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Fall Out Boy, back after three-year hiatus

By Bonnie Zeng, Staff Writer

Social networks recently exploded when Fall Out Boy unexpectedly announced plans for a new studio album, Save Rock N’ Roll, and released a new single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).”

“I almost just about dropped dead when they announced it,” said Stacey Su, College of General Studies freshman. “I didn’t think it was going to happen at all.”

After three years of being on hiatus and releasing their last album, Folie a Deux, in 2008, the band announced their first show to start off their world tour. The show, which they played in their hometown of Chicago, sold out in minutes.

“This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up,” is stated on the band’s official website.

Like most bands that come back after hiatus, it seems like Fall Out Boy intends to try something new, rather than go back to the familiar pop-punk style that their fans are nostalgically hoping for.

“It’s an extremely different sound and a bad reaction was to be expected,” said Emily Kraklow, College of Communication freshman. “I think fans need to realize that they’re not the same people they were three year ago.”

With their new R&B-influenced single, it seems evident that they want to move forward with their music, though the extent of which they have changed their sound differs among fans.

“I’m really glad their new stuff is a little different, but not too different,” said Su. “It still has this hardcore and edgy sound while being really expressive.”

Save Rock N’ Roll will be available worldwide May 6 and 7. Dates for the “Save Rock and Roll” tour are listed on the band’s official website. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” is available on iTunes.

Check out the new single here:

A return to the classics

By Marie Goldstein, Staff Writer
@Marie_Goldstein

I am not an art expert, but artists from Vincent Van Gogh to Jan Vermeer are able to make me fall in love with their timeless paintings. Each painting’s back-story combined with the opinion of the viewer creates compelling conversations and unique perspectives.

Having visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and both the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I have picked up a taste for certain paintings. I may not have a sense for the texture, the medium and the history behind the paintings, but I do humor myself with my own thoughts. My favorites are paintings that I can create my own story for what is going on in the painting. Usually, I challenge myself to create a story that I know the painter was definitely never thinking. I look at Pierre Auguste’s “Luncheon Of The Boating Party” and picture a Boston University “morning after” brunch from back in the day. Below are a few of my other favorites you should check out if you’re looking to enjoy fine art.

Vincent van Gogh

“Café Terrace at Night” by Vincent van Gogh

Although I have yet to travel to France, I can imagine every corner has a perfect place such as this. This café looks like the most enchanting place in France for a date. Take notes, gentlemen! I expect this atmosphere for our first date. The textures accentuate the cobblestones, the wooden floor of the café, the buildings and the night sky. My favorite part of this painting is the stars in the sky, which look like daisies.

Johannes Vermeer

“The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer

This painting is one of my favorites because of the novel “Girl With A Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. Chevalier did exactly what I like to do: make her own story out of a painting. I love how she came up with an elaborate story as to why the girl in the painting is dressed like that and why she only is showing one pearl earring. Who knows if Vermeer would approve of her story or whether Chevalier was correct in her predictions, but her creativity is admirable. To me this painting displays innocence and mystery. She’s classy with pearls, but I wonder how she lost the other? Was it a night out gone bad?

Renoir

“Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

I love this paining because I am upset that I wasn’t invited to this gathering! One of my favorite things in college is Sunday brunch that my friends and I host ever week. If we were born decades earlier this is probably what it would look like. The mannerisms of the people portrayed in the painting are hilarious. The painting shows two men talking to one girl, a girl looking off into the distance wishing she was talking to one of those gentlemen and the random girl who would rather just play with her puppy. If you ask me, take away the fancy clothes and this looks like a Sunday morning at BU.Claude Monet

“Red Boats” by Claude Monet

This painting reminds me of my hometown in Long Island even though LI is not nearly as beautiful as France. Growing up in a beach town meant weekends down at the bluff where sailboats would be sailing daily. Even though Monet has many paintings of boats, this one stands out to me because the red boats are different than the others. This paining is definitely brighter and more colorful than his other ones. It reminds me of the perfect summer day—definitely something I’m missing these first few weeks of fall.

Thomas Kinkade

“A New Day at the Cinderella Castle” by Thomas Kinkade

This painting is more recent than the others. It’s probably my most embarrassing art confession, but if this painting doesn’t scream perfection, I don’t know what does. I didn’t think that something could be more beautiful than Cinderella’s castle at Disney World, but this painting makes it jump off the canvas. The pink and purple undertones create a mystical tone, complimented by Bambi on the lawn and Tinkerbell in the sky.

iJukebox brings power of choice to patrons

By Katie Doyle, Feature Staff Writer

iJukebox, a “mobile jukebox” application for iPhones and Androids, has yet to celebrate its first birthday, but is already creating a buzz within the Boston community.

The free app allows users to choose the music they wish to hear in restaurants, bars and stores that have the app set up. Venue employees decide on a playlist, and then patrons using the app can choose songs via their cell phones.

Chip Selley, iJukebox’s founder and a first-time app developer, said in a phone interview that he conceived the idea when he was sitting in a restaurant, wondering what music was playing. When he learned the restaurant was playing music through Pandora, a personalized radio website, he found himself wishing he had a remote control so he could control the music, he said.

After doing a bit of research, Selley could not find any type of app that allowed users to select songs in an establishment. As a result, iJukebox was born.

“It was a decision I made in a short time to bet everything I had,” Selley said.

The bet turned out to be a good one. The app has brought in $1.1 million since its debut in September, he said. According to a Sept. 22 article in MassHighTech.com, its funding comes from “private angel investors” in Boston and New York.

The app tends to be most popular with restaurant-bar type businesses, Selley said. However, he also said one problem with the app is that it can only be used within establishments that have signed up for it, but that iJukeBox is expanding to locations across the nation, including New York, Florida and Georgia. Of the ten venues using iJukebox, almost five are located in Boston, Selley said.

Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences senior Jenna Gallanter said that she would give the app a try.

“I am not in Boston for the summer, but I think I would download the app next fall if a bar that I usually go to uses it,” she said.

According to iJukebox’s Twitter feed, Boston bars that use the app include T’s Pub, Sweetwater Tavern, The Kinsale and The Asgard. The Asgard, an Irish pub in Cambridge, is one of the app’s most frequent users.

Andrew Martin, manager at The Asgard, said that he likes to use iJukeBox because it automatically streams music, like Pandora; but if a customer with the app is in the restaurant, he or she can select a song from the venue’s playlist.

The Asgard introduced iJukebox about three weeks ago, and so far it has been working well, Martin said. Although there were some glitches when they first started using the app, such as failure to train the The Asgard’s staff properly and the venue’s technology compatibility issues, Martin said that iJukebox’s management was “very receptive to feedback.”

Similar to Gallanter, College of Arts and Sciences senior Hanna Matyiku might make iJukebox one of her next iPhone downloads.

“I like the idea of controlling what music is playing at a bar because most of the time I don’t like what’s playing anyway,” she said. “I just think that the bar will have to do a good job promoting it, so people actually know they can control the music.”

Overall, Martin said that The Asgard’s clientele have received the app well. In fact, on May 22, a total of 23 patrons at the bar had checked in with iJukeBox, he said.

“People are pretty excited about it,” Selley said.

Need a thrill? Head to the Woods

By Joey Martelli, MUSE staff writer

Filmmaker Joss Whedon never fails to disappoint.

With his latest contribution to an arguably dying genre, The Cabin in the Woods is out to make its mark with a fresh new take on horror. The Cabin in the Woods is an entirely different breed of horror film. Yet, for those who are connoisseurs of these films, there are still more than enough notable nods to trademark elements of his great horror films.

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