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Artistic Appraisals: A Housing Day Video Critique

The further away the critics and film historians of Arts Blog get from Housing Day, the more significance the videos seem to garner in our eyes. The residents of Lowell, Eliot, and Cabot all receive rave reviews for their evocations of master auteurs in the second installment of this Housing Video retrospective. Look out for Parts 3 and 4 over the weekend.

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Hear Me Out: St. Vincent, "Prince Johnny"

St. Vincent’s latest single, “Prince Johnny,” off of her upcoming self-titled album, stands as another example of a careful exercise in musical personality.



Ben G. Blumstein performs at the Fox Club as Bared Grillz.

On Campus

"Wilderness Rap" Duo Bares All

Though their work began with a one-off joke, rap duo Bared Grillz have gotten serious with their upcoming debut album, "Bare Essentials."


Top 10 Realest Moments in Hip Hop

Outgoing Film Executive Alexander Tang combs through decades of hip hop music to bring forth a list of the top 10 realest moments in the genre. The selected music exemplifies the diversity of the genre and embodies a certain depth of thought.


Mixtape: My Chemical Mixtape

Remember mixtapes? Crimson Arts does. Welcome to our biweekly feature, where we create mixtapes for every emotion and every season—for breakups, breakdowns, and breakdancing. This week our mixtape is dedicated to pop-punk and teen angst.

On Campus

A Conversation with Loring Mandel

The film “Conspiracy,” written by Mandel, dramatizes the top-secret 1942 Wannsee Conference, where 15 Nazi officials developed the Final Solution. Before the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club premieres an adaptation of the film written by Mandel, The Crimson sat down with the scribe for an interview about the film and the production.


"World's End" Brings Both Laughs and Closure

The creative forces behind the "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy," Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost, sat down with the Crimson to discuss the final piece of the trilogy, "The World's End." Their answers touch upon thematic links within the trilogy, as well as the narrative of the latest film.



Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar regaled Governors Ball with hits from his "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" album, including "Poetic Justice" and "Swimming Pools (Drank)."



Indie rockers Foals played Governors Ball.



Kanye West rocked Governors Ball with songs from his just-released album "Yeezus," opening with a feral rendition of "Black Skinhead."


"Yeezus" Saves

“Yeezus” is Kanye at his best, boldest, least commercial, and above all, most sincere. West has always been capable of channeling this charismatic intensity into his music, and his albums demand attention much the way the man himself does.


"Rock And Roll" Alive, Fall Out Boy Happily Takes Credit

Subtlety has never been a strong suit of Fall Out Boy’s, but to accuse them of insincerity would be a mistake. An immediate salvo of strings on the opening track of the album removes any doubt as to the depth of Fall Out Boy’s conviction that they are indeed the saviors of rock and roll.


A Lone "WOLF" Rises Above the Pack

Tyler delves fearlessly into himself with numerous, conflicted alter-egos and spins his deepest worries into grand schemes, creating songs that strike on levels both low and lofty. Tyler uses his characters to create tension and drama that he mines to great effect on songs like “IFHY.”


For the Record: "Our Endless Numbered Days"

Growing up felt like a series of endings that I was never quite ready for. I would leave one school for another, I would leave some friends for others, or I would leave one identity for another. I remember when I finally understood what the phrase “Our Endless Numbered Days” meant.

Central Administration

In Op-Ed, Law Profs Call for University Governance Changes

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Not a 9-to-5 Job

Advising Programs Office Under Construction

Freshman Advising: Under Construction

Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin"
Visual Arts

Portrait of the Artist: Behind Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin'