Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 4:44pm
NOSELL

If you’ve been to Rick’s, you’ve probably seen Sam June dancing. A second-year master’s student in electrical engineering, June takes the stage for hours every weekend. Unusually, though, he usually dances alone and sober. While many people go to Rick’s for sloppy make-outs and cheap drinks, he goes to find solace in dancing solo. 

It all started on June’s twenty-first birthday. He and three friends went to Rick’s, and even though he’d never really danced before, he found himself enjoying the experience. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 1:31pm
NOSELL

Youth is everywhere in music. Everyone wants it, remembers it, aches to return to it. In music, youth is the time when life is the fullest and the most exciting — late nights, hijinks, drugs, sex, crying and dancing. The days are short; the nights long; the years even longer. In song, youth is the perfect storm of irresponsibility and impressionability. You can do everything and anything, and it all feels important.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:09pm
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“I wrote so I could say I was truly paying attention,” writer and poet Sarah Manguso explained. These verbs should be past tense, but since they’re all present tense, I’ll let you decide if you want to change them all. As long as they’re consistent in her 2015 book “Ongoingness: The End of a Diary.” “Experience in itself wasn’t enough. The diary was my defense against waking up at the end of my life and realizing I’d missed it.”

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:04pm
Chris Pine in “Star Trek: Beyond”

“Star Trek” is inextricable from the way it felt to be fourteen and think the future could contain absolutely anything.

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 4:47pm
Jia Tolentino

That’s what “Trick Mirror” feels like: Relief, because finally someone has taken up the Herculean task of articulating all the complication of being alive right now.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:31pm
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“You can never publish my love,” Rogue Wave chants, in the song that the title of this series riffs on. Maybe that’s true, and we can never quite account for our love on paper or in print, but we sure can try. That’s what this series is devoted to: publishing our love. Us, the Arts section of The Michigan Daily, talking about artists, some of the people we love the most. Perhaps these are futile approximations of love for the poet who told us we deserve to be heard, the director who changed the way we see the world, the singer we see as an old friend.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 5:23pm
Grammy Awards

I don’t like The National any less after seeing them live, but it’s now clear that they should be placed in the category of bands that are much better on Spotify than they are on stage.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:24pm
Rolling Stone

Heidecker, who is best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim and Eric, tends to combine intensity with humor in his political music. On his recent single “To The Men,” however, he veers straight into quiet solemnity.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:01pm
Getty Images

“Autonomy” is focused on delineating the glamour and danger of cars, and it makes a captivating case for the role cars have, will and should play in our daily lives. However, it never stops to ask why we’re committing our innovative energy to rethinking personal vehicles.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6:34pm
4AB

“Remember when you lost your shit and / Drove the car into the garden / You got out and said I’m sorry / To the vines and no one saw it,” The National’s frontman Matt Berninger sings on “I Need My Girl” from Trouble Will Find Me (2013). This is the kind of song The National became famous for: It creates sentiment through pared-down specificity, and then it breaks your heart as you suddenly imagine the garden, the girl apologizing to the vines and the aching desire fed by this memory.