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Best Coast “Fade Away” Review

Los Angeles-based indie rock duo Best Coast is back again with “Fade Away,” the follow-up mini-album to their sophomore record, “The Only Place” (2012). Heavily influenced by Fleetwood Mac’s sentimental tracks about love, “The...

A Conversation with Alfa

Last week’s Nooner was my first time listening to Alfa Garcia, and I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been the unwilling spectator at bizarre and ambitious indie shows where the discomfort is almost...

Young the Giant “Mind Over Matter” Review

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Young the Giant’s lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia sums up the difficulty of finding their voice in their second album “Mind Over Matter.” The different mixes of music...

“Community: Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality” Review

Now that the Olympics are over, “Community” is back, but I’m not sure this was the best episode to come back with. It’s good that the show is trying to work in its new characters...

“Community: GI Jeff” Review

Going into “G.I. Jeff” this week, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Pictures had been circling the Internet of the characters in their G.I. Joe forms, but that didn’t mean much to me....

“Bearing Our Soles” bears one woman’s truth, life and success

As a writer, I know that every story stems from some sort of life experience. Whether it is a memoir or fiction, there is always a personal influence, no matter how minuscule it is....

There are few faults in “The Fault in Our Stars”

When I walked out of “The Fault in our Stars,” my thoughts were stars I couldn’t fathom into constellations. Just kidding. I was bawling too hard to make smarmy allusions to the best-selling novel...

Swift Musings: And justice for all

“ … But the ramifications of Atticus Finch’s speech are, unfortunately, lost upon his courtroom audience for the remainder of the novel. The issue of defining equality and justice — ” Heavy footsteps to my...

“Beyond the Lights” shines

Social commentary done right: That is what “Beyond the Lights” manages to achieve in its almost two-hour running time. With precise focus it tackles tantalizing issues such as media scrutiny, family pressure and concerns...

Aside from the pecs of a god, Thor can’t redeem “Blackhat”

Director Michael Mann’s latest movie has come out, with promises that the former hand behind “Heat” would be able to spice up Hollywood with a new crime thriller (I tried very hard to avoid...