Wednesday, November 18, 2015

King Diamond at PlayStation Theater

For Immediate Release

King Diamond With Special Guest Exodus

Thursday November 19 through Saturday the 21st, the metal bands King Diamond and Exodus will be performing at the PlayStation Theater, which is on Broadway in New York City. The doors will open at 7 pm with the show beginning somewhere between 7:30-8 pm.

Metal icons as big as Metallica and Pantera to inspiring new upstarts like Goatwhore revere Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond. Known for his extensive vocal range, in particular his use of falsetto, this Danish musician is probably one of the few examples of an opera singer turned metal musician. He has also become well known for his use of religious imagery and dramatic stage presence.

In 1981 he formed his now legendary band Mercyful Fate that he fronted in conjunction with his self-named group, which he formed in 1985. While he would be a crucial and main piece to both of these bands, he decided to put Mercyful Fate to rest in 1999 so he could focus exclusively on his self titled group. For this specific tour they will be playing in its entirety their 1987 album entitled “Abigail.” They will also have a special guest with them for this tour, American thrash metal icons Exodus.

Exodus, formed in California in 1979, will be touring in support of their new album, “Blood In, Blood Out.” This is their tenth studio release and became available worldwide on October 14. This will also be their first release since 2004, to feature their original vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. The PlayStation Theater, formerly The Best Buy Theater, can fit 2100 people. It opened in 2005 and was designed by award winning architect David Rockwell.

--Christopher Silva

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lillian Ross: Listening is Crucial Reporting Skill

By Stephen Saulpaugh

 Lillian Ross wastes no time in conveying to her readers her view on reporting the news .She feels that when reporting the news, one should go about it like creating a film, "that tells a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end,” Ross states in her book Reporting Back: Notes on Journalism. From reading this piece and analyzing that statement it is very clear the Ross is very blunt in her practices as a journalist and is not willing to compromise her beliefs for the sake of money or insincerity. She equates writing about a particular person as a relationship, one that is not to be abandoned or abused.

Ross makes a point that is particularly interesting. She admits to not using a tape recorder when interviewing someone because she finds that "the machine distorts the truth.” She makes a compelling point that I have never given much thought to. Nowadays people tend to live off their phones and laptops, and pay little attention to actually living in the moment and generating their own opinion about things. People are very quick to see what others make of the news and generate their opinions that way, rather than making one’s own sense of news.

 Among Ross’s many tips to aspiring journalists, the best point she makes is when she stresses the importance of listening. Good listening is one of the most crucial aspects of not only being a good journalist, but a good communicator. If you are going to communicate to the rest of the public important happenings in the news, you must possess good listening skills so that you are better able to deliver a more thorough story.