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After 40 years, Paul McCartney is back with his third installment of homemade solo albums: ‘“McCartney III,” released just before Christmas. McCartney’s first self-titled album in 1970 was a raw and experimental DIY project recorded in response to the Beatles’ unraveling, with the second alb…

If you are on the lookout for a cheesy romance novel-esque series to watch, “Bridgerton” might be just what you need. Brought to Netflix on Dec. 25, this show is based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn which each follow a member of the Bridgerton family as they grow into adulthood and sea…

“Soul” is a truly inspired film. It blends a fantastic score, an interesting premise, unique art and great voice performances by Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey to create one a to create one of the best Disney/Pixar movies in years. The film is a heartfelt, moving adventure that poses interesting qu…

Students all over have returned back to their hometowns to celebrate the holidays with their families, enjoying the many traditions that come with the season and some very deserved time off. As for traditions, my family doesn’t do gingerbread house contests, themed Christmas trees or run Dec…

With outstanding performances from newcomer Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson, the latest season of “The Crown” provides behind-the-scenes insight into Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s relationship, political turmoil under Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom and the pulling tendency to uph…

Broaching the subject of a presidential memoir is a difficult one, now more than ever. One struggles to find the words needed to ease into it; after all, what more needs to be said about the 44th president? The Obama administration lasted eight years, was a success in some regards, a failure…

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The holiday season will surely look a lot different this year, with many sinking into the newest holiday TV releases to return to a small sense of normalcy. “Dash and Lily,” Netflix’s new eight-episode series based off the book Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, written by David Levithan and Rac…

At this point in time, what more needs to be said about Elvis Costello? As one of the leading voices in alternative music from his beginnings in the late ‘70s, he rose to prominence on the strength of three home-run albums in a row with “My Aim is True,” “This Year’s Model” and “Armed Forces…

Contrary to what you may think, the title, “Remote,” is not a nod to the fact that the three band members of Wallows never came in contact with each other during the entirety of recording their new EP. According to an interview in DIY Mag, band member Dylan Minnette claims the concept was to…

If you only know The Roots as the house band of Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” then you know the fun-loving band that provides the necessary soundtrack and sound effects of Fallon’s various show segments, many of which revolve around musical impressions of some kind with his guests. The Root…

Well, this is an unusual comeback. Normally, if an artist hasn’t released new music in several decades, their triumphant return is a blockbuster event, worthy of trumpets and parades. But in the case of Patty Smyth (not to be confused with Patti Smith), “It’s About Time,” only her third albu…

With a name like The Flaming Lips, it’s hard to imagine this band spitting anything other than absolute fire. And with that obvious joke out of the way, we may begin. The Flaming Lips has, amazingly, been around since the mid-1980s, however its stardom only rose in the early 2000s thanks to …

Regal New River Valley in Christiansburg reopened its doors to the public in August with new health and safety measures in place. Virginia is currently in the third phase of reopening where movie theaters can reopen at 50% capacity. Regal New River Valley has been closed since March of this …

There is a perception that indie bands tend to be flash-in-the-pan affairs, small time projects abandoned once the cost of going on outweighs the benefits of going on, or rather they outweigh the benefits in a way that is completely impossible to ignore. To an extent, this is true. Playing i…

The sun is hot, the campuses are filled with moving vans and U-Hauls, and of all things, earthquakes rattle southwest Virginia. Summer is coming to an end, and with only a few weeks left of summer vacation before Virginia Tech students return for a semester unlike any other, there’s still en…

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Less than half a decade ago, if you were confused as to which of the Green brothers was which, you could just ask, “who’s the one who writes books?” and then the answer would be obvious: John, author of such young adult classics as “Looking for Alaska,” “Paper Towns” and of course, the mega …

It is tempting to say that Willie Nelson is the greatest country musician of all time, full stop. Few other figures have been able to maintain a similar profile, both musically and culturally, but none have been able to replicate his laid-back attitude and none have been able to convince us …