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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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HBO

'True Detective' trades coppy tropes for film noir

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

While crafting the series as an anthology allows the show an opportunity to book big-name talent and start fresh each season, there’s the burden of what came before.

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'Dope': an instant generational classic

Significant Productions

BY LAUREN WOOD

Famuyiwa tells us a story about friendship and growing up and succeeding, organically addressing how race and class might influence any of these pivotal moments and play into the lives of his characters.

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The superficial sexism of 'Astronaut Wives Club'

ABC

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

Despite being based off of a true story — that of the astronauts of the Mercury Project during the Cold War era — almost everything about “Launch” falls flat.

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Introducing Kevin Garrett

Roc Nation

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

In a June 20 phone interview with the Daily, Garrett discussed his performance at Bonnaroo, his background as a musician, developing his stage persona and his experience building a career as a live-focused singer-songwriter in the age of Soundcloud and internet rap.

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Villianless 'Orange is the New Black' fares well

Netflix

BY CHLOE GILKE

Season three marks “Orange is the New Black” ’s riskiest venture yet, but also the one with the most payoff.

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Festival Report: Bonnaroo 2015

Bonnaroo

BY DAILY ARTS WRITERS

Bonnaroo, we love you.

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Capitalism over caution in 'Jurassic's fourth film

Universal Pictures

BY CONRAD FOREMAN

While cheesy lines of dialogue and underdeveloped characters prevent “Jurassic World” from being more than just an action movie, it’s a damn decent action movie.

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Music Video Review: Now we've got sad blood with 'Bitch, I'm Madonna'

Madonna

BY CAROLINE FILIPS

In short, she’s forgettable and she’s outshined by the sum of star-studded cameos.

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Accidentals rock the Ark

Courtesy of Myrna Jacobs

BY KIM BATCHELOR

These are the kind of musicians whose songs will be stuck in your head for the next month, whose shows you will frequent avidly for years to come and whose merch you will rep proudly — lest we forget to mention the cat socks.

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'Aloha' is a half-assed mess

20th Century Fox

BY REBECCA LERNER

Next time we graciously receive a warning from the likes of Amy Pascal, we ought to take it more seriously.

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Adam Theisen: Miguel beats the system and still becomes a superstar

BY ADAM THEISEN

With his unexpected fame, Miguel has made a huge statement.

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Pixar

Inside the mind of 'Inside Out'

BY REBECCA LERNER

Unlike other kid’s movies, the viewer has to accept that no one is inherently good or bad; the world is much more complicated than that.

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From colonoscopies to love songs, Jeff Daniels's eclectic concert

BY DANIELLE RAYKHINSHTEYN

His set ranged everywhere from talking about colonoscopies (funny) to making fun of his “Dumb and Dumber” days (really funny) to singing a birthday ode to his wife (sweet) to discussing a song he wrote for a good friend who has since passed (rather depressing).

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Baked, Baked, Baked: Bonnaroo

BY DAILY ARTS WRITERS

I’m tryna watch some shows though, so I can’t be babysitting them all day. Somebody has to be a professional around here, dammit.

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Adam Lambert

Lots of lows on 'The Original High'

BY DANIELLE RAYKHINSHTEYN

Thus, I give you: The Original High tracks (bonus included), represented by their worst lyrics and/or their lyrics that try the hardest to rhyme, because the album is filled to the brim with fifth-grade level poetry.

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Adam Theisen: How to organize a music festival

BY ADAM THEISEN

No matter which type of fan you are, when they’re done correctly — with the right bands, atmosphere, food, etc. — festivals can provide a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience, the kind of thing that will stand out as a life highlight for years to come.

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Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and meh

BY AMELIA ZAK

Emerging from the rough of their foreign island, Of Monsters and Men have created an animalistic album only to be derailed by a couple rather uninteresting attempts.

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Lifetime

'UnREAL' revives reality TV

BY HAILEY MIDDLEBROOK

In “UnREAL,” Lifetime’s newest comedy-drama, what’s behind the camera comes to the forefront — and it’s not all roses and romance.

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Netflix

'Sense8': The Wachowskis' latest puzzling project

BY ALEX INTNER

There’s a really good series somewhere in the muddled mess that is “Sense8.”

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