Tag Archives: entertainment

Twenty One Fans

“Wish we could turn back time/ To the good ‘ole days/ When our mamas sang/ Us to sleep but now we’re/ Stressed Out,” sings a budding band in their hit song, “Stressed Out”. Twenty One Pilots, a band quickly climbing the totem pole of popular culture, is surrounding the minds of teenagers with lyrics and passion. “My friends kept telling me to check them out, and when I did, I fell in love with them,” sophomore Varun Verma said. The “them” being referred to is the hit band, Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots has a large fan base that is spread throughout the world, and if there is one commonality between them, it’s that they are all die-hard about the music.

“Down in the forest/ We’ll sing a chorus/ One that everybody knows,” sings the group on their album Regional at Best in 2011. Although it has taken this long, they most definitely have teens uniting together over their music and lyrics. “I like them because they sound different,” said Olivia Caldera, “You could have a completely different music style than I have because Twenty One Pilots kind of blends genres.” They band covers topics, but are still excited and happy to be there. Twenty One Pilots has a unique way of making people feel at peace, and the performers themselves are always excited to help. “Their songs sound like a celebration in concert,” said sophomore Vasi Bjeletich, “I think that they said a bunch of the things that a bunch of us feel. A lot of songs are love songs, and those are nice, but they’re not super relatable. With Twenty One Pilots songs, you can feel them.”

“These lyrics aren’t for everyone, only few understand,” sings Twenty One Pilots on their album Blurryface released in 2015. It’s really cool to have music that says our thoughts and feelings out loud and that writes our feelings down. Of their songs, Holding Onto You, seems to be a common favorite. In particular, the stanza “You think twice about your life/ It probably happens at night, right?/ Fight it, take the pain ignite it/ Tie a noose around your mind loose enough to breathe fine/ And tie it to a tree and tell it/ You belong to me this ain’t a noose/ This is a leash and I have news for you/ You must obey me,” is attractive to teens. This stanza gives teens hope and allows them to know that there are ways to fight back against their struggles. The lyrics contained in the artwork that is Twenty One Pilots music often contain messages that speak to people on a deep emotional level. “I think it kind of amplifies what I’m already feeling,” said Bjeletich.

“Something we can relate to/ All of us relate/ If it’s something we’ve been through,” the band sings on Regional at Best. Some of their songs are generic, not that they don’t have any meaning, but that everyone can relate to, like Stressed Out. Everyone can relate to stress, but not everyone can relate to topics in Trees or stuff like that. One of the goals of any musician is to create meaningful, relatable music, and Twenty One Pilots has been successfully achieving this for the last five years.

The only issue is that to some, their music is becoming too relatable, stealing away its value to original clique members. I get really mad when people are fake clique members because it’s like “Yeah, their music is cool, but do you understand the lyrics? Do you know what people have gone through?” Because of what many of Twenty One Pilots do experience, it is a very reasonable feeling to be angry at people who do not understand.

“I know/ Where you stand/ Silent/ In the trees,” sings the band on their albums Regional at Best and Vessel. To be blunt, teenagers experience emotions and go through periods of depression and other things that can leave them feeling hopeless, and Twenty One Pilots save them from those feelings or help them through it.

“I will fly with no hope, no fear,” sings the band in their final song of their self-titled album, Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots provides emotional relief to teenagers and truly all people who experience any kind of powerful emotion. As Varun Verma said, “They’re a great band and anyone who’s interested should definitely try to listen to them.”

 

Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

Thunder in the Hills and on the Field

dumlineThunder is a noise that holds great power and begs for respect from all who are near, so it only makes sense that the Tiger Drumline hosts the Thunder in the Hills Drumline contest annually.

Bands from around Texas are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a renowned panel of judges from across the country. In its 8th year, Thunder in the Hills will host judges Tim Jackson, Caleb Roth, Brad Meyer, and Ray Ulibarri. All are encouraged to come.

“If you’ve never attended a drumline contest, it’s a lot of fun and really cool to see,” percussion instructor Jason Dye said.

“Seeing all the innovative and creative things that students can do from just percussion instruments is the interesting part,” Band Director Keith Lancaster said.

Bands that compete at Thunder in the Hills use a wide range of instruments, from basic percussion instruments such as the timpani to African instruments and even electronic keyboards.

“Preparing for it is absolutely not my favorite part,” Dye said, “and it’s been nothing but a headache.”

Although the preparations for such a fun event may be difficult, the journey seems to be worth the wait.

“That’s going to be a fun part, getting some advice for us to make our group better. That ought to be a lot of fun,” Dye said.

In addition to providing helpful tips on improving Tiger Band’s Drumline and showcasing statewide bands, Thunder in the Hills is a great fundraiser.

“It’s also a good public relations tool to connect with other schools and bands in the area,” Band Director Derek Woods said.

In both the business and competitive world, public relations is crucial. Thunder in the Hills will be held at the Tiger Stadium on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As Lancaster said, “If you want to see some great drumming and see a really cool and competitive event, come on out.”

 

 

Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

The Walking Dead Universe Update

Late October is approaching ever so slowly, and with that, we get additions to our favorite series in The Walking Dead universe. Keep in mind, there are so many spoilers ahead, and Fear the Walking Dead will not be talked about as the second half of season two has already begun. You’ve been warned.

amcwd
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Chandler holds the group captive in AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 16

In AMC’s The Walking Dead, season six ended with Negan’s sadistic game of eeny meeny miny get the life beaten out of you with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire named “Lucille”. We don’t know who got pulverized for sure, but here are some original theories.

 

Glenn: AMC’s The Walking Dead follows the comic book pretty closely, and Glenn is the unfortunate victim gruesomely beaten to a literal pulp. It is not 100% though, because the show has had some major deviations with character additions and removals, plot twists, and plot progression. Also, Glenn tried to be a hero so Negan could use that as a fatal example of what happens to the unsubmissive.

Maggie: Facing pregnancy complications, it’s sad but safe to say that Maggie’s unborn child may be undead and eating alive at her insides, causing her the extreme abdominal pain, and giving her the bite. Negan himself even comments on Maggie’s half dead appearance and proposes to put her out of her misery, then Glenn steps in. Negan would have no use for a person about to die and turn, making Maggie a likely victim.

Carl: Needing Rick to do his bidding, Negan can’t kill him. However, killing Carl in front of his father would break Rick down into subservience. This would show Rick the true extent of Negan’s dominance, and his own existence as a leader means nothing.

Michonne: Jeez…Did you see the intensity of the evil eye she game him? Wouldn’t want to keep such deadliness around to bite me in the back later.

Daryl: Causing a lot of problems for Negan’s henchmen, Daryl is a good pick. His death would break the morale of the other characters, bring justice for Negan’s group, and show what happens when you defy “the new world order”.

Abraham: Judging the way Abraham looked at Negan, we can assume that Negan assumes what kind of character Abraham is—being the one able to defy authority completely because he is the boss of his choices. He gave Negan, the “might as well kill me now cause I’m not doing jack for you, buddy,” look. Abraham’s boldness could be his killer.

Eugene: Because he was breaking down. Negan would not want any weaklings in his community.

Now, a lot of phenoms were confirmed in the season seven reveal trailer, that are so awesome, exciting, and will deepen the story’s plot. Even with the deviations, the show is still following the comics.

King Ezekiel: A zookeeper before the apocalypse, his companion is a menacing tiger named Shiva—yes, a freaking tiger. He is the self-proclaimed king of “The Kingdom” (I mean, what would you even do? He has a trained tiger) and a close friend to our delinquent buddy, Jesus. He also hates Negan, and in the comics, Jesus introduces Rick to Ezekiel with hopes that they will take Negan out co-op style. Did I mention that he’s Michonne’s ex?

