Reign of Terror disappoints
Part of what made Sleigh Bells’ 2010 release Treats so enjoyable was the band’s seemingly effortless juxtaposition of loud, distorted rock guitar and calm, airy vocals. Singer Alexis Krauss’ voice stood out, working with guitarist Derek Miller’s chaos, not competing with it. The noise pop duo appears to have attempted to do this again with Reign of Terror, but the result is an overly loud, unb...Pillbox | February 27, 2012
Legume finds home in new neighborhood
After moving from Regent Square to North Oakland last September, Legume has been busy making a name for itself in a new neighborhood.
The move was inspired in part by the size constraint of its previous location. The new space seats over 100 — as opposed to just 32 before the move — and the new kitchen is larger than the entire old restaurant.Pillbox | February 27, 2012
A review of Oscar-nominated short films
Regent Square Theatre has been showing the 2012 Oscar-nominated short films since Feb. 10, in preparation for the Academy Awards on Feb. 26. This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts showcase a variety of creative influences in the field. While some are certainly stronger than others, all of the contenders have a unique story, style, and perspective.
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Films about love to watch this Valentine’s Day
We’ve all seen movies like The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall — stereotypical romantic comedies at their best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint). But this Valentine’s Day, if you’re staying in with your loved one (or by yourself), consider watching one of these romantic films.Pillbox | February 13, 2012
Playground Festival showcases independent work
The School of Drama may seem exclusive to non-majors, but spend five minutes in the sprawling, sensory world of Playground Festival and you realize just how open it is. Playground is a free, creative environment for drama students to explore other mediums for their art and showcase their independent works.Pillbox | February 6, 2012