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Releases - June 23!

June 19, 2017

Hey everyone! We're back with some more releases in entertainment that are coming out this Friday, June 23rd.

For album releases, you can find all of them here. This summer is turning out to be a hot one, not only temperature-wise, but also because of hot tracks! 

Upcoming movie releases can be found here, so get your $15 ready to spend on seeing a movie at your local theater. Bring an extra $10 for a small popcorn while you're at it!

What are you guys listening to/watching? Let us know! We're libertysa on social media and our email address is studentactivities@liberty.edu. We love hearing from you!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page!


June 16 Releases!

June 12, 2017

 

This past weekend was filled with big names releasing new music, such as Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum and even Nickelback. And in case you were in the mood for a somber flick, you may have paid ten dollars or more to see Megan Leavey. No matter what choices you made over the weekend, there’s always a new Friday coming around the corner, offering up new pieces of entertainment to watch/listen to and (hopefully) enjoy.

June 16 notable album releases:

  • Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes
  • The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • Melodrama, Lorde
  • Woodstock, Portugal. The Man

The list of album releases this week aren’t as “all over the map” as they have been in recent weeks, yet each artist/band has their own diversities from the others. Jason Isbell is here and won’t let anyone be disappointed by his Americana-folk tunes. We all know Lorde (and have been patiently awaiting this album), so there isn’t much more to say besides we can’t wait for Friday!

June 16 notable tv/movie releases:

Fasten your seatbelts, everyone, and get ready for Cars 3 to take off! Will this be a third installment that keeps up the hype of the first two films, or will this simply be a boring run-on of Cars 2? If the outcome is the latter, maybe you should see 47 Meters Down for some more excitement in your life. Unless, of course, you’re afraid of deep sea diving in a cage and having sharks swarm you. In that case, maybe just stick to Cars 3

Did we miss something? Let us know! Email us at studentactivities@liberty.edu or catch us on social media @libertysa. We’ll see you next week with more releases!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page!


Weekly Releases for June 9!

June 5, 2017

How was everyone’s weekend of listening to new music and watching Wonder Woman? While Gal Gadot has already earned herself a whopping 93% for critics’ reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for the film, Alt-J didn’t receive a critical score above “mediocre” on Rolling Stone for Relaxer. With big names like Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum dropping albums this week, let’s hope the scores are more consistent across the board!

June 9 notable album releases:

  • Capacity, Big Thief
  • Witness, Katy Perry
  • Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
  • Feed the Machine, Nickelback
  • Ti Amo, Phoenix

Katy Perry is back, everyone, and she plans to send a message through her album Witness. Of course, this message will probably be largely political, so do what you want with that information. Nickelback has some music to share with you all as they unceasingly hope to rid themselves of a comical reputation. Phoenix’s album is their first since 2013, and if its success is anything like Wolfgang, the band is right where they need to be.

June 9 notable tv/movie releases:

If you’re in the mood to catch a flick about an ancient princess, The Mummy might be the right choice for you. Megan Leavey is based on a “true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq” (according to IMDB). My Cousin Rachel seems like a film that may creep you out while also enthralling you – but who knows, really? We will after this Friday!

Did we miss something? Let us know! Email us at studentactivities@liberty.edu or catch us on social media @libertysa. We’ll see you next week with more releases!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page!


The Style of "Harry Styles"

May 31, 2017

Harry Styles self-titled album was released May 12, seeking to answer the inevitable question asked of a post-boy band member – “Can he do this alone?”

To some, the answer could be a definite no – his songs aren’t necessarily as “catchy” as former co-boy band member Zayn Malik’s have been (such as “Pillowtalk” and “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Taylor Swift). The reason that the answer could be yes, though, is because something that Styles does have is a nostalgic sound, reminiscent of David Bowie, Paul McCartney and other 70’s legends.

