Tree A. Palmedo

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Music

Hear Me Out: The Roots, "When the People Cheer"

“When the People Cheer” is a haunting mood piece, a somber reminder that what The Roots do best has always been serious, top-shelf hip-hop.

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Music

For the Record: "Be"

Tree A. Palmedo reintroduces "For the Record" with a revisiting of Common's 2005 classic, "Be."

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Music

"St. Vincent" Is Daring But Human

It’s at this moment, seeing her clearly through the smoke, that you realize you’ll never stop loving Annie Clark. Not if it’s the scariest thing in the world.

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Film

"Monuments Men" Salvage Art, Not Film

George Clooney's directorial efforts falter in "The Monuments Men," based on the true story of art conservation expert Frank Stokes.

Music

“Rave Tapes” Unveils a Subdued and Matured Mogwai

"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.

On Campus

Top 7 Pop Culture Trees

Incoming campus arts executive Tree A. Palmedo is, in fact, named Tree A. Palmedo.

On Campus

Massey Lecture Profiles Bob Dylan's Murder Ballad

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.”

Music

"Reflektor" is Sound Without Substance

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.

Books

"Writing Terror" at the Boston Book Festival

Laughter filled the hall several times as Time magazine columnist Joe Klein moderated a discussion with a diverse quartet of terror and terrorism experts.

Museums

A "Bigger, Better, Faster" Museum

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."

Film

"Company" An Uneventful Affair

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.

Film

"Pines" Stylish but Confused

"The Place Beyond the Pines" is Derek Cianfrance's second collaboration with Ryan Gosling, after 2010's "Blue Valentine." "Pines" struggles to hold together the disparate segments of its story, and it is only Cianfrance's strong sense of directorial style that redeems the film.

On Campus

Yo-Yo Ma Joins Panelists for a Discussion of Cultural Citizenship

The symposium, a joint presentation by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Silk Road Project, explored the idea of a culturally based definition of identity and the idea of cultural diffusion through the lenses of current events and music.

Music

What Happened to Harvard Square's Music Scene?

Decades after the folk revival that helped make the Square a musical hub, new musical venues are opening and old ones continue to succeed. But what has changed over the years, and what’s to come?

Film

Jacki Weaver

Crimson arts editor Tree A. Palmedo explains who should win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

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Visual Arts

Art House

Youth Homelessness in the Square
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For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

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Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

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Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance