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Reviews and think pieces on music, movies, art, and theater.



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“Queer chaos” returns to Georgetown with The Rocky Horror Picture Show

More than anything, Rocky Horror is about self-acceptance, a sentiment immediately exposed to the audience.

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Fall Out Boy returns to pop-punk mastery on So Much (For) Stardust

If a little pop punk and old-school emo have been missing from your life, So Much (For) Stardust is exactly what you need.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is “So Good at Being in Trouble,” but even better at lighting up the stage

While the band has yet to make the full jump into mainstream consciousness, their vast experience as a touring act was evident in the well-crafted, dynamic setlist.

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On UGLY, Slowthai lets it all out

Slowthai’s dogged insistence on finding joy is deeply hopeful, and his commitment to exposing the ugliest parts of himself is undeniably cathartic.

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Dragonette took us back to the “Twennies” at Union Stage

With every song, Sorbara was able to embody and exude a vibrant, youthful energy.

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National Portrait Gallery’s Kinship provides a reflective glimpse into our closest relationships

Featuring eight contemporary artists, Kinship depicts the complexities of human relationships through various media.

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BRAVE: Black women in the arts are in “A Never Ending Renaissance”

This year’s theme, “In the Black Fantastic: A Never Ending Renaissance” celebrated Black women and femmes in the arts.

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AIR is the perfect sneakerhead movie

The film, shot with the precision and smoothness of Michael Jordan’s own jumper, masterfully honors both the shoe line and the player.

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Filmmaker Ien Chi wants to “make empathy sexy”

By creating a space for the expression of anger and honoring it, people can find the value in exploring emotions that might not be perceived as “good.”

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National Gallery gives Philip Guston’s work a new sense of urgency

Aptly entitled Philip Guston Now, his work aims to process trauma in a world wracked by war, polarization, and racial hatred, which feels as eerily relevant today as it did decades ago.

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Concert preview: Theo Kandel is bringing folk sincerity to DC’s Songbyrd on April 19

Despite claiming numerous influences from the 1970s, Kandel isn’t just writing your grandparents’ folk music.

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Here I Am is filled with ancestors and living history

“We’re continuously walking on graves. The earth itself is somebody’s grave,” Mélisande Short-Colomb (CAS ’21) recalled her father’s words while standing on the stage in Gaston Hall, during the inaugural... Read more

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Step into Kali Uchis’ fantasy garden on Red Moon in Venus

Her third studio album, Red Moon in Venus (2023), is the most mesmerizing yet.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is fun for normal people, too!

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves is a hilarious fantasy heist movie that satisfies both lifelong D&D fans and those who know nothing about the game.

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Concert Preview: Russian New Wave band Molchat Doma is bringing their hopeful message to 9:30 Club

In line with their anti-imperialist view of Russia, their concerts transport the audience to an underground show in late-’80s Moscow.

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Lana Del Rey takes the sad girls to church in Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd

While a tunnel under Ocean Boulevard suggests a hidden complexity to the physical plane, the album also demonstrates an added layer of complexity in its production.

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Tiffany Day brings the party to her fans with “The Gratitude Tour”

Aptly named, these 19 shows are an ode to Day’s fans, with a setlist showcasing her artistic evolution as she’s steadily grown in popularity.

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10,000 gecs: So many gecs, so little time

In 10,000 gecs (2023), Laura Les and Dylan Brady take their maximalist and absurdist sound to a whole new level.

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Miley Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation is right on time for you to ditch that spring fling

When Cyrus released her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation, it was no surprise that it displayed the star’s many powerful facets as an artist—be it as a popstar, balladeer, or soulful rockstar.

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Outer Banks’ Madison Bailey and Madelyn Cline want you to embrace the Pogue life

We had the opportunity to speak with Madelyn Cline and Madison Bailey about season three, their experiences filming over the course of the pandemic, and their meteoric rise to fame in the process.