Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 2:53pm
Denzel Curry

Rap’s current state of affairs is puzzling, to say the least. Juggernauts like Drake, A$AP Rocky and J. Cole have put out some of the most stagnant music of their careers and have plateaued artistically. Pusha T appears to be the last of rap’s old guard who can drop a quality album. Female rappers like Cardi B and CupcakKe are blazing a much-needed trail critically and commercially.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 5:21pm
‘Hive Mind’

The Internet is the hardest band to be a fan of for one simple reason. Not because their music is problematic, not because they make questionable career choices, but because of two simple words: their name. What’s in a name? A lot of social faux pas apparently. On more than one occasion I have mindlessly asked a friend “Have you ever heard of The Internet?” to recieve the blankest of stares.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:21pm
Brendan Urie

I would like to preface this review by stating I am the person at Daily Arts least expected to write it. I am by no means a Panic! fan; it wasn’t until recently that I finally put together that the “closing the goddamn door” song was their “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” For the longest while, the band was nothing more than word association for me: If someone said “Panic! At The Disco,” I thought “Brendon Urie.” Besides his name and his Broadway stint performing in “Kinky Boots,” I knew nothing about the man.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 5:59pm
The Carters in the Louvre

Ever since “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde,” Jay-Z and Beyoncé have wanted you to know two things about their relationship: they’re in love and they’re rich. For years that’s the most they’ve cared to divulge. They kept their 2008 wedding as hush-hush as possible and would almost never be caught publicly without sunglasses — Jay often opted to cover his eyes while they sat courtside at indoor NBA games. They popped up here and there as if to bless us with their public presence, but that exterior appearance was all us normal people got to witness.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:11pm
This is America

For a title as open-ended as “This is America,” one would assume Childish Gambino’s latest single would poignantly capture the racial tensions of the nation, using the Black experience as a vessel for artistic expression. For a listener completely unaware of the clandestinely corny wunderkind that is Donald Glover, they would perceive him to be a yet another (admittedly more melodic) tough-guy rapper singing self praises while lyrically waving the barrel of an AK in their faces.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:05pm

Straight from the title, “Lion Cross Point” places high literary stock in animals. Birds, mammals and sea creatures populate its pages, enclosed by prose in this paper zoo. Monkeys stumble around backyards and graveyards, dolphins escape to the open ocean and an octopus is colorfully gutted and boiled. In up-and-coming Japanese author Masatsugu Ono’s latest, the featured animals are more prevalent and intricate than most human characters.

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:06pm

Despite being employed by a newspaper for which I write about “the arts” on a regular basis, my artistic tastes are quite underdeveloped. Sure, I know my way around a museum and I’m well versed in hip hop — my rolodex of knowledge covers Frank Ocean and Frank Lloyd Wright to Frida Kahlo and Skee-Lo (for whom I will eternally sing the praises of his vastly underappreciated 1995 debut I Wish). Once I spin through the A-Zs of music and visual arts, there are very few index cards remaining for other forms of media.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:07pm
M Den

The M Den is an inadvertent representation of the American Dream, like if Jackson Pollock tackled the subject using only maize and blue paint. Anyone who’s had the slightest ounce of connection to the University is welcome to freely shop here (even for dogs).

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:06pm
Arcade Barber

I am surprised I have made it this far in life with the laughable lack of common sense and street smarts I display at times. (It recently came to me the other day that deodorant is aptly named because it gets rid of odor and is not some jumble of letters someone randomly put together). Haircuts are quite nerve-wracking experiences for this reason, and the first time I sought the services of Arcade Barbers, I messed up.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:04pm
Jerusalem Garden

No matter the weather, the shine of the sky or any other environmental variable, there is one constant in my Ann Arbor life. Whenever I saunter towards Jerusalem Garden and gaze upon the symmetrical stained glass “JG” sign, I can’t help but think they look like giraffes from afar. I am apparently the only one who holds this opinion, as my friends poke fun at my pareidolia everytime we descend upon 314 E. Liberty St.