to offer with stops at four Latin American restaurants.
The Walking Dead season six will return to AMC with high expectations.
Steven Spielberg’s sequel Jurassic World proves to be an improvement from the other sequels, but failed to capture the charm of the original.
iOS 9 was released from Apple on Sept. 16. The update includes new features and is more compatible with other Apple products.
On Sept. 15, social media app Snapchat updated, giving users opportunities to personalize their “snaps,” and rewarding them with “trophies.”
Peabody Award-winner, “Latino USA” radio show host, executive producer and anchor of “America by the Numbers” and journalist Maria Hinojosa visited the University of Georgia on Sept. 17 to talk about diversity in the South.
Clarke County School District has taken a big technological step, from rolling out personal laptop devices to students, to now launching an app. On this app, students can check their grades, CCSD news and even the lunch menu.
Does this app keep up with the increasingly high quality mobile games on the market or will it Fall Out?
What started as a homemade bakery in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011, has now relocated to Athens as an Asian-American fusion desserts bakery, with the motive to satisfy one’s sweet tooth.
The Chobani Flip cup gives a spin on the classic yogurt, but with around 100 more calories in each serving than the classic vanilla flavor, it lacks the healthy aspect.
On August 17, 2015, global clothing corporation Urban Outfitters opened in Athens, GA.
TIDAL, a new music streaming service, will hopefully benefit the artists and the fans while revitalizing the music industry.
Dubsmash is a free app that allows users to send videos of them lip syncing to a famous quote, popular song or sound. It can then be shared amongst friends through social media platforms such as Facebook Messenger.
Travis Porter has consistently produced the best rap dance music in the business, and does not fail to live up to that standard with their newest product, 3 Live Krew.
Chick-Fil-A’s new frozen lemonade is a healthy alternative to their calorie-rich milkshakes, but lacks their flavor
Wed., April 8, iOS users were greeted with a nice surprise: some color on their emoji keyboard.
I Don’t Like S***, I Don’t Go Outside by Earl Sweatshirt largely talks about his hardships while he brings a slow-paced rap and a jazz like beat.
CBS’ new show CSI: Cyber fell short of viewers’ expectations. The CSI spinoff premiered Mar. 4 and although it begs to be watched, the show is a huge disappointment.
VSCOcam, an application that stores simple photography taken on an smartphone, can also develop those snapshots into a high quality photograph with just a touch of editing.
Canadian recording artist Drake surprised fans worldwide with the unannounced release of his fourth studio album on Feb. 13.
American rapper Waka Flocka Flame stunned concertgoers during his Feb. 25 show at the Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens.
One element of Snapchat’s latest update is Discover, which allows users to view editorial filled snaps from various media outlets.
American Sniper portrays a generally realistic setting of the war in Iraq and the war on terror. However, American Sniper does contain some moments of unrealistic plot developments and some inconsistencies to Chris Kyle’s account of his four tours in Iraq.
The app Elevate provides users with a fun and attractive way to improve their logical skills.
Empire’s combination of clever raps and killer drama make it the premier hit of 2015.
Meghan Trainor finally released her first album “Title” on Jan. 13th. Her album topped the iTunes charts within the first hours after its release.
In taking the nation by storm, Trivia Crack has emerged as the top free app on the iTunes App Store.
On Dec. 9, Jermaine Cole, better known as J.Cole, released his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
Director David Ayer’s Fury, released on Oct. 17, is a jarringly blunt depiction of the trials faced by soldiers during World War II. Centering on the five-man crew of a Sherman tank, Fury tells the story of the men, not the war.
2nd and Charles is a new store in Athens that offers customers a variety of amusing items much like recently closed local store Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother.
Taylor Swift’s newest album misses the mark in transitioning the star from country to pop.
By FEAR CHURCHWELL – Web Master Released on Oct. 18, Rise, Trip Lee’s sixth album, uses lyrics with overwhelming amounts of emotional and personal experiences. Being associated with the 116 Clique, a Christian Hip-Hop rap group, Lee incorporates religious lyrics into his songs. In the opening track, “Rise”, Lee expresses his belief in the God…
Flic, an app created by Lifehack Labs, provides user with an easy way to maximize storage on Apple iOS8 devices.
CooolKey is an app that allows users to customize their iPhone keyboards with either the available designs, or with a personal picture.
The highly anticipated iPhone operating system iOS8 was released on Sept. 17. Apple coined it “the biggest iOS release ever”. The update is compatible with iPhone 4S or higher, as well as the iPod 5th generation.
American rock group Weezer released their 9th studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, on Oct. 7. After their 2010 album, Pinkerton, drew negative responses from critics and even Weezer’s fans, this album serves as the perfect comeback to the rock music world.
Stalker is the new TV series that creates a unique face for detective shows and keeps you guessing.
Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, debuted her new drama, How to Get Away with Murder, on Sept. 25. on ABC.
Director David Fincher released the mystery movie Gone Girl to theaters on Oct. 3. The film was based on the bestselling book by Gillian Flynn and is just as overrated.
Chris Brown finally released his sixth album “X” on Sept. 16 after pushing the album back after days and then weeks and soon after, a year. Never before has an album been so long in the making and been so underwhelming.
In the 1990s, punk rock band Bikini Kill brought feminism to the forefront of a generation of musical fans.
Eloquent musicality, moving lyricism and suave production integrate to make Z an admirable and gratifying work.
