Music Review: Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour”

By Erin Evans
Special for The Squall

New artist, Sam Smith, released his debut album In the Lonely Hour in 2014, and since then, six of his tracks have raced to the radio. The young artist of 22 blends pop and sentimental soul in a dramatic manner. Almost two years after the release of his first, professionally recorded full-album, this album is still popular.

The album begins with an upbeat, electronically mixed song that tells listeners of Sam Smith’s sincerity. He belts that “I [Sam] don’t have money on my mind,” but in fact, he sings for the love of his fans and family. Despite the quick beat of this song, his voice comes through as pure and calm, and it is certainly a song that fans can energetically sing along with. The next track completely shifts tone, and it keeps audiences listening.

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Music Review: Childish Gambino’s “Camp”

By Joey Hiser

Special for The Squall

Donald McKinley Glover, also known as Childish Gambino is a famous rapper/actor. He first started his career off as a actor, comedian and an a musician. He was born at an Air Force base located in California on September 25, 1983.

Glover is currently 32 and is still active in the military as of 2002 until now. He grew up with two loving parents who took care of him and went to a local high school and went on to continue his education career at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

After college, he continued to write many mixtapes along with playing as an actor in popular TV shows and movies like The Martian and Adventure time. In 2011-2012, his music career took off. He published his first album called Camp. 

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Wings ‘n Things: The Next Hot Restaurant in Dexter?

By Steven Li & Ethan Stairs

Special for The Squall

Wings n’ Things is a small family-owned take out restaurant that is lost among Dexter’s many popular restaurants such as Aubree’s or Red Brick. Nestled on the corner of Broad Street, you could easily past it if you don’t pay attention but you better double back and stop in for some inexpensive and delicious food.

As we first walk win, we were greeted by friendly cashier and a waft of delicious scent from the grill. You can immediately see how small the restaurant. The entrance look straight into the kitchen. We happened to go after the dinner time rush, so there was no wait. The cashier was very helpful and patient as we look over their large menu. We are able to order and get our food in about 10 minutes.

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Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina provides true Italian food, relaxing dinner

By Abril Amacoria, Manuel Garcia, Jenniina Kortesalmi & Maddalena Pederiva

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Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina is a modern and casual Italian restaurant located in Arbor Hills shopping mall. The owner and Italian chef Luciano DelSignore won James Beard Award three times and that’s why he’s really well known.

The restaurant is mainly famous for their Neapolitan-style pizza, cooked in only 90 seconds at 900 degrees in our custom-built wood burning oven.

None of us had been there before; however, we all knew it was gonna be a very good as soon as we stepped in the restaurant as we walked in a great atmosphere with delicious fresh Mediterranean smells.

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The Hidden Gems Reviews

By Blake Leonard & David Merz


Grillcheezerie is a unique restaurant located in Ann Arbor. They have many different takes on an American childhood classic. The most signature item is the “S’mac N’ Cheese,” which is three cheese macaroni and cheese, between aged cheddar melted on Italian white bread. They also have very different tastes such as the Honey Apple Grilled Cheese which is a grilled cheese with sliced green apple, red onion, and dijon mustard. If you’re not feeling very daring the Grillcheezerie also offers classic tastes like the pizza sticks which is a 3 cheese grilled cheese with pepperoni and pizza sauce. The Grillcheezerie had a very laid back environment with a rustic interior. On a Thursday night, we were the only one’s there, and the service was fast and friendly. Overall, the Grillcheezerie did not disappoint our high expectations and is definitely somewhere we would return.

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