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Rapper Kendrick Lamar’s new album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ beautifully balances being personal and relatable to a mass audience

Rapper Kendrick Lamar’s new album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ beautifully balances being personal and relatable to a mass audience

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter May 18, 2022

Despite being one of the most popular rappers of the time, Kendrick Lamar has not released an album since 2017. However, after listening to his new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, released...

Jack Harlows ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You’ could be album of the summer

Jack Harlow’s ‘Come Home the Kids Miss You’ could be album of the summer

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter May 8, 2022

Jack Harlow’s “First Class” has been an inescapable earworm dominating the charts for a few weeks now. Personally, I’m a big fan of this debut song, although I think it is slowly falling victim...

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ will go down as one of Marvel’s best

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ will go down as one of Marvel’s best

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter May 8, 2022

Marvel fans have been waiting for the release of Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for months, and to say it exceeded expectations would be an understatement. The movie hit theaters on May 6...

‘Heartstopper’ tells heartwarming story of LGBTQ+ love

‘Heartstopper’ tells heartwarming story of LGBTQ+ love

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter May 4, 2022

The romance genre has been diluted for years by stories that lack representation and heart. While there are absolutely pieces of media that depict romance fantastically, including shows like Jane the...

Jan 8, 2017; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Ryan Reynolds arrives for the 74th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

‘The Adam Project’ had a commendable cast at its best, and a subpar storyline at its worst

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter March 28, 2022

Any movie that casts Ryan Reynolds immediately raises the bar — so when The Adam Project was announced starring him, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, and Zoe Saldaña, it shook my world. That excitement,...

Feb 28, 2010; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Avril Lavigne performs during the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics at BC Place.

Avril Lavigne’s ‘Love Sux’ brings early 2000s sound to 2022

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter March 1, 2022

Her newest album makes it clear: Avril Lavigne hasn’t changed much over the past two decades. On Feb. 25, Lavigne released her seventh album, Love Sux. The 37-year-old Canadian artist has returned...

Ed Sheeran performs at a sold-out Miller Park on Oct. 24, 2018.

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s “The Joker and the Queen” is the product of nostalgia

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter February 21, 2022

Taylor Swift’s “Everything Has Changed” featuring Ed Sheeran was on repeat in my house for weeks when it came out as part of her Red album in 2012. When the pair announced “The Joker and the...

Indie pop phenom Mitski makes her first appearance at The Moon in early April.

Mitski’s ‘Laurel Hell’ explores the theme of love in her new style

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter February 15, 2022

When Mitski’s Laurel Hell first came out on Feb. 4, fans had varied reactions. While some were elated to get an album release nearly four years after her last album, Be the Cowboy, came out, others...

Jan 8, 2017; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Lily Collins arrives for the 74th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY NETWORK

Emily in Paris season 2 mirrors the mediocrity of its debut season

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter January 23, 2022

Many avid Netflix users were unhappy with the decision to renew Netflix original Emily in Paris after canceling other shows like Julie and the Phantoms and On My Block. Disappointingly, season two...

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Hancher’s ‘An Officer and A Gentleman’ delivers almost everything you could want in a musical

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter January 20, 2022

Based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, An Officer and a Gentleman is filled with classic 80s hits as it explores a young man’s journey when he enters the U.S. Navy’s Officer Training...

Feb. 19THE LUMINEERS: 7 p.m., Bridgestone Arena, $29-$105

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The Lumineers’ newest album ‘Brightside’ will brighten your week

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter January 17, 2022

The Lumineers, best known for their platinum song "Ho Hey", have a remarkably unique sound. Their haunting lyrics paired with lively instrumentals make their music feel like a campfire song — littered...

The City Circle Theatre Company performed the musical Matilda in a dress rehearsal at the Coralville Center for the Preforming Arts in Coralville, Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.

City Circle’s ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ presented a beautiful set and a believable cast

Olivia Augustine , Arts Reporter December 12, 2021

From an admired children’s book, to a beloved childhood movie, to a show-stopping Broadway production, Matildahas always held a special place in the world of entertainment. This weekend, City Circle...

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