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Elephant Revival unforgettable

By Abigail LaBounty
 Staff Writer

Delivering hypnotic melodies, rich textures and spritely rhythms, Elephant Revival brought a stunning show to the Vanguard on Thursday. 

From the moment they took the stage, the band moved between stirring jigs, rich instrumentals and mournful ballads. 

The show opened with “Birds and Songs,” a stirring serenade to the beauty of nature. 

From the heavenly jubilation of “Spinning” to the pounding chase of “Wake’s Only Daughter,” the band produced an impressive diversity of sounds united by their uniquely immersive flow and intoxicating harmonies. 

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“The Colourist” monotonously sunny

By Nicholas Foster
 Staff Writer

It must be such a drag to live in Orange County. Think of the amount of sun—dreadful, relentless, painstakingly predictable sun that refuses to let up far beyond the point where it has become unnecessary and lost all of its appeal. 

The Colourist hails from the OC, and apparently takes many of its cues from that same overbearing sun on its eponymous debut album. The music is assaultively bright—an analogue for all the things most people cannot stand about California. Because of this, these same people won’t like the Colourist. 

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Arts calendar

By Helen Patterson
 Staff Writer

As the semester begins to come to a close, and the amount of schoolwork begins to increase, students may feel a bit overwhelmed. For those who need time to decompress, be sure to check out some of these exciting and entertaining local events!

This Week:

1. The University of Tulsa will host world-renowned piano duo Honor O’Hea and Robert Andrews at the Lorton Performance Center April 15, 7:30–9 p.m.

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Cabernet Savignons: befuddle, please

By Kimberly Poff
 Staff Writer

Carnivor is a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from California. 

The back of the bottle promises the flavors of blackberry, caramel, roast coffee and toasted oak in this red. However, much to this writer’s dismay, none of these promises are delivered. Instead the wine manages to be both syrupy-sweet and acidic at the same time. 

Despite the artistic label, which is comprised of two labels split by a “tear,” the bottle is not pleasant to consume. 

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Elephant Revival discusses Tulsa show in exclusive interview

By Abigail LaBounty
 Staff Writer

This Thursday, the Vanguard Music Hall will host Elephant Revival, a Colorado quintet that combines elements of folk, bluegrass, celtic, reggae and rock music. Often labeled “Transcendental Folk” or “Progressive Edge,” Elephant Revival uniquely blends a number of different sounds and influences to create a genre all its own. 

This week, the Collegian sat down with Bonnie Paine, a native of Tahlequah and Tulsa, Okla., who plays washboard, djembe, stompbox and musical saw for the band, to discuss musical influences, songwriting and the future.

These Changing Skies,” Elephant Revival’s newest album, showcases a more melodic side of the band. 

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“Altar Boyz” to bring soul-saving pop to Lorton PAC

By Matthew Magerkurth
 Staff Writer

On Thursday, the University of Tulsa Theatre department debuts the show Altar Boyz, the 2004 musical. The production is a five-man show that is a response to Beehive, the all-female show of first semester. The musical comedy is a parody of the boy band craze of the 1990s and follows the fictitious band on the final stop on their tour.

The show opens Thursday night at 8 in Lorton Performance Center and has performances on Friday, Saturday, and a Sunday matinee.

The only way that the department can pull off a show like this is if it has a strong contingent of male actors, and it has just that. 

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Ten Cosmo Quizzes That Don’t Exist But Should

By Anna Bennett

Everyone loves a good Cosmo quiz. From “Are You a Secret Bitch?” to “Is He Cheating On You?”, these insightful, psychometrically sound little tests offer all kinds of helpful advice. But sometimes, it can feel like even these quizzes are as thin and airbrushed as the models on the cover. Here as some Cosmo quizzes whose results would be extra helpful!

1. Are You Adequate in Bed?

2. Is Your Vagina Possessed?

Photo courtesy Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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Arts Calendar

By Helen Patterson

Feeling a little stressed as the semester comes to a close? Then be sure to check out some of these entertaining events both on campus and off!

This Week:

1) Panic! at the Disco will rock the Reynolds Center on April 8 at 8 p.m.! Bring your TU ID to get in for free!

2) Alternative rockers Kings of Leon will play the BOK Center April 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50–59.50.

