Sigur Ros takes Birmingham on spiritual journey

Sometimes calling a musical performance a “concert” isn’t enough. Occasionally it’s something more, something transcendental and greater than the sum of its parts. Such was the case with Icelandic experimental rock group Sigur Ros’ first…

Top Halloween costumes of 2013

Halloween is just around the corner. It is the time of the year for haunted houses to open and costumers to be overcharged for costumes. Each Oct. 31 acts as a yearbook showing the world…

“American Horror Story”

Haunted houses, insane asylums and witches—oh my! No, I’m not talking about Halloween. It’s “American Horror Story” (AHS). Season three has begun, and just from the teasers viewers are hooked. New Orleans is known for…

Making plants sing with the future of touch…

Dr. Ivan Poupyrev wants to make plants sing. And he’s succeeded. This isn’t to say he’s bestowed some sort of creepy sentience on them or anything. Poupyrev is the principal research scientist at the Walt…

So far, smart watches are looking pretty dumb

Lately, wearable technology seems to be all the rage among the leading tech companies. Samsung is advertising its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, rumors circulate about a possible Apple “iWatch,” and Microsoft’s Surface team is hinting…

“Gravity” defies all odds

It is an extremely hard task for any director to depict the unexpected. It is also difficult to successfully describe a scenario to an audience that would probably never come across such an experience in…