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When Portland based bands Us Lights and And And And came to Boise to play Treefort Music Fest, I had the opportunity to have them in the University Pulse studio thanks to Tyler Paget and Redbull Sound Select Series. Both the interviews had some small technical difficulties and I missed The beginnings. It isn’t much though and I cant thank the bands enough for their time. Check out my interview with And And And above and Us Lights below!

 

– Chad

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It’s been a little over a week since Wrestlemania 31 and I’m still wrapping my head around it.  It’s hard to believe another season has come and gone.  Leading up to Wrestlemania 31 we discussed many things on It’s Still Real to Me; our favorites going into the matches, Wrestlemanias past, and our predictions.

Last year’s show, Wrestlemania 30, had it’s high points, but more lows.  Trying to reflect on it, the only match I can even remember from last year was the Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker match.  That particular match was much discussed leading up to it, but Brock Lesnar broke a 21 year streak.  The Undertaker had won his match at Wrestlemania every year for 21 years, but Lesnar ended that streak last year.  This was the only match to still be talked about even today.  What does that say about Wrestlemania 30?

Luckily 31 was an improvement.  Did I agree with every single match up?  Of course not, but I did end up enjoying most of them.  The three biggest titles changed hands.  I won’t review all of the matches because you really need to see most of them to understand their glory, but I will touch on a few.  I’m not even going to try to talk about this Sting vs. Triple H match, that’s one you watch.  Triple H got injured at the beginning of the match, but pushed through.  He’s the epitome of badass.

Let’s start with the Intercontinental Championship.  Had it been a one on one match I don’t it would have been as entertaining as it was.  I also really enjoy ladder matches so that stipulation only added to the excitement.  Seven men in and around the ring vying for one title made for a hell of a match.  As I had predicted, Daniel Bryan ended up being victorious.  WWE made this move to try and appease it’s fans and bring down some of the tension since Bryan wasn’t getting a Heavyweight title match.

Going into the United States Championship match I knew there was no way that Rusev would retain it, as badly as I wanted that to happen.  As much as it pained me, I had predicted that Cena would win.  With the amount of screen time and the big pushes they were giving John Cena it was inevitable he would walk out the winner.  The only way they would really see getting people to like Cena again, at least for a little while, was to make the match something bigger than just Cena vs. Rusev.  They made it America vs. Russia.  Of course WWE’s golden boy would win, and the U.S.A chants were great, however in my opinion Rusev is a superior athlete and with an entrance like that, how could you not love him?

Lastly let me just say that the main event, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, was (unsurprisingly) one sided.  It takes a very talented athlete to get in the ring with Brock Lesnar and not be completely dominated.  Lesnar was throwing Reigns around like a rag doll, much like he did to Cena during their match at Summer Slam last year.  In Brock’s words he took reigns to “Suplex City, bitch.”  He took him to suplex city indeed.  There were times when Reigns tried to get a good shot on Lesnar, but it just wasn’t happening.  Finally Reigns caught a break when Lesnar cut his head open after hitting the turnbuckle.  This gave Reigns a small boost and he was able to get a few Superman Punches on Lesnar before he came to and took over once again, though they both were relatively spent at this point.  Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins saw his opportunity and ran down the ramp to cash in his briefcase, making the match a triple threat.  After only a few minutes and several curb stomps he was able to pin Roman Reigns and win the Heavyweight Championship.  Was it fair he didn’t even beat the champion to win?  Technically yes, but was it cool?  Not really.  Very sneak, Mr. Rollins, very sneaky.  My predictions for this match were just a little off.  I did say that Lesnar would lose the title, but I said it would be to Reigns.  I did predict that Rollins would cash in his briefcase, but I said it would be on Reigns right after he won because Rollins would see how tired Reigns was after his victory that Rollins would think he’d have a legitimate chance to win.  Seth Rollins did cash in, but it was on Reigns AND Lesnar and he won, which I did not see coming.

Overall it was a great Wrestlemania and I cannot wait to see what happens at the next pay-per-view.

The University Pulse has teamed up with Adam Wright Media. Adam Wright is a local musician, photographer and videographer. He has started the In The Valley Sessions which highlights local and touring bands with a special acoustic performance set in miscellaneous Boise locations.

This session features the talented Kevin Devine. He took time from his busy tour schedule with Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, DADS and Field Mouse to perform “Now: Navigate!” and “Private First Class” in front of the Linen Building in downtown Boise.

