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‘Full House’ Netflix spin-off announced

By Lindsey Houck

Have Mercy! Co-star John Stamos announced Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that Netflix has ordered up a reunion special, followed by a spin-off series called “Fuller House.”

    The only returnees to the show are Candance Cameron Bure, who played D.J. Tanner, Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner, and Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibler. Stamos will; however, guest star and produce the show. Other co-stars, such as Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin are on going, Netflix said. They also stated that the show will be released in the 2015-2016 year.

   “As big fans of the original Full House, we are thrilled to be able to introduce Fuller House’s new narrative to existing fans worldwide, who grew up on the original, as well as a new generation of global viewers that have grown up with the Tanners in syndication,” Netflix Vice President of Original Content, Cindy Holland, stated in a cnn.com interview.

    The show starts off with D.J. Tanner, now named Tanner-Fuller after getting married, but now widowed and pregnant. Her lifelong best friend, Kimmy Gibler, moves in to help her care for her two boys and newborn. Lastly, Stephanie Tanner is now an aspiring musician.

    The Full House series aired from 1987 to 1995 and will start up again in 2016 with thirteen spin-off episodes.

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Unknown artist revealed

Previously, that beautiful voice coming out of the radio was unknown. Now, the world can know his name: Jake Hagood.

Hagood is the man behind the “Who is Fancy” persona.

No one was sure who the voice belonged to. Some guessed the sound to be that of Ne-Yo or even Adam Levine, but all of those theories were shot down by Jimmy Fallon’s show on April 7. Turns out “Who is Fancy” is a singer/songwriter from Nashville.

Hagood performed live on the show in order to reveal his face for the first time.

At first, he began singing, but instead of showing himself, the light shined upon various lip-syncers throughout the first lines of the song. This tactic was much like that of the few music videos released on his youtube, which gave a more mysterious effect to his facade. Then, the big reveal happened and “Who is Fancy” showed his true identity.

Scooter Braun, who signed Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepson, has done a fantastic job of making a big deal of this young, on the rise artist. Hagood gained awareness from his soulful voice and his perplexing entrance to the music world.

Not only did this “Who is Fancy” boy receive a mass amount of attention, but the whole deal brought some millions of viewers to Fallon’s show as well. The rest of the world now has the knowledge of a new, creative artist who might be a favorite for many people very soon. The show and his exposure was a “win-win” for everyone.

Twenty One Pilots does artistic fantastically

Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun make up the band, Twenty One Pilots, which can be described by one word: artistic.

The two band members do things a little differently in regards to music and shows; for example, wearing a ski mask while performing as a way to symbolize the removal of the wall in between who we really are and who we portray ourselves to be.

Joseph and Dun refer to their fans as a clique and focus heavily on the needs of their fan base. The duo even went as far as changing their classic, thick line symbol to a thin line, text version because their fans used the text version in their biographies on social media.

Keeping the clique in higher spirits, Twenty One Pilots realizes the impact they can have on the lives of those listening. Joseph writes lyrics which discuss conquering anxiety and depression.

The band has worked on keeping listeners alive and happy since 2009 where Joseph formed a band with Nick Thomas and Chris Salih in Columbus. Salih and Thomas eventually left because of their busy schedules in 2011, which lead Joseph to find current drummer, Dun.

Self­-titled album, “Twenty One Pilots,” was released in 2009 and is the only project Salih and Thomas worked on. The album was independently released and introduces Joseph’s powerful songwriting abilities.

“You like to sleep alone. It’s colder than you know because your skin is so used to colder bones. It’s warmer in the morning than what it is at night. Your bones are held together by your nightmares and your frights,” Joseph wrote in “The Pantaloon.”

These lyrics emphasis the need to address a problem rather than continue to ignore it and allow room for the issue to grow and become worse.

The second album released ceased availability. Titled, “Regional at Best,” the album made an appearance in 2011. “Regional at Best” is commonly known amongst longtime, more dedicated fans because a copy of the album is difficult to find or listen to.

Although “Regional at Best” is hidden among the other albums produced, the songs on the album are the rough drafts of what would soon be remastered and put onto their third album, “Vessel.” A popular song, “Kitchen Sink” was not remastered and features Joseph’s brother, Zack.

“Vessel” was released in 2013 and is the band’s first produced album through a record label, Fueled by Ramen. The label helped the success of Twenty One Pilots expand, but the band remained the same as they were before signing with Fueled by Ramen.

A favored and powerful song on “Vessel” is “Holding on to You.” In this song, Joseph sings of taking control of the demons inside and removing the pain rather than letting the problems take over.

Joseph writes, “Fight it. Take the pain; ignite it. Tie a noose around your mind loose enough to breathe fine and tie it to a tree and tell it, ‘You belong to me. This ain’t a noose. This is lease, and I have news for you: you must obey me.’”

The band is also working on a new album titled, “Blurryface,” which is rumored to explore the darker side of Joseph and Dun. A single, “Fairly Local,” was released recently with the album set to release on May 19.

Following the release of their single, Joseph tweeted, “If you think you know what is coming after hearing one song, nope.”

Twenty One Pilots will start their world tour following the release of “Blurryface” and will play at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Sept. 18.

Speech & Debate hosts Battle of the Bands

The Speech and Debate team provided a chance for students to express themselves and show off their musical talents.

On Fri., March 20, Battle of the Bands took place at SMFHS at 7:00 p.m.

This night was put together by The Speech and Debate team. There was a fee of $5.00 to enter to listen to the bands.

There were three judges. These judges were Shawn Denton, Alex Norman and Jacob Konicek. Denton is a bus driver, and Konicek is Stow Alumni.

The judges had categories to make scores in for each band. These categories were: originality, visual, entertainment value, musical quality and audience response.  Each of these categories was an equal percentage in the final score to be tallied up by each judge.

There were two bands and a solo who participated in this event. They performed in the commons with a circle of chairs around them that everyone sat in.

The first performance was a solo by Adam Murray.

Adam Murray had announced that his brother was originally supposed to perform with him but was not able to make it. He first sang one of his favorites, “Eighteen.” After he sang and played his guitar to that song, he sang, “Thumb Thumb Thumb” by The Naked Brother Band. The third song he decided to perform was, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. This was an audience catcher. When he announced this would be his third and final song to sing, he said the song is a common song that everyone would know. He was right. As he was singing deeper into the song, people in the audience joined in.

The second band that performed was a two person band, “Working Class Boys.” All three of their songs performed were all created by their selves. One band member, junior Charles Blair, sang and the other member, junior Jason Rozak, played his guitar.

The third and final band that performed was, “Close Call.”  “Close Call” consists of four band members. The four Band members are senior Taylor Herring, senior Zach Alberez, who actually attends Hudson, senior Jonas Dorton and junior James Brownrich. Herring sang, Alberez and Dorton played electric guitar and Brownrich played the drums.

This band was as announced by lead singer, Taylor Herring, as “untraditional” music style. The music style would be labeled as heavy metal. They only performed one song and that was created by themselves.

The winner of first place was “Working Class Boys.”

“I feel happy and shocked that we won first place,” Blair said.

His band mate, Rozak also had something to say about winning first place.

Rozak said, “I Feel excited that we played our first show and happy that we won it. I loved the reactions we received from the audience.”

In second place was “Close Call,” and in third place was Adam Murray.

Even though “Close Call” came in second place, Dorton said he was glad for the experience received, as well as Taylor Herring, lead singer, said, “I feel pretty good still, I think we did a good job.”