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Review: ‘La La Land’ poised to sweep Oscars

From the director that brought us the Academy Award winning movie Whiplash, comes another Oscar bound movie, La La Land, the story of a struggling actress and jazz musician trying to make it big in Hollywood. La La Land presents us with a plot that

Review: ‘Rogue One’ experiments, underwhelms

It has been more than a month since I saw Rogue One, the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise, and I still cannot decide if I was pleasantly surprised or a little disappointed. I suppose it was a little of both. On many

Review: ‘Arrival’ deserving of Academy recognition

To date, no science fiction films have ever collected the top prize of Best Picture at the Academy Awards. With any luck, that might just change this year thanks to Arrival, a heady and stunning slice of hard sci-fi that strokes just about every cinematic

Review: ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ – Metallica

In light of all the animosity and hostility that has sprung up around campus, sometimes people just need to sit down with some nice, light listening material and enjoy some gentle strums on the guitar. You know, from a band like Metallica. That’s right, the

Review: “Cozy Tapes Vol. 1” – A$AP Mob

It’s been almost two years since the untimely death of A$AP Yams. The founder of A$AP Mob was a hip-hop connoisseur, a colorful Twitter personality and the visionary behind the star that A$AP Rocky has become. The release of Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 commemorates the

Review: “Slouch” – Spirit Club

When Spirit Club released its self-titled debut album in spring 2015, many listeners were enthralled — and for good reason. The group, which is composed of Wavves frontman Nathan Williams, his brother Joel and longtime friend Andrew Caddick, emerged as a trippy, moody California emo

Review: “LP2” – American Football

How do you follow up a masterpiece? Surely this question plagued the minds of the people who comprise American Football. In 1999, the group released their self-titled debut — regarded as a pioneering record in the emo genre thanks to its clean and effortlessly precise

Review: ‘Sonderlust’ – Kishi Bassi

Singer/musician/violinist/keyboardist Kaoru Ishibashi, also known as Kishi Bashi, dropped his third album, Sonderlust, on Sept. 16, and the result is an incredibly cohesive album that shows clear growth and maturation from his previous work. His two earlier albums, 2012’s 151a and 2014’s Lighght, initially caught

Review: ’22, A Million’ – Bon Iver

How far Justin Vernon has come from that snowy cabin in upstate Wisconsin. It still feels as though that “moody lumberjack-looking dude goes to make a heartfelt folk album in a cabin” narrative just cropped up the other day. But For Emma, Forever Ago is