Arts & Entertainment


Ottobar hosts a trilogy of Baltimore indie bands

February 5, 2018

In an eclectic night of minimalist beats and nostalgic rock, the Ottobar brought together a collection of local Baltimore bands to play a four-part concert on Jan. 18. The event took place in the venue’s downstairs performance space.

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The Ottobar frequently hosts local and touring punk and indie bands.

JPEGMAFIA explodes into the public eye with his label debut

February 5, 2018

Remember when Richard Spencer got punched in the head on TV? That was a great moment in the history of racists getting beaten. Our anonymous black-clad hero played Spencer’s head like it was a game of Bop-It; he snuffed him like a vanilla-scented candle.


Listening to music in the modern age

February 5, 2018

Music suffers some of the harshest disrespect of any of the arts. All too many people who consider themselves music fans (including me) often listen to music in the background while doing something else — grinding through work, driving or any other menial task. It is rare for anyone to sit down, clear their schedule and listen to an album.

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The importance of vinyl is the impulse to sit down and listen to music.

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Actor James Franco directs and stars in The Disaster Artist.

The Disaster Artist captures the story behind "the worst movie of all time"

December 14, 2017

I’m going to start this off by saying that I have never watched The Room and I will never watch The Room. It’s not something that appealed to me in high school, and its prevalence among college students as a “cult classic” has only strengthened my feelings against it. This is the hill I will die on, and nothing will ever change that.


Coco dazzles musically and visually

December 7, 2017

We live in an era were people of color are able to become more and more intertwined with relevant popular culture events. We have Ta-Nehisi Coates writing for the Black Panther comic book, Jordan Peele giving us the racial horror film Get Out and Guillermo Del Toro still serving us some nuanced — but still weird — characters in his productions.


Local rapper and designer has an exciting future

December 7, 2017

Even before I met Alpha Johnson I sort of knew who he was, sort of. I knew Alpha as the rapper Joey Bricks, who I was introduced to when a friend showed me the video for his song “No Love.” The general wavy quality of that song, as well as the fact that I see Alpha almost everyday — on-campus, at work, everywhere — made an interview with him a must.

 COURTESY OF JIMMIE THOMAS FROM CURATORS OF HIP HOP Alpha designs and sells his own clothing under the brand Melted Butter.

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J. Magazine held their fall reading at Bird in Hand Cafe in Charles Village.

J. Magazine hosts fall reading at Bird in Hand

December 7, 2017

J.Magazine, the student-run literary arts magazine, is published biannually and features student prose, poetry and art. On Wednesday Nov. 29, the magazine held a reading of a variety of works that will be published in its Fall 2017 issue. The authors had the chance to showcase their writing at Bird in Hand.


Bmore BeatClub is a gateway into the Baltimore rap scene

December 7, 2017

This past Thursday, I found myself wandering down a rainy, vacant Baltimore street trying to find an event I had long been interested in attending: the Bmore BeatClub, a monthly event which is organized by Brandon Lackey, the owner of Lineup Room Recording Studios.

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BeatClub is a monthly event organized by Lineup Room Recording Studios.

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Hasan Minhaj showcased his comedic skill at MSE’s final event of the year.

Hasan Minhaj uses humor to tackle tough topics

December 7, 2017

Considering that we’re in the middle of gearing up for finals, a.k.a. impending doom, I was surprised at the massive and honestly pretty diverse segment of our student body that was assembled in Turner Auditorium. The crowd waited, anxiously cramming in those last few calc problems.


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Binge-watching Sex and the City in 2017

December 2, 2017

I first tried watching Sex and the City (SATC) a couple of years ago. As a fan of Darren Star’s latest fun, if at times oddly-paced, show Younger, I figured I was likely to enjoy its fashion-forward and more mature cousin even more.


Slowdive and Cherry Glazerr’s show lights up Rams Head Live!

November 30, 2017

On Nov. 17, British shoegaze veterans Slowdive and Los Angeles garage-rock band Cherry Glazerr played at Rams Head Live! as part of Slowdive’s North American tour. The band skipped over Baltimore in their original tour dates for the United States, instead hitting D.C. in May. But, two weeks ago, they managed to make their way here, and the show was great.

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The shoegazing band Slowdive reunited in 2014 after nearly 20 years.

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Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones won Tonys for Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen is an emotional look at adolescence

November 30, 2017

Ever since I first heard the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, I’ve wanted to go see this musical. Even the first few times I listened to it, when I had no idea what the storyline was, the music somehow made me cry.


Escaping into art at London’s Tate Modern Gallery

November 30, 2017

This Thanksgiving break, I had the chance to visit the Tate Modern, one of the most prominent contemporary art museums in London. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, Tate Modern is a massive building that houses many different themed galleries and art installations.

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Barbara Kruger’s piece Who Owns What? is on display in the Tate’s Media Matters exhibit.

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Brooklyn rapper Fabolous teams up with Jadakiss on Friday on Elm Street.

Jadakiss and Fabolous live on as icons

November 30, 2017

The late 1990s and early 2000s were an interesting time for hip-hop. Labels like Bad Boy, G-Unit and Ruff Ryders had essentially come to define the New York sound, which had become far more melodic and polished.


Lady Bird is one of the year’s strongest films

November 30, 2017

In a year where we, as an audience, have been treated to some spectacular directorial debuts in the form of Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out and Tyler Sheridan’s thriller Wind River, it is only suitable that the next big name directorial debut is also an incredible work of art.

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Opening of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast

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Activist Kwame Rose is one of the films principal subjects.

Black activists celebrated in HBO’s documentary "Baltimore Rising"

November 22, 2017

More than two years have passed since his death, but Freddie Gray still lives on in Baltimore. Just last week, one of the officers involved in Gray’s death, Lieutenant Brian Rice, was cleared of administrative charges. Rice, along with three other officers complicit in Gray’s death, beat the case against him, in what many Baltimoreans saw as a gross miscarriage of justice.