Experimental guitarist Kaki King will perform and teach a guitar class Sunday at the Root Note Studio in Lowell. PHOTO COURTESY MARLA AUFMUTH

INTERVIEW: Kaki King strums, drums into spotlight

At just four years old, American musician and composer Kaki King learned to play the guitar. The process of learning music came naturally to the young musician, and she eventually picked up the drums as well, leading her to develop a unique, percussion-inspired guitar technique. Fast forward 32 years, and Kaki King has released over half a dozen albums, received a […]

by Michaela Johnston· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
The new Danish war drama “A War” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards and opens Friday at the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema. PHOTO BY MAGNOLIA PICTURES

REVIEW: “A War” administers silent kill shot

The opening seconds of Danish writer and director Tobias Lindholm’s “A War” show us something we think we’ve seen before. There are men in uniform, trudging through what appears to be Afghanistan. They shout coordinates. The camera shakes. Suddenly, someone steps on an IED. The camera shakes harder, the men shout louder, everything is thrown into chaos that tears at […]

by Conner Reed· · 1 comment · Features, Muse
"Eddie the Eagle,” opening Friday, tells the story of British Olympic ski team member Michael "Eddie" Edwards, played by Taron Egerton, and his journey to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. PHOTO COURTESY TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

REVIEW: “Eddie the Eagle” takes off, soars

“Eddie the Eagle” has all the aspects of a classic underdog sports movie: a reluctant coach, mean foreign opponents and, of course, a training montage. The movie is based on the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), who barely misses a chance to be on the 1988 British Olympic downhill ski team. Since he had always dreamed of […]

by Allegra Peelor· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Director Robert Eggers and leading actress Anya Taylor-Joy shed light on the production of Sundance Film Festival hit “The Witch.” PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINA MAFFEO

INTERVIEW: “The Witch” conjures up breakout stars

“The Witch” is an independent film that details the life of a Puritan family in 17th-century New England. After being cast out of the local settlement due to their fundamental religious ideals, the family members seek the isolation of the woods to start their new lives. As strange hauntings begin to occur, the family slips into paranoia when they believe […]

by Bronsen Bloom· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Grammy Award-winning pop duo a Great Big World prepares for their national “Kaleidoscope Tour" to promote their latest album, “When the Morning Comes.” PHOTO COURTESY JOSEPY LLANES

INTERVIEW: A Great Big World says something about upcoming tour

Amid shopping for clothes, scheduling their days-off activities for the next month and writing a Broadway musical, A Great Big World’s Ian Axel and Chad King have been planning a North American tour. The Grammy Award-winning duo will kick off their Kaleidoscope Tour March 1, performing songs off their new album, “When the Morning Comes,” as well as some old […]

by Christy Osler· · 2 comments · Features, Muse
Guitarist and vocalist of Best Coast, Bethany Cosentino, sings during her set Saturday night. PHOTO BY JACQUI BUSICK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Short-lived summer at Best Coast, Wavves concert

It was 60 degrees in Boston this past weekend, and the aptly named Summer Is Forever II tour came to town for a two-night, sold-out show at the Royale. The tour included California natives Best Coast and Wavves and featured pop-punk Cherry Glazerr as their opening act. The all-ages crowd, weighted heavily toward the younger end, filled the dance floor. […]

by Samantha J. Gross· · 3 comments · Features, Muse
The new biblical drama “Risen” follows the Roman solider Clavius, played by Joseph Fiennes, and his journey in search of answers about what happened to Jesus after the Crucifixion. PHOTO COURTESY ROSIE COLLINS

REVIEW: “Risen” offers viewers more than religious significance

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a story that has been told and retold throughout the ages. The narrative has been remade countless times in both story and film, yet no story has been so daring in telling it like “Risen.” Seen through the eyes of fictional Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), the movie begins as a […]

by Priscilla Valdez· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
The new movie “Race” follows track superstar Jesse Owens and his struggle with racism during the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. PHOTO COURTESY THIBAULT GRABHERR/FOCUS FEATURES

INTERVIEW: “Race” cast, creatives reflect on production process

“Race” tells the true story about track legend Jesse Owens and his experience competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympic games, a volatile time in the history of both the United States and Europe. Racism was institutional in the United States, and with the rise of the Nazis in Germany, things weren’t too great over there either. Today, race conversations are at high […]

by Alex Peña· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
The highly anticipated “Star Wars Headspace” album puts a unique twist on iconic “Star Wars” sounds by mixing them with electronic beats. PHOTO COURTESY MUSGO DUMIO MOMIO/FLICKR

REVIEW: Star Wars-EDM mashup battles expectations

A long time ago (1977), in a galaxy far, far away, the “Star Wars” franchise was born. In more recent news, electronic dance music went mainstream. Rick Rubin has recently produced an album called “Star Wars Headspace,” combining the most cutting-edge artists of electronic music with the playful lightsaber sounds of “Star Wars.” Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings […]

by Clara Hudson· · 0 comments · Features, Muse
Judd Apatow’s “Love,” starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust, was released on Netflix Friday. PHOTO COURTESY NETFLIX

REVIEW: Netflix’s “Love” a real, relatable look at modern relationships

Whether or not you enjoyed Valentine’s Day this year, you should check out “Love” on Netflix. “Love” is the perfect Netflix show. That doesn’t mean it’s the best show on Netflix, because it certainly is not, but it perfectly embodies the beauty of the streaming service. It is simple, relatable and hard not to watch all at once. The Netflix original, […]

by Ethan Cappello· · 0 comments · Features, Muse