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Music: Frights

For New Englanders still recovering from the sub-zero temperatures and blue moods of Valentine’s Day weekend, The Frights’ You Are Going to Hate This is the perfect remedy: a...

Music: The Life of Pablo

I, a long-time Kanye West fan—a man who once owned and wore “Shutter Shades” in a non-Bar/Bat Mitzvah context, a person who counts Late Registration’s “Heard ‘Em Say” among...

Movie: Deadpool

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I went to see Deadpool in theatres last week.  I hadn’t even seen the trailer.  I just knew...

Movie: Hail Caesar

The Coen Brothers are back, and the latest installment in their impressive oeuvre has been given the rather misleading title Hail, Caesar! Yes, the exclamation mark is part of...

Music: Grimes

We live in an age of manufactured pop stars. Expert producers, engineers, and mixers work together to create shimmering and admittedly infectious anthems. Yet an artist’s vision is often...

True crime, doing time

Making a Murderer is more frightening and devastating than most true crime series. The show is no fun. Still, the brilliant 10-part Netflix show beats a steady drum of...

TV: Mad Men

Good news for TV junkies and fans of the pornstache: Mad Men is back for the second half of its final season, and it’s full-speed ahead into the 1970s....

Chillwave Memories

Nostalgia works in strange ways. Sometimes vivid memories come flooding back serendipitously, while other fuzzier recollections linger. It can be an intensely personal journey or a public declaration of...

Music: Marina and The Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds achieved public acclaim in 2012 with her second record, Electra Heart. The album featured a long list of production credits, which included Diplo and Dr....

Beautiful Mourning

The first time I heard Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie and Lowell, was on one of the first mornings of spring break. In retrospect, I was in completely the wrong...

Music: Purity Ring

Compared to their 2012 release Shrines, Purity Ring’s Another Eternity sounds cleaner and less claustrophobic but isn’t bland. While Another Eternity has a generally lighter sound, Purity Ring has...

Music: Mister Wives

It’s early to say, but if any album in 2015 will make you move, it’s probably Our Own House by MisterWives. This rookie band has stomped on the scene...

Music: Ghostface Killah

The Ghostface Killah has one of the strongest discographies in hip-hop, and with Sour Soul, it continues to develop. Given his recent analog instrumentals kick, an LP with Toronto...

Film: Kingsman

Kingsman, directed by Matthew Vaughn, offers the perfect antidote to the February gray. In essence a spy-spoof, the movie combines the violence of Kill Bill and the goofiness of...

Music: Father John Misty

Father John Misty’s most recent LP release I Love You Honey­bear somehow pulls off everything that usually peeves me in con­temporary folk-rock albums. It’s nothing short of miraculous. The...

Drake: our hip-hop Hamlet

It’s no secret that Drake is a multitalented musi­cian. Since before “Take Care,” we’ve known that he’s capable of caustic bars, angelic frequencies and artful, unexpected turns as a...

Best Actress: Rosamund Pike

The AMPAS will probably go with Reese Witherspoon for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Mostly because of her jawline. But listen up, we think it should go to...