Whisperers: If you go back and watch the last scene of the reveal trailer, you see the status of Tara and Heath, who face off with some zombies buried in sand. Those zombies don’t seem to be the regular old walkers, and Whisperers aren’t to debut until season eight, with the show in parallel with the comics moving at a pace of 20 issues per season. However, it is possible because the Whisperers come into play and become an enemy to all within the war between Rick and Ezekiel versus Negan. Who are the Whisperers you ask? They are a colony of savage nomads who wear the skin of the zombies to blend in—acting exactly like walkers, but just as deadly with weapons as everyone else when in danger. This is definitely a game changer for the new season.

Now, in the more interactive side of The Walking Dead, Telltale has confirmed season three to premiere late fall—whenever that will be… We last left off with 12-year-old Clementine, Kenny, baby AJ, and Jane on three timelines, depending on your decisions at the end.

You ended up at Wellington if you chose to let Jane die by Kenny’s hand and stay with him, where you are turned down because the community is overpopulated.

You ended up back at Carver’s community, Howe’s Hardware, if you chose to shoot Kenny to save Jane and stay with her.

If you let Kenny kill Jane and chose to leave him for being dangerous and unpredictable, or shoot Kenny to save Jane and leave her because she was trying to prove her point by getting him killed, Clem takes baby AJ and walks out. After the nine days later transition, we find Clem in a field of migrating walkers. She guts a dead undead, smears the guts on her and AJ to camouflage, and walks into the herd.

telltale
Clementine and Javier coordinate attacks

There are a whole lot of speculations in the reveal trailer of why teenage Clem is missing a finger, and who the man, Javier, is, his relationship with Clem, and why he and another walker he put down have a Capricorn symbol/76 burned on them, calling them “marked”.

There are a lot of ridiculous theories out there saying that baby AJ died and bit off Clem’s finger, and that Javier is part of some cult or slave trade. Some even suggest that ruthless Lily from season one came back and has something to do with it all. When it finally drops, we’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

Written by Nifa Kaniga

Entertainment Editor

Unlimited Fun at ACL Fest

emily-curran-9-2-16-acl-pt-1-lineup
ACL 2016 line-up

Live music: the all-time Austin attraction. With the exciting combination of popular bands, great food, and lots of people, Austin City Limits Music Festival is coming up quickly and DSHS is ready!

Each year, ACL has many big-name bands and artists that attend and perform live on eight stages, active from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. each day during the festival.

“I never look at the set list,” sophomore Maddi Newcomb said. “I think it’s fun to be surprised!” Although Newcomb and others express a desire to be spontaneously impressed, others will attend to support their favorite bands and artists.

“I’m most excited to see Cage the Elephant,” senior Hunter Gentry said.

This year, some of the top artists include Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, Radiohead, Willie Nelson, Flume, Band of Horses, and Local Natives.

Even if you’re not big on music, ACL is also known for the food. “There’s a lot of food stands that are really good and I enjoy the festival’s atmosphere,” Gentry said.

As it seems, anyone who has been to ACL once is bound to go back again. Newcomb and Gentry both intend to return and have attended previous festivals. For all prospective ACL goers, tickets are almost completely sold out with some availability on Sundays.

From Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-Oct. 9, ACL Fest will bring thousands of people from across the country and several from our very own high school, who really enjoy hanging out, eating great food, and listening to great music.

Written by Emily Curran

Staff Writer

The Spotlight on DSHS Theatre

 

sept-theatre-story-pic
The theater team practices their British accents for their October production, Noises Off

The DSHS theatre department has high hopes this year, beginning with their first production, Noises Off. Theater director Rachel Koske is looking forward to this classic comedy that the team has wanted to do for a long time.

 

Noises Off will be the department’s big, hilarious jumpstart to this year’s lineup of productions, which include the musical My Fair Lady, The Laramie Project, and The Marowitz Hamlet. These plays will give the theatre students a variety to work on and at the same time will challenge the team,” Koske said.

