Review: “Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend

Blake Beck

May 16, 2013

Just recently I happened to stumble upon Paul Simon’s classic album “Graceland” while scrounging through my dad’s vinyl collection. I only knew Simon as the other half of Simon and Garfunkel before this; the one with the afro, not the pop genius evident on “Graceland.” But “Graceland” wa...

Mr. Dauve

Blake Beck

May 6, 2013

I generally like to keep my interactions with teachers at a bare minimum, but that’s not to say there aren’t any special teachers that I enjoy talking to. The teacher I’m about to praise is definitely one of those special teachers. Upon entering his classroom as a sophomore, I instantly knew th...

I got 99 problems and “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack is one

Blake Beck

May 2, 2013

Nothing screams 1920’s West Egg like a little bit of Beyonce and Andre 3000. Lets not forget, however, that the upper-class during the Roaring Twenties also jammed to will.i.am while they rode through the streets of New York in their Model T’s. And of course a Long Island backdrop isn’t complete wi...

Superman returns

Blake Beck

April 23, 2013

I’ve always avoided Superman like Superman avoids kryptonite. The idea of a near invincible superhero with superhuman strength and flight just doesn’t interest me quite like his mortal counterparts. When I saw the goosebump inducing teaser for Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” before “The Da...

Review: “Kiss Me, Kate”

Blake Beck

April 12, 2013

Just 24 hours prior to opening night of “Kiss Me, Kate,” the Spotlight Players were forced to abruptly end their dress rehearsal due to a tornado warning in the area. The extreme elements outside forced the group to perform the final three scenes on Thursday night without one last rehearsal to work...

Remembering Roger Ebert

Blake Beck

April 8, 2013

I couldn’t really tell you what drew me towards the art of journalism. Maybe it was Bernie Miklasz’s column in the Post-Dispatch? Or perhaps it started with that first time I opened an issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Like I said, it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that really sparked my interest. It...

Always and forever

Blake Beck

April 2, 2013

Things that made you “cool” in fifth grade: a pair of $70 Etnies, a Livestrong bracelet, and a Ziploc bag containing a combination of sugary powders, otherwise known as “happy crack.” But the thing that set you apart from your classmates wasn’t a skateboard you could do approximately two tr...

Review: “Afraid of Heights” by Wavves

Blake Beck

March 28, 2013

For being just 26 years of age, Wavves’ frontman Nathan Williams has lumped together a pretty impressive résumé. His second full-length, “Wavvves,” garnered rave reviews from music critics, he experienced a public meltdown at Primavera in 2009, and then seemingly rose from the ashes, recruiting...

Review: “Wondrous Bughouse” by Youth Lagoon

Blake Beck

March 20, 2013

Kevin Powers, the mastermind of Youth Lagoon, broke out onto the indie music scene in 2011 with his debut album, “The Year of Hibernation,” which showcased his talent and potential. Its dreamy, lo-fi sound created the image of a then 22 year old Powers making music in the safe haven known as his...

Top tweeters on Twitter

Blake Beck

March 5, 2013

Twitter has quickly evolved into a social media network full of unfunny parody accounts and petty subtweets, making it almost unbearable to visit on a routine basis. That’s only if you’re following the wrong people, however. There are certainly diamonds in the rough - you just have to wade through th...

Coming up short

Blake Beck

February 24, 2013

Netflix is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? The ability to instantly stream hundreds upon hundreds of movies and television shows is a dream come true, and my latest perusing of of the streaming service has brought me to two cult classics: “Donnie Darko” and the more recent “V/H/S.” I’d love to...

Spotlight Players enter the spotlight

January 17, 2013

Over the weekend, The Spotlight Players attended the Missouri State Thespian Conference, which took place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis. The conference featured competitions and workshops that the group had the opportunity to take part in, according to theatre director Michelle Moll. “...

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