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D’Angelo

Until Dec. 15, D’Angelo hadn’t released an album in 14 years. His last studio album, Voodoo, was widely acclaimed as a masterpiece that pushed the boundaries of soul and...

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Citizenfour

Citizenfour is different. It is a movie in which we, as the public subject to the policies unveiled by Edward Snowden, are members of the cast. We already know...

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Viet Cong

Viet Cong drummer Michael Wallace and vocalist/ bassist Matt Flegel were formerly part of Women, a group that dissolved in 2010 after a violent fistfight broke out onstage during...

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Marching today

Selma is a place I hear about in stories about my grandfather’s childhood or the place where my cousins go shopping to support the mom-and-pop businesses that have been...

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Film: Foxcatcher

Steve Carell is widely celebrated as a comedic actor. In his best performances—The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Anchorman—he uses his capacity for stillness to surprise the viewer by suddenly bursting...

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Film: Wild

At one point in Wild, a new film by Jean-Marc Vallée, a group of young hikers calls Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) the “Queen of the PCT.” They are poking fun at...

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Film: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice is a mighty feat. It is the first adaptation of a novel by Thomas Pynchon, an author whose reclusive nature and complex writing style previously complicated any...

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Film: Chef

The opening minutes of Jon Favreau’s Chef demonstrate why it might be the best food film since Ratatouille. Carl Casper (Favreau), a respected executive chef in LA, maneuvers into the kitchen. We...

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Music: Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande’s voice is great. Like, seriously great. It was great in her 2013 debut, Yours Truly, and it’s still great in her new album My Everything. That’s a constant. What...

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Our boyhood

The first fifteen minutes of Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s latest and most ambitious film, are unremarkable. It’s 2002 and Mason, a floppy-haired six-year-old, lies in a field of Texas grass, his...

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Film: Transcendence

Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with Transcendence, a large-scale sci-fi film about the future of artificial intelligence. Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, who runs an...

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Movie: Nymphomaniac

Everything leading up to Nymphomaniac—its extremely graphic, heavy metal-filled trailer, the posters featuring the actors miming orgasms—has made it out to be an intense and highly provocative film. While...

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Mac matured

Mac DeMarco isn’t pushing an agenda, nor does he think himself the bearer of some timeless message. He doesn’t fetishize novelty over accessibility, and he doesn’t take himself too...

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Movie: Noah

In 50 years, I can’t imagine what we’ll tell our grandchildren about Fox News. “Yeah, not really sure what was going on there. Don’t even ask about the Westboro...

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Theater: La nozze di Figaro

The overture starts off with a buzzing and an empty stage. As the strings whisper busily to each other, several characters dressed as servants appear, carrying various pieces of...

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Sugar crush

I didn’t always love Korean pop (usually shortened to K-pop by fans of the genre). With its cloying sentimentality, ridiculous costumes, and insistent hooks, the whole genre reeked of...

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Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is indeed grand and unapologetically Andersonian in its quirkiness and obsessive aesthetic. Even so, as an Anderson skeptic myself, I was...

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Music: Ricky Eat Acid

Sam Ray’s latest and most accomplished full-length album as Ricky Eat Acid begins with a brief voiceover from Coma Cinema frontman Mat Cothran, one of Ray’s frequent collaborators. “I...

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Music: St. Vincent

Never underestimate Annie Clark. All three of her earlier releases, under the moniker St. Vincent, showcased a unique blend of versatile musical talent and catchy accessibility (her 2007 debut...

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Kevin plays Pokémon

Confession: I’ve never played Pokémon, Red or Blue. My first was actually Pokémon Yellow, playing on the Game Boy Color that my sisters and I somehow shared (the logistics...