When was the last time you danced?
Like, really danced—none of that timid head-bobbing or casual side-stepping that people do these days. That shit reeks of non-commitment. I know it can be hard to put yourself out there when everyone’s playing it cool, trying to look composed in front of the cute girl with the done-up hair. But there’s something electric about a humming dance floor packed just tightly enough with bodies, human limbs let fully loose, motions dictated purely by the pulsating vibrations of the music.
“Those who can’t do, teach.” It’s an age-old mantra and one commonly rejected by artists who double as educators. But for award-winning cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud, the saying has always rung a little true.
"Rave Tapes" ushers in the New Year not with a bang, as the band might have done in the old days, but with a collection of mostly slow-burning compositions that add subtle new flavors to their traditional formula.
To complement his detailed description of the song’s sound, Marcus finally played the recording of the song from “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” The audience sat in silence as they listened to Dylan’s recorded voice sing, “Well there’s seven people dead / On a South Dakota farm / Somewheres in the distance / There’s seven new people born.”
Even as “Reflektor” shows flashes of excitement, there’s no truly great song on the album. The rousing shout-along chorus of 2004’s “Wake Up”? The percussive, satirical hook of their last album’s “Rococo”? “Reflektor” has no moments like these. Too many tracks show potential and fail to deliver, a fault that carries over to the whole album.
The Fogg Museum's galleries are closed now. One of the largest collections of art in the country, spanning numerous continents, periods, and media, has been under wraps since it closed for renovation in 2008. But from the remnants of the Fogg, a new structure has risen—devoted to broadening and refining the role of the "teaching museum."
Despite his own star power and screen presence, Robert Redford's most recent film fizzles due to a lack of focus or captivating action. Redford is the most interesting part of the film, and he greatly outshines his costars like Shia LaBeouf. "The Company You Keep" skirts around its most compelling questions and comes out fairly unentertaining.