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Boston’s First Music Festival? Life Is Good.

By: Brennan Carley

“Life is good, ya’ll!” proclaimed legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples as she wiped her brow with a towel. Immediately launching into the civil rights anthem “I’ll Take You There,” you couldn’t help but feel like you were experiencing something special.

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The Independent Frame Of Mind

By: Brennan Carley

Welcome to my first column. Let me begin with a little bit about myself: My name is Brennan, I’m a sophomore communications major, self-diagnosed pop culture addict, TV junkie, and entertainment maven. I’m also a big movie lover.

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Body Talk Debuts A New, Outspoken Robyn

By: Brennan Carley

Feisty, beat-savvy singer Robyn has long flown under the radar in America, save for a few modest successes here and there.  The blogosphere erupted earlier this year when the petite Swede announced that she would be releasing three EP’s in 2010, the first of which dropped last spring.

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‘Cyrus’ And Long-Awaited Sequels Fill Summer Slate

By: Brennan Carley

With summer rapidly approaching (Seriously, have the past few weeks flown by for anyone else?), the smell of buttered popcorn that accompanies the biggest movie season of the year is wafting through the air. The lineup of films coming out over the next few months is truly impressive.

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Lopez Lifts ‘The Backup Plan;’ All Else Fumbles

By: Brennan Carley

In the past decade, it is the rare romantic comedy that rises above the pile of trash that now defines the genre to steal audience’s hearts. Thanks largely to the lovely Jennifer Lopez, the new movie The Backup Plan manages to elicit laughter and even heartfelt emotion from its audience.

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Kate Nash, We Are Not Your Best Friend

By: Brennan Carley

Three years ago, a cocky, straight-talking girl made her footprint on the music industry with the in-your-face single “Foundations.” After two years of touring and a year off, Kate Nash returns to the scene with My Best Friend is You.

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Alone They Shine, Together They Faulter In ‘Date’

By: Brennan Carley

Breaking free from routine: that’s all the loving but bored Phil and Claire Foster want to do on their Date Night. Tired of “enjoying potato skins and salmon” every weekend at the neighborhood pub, Phil (Steve Carell) wants to treat his wife Claire (Tina Fey) to something special.

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David Byrne And Fatboy Slim Mash Brains

By: Brennan Carley

Here Lies Love is a new album by the masterminds David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim. It tells the story of two captivating women: Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, and Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her.

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Erotic Thriller ‘Chloe’ Mired In Predictability

By: Brennan Carley

Fatal Attraction, Match Point, and Mulholland Drive: three movies about obsession done right. Sadly, the new film Chloe doesn’t hold a candle to any of them. Though not an awful movie by any means, the flick gamely hobbles along on the crutches of cliches and predictability.

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