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Afraid on purpose: Why we love horror movies

Afraid on purpose: Why we love horror movies

Nicholas Hull, Entertainment Editor
November 4
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

Horror is a lot like comedy, every scare a punchline. It is an art of composing those moments that we don't see coming. But how do they keep coming up with those moments — how have we not seen it all before?

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Country music changes for the times (and for the worse)

Country music changes for the times (and for the worse)

Afton Andreadis, Contributor
October 16
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Though friends often make fun of me for it, I am proud to say that I am an avid country music fan. No, I did not grow up in a small, rural town in the South, nor have my exes ever left me for my sister (at least not yet). I have, however, always been drawn to the simple melodies and storytelling lyrics the genre is known for.

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“Scream Queens” is killing us all

“Scream Queens” is killing us all

Ruthann Barry, Writer
October 13
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

Have you predicted a day in which Ryan Murphy's hit television series "Glee" and "American Horror Story" become one? A day in which the bloodthirsty hierarchy of the high school caste system collides with literal, blood-shedding backstabbing?

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Ryan Adams reintroduces Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Ryan Adams reintroduces Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Jenna Careri, Contributor
October 7
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Ryan Adams combined Springsteen's Americana style, his own rock and alternative-country flair, and Taylor Swift's knockout "1989" album to create a poignant cover album, released on Sept. 25, that exposes the finer points of lyrics glossed over by Swift's pop genre.

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A first impression of “What a Time to be Alive”

A first impression of “What a Time to be Alive”

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
October 2
Filed under Entertainment, Music

When it comes to success and mass appeal, no artist in the past five years has done a better job than Jimmy from "Degrassi," aka Drizzy Drake.

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A Senior Farewell: Alex Lindsay on covering the metal band scene

A Senior Farewell: Alex Lindsay on covering the metal band scene

Alex Lindsay, Writer
May 5
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"... This is a thank you to every local band that gave this amateur journalist a chance to tell their story."

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Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ is explosive, yet unimaginative

Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ is explosive, yet unimaginative

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
April 29
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Yet, today, Tyler reenters the rap world with a brand new album after being relatively quiet for the past two years. “Cherry Bomb,” is a 13 track, dark and demonic fest full of repulsive lyrics typical of Tyler, and some clever bars mixed in as well.

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Marvel’s Daredevil: A darker toned adaptation that delivers

Marvel’s Daredevil: A darker toned adaptation that delivers

Jesse Hernandez, Writer
April 28
Filed under Entertainment

"Having Fisk as the primary antagonist serves as the perfect counterpart to Daredevil; Fisk is a man who is bad, but feels he is doing the right thing, while Murdoch is a man who is good, but worries if he’s in the wrong."

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Critics ask ‘why Trevor Noah?’ for “The Daily Show”

Critics ask ‘why Trevor Noah?’ for “The Daily Show”

Sarah Robertson, Writer
April 27
Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

"Seymour argues that while Noah will bring a refreshing perspective to American politics, Comedy Central missed an opportunity by not putting the first ever woman at the helm of a major late night broadcast."

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Top Five TV shows with the best social media experience

Top Five TV shows with the best social media experience

Stephanie Ramirez, Audience Engagement Editor
April 21
Filed under Entertainment, Top Five

The shows whose social media experience is almost as good as the show itself.

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Dynamics stay true to their name

Dynamics stay true to their name

Emily Johnson, Contributor
April 17
Filed under Entertainment, Music

nside, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Dynamics rehearse for their on-campus concert and alumni reunion on April 18 in room 227 of Herter Hall at six p.m. It will be a celebration of the Acappella group's 10th anniversary and new, fifth studio album: CCXVII.

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Game of Thrones confronts gender inequality with strong female characters

Game of Thrones confronts gender inequality with strong female characters

Nicholas Hull, Entertainment Editor
April 10
Filed under Entertainment

"Female roles in these works are historically minimized. Princesses exist as treasures for heroic men, to have sex with and ignore. Men perform actions, men achieve greatness; the roles of women are almost entirely supplementary."

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