Soul singer Charles Bradley released his new R&B album “Changes” on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

REVIEW: Charles Bradley brings comforting familiarity with “Changes”

Last year, artist Leon Bridges released his well-received and unexpected debut studio album, “Coming Home.” It was a soulful revival of the old-school sort as Otis Redding would have played it. The emotion behind it was palpable, and it hung on my kitchen wall for a good portion of the summer of 2015. Enter Charles Bradley and his newest album, […]

By Fred Schillinger· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
The new nostalgia comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some!!" is about a college baseball team in the 1980s and stars Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin and Ryan Guzman. The film opened Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES

REVIEW: “Everybody Wants Some!!” relatable, fun for all

Director Richard Linklater’s newest film “Everybody Wants Some!!” deserves its use of not one, but two exclamation points. As a spiritual sequel to Linklater’s 1993 film “Dazed and Confused,” the film brings viewers into the lives of a college baseball team at a stereotypical Southern state school in 1980. Set during the first weekend of a semester, the whole film […]

By Mariel Cariker· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
"Midnight Special," starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver, is a new sci-fi drama opening Friday at AMC Loews Boston Common. PHOTO COURTESY BEN ROTHSTEIN

REVIEW: “Midnight Special” holds own, is reminiscent of classic films

For years, the sci-fi genre has both suffered and succeeded in the hands of exorbitant directors, releasing films riddled with increasingly convoluted plots and glaring lens flares (sorry, J.J. Abrams). The emergence of “Midnight Special,” however, has taken the frivolous effects that have trademarked this genre and instead delivered them as an ode to the past in the form of […]

By Tia Simawang· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Ai Weiwei’s sculpture “Forever,” which is made of bicycles, will be on display in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts at the new exhibition “Megacities Asia,” opening on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY CHUCK CHOI/MFA

PREVIEW: “Megacities Asia” showcases sculptural art from found objects

In the past 50 years, “megacities,” those with 10 million or more people, have sprouted up all over the world, especially in Asia. As a result, artists have taken to the streets and started creating art from found objects that reflects heightened urbanization and population density in these cities. “Megacities Asia” is the largest organized, contemporary exhibition at the Museum […]

By Allegra Peelor· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Girls dress as renditions of nurses from the anime show, "Vocaloid." PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Anime Boston goers “choose you,” Japanese dealers, brands

From “Pokémon” to “Dragon Ball Z,” Americans are no strangers to Japanese anime, and the fervor reached a high at Anime Boston this past weekend at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Hynes Convention Center. Since the inaugural festivity began in 2003, the three-day convention has become a marketing hotspot for many dealers and brands that say they’ve seen increased […]

By Corina Pintado· · 0 comments · Features, InBusiness
A study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that young marijuana users experience social interactions differently than non-users. ILLUSTRATION BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Brains of young marijuana users respond differently to social exclusion, study finds

Massachusetts General Hospital has revealed previously unrecognized insights into the consequences of marijuana use that alters cognitive functioning in young, frequent users. Using marijuana recreationally and frequently has an unexpected response from the part of the brain known as the insula, which is responsible for self-awareness and perception, according to the study “Altered Neural Processing to Social Exclusion in Young […]

By Maria Paz Noyen· · 3 comments · Catalyst, Features
The Filharmonic, the Los Angeles-based a cappella group that played Manila Envy in “Pitch Perfect 2,” will perform at Boston College Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY JORDAN ABRANTES

The Filharmonic fuses a cappella with Filipino heritage

The Filharmonic, a Los Angeles-based a cappella group that played the ensemble “Manila Envy” in “Pitch Perfect 2,” will perform Friday at Boston College. The group keeps in touch with its members’ shared Filipino heritage while performing pop hits using just their voices. The group originally caught the attention of the president of The Philippine Society of Boston College, BC […]

By Allegra Peelor· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
Kameel Nasr will host a reading and signing of his new book “The Museum Heist” at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge Wednesday at 7 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY GULOTTA COMMUNICATIONS

INTERVIEW: Author Kameel Nasr on career, fictionalizing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery

Frustrated by the cold-case status of what was arguably the greatest art robbery in history, author Kameel Nasr decided to create a fictional tale of what he believes happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in his newest book, “The Museum Heist.” Although the book was released in August 2015, Nasr is now advertising it around Boston, the […]

By Andrea Kaufman· · 0 comments · Features, Impact
Members of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts speak at a symposium on Thursday at the New England School of Law after the screening of the short film “Solitary Voices,” which raises awareness about issues surrounding solitary confinement. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Symposium voices concern, highlights dangers of solitary confinement

As part of a weeklong call to action on current solitary confinement laws in Massachusetts, Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts hosted a symposium on solitary confinement Thursday afternoon at the New England School of Law. The symposium consisted of two panels as well as a viewing of the new short film “Solitary Voices” in front of approximately 65 people. PLS […]

By Jessie Levinson· · 1 comment · Features, Impact
A discussion entitled “Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?” was held Thursday night at the BU School of Medicine as part of the BU Program For Global Health Storytelling. PHOTO BY ELLEN CLOUSE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

“Global Health Storytelling” discussion illustrates power of art to fight poverty

Public health, journalism and the arts are often regarded as relatively separate fields, but a talk on global poverty Thursday night at the Boston University School of Medicine illustrated how these fields, as well as humanity as a whole, are more intertwined than one might believe. “Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?” was the latest of BU’s annual […]

By Kylie Obermeier· · 1 comment · Features, Impact