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“Out Of My System” is distinctly Louis Tomlinson and that’s why it works
Louis Tomlinson’s “Out Of My System” sounds like it belongs to an old One Direction album. Tomlinson’s latest single borrows from pop, rock, and punk sounds to collectively create one... Read more
Protest through song: an ode to resistance in Hozier’s “Swan Upon Leda”
Content warning: this article discusses sexual assault. Reverence and rage do not often accompany each other, but to Hozier the two are notes on the same staff. Hozier is perhaps... Read more
Under (the) Siege: Halle Bailey’s color-blind Ariel and the role of race in fairy tales
The upcoming live-action adaptation of yet another Disney Renaissance-era classic, The Little Mermaid (1989), has sparked discussion about diversity and casting equity on the big screen. In light of the... Read more
This time, it really is just a bunch of Hocus Pocus: Hocus Pocus 2 Movie Review
Well, it’s that time of year again: Hocus Pocus season. As Halloween approaches, Hocus Pocus (1993) related toil and trouble of all manner floods the internet and this year has... Read more
Interracial casting in Hollywood isn’t as progressive as we think it is
Still making waves from its June release to Amazon Prime Video, The Summer I Turned Pretty checked off all the boxes for a quintessential summer drama: first love and subsequent... Read more
The definitive Arctic Monkeys guide in preparation for The Car
On Oct. 21, Arctic Monkeys are releasing The Car, their seventh studio album, making this fall the perfect time to get into the staple alternative rock band. Here’s everything you... Read more
Warping the mirror: Five haunting literary monsters
For as long as humans have told stories, we have told of monsters. The Bible spawned the Devil and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The first true English-language epic,... Read more
“Unholy” is a hot and heavy single with a lukewarm reception
After teasing the world on TikTok for weeks with snippets of their latest single “Unholy”, Sam Smith released the full version on September 22, 2022, and it has left many... Read more
There isn’t much to love about Love In The Villa
Romeo and Juliet is undeniably one of the world’s greatest love stories. But as any middle school English student will tell you, it is also one of the most devastating.... Read more
Noah Kahan’s “Northern Attitude” prepares us for earlier sunsets
Just in time for the change in the weather, Noah Kahan thaws hardened hearts with his song “Northern Attitude.” With this new single, the singer-songwriter follows up the release of... Read more
Why changing the structure of The Bachelorette during it’s 19th season was a power move
Any fan of Bachelor Nation is likely very familiar with the setup of each season: one eligible bachelor or bachelorette, and about 30 contestants swooning over them from day one.... Read more
Halftime Leisure’s favorite summer reads
Fight Night by Miriam Toews (2021) Miriam Toews’ books all cover very similar thematic ground, but each novel finds a new emotional angle to explore her cultural history. Toews was... Read more
A League of Their Own (2022) celebrates stories of Black and queer folks in baseball
The year is 1943. With most men off at war, one question remains on every American’s mind: Who will play baseball? Enter the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), recruiting... Read more
Twelve Glee songs that are better than the original (and counting)
Glee, for all its many flaws, boasts one of the most extensive musical catalogs in television history. Since its debut in 2009, Glee quickly built a reputation for doing it... Read more
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.