All posts by Casey Williams

I'm a substitute teacher and grad student at APSU. I am a musician and actor, and have been involved in the local arts community since middle school. The arts are my passion. My favorite playwright is Stephen Adley Guirgis, my favorite band is either Titus Andronicus or the Ghost Mice, and the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is the greatest video game ever made.

Lakewood Theatre Lands Critical Hit With “She Kills Monsters” (Review)

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. This was a play I had been dying to see. I play Dungeons and Dragons with friends most weekends, and was very much looking forward to seeing a play that features the popular table top, role-playing game. I had never been to the Lakewood Theatre, and had never seen a play by Mr. Nguyen. As such, I had no idea what to expect of the play. All I knew was that She Kills Monsters is about a woman who plays her sister’s homemade D&D module after she dies in a tragic car accident. I expected a heavy play, full of emotion and cathartic moments. Continue reading Lakewood Theatre Lands Critical Hit With “She Kills Monsters” (Review)

Rufus Dawkins’ HeartWhole Will Leave You Wanting More (Review)

I’m a huge supporter of the local music scene. There are so many great artists in and around Nashville. Rufus Dawkins is one of them. Straight out of Clarksville, TN, HeartWhole is Rufus’s first album, as well as one of the first to be recorded by local Contra Coda Media. Often, when I hear a musician use the term “passion project” it’s followed up by something pretentious, more for the artist than for the listener… That is not the case for HeartWhole Continue reading Rufus Dawkins’ HeartWhole Will Leave You Wanting More (Review)

Separations Shows Growth in New Aggressive Album ‘Bloom’ (Review)

If I had to pick one word to describe Bloom, the second album from Atlanta based band Separations, that word would be aggressive. I admit, I had not heard of this band until very recently, and came upon Bloom with no preconceptions. From the simple album art, consisting of the title in colorful letters over a white background, I expected something in the vein of shoegaze. I was very wrong. The first track, “Hollow”, was like having my door kicked in as it builds for only a few moments into an explosion of drums, and a bass heavy riff. The album is nothing short of explosive. While the melodic breakdowns begin to balance it out, a little more breathing room in the music would be a huge benefit to the overall album, like a cool down lap after a long sprint. Continue reading Separations Shows Growth in New Aggressive Album ‘Bloom’ (Review)