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Artist of the Week: Allison James

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By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor

September 22, 2020

  For Allison James, music has always been a constant in her life. James, a senior at the University of Utah, was first interested in singing and playing the piano as a child, and now she is an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter, has also created her own record label and has recently p...

Have Hashtags Lost Their Purpose?

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By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

September 21, 2020

  My COVID-19 era mornings have recently started with a better wake-up than coffee, cold showers or calisthenics. My jolt to start the day begins with opening Twitter or Instagram and “doomscrolling,” a term newly adopted by the Merriam Webster dictionary and a very real phenomenon happening as a result of the eschatological worry of today. One thing that I’ve noticed during my daily doom routine is that hashtags ...

Pop Cultured: Let’s Ignore Celebrities

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By Cade Anderson, Arts Writer

September 21, 2020

  Like many others raised in conservative religions, I learned early on in life to hold a healthy disdain for celebrities and the “sinful” lifestyles they championed. Nowadays, it’s not celebrities’ drug use or suggestive lyrics that I consider a threat to the welfare of the planet. I...

‘Furia’: Yamile Saied Méndez’s Fiery and Inspiring YA Debut

By Zoe Gottlieb

September 19, 2020

  Yamile Saied Méndez is nothing short of a trailblazer in the growing community of diverse female writers, with previous publications including multiple grade-school books such as "Shaking Up the House" and "Wish Upon a Stray." "Furia" is her first Young Adult novel, a story she says was th...

Utah Revisits Pride Traditions with First Road Rally

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By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor

September 13, 2020

  On Oct. 11, 2020, the Utah Pride Center plans to host the first annual Utah Pride Road Rally.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of pride celebrations that usually take place in June were canceled. Kevin Randall, the director of Public Relations for the Utah Pride Center, s...

‘BS’ Is Another Spaced-Out, Genre-Bending Single From Still Woozy

By Cade Anderson, Arts Writer

September 12, 2020

  A laid-back Sven Gamsky, wearing a purple T-shirt and resting against some pillows on his bed for a virtual press conference hosted by Universal Music Group last week, confessed that he still “doesn’t really fully understand” the process of sending his singles “down the line” to ...

Twilight Concert Series Presents ‘Light Up Locals,’ A New Twist on Venue Shows for a Good Cause

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By Zoe Gottlieb

September 10, 2020

  During normal operations, the Salt Lake City Twilight Concert Series allows community members to rejoice in the last days of Summer. Balmy weather, resplendent colors, quirky food trucks, and festival nostalgia normally come to mind for Twilight Concert attendees, but this year, things will play...

Warner Bros. Releases First ‘Dune’ Trailer Starring Timothée Chalamet

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By Oakley Burt, Arts Editor

September 9, 2020

  The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated science-fiction epic “Dune” has been released, and it’s full of gorgeous set designs, intense action sequences and a close-up look at the iconic and infamous sandworms. Inspired by Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel, Villeneuve ...

The Berlin Film Festival Announces Gender Neutral Awards for 2021

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By Kate Button, Arts Writer, Copy Editor

September 6, 2020

  On Aug. 24, the Berlin Film Festival announced that the festival will be updating its performance awards to be gender-neutral in 2021. The Berlinale plans to utilize a hybrid model for next year’s festival and film market, and in addition to accommodating recent changes because of the pandemic...

Declan McKenna’s ‘Zeros’ Explores Being Young During an Apocalypse

English singer, songwriter and musician Declan McKenna. (Courtesy New Musical Express)

By Cade Anderson, Arts Writer

September 5, 2020

  There’s a palpable anxiety pulsing through the veins of Declan McKenna’s funky, synth-pop sophomore record. Released Sept. 4, 2020, “Zeros” retains the youthful spirit and critical social commentary of McKenna’s internationally successful debut album “What Do You Think About the ...