Harry Styles is unpredictable – each song on the album isn’t anything like the one before. Changing from soft rock to blues to more of a melancholy singer/songwriter ballad, there is no word to tie all the songs together besides “honesty”. Styles’ lyrics, though possibly underdeveloped at times, are incredibly honest, causing you to feel as though you’re a close friend of his. Rolling Stone describes his lyrics by saying, “No club-hopping or bottles popping – it's the after-hours balladry of a 23-year-old star wondering why he spends so much time in lonely hotel rooms staring at his phone.”* The album doesn’t allude to a celebrity with all the riches and fame in the world enjoying himself – it goes much deeper, offering transparency about what exactly it feels like to be a celebrity, worshipped by teenage girls and being offered anything in the world, yet still being unsatisfied.

Pitchfork** offers up a well-written article about Harry Styles, stating “[He] wants to be a rock star—your father’s rock star, or maybe even your grandparents’ rock star.” The article goes on to say that the style of Harry Styles is essentially everything it needs to be – fresh, reminiscent and unique from other breakaway boy band members. The article mentions Styles’ sometimes underdone lyrics: “Vague allusions, stock characters, and cliché turns of phrase aside, [he] struggles most with writing about women, a shame given that Harry Styles is supposed to be “a song cycle about women and relationships.” While this seems to be true, his slight lyrical struggle comes off as charming, simple, and sometimes boyish. For Styles, the boyish charm behind his transparent lyrics works in his favor.

This album is truly all over the board – “Two Ghosts” begins as something like a John Mayer hit, while “Only Angel” sounds like a song straight off of Foster the People’s Torches. Yet, comprehensively, everything fits together in Styles’ favor. Harry Styles seems to be sure of what he wants his music to be, and as he continues to show off what exactly that is, listeners everywhere are sure to not be disappointed.

What did you think of Harry Styles? Let us know! Email us at studentactivities@liberty.edu or find us on social media @libertysa. We’ll have more reviews comin’ at you soon!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page!

Resources

* http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-harry-styles-harry-styles-w481586

** http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/23204-harry-styles/


What's Happening on June 2nd?

May 29, 2017

Coming off of a weekend with Pirates, new music from Lana Del Rey and another season of Bloodline, we know you were left wanting more – and you’re in luck! This upcoming weekend, June 2, has another array of musical releases, some of which we’re pretty excited to listen through. Whether you’re going on family vacation or simply listening to music on your work break, some of the releases below may “tickle your fancy” (we should abolish that phrase, right?).

May 26 notable album releases:

  • Last Young Renegade, All Time Low
  • Relaxer, Alt-J
  • Somersault, Beach Fossils
  • Gone Now, Bleachers
  • Cover My Tracks, Charlie Fink (of Noah and the Whale)
  • Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey
  • Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, London Grammar

We’ve heard a couple singles off of Relaxer that have made us believe that the album is going to surprise us with a fresh sound, in true Alt-J fashion. All Time Low’s new album, on the other hand, is one we’re expecting to sound sort of like all albums from the band – punk with a pinch of rebellion. Halsey’s first album release since 2015 is one that could go either way; will it follow in the footsteps of BADLANDS or will it have a more comprehensive feel? We’ll find out this Friday!

May 26 notable tv/movie releases:

For all of you Captain Underpants fans, this Friday is a big day for you! With Kevin Hart and Ed Helms at the “helm” of this premiere, there’s a slim chance that you won’t enjoy yourself. Hopefully Gal Gadot can make the character of Wonder Woman be convincing enough in this debut. And for you history buffs, the combination of Churchill and Past Life should be enough to satiate those historical tastebuds of yours!

Did we miss something? Let us know! Email us at studentactivities@liberty.edu or catch us on social media @libertysa. We’ll see you next week with more releases!

 

Disclaimer: Student Activities does not explicitly promote the albums/television shows/movies we write about. As always, we seek to engage with and review what is happening in our culture in order to interact with it in a godly manner, which is why we do what we do. For more information about movies/music that we do promote, check out our FAQ page!


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