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Your Attention, Please

A Perfect Circle wants you to put your smartphone down for 90 minutes
Progressive rock supergroup A Perfect Circle has been making headlines for kicking out dozens of fans who've captured their live performances with smartphones, but it's not like fans who get booted can say they were surprised. On the band's current tour, there are signs on the back of each seat warning that taking videos or pictures will, in all caps, "RESULT IN EJECTION."



Live After Death

Trans-Siberian Orchestra takes its epic Christmas show on the road again after its founder's passing
Back in the late '80s, my friends and I would gather and watch Headbangers Ball, the MTV show dedicated to all things hard rock and heavy metal. Some of the music we genuinely loved, some was laughable, and some of it was utterly confounding.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Grateful Dead

Pixar's latest, Coco, is an earnest animated fable about music, family and Mexican culture
There are plenty of cartoons about holidays like Christmas and Halloween, but the genius-nerds at Pixar saw an unfilled need and came up with Coco, the first major animated film about Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, observed in Mexico and by Mexicans everywhere. Making a film to appeal to an untapped market is good business sense, but Coco also has that trademark Pixar sincerity, the sense that the storytellers really wanted to do justice to the subject and not just pander to an audience.


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.


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.



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?


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.



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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