 

The annual Treefort Music Fest will be taking over downtown Boise, March 25-29th. The University Pulse has attended the festival each year and we all get more and more excited about it every year!

Counting down to the festival, we will be posting different events you should be aware of during the crazy, hectic and joyful week of Treefort.

Here is Part I of the list of bands/artists you should run (or quickly walk) through the streets to find:

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony stops by Boise’s Revolution Concert House March 14th

We like classic hip-hop over at The BackSpin and our playlists reflect that with a healthy dose of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The Cleveland,OH crew comprised of artists Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone and Bizzy Bone celebrates the 20th anniversary of their second album E.1999 Eternal with a nation wide tour. The album held the top spot on the Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks and was nominated for the Grammy’s 1996 Best Rap Album Award. Tha Crossroads,a single from the album prescribed below for your listening pleasure, won the 1996 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a group.Lucky for us Bone Thugs-N-Harmony stops by Boise’s Revolution Concert House March 14th to spread some lyrical harmony. Tickets currently are running $30+ and you can grab yours now here.

The Oscars are this Sunday, and before the awards are given out, here are my Oscar predictions on who will and who should walk away with the gold.

Best Supporting Actor

Who will win: JK Simmons for “Whiplash” – Simmons is a lock for this award and rightly so; he gives the best performance of his career in a mesmerizing role.

Who should win: JK Simmons. Adding to what I have already he said, he has won every single award up to this point and there is no reason he won’t add the Oscar to his collection of hardware.

Dark Horse: Edward Norton for “Birdman”. While I don’t think anyone else has any shot at all, Norton like always delivers a great performance worthy of recognition.

Best Supporting Actress

Who will win: Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood.” Once again, The Academy is enamored with “Boyhood” and that includes Arquette’s performance as a mom trying to raise her two children. To top it all off, she has won numerous awards for her performance that includes the Golden Globe.

Who should win: Keira Knightley for “ The Imitation Game.” Knightley was brilliant in her performance opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. She provided a great counter to his performance and their chemistry was tremendous.

Dark horse to win: Emma Stone for “Birdman.” Emma Stone gives a surprising and fantastic performance and is able to stand out among a plethora of great actors that includes Keaton, Norton, and Watts.

Best Director

Who will win: Richard Linklater for “Boyhood.” Given the fact that the movie was filmed over 12 years and turned out to be pretty good, plus the fact that “Boyhood” is the Oscar darling of this season, he should be walking away with the gold.

Who should win: Linklater. This was a gigantic risk for Linklater, but he took it and it paid off. He deserves to be recognized for this historic achievement to cinema.

Dark Horse to win: Alejandro G. Inarritu for “Birdman.”  He was responsible for bringing the most original movie of the year, both in story and in which it was filmed. It’s incredible one-shot technique made the movie stand out among all the others of 2014.

Best Actress

Who will win: Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”. She is basically a shoe in at this point and has been sweeping up all the awards prior to the Oscars. She gives such a powerful performance of a woman struggling with early set Alzheimer’s that will stay with you long after.

Who should win: Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl”. She gave the best performance of her career and in my opinion the year. She really showed a lot of range in her portrayal of a wife that will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.

Dark Horse to win: Felicity Jones – She could be the Oscar darling as everyone is buzzing for her performance as Stephen Hawking’s wife. The fact that she is able to hold her own against Redmayne’s incredible performance speaks volume to her performance.

Best Actor

Who will win: Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything”- His performance as Stephen Hawking has garnered critical praise and has already won numerous awards including the Golden Globe. Despite spending most of the movie not being able to talk, he still is able to illustrate the incredible life of Hawking.

Who should win: Michael Keaton for “Birdman” – Talk about a career-defining role. Keaton makes his comeback to the big screen and gives the best performance of the year where he isn’t afraid to take shots at himself.

Dark horse to win: Benedict Cumberbatch for “Imitation Game”- His portrayal of Alan Turing was spectacular and brought great emotional depth to the unsung hero of WWII.

Best Picture

Who will win: “Boyhood”. The Academy is clearly in love with this movie and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. It has been cleaning up all the other awards and should be considered the favorite to walk away with the Oscar gold.

Who should win: “Birdman”- The most original movie of the year is just absolutely fantastic and should be recognized for its achievement to cinema.

Dark horse to win: “Imitation Game”- An emotional roller coaster ride and a great look at Alan Turing, the man that was instrumental in helping the Allies win WWII.