The Dripping Springs community can expect this year’s theatre productions to be better than ever with more extensive sets along with bigger production values.

However, now that the two leading stars, Joey Kelly and Trey Stallings have graduated, the school and community wonders how the theatre department will change without their high-level acting presence on stage.

Being a theatre teacher, Koske realized over the years that even though the strongest talent may leave, there is always new and young talent waiting to be discovered. The departures of Kelly and Stallings simply creates space for new actors to make their big break. Who knows, we may see the next Joey Kelly or Trey Stallings reincarnated on stage this year.

“The DSHS theatre department’s main goal this year is not to suck and, most importantly, to utilize everyone to the best of our skill levels,” Koske said.

She hopes to combine everyone’s different strengths and backgrounds to create the best productions possible. The theatre department’s goal for 2017 is to perform a play in one of Scotland’s great art festivals, but they must raise enough money from this year’s productions.

Koske tells her aspiring actors to tell the truth. She does not believe that acting is pretending, as most people do. Her philosophy is to always be honest on stage; that is what the audience comes to see.

“It’s hard—harder than what you think,” Koske said. “Acting is purely taking the mask off, and being truthful to yourself, and to your audience.”

Written by Alyssa Weinstein

Staff Writer

Fall Movie Preview

This October, prepare yourself for a lot of emotion. Between joy and sadness, fear and rebellion, or amazement and sorrow, you will get your fill in the coming months!

After her great interpretation of an Alzheimer woman in Still Alice, Julianne Moore returns in Freehold (October 2nd) as a New Jersey officer suffering from cancer. She fights the county’s board of freeholders to pass her pension benefits to her partner Stacee (Ellen Page).

Inspired by actual events, Freehold approaches the gay rights in a bold love story.

Inspired by the true story of the Kray twins, Legend (October 2nd) will redraw their lives as gangsters during the 1960’s in London. Tom Hardy, recently seen in Mad Max, is playing the lead roles. Yep, roles. Plural.

Soon after Interstellar, in which Matthew McConaughey was absolutely stellar* (*self five), we can soon see Matt Damon as the lead in The Martian (October 2nd). Damon is an astronaut stuck on Mars after his crew left to return to Earth after a bad storm, thinking Damon died in the chaos. Now he must find a way to survive, while waiting for Earth to come back for him.

The legendary Peter Pan arrives once again on the big screen, on October 9th. The director, Joe Wright (Atonement: Pride and Prejudice), shows us the origin of Peter Pan and his first journey to Neverland. There, he will meet Hook, Tiger Lily, and the other historic characters from the Pan universe. Wright mixed up the story with the legendary pirate Blackbeard, to be played by Hugh Jackman.

In Danny Boyle’s new movie, Steve Jobs (October 9th), we are presented with the last Apple genius, to be played by Michael Fassbender. The story will go through the launches of three of Apple’s trademark products, and will follow Jobs’ character and his life during this time period.

After the great TV series True Detective, in which Matthew McConaughey delivered a performance almost as brilliant as that in Interstellar, the director Cary Fukunaga has taken a very different direction in his new project. A brutal and heart breaking story about a young orphan trained to join a group of savage soldiers since birth, Beast Of No Nation will be coming out in theaters and VOD on Netflix on the October 16th.

Once again Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborate for our great pleasure in a blockbuster written by the Coen brothers. Bridge of Spies (October 16th) presents a lawyer hired by the CIA to defend a Soviet spy in trade for a captured American U-2 pilot (Gary Powers). What more can I say? This is going to be good.

After being a soldier, a drug addict, and an FBI age, Bradley Cooper is now a Chef in a restaurant in Paris. Burnt (october 23rd) shows the journey of a character with one goal in mind, to land a job at a mainstream restaurant, and it will make your mouth water.