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“Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” expensive addition to main game

By Elliot Bauman
 Staff Writer

After nearly two years, Blizzard Entertainment’s “Diablo III” finally received its first expansion on March 25 in the form of “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.” The add-on seeks to remedy the numerous issues that plagued the standard version of the game, in addition to offering a decent amount of new content for players to enjoy. 

Perhaps the most expensive single expansion in the history of the gaming industry, “Reaper of Souls” costs $40 for the standard edition, $60 for digital deluxe and a ridiculous $80 for the limited collector’s edition. 

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“Supermodel” anything but super

By Nicholas Foster
 Staff Writer

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: an unknown indie-pop band releases a hit that is just catchy enough to get played on mainstream radio (but just different enough to perk up the ears of alternative listeners), fills out an album of good-but-not-great songs to back it up, then—once the dust has finally settled—finds itself at a peculiar “what’s next?” crossroads. 

Unfortunately, it is never easy to recapture that first bit of magic—there’s a reason that “sophomore slump” is a common stereotype within the music industry. 

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Arts Calendar

By Helen Patterson

With Springfest this week, campus will be packed full of exciting events, free food and, of course, free t-shirts. For those looking to get away from the on-campus excitement, there are a number of local events sure to please.

This Week:

1. March 31 through April 4 is Springfest at the University of Tulsa! Get your free shirts, food and fun!

2. Country music legend Merle Haggard will play The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino on April 3. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45–55. 

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TU Ten: ways to pad your resume

By Anna Bennett
 Satire Editor

The end of the year is sneaking up on us like a lioness on a dazed rabbit. 

Believe it or not, there is a world outside the safety of TU’s matching sandstone walls, and you may have to seek employment in the great beyond this summer. Or for the rest of your life. 

You may be horribly underprepared for “the real world,” but here are a few ways to quickly make your resume a bit more impressive.

1. “Has lots of experience.” You don’t have to mention that it’s mostly sexual.

2. “Studied Abroad.” Go get shwasted in your foreign friends’ apartments. Basically the same experience.

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Cooperative, mechanized action soars in “Titanfall”

By Elliot Bauman
 Staff Writer

On March 11, one of the most anticipated games of 2014 will finally hit shelves after a significant marketing campaign. The game is “Titanfall,” the first title launched by Respawn Entertainment, a development studio formed in 2010. 

That being said, Respawn Entertainment is no stranger to producing video games; its founders, Vince Zampella and Jason West, were two of the original creators of the immensely popular and successful Call of Duty franchise. 

Photos courtesy Respawn Entertainment. From the original developers of the “Call of Duty” franchise comes “Titanfall.” Much like “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and “Battlefield 4,” “Titanfall” allows gamers to play as a female Pilot, and offers a variety of customizable options. Respawn Entertainment’s “Titanfall” aims to not only redefine the multiplayer shooter genre, but also to rival the immensely successful “Call of Duty” franchise. Through employing spectacular graphics, interesting maps and futuristic weaponry, “Titanfall” proves an exciting and entertaining game for many different types of gamers.

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Tulsa Arts Calendar

By Helen Patterson
 Staff Writer

Looking for something exciting to do before you head somewhere exotic for the holidays? Then be sure to check out one of these entertaining events!

This Week:

1. Oklahoma native and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth will return to the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center for “An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth” on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. 

During the event, Chenoweth will be performing songs and offering master classes for a few lucky music students. Tickets are $20.

2. Those looking for something free to do Thursday evening should consider the University of Tulsa’s Concerts with Commentary Series, which continues with “Encore” March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

3. St. Vincent will perform at Cain’s Ballroom March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $24 at the door. Be sure to check out our review of her latest album in last week’s issue of The Collegian!

Although The Collegian will be on hiatus during Spring Break, there are some awesome events coming up during these next few weeks to help mollify your sorrow over our brief sojourn.

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TU Top Ten: Things to do on spring break

By Anna Bennett
 Satire Editor

So, maybe you can’t afford to go somewhere tropical for the upcoming break. Heck, maybe you can’t even afford the gas to drive home. 

Whatever your circumstances, here are a few ways to get that authentic Spring Break experience while staying in the 918.

1. Go sun yourself on a sandbar in the Arkansas River.

2. Take a road trip to South Tulsa! The weather’s got to be a little nicer there, right?

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