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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Her’

Film: Her Starring: Joaquin Phoenix Directed By: Spike Jonze I’ve lost count of how many nights I have stayed awake thinking of the future and the possibilities it might present. Will we have flying cars? Will we defeat the generally accepted idea of death by somehow reaching the singularity? Will we still relate to one […]

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Tyler Hanan’s ‘Best Of 2013’ In Music

Personal year end lists are a beautiful thing, regardless of feelings towards the “best of” list’s annual, suffocating December deluge. Amalgamated and popular vote-based lists may filter out any releases that are remotely different, unknown, or unhip, but personal lists from trusted sources are a treasure trove of goodness, a ready-made shopping cart that can […]

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Kyle Florence’s ‘Best Of 2013’ In Music

When I first sat down earlier in the week and began compiling my favorite albums of 2013, I had grand aspirations. I intended to compose a poignant piece of literature; a perfectly concise, beautifully cultured work of art. Yes, through the power of the written word, I would illustrate the life-altering potential of each of […]

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Nina Corcoran’s ‘Best of 2013’ in Music

Last year was the first time I actually decided to make a list of my top albums, EPs, music videos, concerts, and so on. The process was oddly stressful, but rewarding. As expected, this year was equally difficult, but for a different reason: big names weren’t dropping their records in the last three months as […]

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Rebecca Docter’s ‘Best of 2013’ In Music

2013 delivered a sea of great albums, but five stood out above the rest. Check out what albums made my cut! 5. Moving Mountains – Moving Mountains Very seldom do I find an album that I can listen to all the way through without skipping or shuffling tracks, so when I listed to Moving Mountains’ self-titled, […]

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UTG LIST: The Essential Ballads Of 2013

There has been a lot of space dedicated to songs that made you feel good this year, but before we get to the final days of holiday joy we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the sad tracks that chipped the ice from our cold hearts throughout 2013. Whether you’re fifteen or forty-five, […]

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Tarynn Law’s ‘Best of 2013’ In Music

To say that 2013 has been one hell of a year for music would be, well, the understatement of the year. The music community has been #blessed with some awesome new bands that weren’t around (or hadn’t released anything) prior to 2013 and are now making massive waves, some of which are in my top […]

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John Bazley’s ‘Best of 2013′ In Music

Looking over the list I’ve penned as my personal ‘Best of 2013 in Music,’ I can’t help but smile. I remember sitting in class around this time last year, scratching down a list on loose leaf of my ‘Most Anticipated of 2013;’ to see how few of those records made my end of the year […]

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Kriston McConnell’s ‘Best Of 2013’ In Music

When you’re listening to an album in February you may say to yourself, “THIS is my favorite album this year, definitely.” After that June comes around and you say, “No, THIS is my favorite album, hands down.” November rolls on by and you say, “Fuck all of those other albums, this is THE album of […]

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Kevin Blumeyer’s ‘Best of 2013’ in Music

More than anything, a person’s top 10 list is a snapshot of a year in their life.  For whatever reason, I felt particularly nostalgic this year. I grew fearful of growing old and watching the world around me continue to move while I remained static. I began to wonder what it truly meant to transition […]

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Troy Sennett’s ‘Best of 2013’ In Music

Let’s talk about moments. Around 5:00 PM on June 8, 2013, I watched Spitalfield play “Stolen From Some Great Writer” to an empty theater. This was a band I never thought I would have the chance to see live soundchecking for a ten-year anniversary performance of Remember Right Now, a record that had a huge […]

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Brian Lion’s ‘Best Of 2013’ In Music

“I fled the country. I thought I’d leave this behind, but I built the same damn house on every acre I could find. And I tried to fake my own death, just to shake the devils from my mind.” For myself, 2013, more than any other year that’s come to pass, was painstakingly challenging when […]