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The trials of Freddie Gibbs

The trials of Freddie Gibbs

| Monday, April 10, 2017

Fredrick Tipton, aka Freddie Gibbs, a gangster-rapper from Gary, Indiana is the closest thing South Bend has to a local rap star. Gibbs slowly rose to prominence through his prolific mixtape releases in the late 2000s and cemented his status as a top-tier rapper after his collaboration with Madlib on read more

Steve Lacy’s teenage dream comes alive

Steve Lacy’s teenage dream comes alive

| Friday, April 7, 2017

At an age when most Americans are working on college applications, Steve Lacy already has a Grammy nomination. The 18-year-old joined up with Californian R&B outfit The Internet as a guitarist and producer, earning widespread accolades for 2015’s “Ego Death.” Like a neo-soul Wu-Tang Clan, each member of the read more

Diet Cig’s terrific trampoline tunes

Diet Cig’s terrific trampoline tunes

| Friday, April 7, 2017

This morning I snoozed for 49 minutes. Pop-punk duo Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano (vocals and guitar) gets that feeling — and pretty much everything else millennials “meme” about — on the band’s debut album “Swear I’m Good At This,” released April 7th. “I wanna be the best one at read more

“Rick and Morty”: Welcome to the darkest year

“Rick and Morty”: Welcome to the darkest year

| Thursday, April 6, 2017

Unpredictability and chaos have always been critical components of “Rick and Morty.” From the myriad instances of fourth wall breaking, the occasional completely (and noticeably) ad-libbed scenes to the complex inter-dimensional hijinks, the show has never been easy to predict. I suppose, then, I should not have been surprised read more

Give high school dramas another chance

Give high school dramas another chance

| Thursday, April 6, 2017

High school sucks, and everyone knows it. Countless books have been written on it and movies and TV shows made about it. Popular culture’s hate affair with grades nine through 12 is so inundating that freshman already know about the swirlies, the mean teachers, the drama, the cliques and read more

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The M Machine flounders on new record

The M Machine flounders on new record

| Thursday, April 6, 2017

I left my last hope for electronic dance music in the hands of The M Machine. See, while I watched other artists crumble under the pressure of capitalistic interests to assimilate to the same tired song-writing molds, The M Machine soared eminently as the genre’s secret weapon. Could they read more

Feminism is for kids

Feminism is for kids

| Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At least that’s what the Academy would have you believe. The Best Animated Feature Film winner “Zootopia” told the story of a female police officer overcoming discrimination. Its lead was female and uplifting, even if she was also a bunny. But in the most esteemed categories, that was not read more