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Dej Jam Recordings

Nevertheless, beyond the individual nuances of this album, Big Fish Theory marks a larger moment in this decade of hip hop.

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Netflix

Luckily, “Glow”’s authentic portrayal of the ‘80s evokes the decade’s social and aesthetic atmosphere well enough that it’s neither too simplistic nor over-the-top.

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In just under 20 songs, Chon proved that lyrics are far from necessary to bring out the characteristic emotion and energy in a live rock show to phenomenal results.

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She admits that writing “Hunger,” revealing her vulnerabilities, made the process much more difficult than her previous work.

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Nonesuch Records

If "Crack-Up" is any indication of what’s to come, we should take as much as we can get.

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Roadside Attractions

Arteta’s film is a cathartic lampooning of the evidently dominant political ideology in America today, but the film doesn’t reach the heights of the best social satires.

Tóibín’s newest book, “The House of Names,” is an abrupt shift in tone and time; he has jumped from the contemporary to the ancient, from recent history to myth itself.

If there’s something you’d like to try, give it a shot and don’t look back; that’s what this city is all about.

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Top Dawg Entertainment

SZA’s sophomore album Ctrl shows off her range as an artist and perhaps even surpasses the existing expectations the hip-hop/R&B community had for the album.

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Atlantic Records

Commanding the stage at El Club, Lizzo popped, sang and played with the crowd along with two velvet-clad dancers and DJ Sophia Eris.

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Focus Features

By telling the story from the women’s perspective instead of Corporal McBurney’s (as did the 1971 version), Coppola pivots the implications of a source material which can be construed as misogynistic and demeaning towards women.

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300

Ironically, "Beautiful Thugger Girls" shines most when Thug doesn’t even seem to know how much of a natural popstar he’s always been.

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The magic of Lorde, Melodrama and the show rests with feeling: the tingling rush of new love, the dull, prolonged sting of loneliness, the fear that “someday” might actually be today and the restlessness in trying to make sense of them all.

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Republic Records

Her work has an element of artistry that eschews the mainstream idea of pop stardom.

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Walt Disney Pictures

It’s not even clear what the lesson kids are supposed to learn is. Do your best? Even if this wasn’t Pixar, possibly the best storytellers not just in animation but in cinema itself, that’s boilerplate and boring.

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Columbia Pictures

Below average movies like “Office Christmas Party” and “The Hangover” sequels have dampened expectations for the sub-genre, but the recently released film “Rough Night” may have given the genre a small lifeline.

Told from alternating third person perspectives, the novel follows four women who are all juggling business, family, love, sex, pregnancy and existential crises — though not necessarily in that order.

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Though the space on the stage was a little small for Melo’s over-the-top antics — think twirling, shouting, jumping — the band delivered a set that was perfectly energetic, true to the goal that their studio work seems to lay out.

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Glassnote Records

And unlike The Strokes, whose first album’s perfection would doom the rest of their discography, Phoenix have grown and changed throughout their career. But I’ll always be longing for another masterpiece, and I don’t think that’s an unfair standard to hold them to.

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HBO

“The Leftovers” isn’t great because you can point to your favorite parts of the sow; it’s superb because what remains, what you’re left with when each episode ends, is an intoxicating cocktail of all the emotions you never knew you had.