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Usher Finds Himself in Dancefloor Pop and R&B Roots

Usher Finds Himself in Dancefloor Pop and R&B Roots

4/5 Stars Finally, a dance album that the Top 40 DJs can spin to their hearts desires and that will surely be blaring at middle school dances for generations to come.  In Usher’s new album, Looking 4 Myself, he explores multiple different styles, everything from soul to electro to his staple R&B.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Rock of Ages’ Brings Nothin’ But a Good Time

Rock of Ages’ Brings Nothin’ But a Good Time

3/5 Stars Rock of Ages, a musical comedy about music, features an expansive cast of A-list celebrities filling a variety of roles. There’s a diva (Mary J. Blige), a heartthrob (Tom Cruise), and a crazy person (Russell Brand), as well as a mixture of the three (Alec Baldwin). However, what the[Read More…]

by June 15, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Fifty Shades’ of Dirty Plots and Worse Writing

Fifty Shades’ of Dirty Plots and Worse Writing

I’m often late to the party when it comes to popular literature. I caught up to The Hunger Games only after my beloved editor told me how great it was — and I wasn’t disappointed. So when she asked me to read E. L. James’Fifty Shades of Grey, I figured this similarly[Read More…]

by June 12, 2012 0 comments The Guide

The Tallest Man Works with What Sticks Best

4/5 Stars The cover of There’s No Leaving Now shows a simple blurred picture of a tree, fitting for an album byKristian Mattson, better known by his stage name The Tallest Man on Earth. The band traditionally shows unassuming — and boring — landscape photography on their album covers.  (It’s also asking for[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Documentary Shines Light on Struggle Within the Military

Steeped in tradition and boasting a history of national service, the United States Armed Forces are viewed as honorable and disciplined institutions, composed of hardworking, humble and idealistic men and women brave enough to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Military recruiting media on television and elsewhere entices young[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Your Summer Festival Guide

Your Summer Festival Guide

Some things are best enjoyed during the summer: popsicles, beaches and, of course, outdoor music festivals. With Bonnaroo approaching this weekend, I’ve found myself getting in a preparatory state of mind. There’s a ton of thought that goes into preparing to attend a summer music festival or outdoor concert, and it’s important[Read More…]

by June 6, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Mesmerizing Art at the Phillips Collection

All summer long, the guide will take a look at some of the museums that call the District home. We’ll weed out tourist traps and find the hidden gems where you can spend a few hours along the corridors. Though the Philips Collection may not be as well known or as wallet[Read More…]

by June 1, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Spektor’s Album Anything but ‘Cheap’

Spektor’s Album Anything but ‘Cheap’

4/5 Stars Although Regina Spektor is one of the most talented vocalists and writers on the music scene today, she isn’t packing arenas like other artists can. But with the release of her first full-length studio album in three years, “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats,” her raw talent[Read More…]

by May 31, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Staying A Little Too Close to ‘Home’

Staying A Little Too Close to ‘Home’

3/5 stars An artist’s second album is arguably his most important. It offers a fork in the road, an opportunity to expand artistic horizons or burrow deeper into a niche. This is especially true if they enjoy the out-of-the-blue success Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros did with their debut[Read More…]

by May 31, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Native American Museum Falls Short of Expectations

All summer long, the guide will take a look at some of the museums that call the District home. We’ll weed out tourist traps and find the hidden gems where you can spend a few hours. The Smithsonian Institution maintains numerous spectacular museums throughout our city. From the Air and Space[Read More…]

by May 24, 2012 0 comments The Guide