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It’s Lit!: Literature in Times of Turmoil

Welcome to Artsweek’s literature crossing!
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The Friday Review: After Laughter by Paramore

After Laughter paints Paramore as a magnetic band that creates charismatic pop anthems while still preserving and maturing their emo-inclined expression.
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Tracks of the Month: June 2017

With the release of “Big Fish,” Vince Staples is leading up to his forthcoming album, Big Fish Theory.
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Actress of ‘Tangerine’ Brings New Perspective to Trans Media

So, should “Tangerine” be only recognized for shooting on an iPhone 5S? Hell no.
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‘Dead Men’ Could Have Told A Better Tale Than This

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” thinks you are very, very stupid. It believes you are not capable of deducing why characters might want to accomplish their goals.
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‘Master of None’ Makes a Triumphant Return

To my own and others’ rejoice, Ansari reprised his role as Dev in Season 2 of “Master of None.” The long-awaited second season once again wowed viewers with new expositions, social commentary, a...
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ScHoolboy Q Says UCSB ‘Not the Worst’ UC Show at Extravaganza 2017

TDE rapper ScHoolboy Q made an appearance headlining UCSB’s annual Extravaganza late Sunday afternoon. Though highly anticipated, the artist’s set provoked polarizing responses from attendees.
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Extravaganza ’17 Rocks the Masses

Despite insistent cries from the audience, Schoolboy left the Extravaganza stage as he had found it, with no want for enthusiasm. The mass of concertgoers slid to the exits with the Santa Barbara suns...
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The Role of Art in Restoring a Community

Singer and alumnus Jack Johnson got his start by playing shows in Isla Vista backyards. So, post-May 23, he decided to give a visit to his old stomping grounds and make sure UCSB and Isla Vista were n...
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Songs to Carry You Through Hard Times

The Middle East’s Lush acoustic song starts us off on a high note, building to a higher crescendo and putting you in the mood to sit back and listen to some tunes.
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The Friday Review: This Old Dog by Mac Demarco

Mac’s attitude toward love has evolved as well. Rather than his past approach of charming the listener into a false fantasy of love, here he has been through enough of it to have a better understand...
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Extravaganza ’17 Coming to Harder Stadium Sunday

UCSB’s A.S. Program Board will hold its 38th annual Extravaganza festival this Sunday at Harder Stadium all day, from 1-7 p.m., with headliners Schoolboy Q, Tinashe and GRiZ.
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Beloved Cartoon ‘Samurai Jack’ Comes and Goes

The show made its long-awaited return in March. But the show’s return is also indicative of a current trend in the television landscape: the appeal to nostalgia.
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Syrian DJ Omar Souleyman Brings Beats to UCSB

The Middle East Ensemble typically highlights many regional music styles, but, in honor of Souleyman, they focused a bit more on the musical selections of Syria.
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The Friday Review: Humanz by Gorillaz

Fans expect a Gorillaz album to play into the idea of the virtual band, and this album did not have that level of immersion that previous projects did.
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