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Big Thief’s new album invokes earthliness

On Oct. 11, indie outfit Big Thief released their second studio album of the year, “Two Hands,” which they described as the “earth twin” of their critically acclaimed, celestial album “U.F.O.F.” In “Two Hands,” it is evident that Big Thief sets out to explore space and physical temporality. ...


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Kanye West turns to Christianity in ‘Jesus is King’ album

On Oct. 25, fans all around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief when Kanye West finally dropped his album “Jesus is King,” more than a year after its original release date. The 11-song album is comprised entirely of Christian rap — a completely new trajectory for West, breaking away ...


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Comedy-drama series ‘Modern Love’ falls flat

Based on the popular New York Times weekly column of the same name, “Modern Love” was released Oct. 18 on Amazon Prime Video, boasting the faces of Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway and Dev Patel. The column Modern Love began in 2004 and continues to feature personal sagas of love, empathy and intimacy in ...


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bülow sings edgy, glamorous pop

Rising pop singer Megan Bülow, who is known by the stage name bülow, delighted fans with the Oct. 4 release of her five-track EP “The Contender.” The German-born and Canada-based 19 year old has been praised for her songwriting skills in her past works, “Damaged Vol. 1” and “Damaged Vol. ...


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Charli XCX releases new wave poptimism in 'Charli'

Charli XCX’s third studio album, “Charli,” released on Sept. 13, reinvents the pop artist’s identity and reinforces her knack for electronic nuance through innovative production and unique pop invention. Twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Aitchison, who performs under the moniker of Charli XCX, ...


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Trinity Rep. stages gruesome, modern ‘Macbeth’

Trinity Repertory Company’s production of “Macbeth,” running from Jan. 31 through March 3, is a gloriously gruesome and thrilling performance, presenting a characterization of baseness all too applicable in today’s political world. While many theatrical interpretations of Shakespeare wrench ...


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‘Until, Until, Until...’ re-enacts 1981 performance

“Until, Until, Until…” a performance directed, written and produced by Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux was staged in Studio 1 at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights last week. Presented by the Brown Arts Initiative, the multimedia play reimagines ...


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Mitski’s latest album offers listeners emotional complexity

Mitski’s latest album “Be the Cowboy” distills complex emotions; in her clear voice, the artist captures love and loneliness. The singer-songwriter performed at House of Blues Boston on Oct. 20 as part of her U.S. tour. The album opens with a burst of emotion. “Geyser” builds itself up, culminating ...


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Bo Burnham’s debut digitizes adolescent loneliness

There is not a single memorable line in all of “Eighth Grade,” Bo Burnham’s divinely excruciating feature film debut, which screened at the Ivy Film Festival Sunday night. But that is part of its magic. “Eighth Grade” is a film with a keen sense of the way people communicate. No one speaks ...


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‘Soccer Mommy’ charts sentimentality without cliche

Skeptics who have yet to listen to the music of indie-rock princess “Soccer Mommy,” the alias of 20-year-old New York University dropout Sophie Allison, might scoff when told the tracks of the facetiously named artist are landing on the “chill” playlists of culturally astute stoner teens everywhere. ...


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Puppetry, painting, performance collide in ‘Erratics’

Thomas Cole’s “The Course of Empire” is a series of five paintings from the 1830s that depicts the rise, peak and eventual destruction of civilization. There is an anxiety underneath the art — a fear of the negative consequences of empire’s excess coupled with a nostalgic longing for a pastoral ...


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Letter: Why does review require suspension?

To the Editor: In a letter to the editor published by The Herald yesterday, Provost Richard Locke P ’18 states that “the University decided to suspend acceptances of new applicants to the elementary education track for the current cycle. This pause will enable us to fully evaluate our current program ...


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Car Seat Headrest reinvigorates 2011 album

On Feb. 16, the indie-rock band Car Seat Headrest released a re-recording of their sixth LP, “Twin Fantasy.” The band originally unleashed the introspective concept album on the world in 2011, when the outfitwas still just the solo-recording project of suburban sad boy Will Toledo. It’s hard to ...


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“I, Tonya” skates over quality despite buzz

Plenty of ink had been spilled about “I, Tonya” before it arrived at Thayer Street’s Avon Cinema, where it is currently enjoying a run. Unsurprisingly, my critic’s log line ­­— that “I, Tonya” is a messy biopic buoyed by stellar performances from its leads — reads like a template into ...






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