The Medium and the Message

The Medium and the Message

Gonzaga rap fans create a new club to express themselves and explore all aspects of hip-hop culture
Chances are Reece Stone's finance professors have no idea about the diminutive 20-year-old redhead's other life, one born a couple of years ago when a fellow student in his Gonzaga dorm introduced him to an addictive new habit.

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Honing Psychedelia

Charcoal Squids frontman talks chops and his ever-evolving musical journey
Joshua Bacha was never a slouch on guitar, but he didn't truly devote himself to the instrument — or music in general — until about three years ago. He's since made up for lost time by completely absorbing himself in practicing and performing; by no coincidence, his skills have improved by leaps and bounds.

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Backstage for Brooks

Garth Brooks sold out seven shows at the Arena; here's what it's like behind the scenes
Maybe you've heard: Garth Brooks is in town, and he's playing a whopping seven shows between now and Tuesday. It sounds crazy, but it's common practice for the country music megastar.

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Room to Breathe

Classically trained and eclectically minded, Katie Kuffel finds truth in musical simplicity
Katie Kuffel says everything she's ever listened to has probably seeped into her subconscious and somehow influenced her music. The Seattle-based songstress blurs lines between jazz, folk and blues, and her classical training and affinity for Romantic-period compositions comes through in dramatic flourishes.

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A New Way of Feeling

Tamara Lindeman of the Weather Station pushes the boundaries of folk music
"I'll tell ya what freedom is to me," says the iconoclastic chanteuse Nina Simone in a 1968 New York public television interview. "No fear.

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World on a String

With his unique playing style, Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith looks to expand the instrument's classical repertoire
Every instrument comes with its built-in limitations, but Scottish-born guitarist Paul Galbraith has found adroit ways of working around them. He has an admittedly unusual way of playing the guitar: He tips the neck upward, like it's a cello, which allows for a freedom of movement in both arms that traditional playing methods typically restrict.

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Duality of Men

On their new albums, Deer Tick shows that going quiet doesn't mean going soft
Deer Tick has always been a tricky band to pin down, genre-wise. The Rhode Island-bred quartet started off rooted in folk and country-blues, but lead singer John McCauley never had any twang to his cigarette-and-whiskeyed rasp.

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It's All Cyclical

Silversun Pickups keep rockin' steady as the genre's popularity rises and falls
It's a popular narrative that "rock is dead," or at least, guitar-based music isn't as relevant as it was even just 10 years ago. Joe Lester says that's true to some extent: Now, electronic dance music producers have greater influence on the Top 40 than guitar-pickers.

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Sink, Florida, Sink

The Florida Project finds the winsome bliss of childhood in the underbelly of America
Disney World is billed as "the most magical place on Earth." Orlando, Florida, is not.

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Learning a Lesson

Wonder is sweet and well-meaning, but hardly subtle in its messaging
"Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle." This is one of the monthly "precepts" that Auggie Pullman's fifth-grade homeroom teacher shares with his students, and just to be sure that no one has missed the fact that Wonder has not-very-subtly underlined this moral over and over again, Auggie will repeat it out loud for the audience at the film's end.

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Derailed

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express becomes a dated big-screen whodunit
Here's the biggest mystery of director and star Kenneth Branagh's opulent period mounting of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel: Why? Who was clamoring for yet another retelling of a story that has been told onscreen — both the big and small screens — several times already, and as recently as 2010 in the beloved television series starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot?

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Clinical Psychology

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is another unsettling provocation from the director of The Lobster
If you've seen Yorgos Lanthimos' other films, like Dogtooth or The Lobster, you enter The Killing of a Sacred Deer braced for uncomfortable hilarity with touches of deadpan violence. In that respect, Lanthimos does not disappoint.

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Thunderstruck

Thor: Ragnarok embraces its comedic side to enhance the comic-book fun
There are a lot of ways to start a standard superhero movie: epic action sequence, character introduction, mysterious foreshadowing. Thor: Ragnarok opens with a caged Thor delivering a meta-comedy monologue to a skeleton.

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Intolerable Cruelty

Suburbicon is the product of two disparate screenplays being grafted together, and it shows
George Clooney, like most powerful, creative types, needs to be told "no" more often. He and regular writing/producing partner Grant Heslov were developing a story about a black family moving into an all-white suburb in the 1950s when Clooney remembered an unproduced script by Joel and Ethan Coen about ordinary idiots pursuing a criminal endeavor and getting in over their heads (a common Coen theme).

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