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Teen Pulse

  • Muse strikes the right chord

    In today’s music industry, themed albums have become almost as rare as seeing a giant squid.
    With the introduction of the MP3, today’s artists tend to shy away from entire albums being centered completely around one subject. Instead, production efforts are put into making one stellar single that will hopefully peak enough interest in the listener to make them check out the rest of the album.
    “The 2nd Law,” English rock band Muse’s sixth full-length studio album, is a type of album that has not been seen for years. This album is unique because not many bands are bold enough to make themed albums anymore.
    Perhaps two of the most well-known themed albums are The Who’s “Tommy” and Queensryche’s “Operation Mind Crime.” Each of these efforts was famous because of their content and how the bands told a story through their albums.
    Muse does the same with the “2nd Law.” The songs tell different stories as the album unfolds. Parts are about a planet being depleted of its resources, while the title suggests that the amount of musical energy will explode throughout the album.

  • Fashion Maven: Don’t be afraid to fall for this season’s trends

    It’s about time that everyone does some fall clothes shopping, but what exactly should we be shopping for? Let me give you the scoop on the top eight trends on my list.
    • Number one: Studs. Anything with studs on it goes. Try sweaters and shirts that have stud accents on the shoulders and accessories like shoes and bracelets that include stud-like elements.
    If you’re like me and have a very girly or feminine sense of style, don’t mistake studs for looking too edgy. Small gold or silver ones used in minimal amounts for decoration on sweaters and shirts are actually very ladylike.
    • Number two: Bold prints. Fashion this year has not been color shy or print shy for that matter. Any and every print this season is allowed on any form of clothing or accessory, including shoes and jewelry.
    To make a strong statement, wear printed jeans or jackets with wild patterns. Print is also beautiful in smaller doses. Wear a blazer that is the color of one of the elements of a patterned shirt worn underneath.
    • Number three: Collars. Shirts with collars are definitely in, but this trend has been modified. Some stores and online shops are now selling detachable Peter Pan collars, which are collars that can basically be worn as necklaces, over sweaters and shirts.

  • Time traveling with ‘Looper’ is worth it

    These days it seems that once in a blue moon a movie comes along that isn’t simply a remake.
    “Looper” is one of those movies and is one of the most original action films we have seen in a long time.
    The story takes place in 2044. Time travel has not yet been invented, but specialized assassins known as loopers eliminate targets sent to them from 2074, in the future.
    The loopers are paid well and lead extravagant lives, the only catch to the job is that eventually, they will be sent back to 2044 and forced to kill their future selves, which is known as “closing your loop.”
    In the film, the protagonist Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has his future self sent back to him in order to close his loop, but when he loses him, he finds himself in a situation —where to keep himself alive in the present — he must hunt down and kill his future self (Bruce Willis).
    The plot is very exciting and filled with twists and turns that will not leave the viewer dissatisfied. However, the fundamental reason for avoiding a full plot summary is done so as not to ruin the film for those who haven’t yet seen it.

  • Word on the Street 10-14-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What did you do over the Columbus Day weekend?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-14-12
  • Fashion Maven: Give your summer sandals the boot

    Fall has finally arrived, but so has the cold weather. Everyone is starting to make the transition from summer sandals to warmer footwear.
    I know some of you would love to shuffle around in fuzzy slippers all day, but you should be doing better than that.
    Let’s make a fashion statement and replace the sandals or the slippers with a fall essential; the boot.
    There is a boot for every kind of person: ankle boots, tall boots, heeled, flat, those that are made of leather, man made materials, or even sheepskin, you name it.
    For a sophisticated look, I would opt for a dark red, dark brown or black boot with a heel.
    I recommend picking a heel height that is slightly out of your comfort zone to master as you practice walking in your boot. You can also pick a heel you are more comfortable with, if you prefer.
    Even though leather boots are usually more expensive than those made of synthetic materials, they are an investment because they last longer and allow your feet to breathe.
    Make sure to treat your leather boots with the appropriate shoe polish right after you buy them to protect them from water damage and getting stained.
    The height of boots is really your choice. Both ankle and taller boots work well with leggings and a warm dress, or with jeans.

  • It was a pretty bad debate

    On Oct. 3, the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took place.
    During the debate, we witnessed two very different men with two different ideas for the future of America. However, I feel that neither of the two candidates truly gave any details for how they were going to accomplish their policies.
    During their discourse, neither candidate seemed to answer any of the questions posed to them and spent most of the debate returning to the same subjects. It was almost as if both presidential candidates had prepared what they wished to say during the debate and did not plan on answering questions.
    Nonetheless, unlike Obama, Romney somehow managed to introduce his points in a way that made it appear as if he were answering the questions, while Obama appeared to be utterly lost as he rambled on, without any attempt to answer the questions posed to him.
    Overall, the media have made it clear that Romney won this first debate, which is not uncommon for a challenger.

  • Word on the Street 10-07-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury-Aranda asked students, “Which candidate do you think should win this year’s
    election?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 10-07-12
  • Marilyn Manson brings listeners hell on Earth

    Humans have always been fascinated with the mythology of heaven and hell and whether there is life after death.
    One doesn’t need to look too far to find a piece of hell on Earth. We’re not talking about a hot place with a horned red guy wielding a pitchfork, but instead a shock rock group that would make Lucifer himself shiver.
    Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, has been shocking audiences with blood, mutilation and a commanding stage presence for almost 25 years.
    “Born Villain” is the eighth full-length studio album from Manson and perhaps one of the best to date.
    Manson has not been without his share of issues, however. After the release of 1998’s “Mechanical Animals,” Manson’s music and lyrical content lost the edginess that made him infamous.
    After numerous albums that weren’t as popular as the earlier ones, “Born Villain,” which he began recording in 2009, breathed life back into the band. Released May 1, 2012, the album debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and sold more than 38,000 copies in its first week.
    This album is for the faithful Manson fans that liked the pre-“Mechanical Animals” era.  He shied away from the computers and studio effects that were heavily used in previous studio albums.