It’s always risky to take a classic story such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and create a contemporary portrayal of it that is, at the very least, worth watching.
Mega Jump 2 was at the top of the app store this week. Fall in love with another cute monster.
Released Jan. 10, Lone Survivor tells the true story of four Navy SEALS.
For Ron Burgundy’s dramatic return to the silver screen, creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay explore new comedic terrain.
Jordan Belfort: the first rockstar of Wall Street.
By MAKAYLA RICHARDS – Broadcasting Manager Ever wanted to train a ninja, well now you can (virtually at least). The app Clumsy Ninja will show you how real masters are made. More from Makayla Richards
Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals hip-hop group, No Cla$$, raps about deeper subject matters than just gold chains and fast cars.
Will Thor: The Dark World shine brighter than Asgard or hit the ground harder than Thors hammer?
On Nov 7. the Georgia Theater was filled with the sounds of Sleigh Bells.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is the newest installment to the Call of Duty franchise from developer Infinity Ward. Previous titles in the Call of Duty franchise have left many players disappointed because of the few changes in story and gameplay. Call of Duty: Ghosts has promised a completely new experience.
Just in time for Halloween, the modern adaption of the classic 1976 film Carrie has been released.
Released on June 11, Jason Isbell’s Southeastern describes love, loss and redemption.
Max Brooks, author of World War Z, has brought readers instructions to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Shedding her “Disney-princess” wholesome image , Miley Cyrus released her fourth album, Bangerz.
Alternative pop singer Lorde brings a unique sound to the music industry with the release of her new album, Pure Heroine, on Sept. 30.
Odyssey App of the Week, Jelly Splash, a matching game that lets you match your way.
Released September 17, 2013, Rockstar Games brings us Grand Theft Auto V which brings back the unique feeling of going on a criminal rampage while terrified citizens flee.
On Sept. 13, Swedish DJ-producer Avicii released his debut studio album, True.
Janelle Monae’s sophomore record, The Electric Lady, released on Sept. 10, combines genres, styles and themes for a one-of-a-kind concept album experience.
Tom Clancy is back and better than ever before.
Released on the infamous date of Friday the 13th, Insidious 2 impresses horror-film fans.
ODYSSEY reviews Cut the Rope, the popular puzzle game.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 was the day that Treyarch brought the genius to the fans of Call of Duty that is known as the Apocalypse Downloadable Content map pack.
Southern post-punk staple The Drive By Truckers performed at The Georgia Theatre, located at 215 N. Lumpkin Street, on Friday, Aug. 23.
In this segment of app of the week, Makayla Richards reviews Rovio’s Bad Piggies.
Kandrisaria Burruss, better known as Kandi Burruss, a star on The Real Housewives of Atlanta released her own spinoff show, the Kandi Factory on Bravo on April 9.
Vine, an app created by Twitter, allows the user to capture six second video clips to share.
Tiernan O’Neill gives his commentary on the documentary “Hungry for change.”
Subway Surfers, developed by Kiloo Games and Sybo Games is a simple, yet entertaining arcade game available for free on iOS, Android and Kindle devices since May 24, 2012.
Herschel’s Famous 34 Pub and Grill opened on Feb. 3 at 320 E. Clayton St.
West-Coast rapper Tyga released his fourth album Hotel California on April 9.
There’s a new king in town as of September, the king of Mexican food that is.
Obesity and poor nutrition are rampant in today’s First World society.
The highly anticipated third album from the outlandish leader of the rap group Odd Future, Tyler the Creator has released his new album titled Wolf.
“Like a Boss,” a song written by Clarke Central High School seniors Chris Ballou, Aerick Mcgee and Vonduryon Scott was released Dec. 10, 2012.
On Jan. 31 A Good Day to Die Hard came to Athens, Ga. John McClane (Bruce Willis) aligns with his long-lost son Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) to go on yet another action-packed adventure. Until this movie, Jack has been a vague character in the Die Hard series, and has only appeared as a child in past movies, but in this movie he is a grown man following in his father’s footsteps.
The Most Popular Girls in School gained internet notoriety via Tumblr in January, gaining almost 800,000 views in a matter of days.
Temple Run 2 is the hottest new game.
Quentin Tarantino raised the bar once again with his latest Western themed masterpiece exposing the horrors of slavery, Django Unchained, released on Dec. 25, 2012.
Peter Jackson’s much anticipated movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released on Dec. 14, 2012, had the expectations of being just as good as the groundbreaking Lord of the Rings movies.
Unlike many one-hit-wonders, Imagine Dragons is a band that protracted beyond its breakthrough anthem “It’s Time” and proceeded to produce an album with an equally zealous intent.
Passion. Pain. Fear. Sorrow. Captivation.
Directed by Bill Condon and based on the bestselling novel by Stephanie Meyer, the recent premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two on Nov. 16 has prompted varying responses. Overjoyed critics are calling it “the best in the series,” and “breathtaking,” while other reviews have been more antagonistic, claiming it is “only appealing to the voracious fans.”
“So this is the end of the story,” sings indie-pop artist Gotye, providing a rather pop-styled opening to Gucci Mane’s new album Trap God, released Oct. 19.
The James Bond series has taken a hit in recent years. The passing of the torch from Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig was not a smooth transition. In Craig’s debut in Casino Royale, a new type of Bond was brought forth, a less brazen and a more sensitive depiction than that of Brosnan’s. With Bond fans excited with the new look, it made the failure of Quantum Solace even more disappointing.