Waters brings his craft to film retrospective

Waters brings his craft to film retrospective

August 24, 2014
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Aunt Ida and her nephew Gater are having a serious talk about lifestyle choices, and on a cursory listen her words sound familiar — all the expected cliches are in place. But then: “I’d be so proud if you ... had a nice beautician boyfriend. I’d never have to worry,” she says with concern... Read more »

Arts Issue: TV competitions add dimension to music industry

Arts Issue: TV competitions add dimension to music industry

April 10, 2014
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It was Andy Warhol who famously predicted that, in the future, everyone would have their “15 minutes of fame.” With the advent of reality television, it is hard to deny that Warhol’s statement was prophetic. As much as it claims to be a catalyst for serious careers, reality television is often o... Read more »

Lily Allen reacts provocatively to fan criticism

Lily Allen reacts provocatively to fan criticism

March 12, 2014
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British pop provocateur Lily Allen shocked her fans on March 10. Allen is known as the type to throw curveball comments around in the media — she is particularly notorious for her wild antics during her pink wig phase. Recent remarks by the pop star have caused the stir fans have come to exp... Read more »

Grammy Awards show kept afloat by surprises

Grammy Awards show kept afloat by surprises

January 31, 2014
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If you're looking for sheer entertainment, the Grammy Awards are probably a poor choice. They have neither the Video Music Awards’ reputation for a buzzworthy spectacle, nor the American Music Awards’ campy superfluousness. In comparison, the Grammys are boring. This year, however, there were several surprise... Read more »

Keep an ear out for new albums in 2014

Keep an ear out for new albums in 2014

January 27, 2014
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  Last weekend, a major scoop about preparation for one of the year’s first buzz-worthy releases — a new track called “Blue Moon,” streaming from Beck’s forthcoming album, “Morning Phase” — appeared on various music blogs. The LP will be released Feb. 25, and it marks Beck’s first... Read more »

ARTS ISSUE: Stans take dedication to extreme heights online, in real life

ARTS ISSUE: Stans take dedication to extreme heights online, in real life

December 5, 2013
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You may have noticed them on Twitter. Many people accidentally follow them, mistaking accounts like @DailyGagaTweets for the real stars. These false accounts are what are known as “stan” accounts. There’s a point when fandom gives way to something else — something over-the-top. Stan is the term adopted b... Read more »

Britney Spears struggles to find emotional balance on ‘Britney Jean’

Britney Spears struggles to find emotional balance on ‘Britney Jean’

December 3, 2013
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“Britney Jean” is an album divided. Whereas Britney Spears’ last several LPs (“Femme Fatale,” “Circus,” “Blackout”) felt like cohesive works with overarching ideas, “Britney Jean” feels like a collection of clashing ideas in search of a singular product. In promotional interviews... Read more »

Dan Bejar destroys language barriers on ‘Five Spanish Songs’

Dan Bejar destroys language barriers on ‘Five Spanish Songs’

November 26, 2013
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Dan Bejar is over English. “It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable,” the Canadian singer said in a press statement. “It felt over for English. Good for business transactions, but that’s about it.” Bejar’s solution — record his music in the only o... Read more »

Up-and-Comers: Armen Paul

Up-and-Comers: Armen Paul

October 10, 2013
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Music can be a treacherous business. Too often, young artists are lured into shady deals and crooked contracts with the hopes of success and fame. But NYU student and musician Armen Paul has managed to steer clear of these pitfalls. Like many, Paul became interested in music at a young age throug... Read more »

Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same’ continues rapper’s sense of ambiguity

Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same’ continues rapper’s sense of ambiguity

September 24, 2013
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Hype for Drake’s new album “Nothing Was the Same” remained high throughout the summer, but with that hype came singles that implied the rapper was moving in a different musical direction. On his previous album “Take Care,” the listener felt as though Drake was using the album as a confess... Read more »

Skirball Center offers varied slate of performances

Skirball Center offers varied slate of performances

August 25, 2013
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  The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts’ 2013-2014 season has a little something for everyone. For those whose musical tastes lean toward jazz or avant-garde, or perhaps something more popular, the season includes a varied roster of names, instruments and performances that run the cultural gamut. This week, on Aug. 30, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwri... Read more »

Musical Movements: PBR&B

Musical Movements: PBR&B

August 25, 2013
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  This summer, the sub-genre of R&B called PBR&B proved a force to be reckoned with. It is used to refer to the new crop of R&B in which artists put a premium on raw emotions and more avant-garde instrumentation. The genre is in its infancy, with a nebulous identity and a goofy name. The blogosphere has a history of t... Read more »

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