Cadenza presents: October concert preview

The erstwhile Fleet Foxes drummer has managed a rare feat in the annals of side projects: establishing himself as an entity outside of a critically and commercially successful band.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Dodge and Burn by The Dead Weather

Jack White is back on the drums yet again. For the first time since White released two albums as a solo artist, he has reunited with the Dead Weather, the Nashville band with whom he recorded two albums in 2009 and 2010. The band returns with “Dodge and Burn,” its third studio album.

| Staff Reporter

This Love : Diving into the Maroon 5 narrative

Maroon 5 is arguably one of our generation’s most popular bands—with the ability to blend catchy lyrics, simple pop music and the occasional influence of blues and ’90s rock, the group has taken our stadiums and music festivals by storm. Today, Maroon 5 has entered the mainstream world of pop with “bangers” like “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf—–” and collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Christina Aguilera. While the band is still going strong and probably at its most popular today, most people would tell you Maroon 5’s best music is in the past—the band’s first two albums, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” and “Songs About Jane,” are jam-packed with lyrical ballads and funky, upbeat melodies that showcase the beautiful falsetto of lead singer Adam Levine.

| Contributing Reporter

Album review: ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ by Drake & Future

“What a Time to Be Alive,” the new mixtape from Drake and Future, is the musical equivalent of a heat check.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

With a little help from my friends: Cadenza’s dream guests for Taylor Swift’s Scottrade Center shows

This Monday and Tuesday, Taylor Swift will bring her 1989 World Tour to St. Louis’ own Scottrade Center. Swift has drawn attention for bringing out high-profile guests during nearly every show on this tour; the list runs the gamut from Mick Jagger to Julia Roberts to the U.S. women’s soccer team. In anticipation of the Scottrade shows, Cadenza shares its dream guests.

The Muppets make it to late night and return to primetime

If you are thinking, “I could really use a mockumentary-style show detailing the romantic entanglements and careers of the Muppets,” then ABC’s “The Muppets” is the show for you. If you are like the rest of America, however, you may be a bit apprehensive about this half-hour scripted comedy about puppets. Luckily for everyone, I watched it, and I have thoughts.

| TV Editor

A.E. Hotchner festival introduces students to dramaturgy

The annual A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival will present three student-written world premieres this weekend from Friday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 26.

| Theater Editor

Movie review: ‘Black Mass’

Whitey Bulger is not the average gangster, so it’s fitting that “Black Mass” is not an average gangster film.

Sean Lundergan | Contributing Writer

TV review: ‘The Mindy Project’

The saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but what about when your network cancels your show and you move to Hulu? Was “The Mindy Project” “broke”? Should they have fixed it?

| TV Editor

Smallpools: A conservative choice for the Gargoyle

Last weekend, LouFest illustrated how far commercially viable alternative rock has shifted in the past decade. Blue October took us back to a time when brawny post-grunge and eyeliner-streaked pop punk dominated alternative radio stations like Q101. The band stood in clear contrast to today’s indie pop, which, as the name suggests, takes influence from the kinds of top-40 fare previous iterations of alternative rock explicitly opposed.

| Senior Cadenza Editor