Concert Preview: Vans Warped Tour, July 29, Merriweather Post Pavilion

The end of an era is upon us: on June 21, Vans Warped Tour will embark on its final cross-country run. For the past 24 years, the historically punk festival has featured acts from Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas to Bowling for Soup and Neck Deep, but the show pulled out all the...

Concert Preview: Paramore with Foster the People, June 23, Merriweather Post Pavilion

In the fourteen years since they came together in Franklin, Tennessee, Paramore has released five albums, gone through three bass players, and seen lead singer Hayley Williams go through countless hair colors. This summer, they embark on their fourth tour, accompanied by Foster the People. At the band’s formation in 2004, Williams was 14, and...

Best in the Galaxy: Han Solo gets a Backstory in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Just five months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), fans of the franchise rejoice. Solo: A Star Wars Story is here, and it’s a blast(er). The film breaks down leading man Han Solo’s history, which is alluded to in the earlier films. Lucky for viewers, Solo’s story proves to be one...

Avengers: Infinity War Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience

It’s tough to write about Avengers: Infinity War, which marks an unprecedented moment in cinematic history: the culmination of a decade’s worth of world-building, character development, pop culture dominance, and fan involvement, in which seventeen films converge into one major motion picture event. It’s the kind of event made whole by the collection of personal...

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<i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience

Avengers: Infinity War Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience

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06/14/2018

It’s tough to write about Avengers: Infinity War, which marks an unprecedented moment in cinematic history: the culmination of a decade’s worth of world-building, character development, pop culture dominance, and fan involvement, in which seventeen films converge into one major motion picture event. It’s the kind of event made whole by the collection of personal…

Concert Preview: Fleet Foxes, May 18, The Anthem

Concert Preview: Fleet Foxes, May 18, The Anthem

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05/09/2018

After a six-year hiatus, Fleet Foxes erupted back into the limelight in the summer of 2017 with their third full-length album, Crack-Up. The band built excitement in the mid aughts with their debut EP, Sun Giant, which melded traditional folk themes with grand, lush instrumentation, and which they quickly followed with Fleet Foxes, their first…

Concert Preview: Tokyo Police Club, May 2 & 3, 9:30 Club

Concert Preview: Tokyo Police Club, May 2 & 3, 9:30 Club

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05/02/2018

Tokyo Police Club’s newest single, “New Blues” is a clash of old and new for the Toronto based indie rock band. The heavy distortion on the track recalls the frantic experimentation from their first album, A Lesson in Crime, while the more melodic aspects are in keeping with the band’s direction ever since 2010’s Champ….

National Portrait Gallery’s <i>Unseen</i> Exhibit is Halfway There

National Portrait Gallery’s Unseen Exhibit is Halfway There

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05/02/2018

50 years ago, the National Portrait Gallery opened its America’s Presidents exhibit, which has since become one of the Smithsonian’s landmark tourist destinations. As the Portrait Gallery celebrates its history, it has also established a space to reflect on the American history of portraiture. Unseen: Our Past in a New Light opened in March and…

Critical Voices: Cardi B’s <i>Invasion of Privacy</i>

Critical Voices: Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy

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05/01/2018

Cardi B opens her premier album with an emotional three minutes of solo bars backed by a simple piano line and soft air horns. After the fun and free-flowing “Finesse” and “Bodak Yellow” that have brought her to stardom, this album opening feels out of character. But upon reflection, it proved her prowess and ability…

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