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Albums to anticipate in 2017

01/14/17 12:33pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Last year was marked by acts like Frank Ocean and Radiohead thoughtfully exhibiting their dexterity through song. Now, 2017 is set to be packed with records by established and rising artists alike. Here’s a peek at what this year will offer.

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The Weeknd aims to dazzle

11/30/16 9:03pm | By ANDREW SAFE

Since his debut mixtape in 2011, Abel Tesfaye has created a place for himself among pop music’s most popular stars. The Weeknd has invariably watered down his unique style and replaced it with one more tailored for the radio along his journey to stardom. But that doesn’t mean this album isn’t unique.

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The Hypnic Jerks chase stardom on their own terms

11/21/16 9:50am | By MICHAEL AKELSON

Lydia Macaluso was sitting in her Psychology 101 class freshman year when the teacher started lecturing the class about hypnic jerks, an involuntary twitch in your sleep.

“She was like, ‘today we’re gonna talk about hypnic jerks,’ and I said ‘the Hypnic Jerks, wouldn’t that be a great name for a band?’” Lydia said.

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From misunderstood to modeling

11/15/16 12:51pm

Growing up, I always felt the need to express myself through the way I dressed.

In the eighth grade, I switched schools and thought it was time for a new look.

I began to wear Air Jordan sneakers and the reactions I got from my classmates made me feel like an absolute king. I kept buying more and more shoes from Plato’s Closet and one pair of shoes turned into a collection.

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November movie guide

11/12/16 11:32am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

A handful of decent-looking movies – none of which look even remotely as scary as the 2016 Presidential Election – are coming out throughout the rest of November and the beginning of December, ranging from a desperate “Harry Potter” spinoff to an attempt to make Disney inclusive again (they’ll still get a lot of hate no matter how hard they tried).

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