Bruce Springsteen released his newest album “Chapter and Verse” on Friday, reaffirming his American roots. PHOTO COURTESY COLUMBIA RECORDS

REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen opens The Boss up with “Chapter and Verse”

What does it mean to be an American? This soil is sown deep with blood, sweat, tears, hopes and dreams. This nation houses “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This country is affected by poverty, inequality, racism, violence and corruption. This is a place of immigrants and hard workers, challenge and bravery. Perhaps that is where the American spirit really […]

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FreeP vs. Food: Tacos

For this edition of FreeP versus Food, we tried taquerias, or Mexican restaurants that specialize in tacos. Between carnitas, shrimp and veggie tacos, we decided to try as many dishes as possible from four taquerias in neighborhoods close to Boston University, judging them on taste, atmosphere, aesthetic and everything in between. Spice up your life and check out these four [...]
By Elise Takahama· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Holding a set of drumsticks, Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant takes a break from playing the small set of drums next to him and sings to the crowd.  PHOTO BY OLIVIA FALCIGNO/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Young the Giant is full of energy and positivity

The smell of beer, incense and sweat filled the House of Blues Sunday night as Young the Giant fans buzzed in anticipation of the band’s performance. As the ninth concert of their “Home of the Strange” tour, the sold-out show had lines so long they competed with those of the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game next door. […]

By Priscilla Valdez· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Disney’s Queen of Katwe features David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga in the story of how chess changes the world of a young girl from Uganda. PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY PICTURES

REVIEW: “Queen of Katwe” empowers women through a game of chess

Set in the slums of Katwe, located in Uganda’s capital Kampala, Disney’s latest film “Queen of Katwe” tells a motivational, empowering true story of chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi’s rise to fame. Starring Madina Nalwanga as Phiona and Lupita Nyong’o as her mother, Nakku, the two East African born-actresses perform brilliantly, with passion and an evident love for their culture. With […]

By Priscilla Valdez· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt star in MGM and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. PHOTO COURTESY METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES AND COLUMBIA PICTURES

REVIEW: “The Magnificent Seven” marks successful remake

If there is one Hollywood trend that film lovers and film critics alike love to bemoan, it is the remake. Whenever a studio decides to make a new version of an older film, the internet goes into an uproar of almost biblical proportions, nitpicking at every detail just from watching a trailer and condemning the film before it even comes […]

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An employee at Hi B3ar in Allston holds a bowl of rolled ice cream. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Rolled ice cream trend hits Allston, but its future is uncertain

Located in a tight space on 147 Brighton Ave., Hi B3ar is the first restaurant in Boston to serve the latest and hottest Instagram dessert trend: the ice cream roll. Rolled ice cream debuted in Thailand around 2011 and quickly gained popularity as a fun dessert street food. The beautiful aesthetic and intriguing process quickly spread the dessert to spots […]

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AlunaGeorge released its second album “I Remember” on Friday, featuring pop hits and a ‘90s club vibe. PHOTO COURTESY INTERSCOPE RECORDS

REVIEW: AlunaGeorge struggles to stand out with “I Remember”

Listening to AlunaGeorge’s new record “I Remember” is like hopping aboard a music time machine and zooming forward two decades to discover a futuristic and robotic-sounding R&B mix of rap and youthful vocals. The dynamic duo of music producer George Reid and singer Aluna Francis hails from across the pond in the United Kingdom. The pair first met in 2009, […]

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Ben Sinclair stars in HBO’s new comedy “High Maintenance,” which premiered Friday. PHOTO COURTESY DAVID RUSSELL/ HBO

REVIEW: HBO’s “High Maintenance” struggles to stay engaging

“High Maintenance,” HBO’s new original series, is a fresh take on life in New York City, but it suffers from structural issues. Initially a web series on Vimeo, a video sharing site, “High Maintenance” was created by married couple Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. Sinclair is the principal actor for the original series. The show first aired in 2012, and […]

By Ethan Cappello· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
KT Tunstall, who just released her new album KIN, plays Saturday at the Royale.  PHOTO COURTESY TOM OXLEY

INTERVIEW: KT Tunstall comes into her own with new album “KIN”

Upon hearing the name KT Tunstall, you probably think of classic 2005 soft rock hits, “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” but that’s not nearly all Tunstall has to offer. Tunstall released her fifth studio album “KIN” on Sept. 9, and is embarking on her latest tour this week, including a show at Royale in Boston […]

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"Shape Shift With Me,” the seventh album from punk band Against Me!, is set to be released Friday. PHOTO COURTESY TOTAL TREBLE MUSIC

Fall music releases: varying modes of melancholy

Music is compelling when it’s sad. This is not news; it’s biology. Our brains are wired to associate emotion with sound, and the idea that we could go from happy to sad at the stir of a violin is inherently interesting. Across hundreds of years of music making, from Bach to Beck, composers have exploited this fact as a means […]

By Conner Reed· · 0 comments · Features, Muse