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A pop star in her element, Rina Sawayama dazzles at the Howard Theater

Rina Sawayama is an artist who belongs in stadiums. While the pandemic put a damper on her rise to stardom, Sawayama’s return to the stage comes at an exciting time... Read more

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Goodbye Hyper Scape. You were bad but I loved you.

My favorite battle royale is dead. It died, officially, on January 27th 2022, at 5:00 EST, when Ubisoft announced that it would be shut down on April 28th. It was... Read more

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10 songs to take you back 10 years, because music peaked in 2012

You read the headline. You kept reading. You’re looking for some 2012 bops. Let’s get on with the list.

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Olivia Rodrigo masters the art of storytelling in Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u

Rodrigo gives fans a much-anticipated glimpse into the creative process of making SOUR, the now Grammy-winning album.

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Conan Gray renounces a fractured relationship in his new single “Memories”

From the moment “Memories” begins, Gray makes it abundantly clear that he understands how best to tell a story rooted in disillusioned nostalgia.

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Pabllo Vittar and Rina Sawayama’s “Follow Me” is an exercise in excess

In her collaboration with Rina Sawayama, Vittar crafts a club banger with plenty of heart.

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The Tinder Swindler and the dark side of dating apps

The Tinder Swindler exposes the true dangers of dating people who we meet online and don’t truly know.

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Horse races, heated stares, and happy endings: Bridgerton season two deals in heavy-handedness

Yet in its second season, Bridgerton, which ostensibly continues Pride and Prejudice’s Regency-era legacy, fails to deliver this satisfying progression.

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Are TikTok and celebrity feuds saving the Oscars?

Why does an entity as powerful and eminent as the Academy of Motion Pictures need to partner with social media creators to gain a more engaged audience? 

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Quiz: Which World Cup song should you listen to?

Take this quiz (created by a certified soccer super fan) to find out what song will soundtrack your 2022 experience. 

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Is she still so marvelous?

Much of what makes this show marvelous, like the acting and costumes, remains consistent, but the story itself takes a turn for the worse.

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The Weekly List: Ranking beers by pee taste

The pee taste isn’t an inherent eventuality of beer-loving life.

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The Voice predicts the 2022 Grammys

Album of the Year by Adora Adeyemi Prediction: SOUR (2021) Should Win: SOUR, Planet Her (2021), or Evermore (2020) While one would have expected music to slow down in the... Read more

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The misunderstood masterpiece of The Emoji Movie

What makes great cinema? Must it move the masses? Need it withstand the test of time? To these questions and more, I proclaim yes. In a cultural milieu so saturated... Read more

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A Swift conversion

The artist, the witch, had snatched yet another innocent yet again, as swiftly as her name.

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Ask not what the rat ring can do for you

The audience doesn’t know what to do with themselves, gripping their plastic folding chairs in white-knuckled disgust.

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The Weekly List: The top five underground clothing brands you need to check out

Enjoy curating your totally unique and quirky, not-like-other-girls look with the indie brands below. 

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The Voice predicts the 2022 Oscars

I’m almost certain that Campion and Co. will make history on Sunday and walk home with (at least) a win for Best Picture.

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Halftime’s Dream Journal: Espionage à la mode

This elegant ballroom is, in fact, a bougie ice cream parlor, where Oscar winners receive a scoop of their preferred ice cream flavor to commemorate their remarkable achievements.

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What Inventing Anna tells us about class, Georgetown, and the status quo

But she also raises questions about class identity and allegiance that exist at the intersection of the monied and the not—an intersection that exists at Georgetown, too.