Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:22pm
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I love artists who push the boundaries of music, who convince us to look beyond the boundaries that we create for ourselves and to create something new. However, there is also something to be said for consistency and the foundation it provides. Dream-pop duo Beach House is the best at this. For nearly a decade, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have released creatively solid albums, proving that sources of inspiration don’t have to be unsustainable. Their seventh album, aptly titled 7, was released on May 11, 2018 to critical acclaim.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 5:00pm
Streaky Video

“Streaky,” released this past Saturday, is not standard fare from Death Grips. It still has all their tells — blipping synths, MC Ride’s inexhaustible, commanding voice at every volume, anxiety and a sense of foreboding but not since “Hacker,” from their 2012 release The Money Store has Death Grips sounded so pop friendly. There’s a clear progression from chorus to verse and back to chorus again, which seems to be an intentional choice rather than falling back on simpler compositions. In addition, all leitmotifs are introduced within the first minute of the track.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 5:06pm
New York City Subway

A week ago, The Daily spoke with alum Ryan McDonough, whose debut film “Groove” tells the story of Melanie, a street performer in New York as she prepares for a music competition. The film has an aura of reverence for New York City and features music written exclusively for the film and recorded live in the New York subway. McDonough graduated from the University in 2016 and went to work immediately on the film with fellow classmates. “Groove” is currently available on Amazon, Itunes, Xbox, Hulu, Google Play and Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:11pm
Charley and Lean on Pete

What’s better than a story about a man and his dog? A story about a man and his horse. Er, a boy and his horse, in the case of “Lean on Pete,” the most recent film from the burgeoning powerhouse that is A24 and director Andrew Haigh. Adopted from the novel of the same name, written by Willy Vlautin, “Lean on Pete” tells the story of working-class, 15-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer, “Boardwalk Empire”) who has just moved to Portland, Oregon with his single father and is looking for work.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:38pm
Ragstock

So it’s the day before Saint Patrick’s Day, and your get-up for tomorrow is looking absolutely pathetic. You’ve gone through your closet and picked out the little green you have — and boy, it was slim pickings. You’re starting to panic. Everyone else in your hall has planned ahead, having ordered beads, hats and headbands from Amazon days in advance, and now you’re the carless, penniless kid with no look to turn. Thank God for Ragstock.

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 3:07pm
"Those Who Come Will Hear"

Plouffe profiles multiple cultures across the expanse of Quebec, but his search is never shallow.

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 3:05pm
"Buddha.mov"

Does Instagram make you feel good? For most people, the answer is going to be no. Kabir Mehta’s “BUDDHA.mov,” which was screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival last week, shows the life of Buddhadev Mangaldas, who could be one of the so-called “Instagram stars.” Mangaldas is a young cricketer from India, who through the course of the documentary, becomes a luxury real estate agent and what he calls a “Movie Star.” You can even read it in his Instagram bio (@buddha.gram), if you’d like.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:23pm
"Love, Simon"

I can imagine thousands of queer kids getting so much from this film, from seeing a new possibility of being gay in our time.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:08pm
Death Grips in 2012

It’s an easy question for most people: “Where are you from?” They answer with a quick reference to their nearest metropolitan center. New York. Seattle. St. Louis. I have a little more difficulty responding. I was born in New Jersey, spent early elementary in Pennsylvania, started adolescence in Illinois and finished it in Michigan and California.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:30pm
NOSELL

It’s exciting to see Kero Kero Bonito, well known for their stellar saccharine J-pop style, experimenting with sounds that are a little edgier and more intense.