“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Cinema Review

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*SLIGHT SPOILERS*

I was going to post this review as soon as it came to theaters, but I wanted to wait until I saw it for a second time. I did this because I saw a handful of negative reviews for the Michael Bay film, despite how passionate I was when I saw it for the first time. The complaints in these reviews were along the lines of “the characters were unecessary” and “the plot was boring”, but I think that people aren’t looking at the big picture. Transformers knows that it isn’t the best movie out there, it isn’t aiming to claim your heart and get you emotionally attached. Transformers: Age of Extinction is a piece of cinema that involves Marky Mark, TJ Miller, Kelsey Grammer, and a whole lot of robots. If you want to see robots destroy other robots while hearing Marky Mark talk his way out of most stuff, this is the movie for you. Another complaint seemed to be the length, which I personally don’t understand. The plot in Transformers added a large chunk of depth to the story of The Transformers, which I couldn’t get enough of. If I’m paying for a $10 movie, I want as much robot action as I can get.

 

Well, that’s about all I can say about Transformers: Age of Extinction without ruining too much, but if you’re one that enjoys large robots fighting while Marky Mark makes tough decisions, this is a movie you don’t want to miss. I mean, just look at the picture above, why wouldn’t you want to see that?

Every Time I Die “From Parts Unknown” Album Review

Every Time I Die

From Parts Unknown

By: Neil Hazel (@iamneilhazel)

6.30.14
Every Time I Die are no strangers to writing fast-paced, in-your-face metal, and with their seventh full length “From Parts Unknown” the Buffalo, New York group manageevery time covers to innovate while staying true to their roots. The first track “The Great Secret” sets a pace for an album that is full of relentlessly pounding drums, and hard-hitting riffs. Vocalist Keith Buckley seamlessly floats from guttural screams, to soulful singing. The album moves at a brisk pace, with every track guaranteed to have you banging your head along with guitarists Andy Williams and Jordan Buckley’s grizzly riffs and chords. Bassist Stephen Micciche is constantly on point, filling out the tracks with a solid, heavy bass tone and drummer Ryan Leger doesn’t let up for a second over the 12-track album.

After one of the quickest and most ruthless tracks “If There Is Room To Move, Things Move”, Every Time I Die slows things down, but it is no less entertaining. “Moor” begins with a tense, eerie piano piece accompanied by Buckley’s haunting vocals. The track slowly builds up, moving like a train heading towards an inevitable crash. When the drums and guitar hit, it is one of the most satisfyingly heavy songs on the album. With the track “Old Light”, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon is recruited to sing the catchy, head nodding chorus. His vocals fit perfectly in between the growls and roars of Buckley during the verses. The album is closed out by the viscous track “Idiot”, leaving the listener both exhausted and wanting more.

From Parts Unknown harkens back to Every Time I Die’s early releases like Hot Damn! and Last Night in Town, and with that has cemented itself as one of Every Time I Die’s most aggressive releases to date. The group did not forget the country elements that they’ve incorporated into their more recent albums. Just like Buckley’s vocals, the guitars and drums move in between thrash and country from second to second. It seems that Every Time I Die has found a sweet spot in between the old and the new and leaves something that every metal fan can find to enjoy. From punk, to thrash, southern to metalcore, From Parts Unknown clearly shows that after seven releases, Every Time I Die is not slowing down any time soon.


 

WXOU Volleyball Tournament

Grab your friends, and let’s play! The deadline to register by emailing fundraising@wxou.org or promotions@wxou.org is Monday, 7.07.

First place: Two different pairs of concert tickets, Noodles & Company Rochester Hills tasting, music, and WXOU swag

Second place: One pair of concert tickets, music, and WXOU swag

Third place: WXOU swag, movie swag

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“1964” … The Tribute, the number one Beatles tribute show in the world, returns to Meadow Brook Music Festival on 7.03 at 8pm. Enter for your chance to win tickets below, or tune in at 88.3FM and the listen page for the cue to call courtesy of Palace Sports and Entertainment!

 

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ Trailer

If you’re looking for a great movie to see this fall, get ready (but not too ready) for the 3rd installment in the Hunger Games movie series. This movie will pick up where the critically acclaimed Hunger Games: Catching Fire left off. Hopefully this movie won’t leave us with a cliffhanger like its predecessor did. Above is the trailer for the new movie, which can send chills down your body.

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Can’t wait!

{ENDED} Enter to win tickets to see Lionel Richie at DTE Energy Music Theatre!

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Is it Lionel Richie tickets you’re looking for? WXOU has them courtesy of Palace Sports and Entertainment. You could be dancing on the ceiling with him all night long on Friday, 6.20 starting at 7:30pm with special guest, Cee Lo Green.

Fill out the form below and listen all week for chances to win. Good luck!