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Rina Sawayama shifts gears on new, star-making album “Hold the Girl”

Rina Sawayama shifts gears on new, star-making album “Hold the Girl”

(Photo courtesy of BBC) “Rina Sawayama’s newest album is out now.” Troy Lafond Connector Editor Rina Sawayama broke through the underground pop scene with her catchy, experimental debut album “Sawayama” in 2020. Blending elements of pop, rock, R&B, metal, and dance with Y2K stylings, the appeal was immediate and striking. With her second album “Hold

Title IX conversation between Donna Lopiano and Chancellor Julie Chen sparks controversy

(Photo courtesy of Montana Office of Public Instruction) “Title IX logo used by Montana Office of Public Instruction.” Troy Lafond Connector Editor In a forum that was organized by Chancellor Julie Chen to focus on the anniversary of Title IX and its importance, guest speaker Donna Lopiano insensitively used an inappropriate racial slur twice. The

“The Lost City” Strikes Gold

(Photo Courtesy of Fortis Films) “The Lost City” was released on March 12. Troy Lafond Connector Editor “The Lost City”, starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe, is one of the best surprises of 2022 thus far. Released on March 25, this romantic adventure-comedy follows a reclusive, washed-up author (Bullock), kidnapped by a billionaire

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Don’t Live Up to Their Adjectives

(Photo Courtesy of Nintendo) “Brilliant Diamond” and “Shining Pearl” are available to play on Nintendo Switch.” Troy Lafond Connector Editor “Pokémon” is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, with installments dating back to 1996. Games take place in different regions of the world of “Pokémon”, with each game region encompassing what is

Descend into Mitski’s “Laurel Hell”

(Photo Courtesy of Dead Oceans) “Laurel Hell” was released on Feb. 4. This marks Mitski’s sixth studio album in her career. Troy Lafond Connector Editor On her sixth studio album, “Laurel Hell”, Japanese-American indie-rock sensation, Mitski, blurs the lines between indie and pop to produce mesmerizing results. Serving as her first album release in three

“Scream” is back and better than ever

(Photo Courtesy of Spyglass Media Group) “Scream” shares the same title of the 1996 franchise debut film, and lives up to it as well. Troy Lafond Connector Editor “Scream” is the fifth installment in the iconic “Scream” franchise, and the first entry in 11 years. Past leads Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette return

“The Matrix” is not resurrected

(Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) “The Matrix: Resurrections” was released on Dec. 22, 2021. Troy Lafond Connector Editor “The Matrix: Resurrections” is the fourth entry in “The Matrix” franchise and the first in 18 years. Director Lana Wachowski returns from the original, though without her sister, Lilly Wachowski, for the first time. Keanu Reeves