Written by Prune Savelli

Staff Writer

Get ready for ACL 2015

ACL_logo-600x340Every year Austin holds a music festival to expose the general public to new music genres. Over 130 artists and performers participate in this two-weekend event, with almost 300,000 people attending! Austin City Limits Fest takes place at Zilker Park, Austin, Texas on October 2-4 and 9-11, for those who plan to go.

This year’s lineup feature popular artists like Drake, The Weeknd, Foo Fighters and local bands like the School of Rock. Since 2002 the event has become annual, attracting visitors from around the country and the world. If you’re not in the mood for the music, there are food and drinks vendors, an art market, a kids area for families, and other activities for attendees. They also late night shows, featuring Sheppard, Royal Blood, A$AP Rocky, and many more artists.

Personally, I have never been to an ACL Festival nor heard of it (until now). It seems like a good opportunity to explore music and have some serious fun for a weekend. The festival itself seems extremely upbeat, crazy, and fun for not only the fans, but the artists themselves. ACL is like a giant school talent show.

With its individual performances, it features eight stages with a broad variety of genres. ACL has something to offer to everyone who enjoys live music. Whether you are a fan of hip-hop, rap, country, alternative, rock, classical, or whatever that genre you’re thinking of is, ACL is the place for you to be this October.

ACL grows more and more popular by the year, attracting thousands of new visitors per year. It is also an opportunity for artists to get their music out to us, the fans. It’s a win-win situation. With all of the one day passes sold out, we can expect a lot from this year’s festival.

Written by Nifa Kaniga

Staff Writer

Fall TV Preview

Jaxson Thornton
Jaxson Thornton: Opinion and Entertainment Editor

Some say we live in the Golden Age of TV. They say that there has never been a time of greater cinematographic achievement, both on the big screen and the home screen. To put in frankly, they’re right!

This Fall we will all be happily glued to our screens once again as the collection of mind blowing new programs and anticipation for the newest seasons of our favorite shows rises. From sitcoms, to thrillers, right back around to variety shows, the Fall TV season is packed with a great lineup of shows.

Let’s start with returning hits: This Fall will see the season premiers of “The Walking Dead” (Season 6, Oct. 11), “Arrow” (Season 4, Oct. 7), “The Flash” (Season 2, Oct. 6), “The League” (Season 7, Sep. 9), “South Park” (Season 19, Sep. 16), “The Big Bang Theory” (Season 9, Sep. 21), “Gotham” (Season 2, Sep. 21), and many more including “The Last Man on Earth”, “Homeland”, “Supernatural”, and last but certainly not least, “Doctor Who”.

While there are many of fantastic shows returning for their next seasons that I would LOVE to talk about for hours, I would like to use this article to speak about the slate of new shows being tossed at us over the next month.

Notable new shows include: “The Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris”, a variety show that we really don’t know a whole lot about! It premieres September 15th, and other than the few teasers we’ve seen that include tons of crazy scenes and pranks and so forth, we’re in the dark!

“The Muppets” returns with a new primetime series on ABC September 22nd. From an unbiased, completely grounded opinion… I am COMPLETELY stoked. This show grasps at the remaining straws of primetime television integrity in a world of dumb crime shows between pointless game shows.

And finally, the grand finally of Fall television that will hopefully be the birth of a new nightly show era, Trevor Noah takes over “The Daily Show” on September 28th. Trevor Noah, the South African host-to-be, has some metaphorically large shoes to fill (Jon Stewart isn’t a big guy…), but Jon Stewart is confident that his chosen proteges will only improve the show’s legacy. Quite frankly, so am I. I have no doubt that Trevor Noah will hit his stride in no time and steal me back from the grasps of Jimmy Fallon’s nightly kingdom.

So there you have it, a Fall filled with a promising new line up and very strong returning schedule. No doubt we will all have some new favorites going into the Spring. Now, who wants to talk about what’s coming in theaters?

Written By Jaxson Thornton
Opinion Editor