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RTJ return polished, but mellowed

RTJ return polished, but mellowed

| Friday, January 20, 2017

Sometimes in life, your heroes will disappoint you. Other times, your heroes are Killer Mike and El-P. As Run The Jewels’ impressive singles rolled out during the fall, it became clear their new record was going to adhere to the template laid out by their first two albums: the read more

Ladibree, trill since birth

Ladibree, trill since birth

| Friday, January 20, 2017

Parents send their kids to summer camp in the hopes they will bring back the muddy and joyful memories of sepia-toned polaroids, but Briana Connor returned from summer camp at Staten Island’s South Beach with a new passion for rapping. She first recorded her rhymes onto a cassette tape read more

‘Moonlight’ — a masterpiece

‘Moonlight’ — a masterpiece

| Friday, January 20, 2017

A year ago, an accomplished filmmaker and Facebook friend of mine posted a trailer to a film called “Moonlight.” The trailer’s cinematography evoked Hiro Murai’s intuitive videos for Flying Lotus’ “Never Going To Catch Me” or Kimberly Piece’s iconic and game changing “Boys Don’t Cry.” In my gut, I felt something stir. read more

The power of ‘Silence’

The power of ‘Silence’

| Thursday, January 19, 2017

During Thanksgiving break there was a bit of buzz around the trailer for the new Martin Scorsese movie “Silence.” At first I thought that it would just be the classic case of critics going crazy over any project that Scorsese works on — even if it ends not being read more

Enemies search for closure on ‘Valuables’

Enemies search for closure on ‘Valuables’

| Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Goodbyes are difficult to execute. We want to depart on a pleasant note, but the somber reality of separation looms just beneath the surface. Reconciling hope and sadness in an effective closing statement requires sensitivity and care. When it comes to the endgame, every detail matters. The Irish post-rock read more

A refreshing take on R&B in ‘CHE GOT WINGS’

A refreshing take on R&B in ‘CHE GOT WINGS’

| Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In the past, New Year’s Day and music haven’t mixed. No matter how many Advil or glasses of water I consumed that morning, a pounding bass usually happens to be the last thing I want to hear waking up after New Year’s Eve. Even worse, New Year’s Day officially read more

SceneCast: LastCast

| Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Of 2016, that is. Join Adam Ramos, Erin McAuliffe, Kelly McGarry and Nora McGreevy as we recap our pop culture favorites of the year, including albums, series and wildcards. read more