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Austin Siegemund-Broka

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EMA Matures in Dark "Future"

“The Future’s Void" reveals Anderson to be as exceptional a musician as a singer, with rhythm and texture at the center of its success.

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Knock 'Em Dead: At Harvard, Crafting Comedy Is No Laughing Matter

Stand-up comics often appear to be completely at ease, dishing out joke after joke in quick succession. While impressive, this seemingly effortless delivery belies the huge amount of work that goes into crafting a stand-up routine. Writing comedy takes not only talent, but also a willingness to devote oneself to the honing of skills that take years of experience to master.

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Playlist: Artists Who Broke Away

This week’s Playlist celebrates four musicians who came out from behind the shadows of imposing contemporaries


"The Lego Movie" a Blockbuster

"The Lego Movie", voiced by a star-studded cast, evokes nostalgia and brings on plenty of laughs in one of the year's best animated films.




Arts Year In Review 2013: Editors' Note

The 140th Guard Arts Chairs, Petey E. Menz '15 and Austin Siegemund-Broka '14, reflect on the publication, the year, and Arts's first annual Year In Review special issue.


Love and Other Drugs in "Buyers Club"

“Dallas Buyers Club” is a wonderfully complete historical drama and a great film, but it struggles with some lazy stylistic choices and dull scenes. However, these scenes are few and far between—they are minor setbacks in an admirably told underdog story.


"Counselor" An Intoxicating Visual Thriller

Ridley Scott's latest effort “The Counselor” centers on a lawyer who becomes entangled with a pair of eccentric drug dealers and their colleagues. It is a grossly stylish thriller that makes up for story deficiencies with its visuals, dialogue, and performances.

On Campus

Interactive Map: Arts First

An interactive listing of events for this weekend's Arts First festival.


Robert De Niro

Crimson arts editor Austin Siegemund-Broka explains his choice for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.



On Campus

Top 5 Totally Inappropriate Artist Collaborations I'd Love (but Hate) to See

Just because these Frankenstein's monsters shouldn't happen doesn't mean that they won't.


Black Keys Display Muscle and Finesse

Auerbach knows his way around an electric guitar, and stellar musicianship like this powered the Keys’ Mar. 7 show at TD Garden.


‘Biophilia’ Conceptually Brave, Musically Limited

That the album avoids bloated overindulgence is miraculous. Surprisingly, though, its only weak spot is an element of restrictive simplicity. Björk’s lyrics and sonic architecture almost align in a titanic vision for “Biophilia,” but the album’s stylistically constrained instrumental strategy stunts that conceptual richness.


Twin Sister’s Nostalgia-Infused Post-Punk

The album marries an even, computerized feel with genres as disparate as disco’s flair and Spaghetti Western scores. Their breadth makes for a fresh and offbeat production, but consistent elements in their songwriting keep the album from feeling like an unfocused jumble.

Special Teams

In Photos: The Game

Crimson-UC Crossfire Debate

The Back of the UC Ballot

Helicopter over Harvard

In Photos: Bomb Threat Shakes the Yard


A.D. Club ‘Strongly’ Opposes Membership Changes