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Monthly Archives: June 2014

DOPE Digest vol. 13 – Zola Jesus, Grimes, and MORE!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” syvo: I possess a deep affection for the music of Nika Danilova, better known by her stage name Zola Jesus. She’s just the best. Last week, she teased fans with an album trailer for the upcoming Taiga, the first […]

Your Next Blockbuster: The X-Mendables

Comic book Hollywood is all about event cinema. Synergy. Blockbusters built on the shoulders of other blockbusters.  The Avengers. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Sinister Six. Justice League. Booster Gold: The Boostering. (I may have made that last one up, but we can dream.) These films are created for their built-in audiences and their easily accessible mythologies. All-Star […]

Ultraviolence and Lana Del Rey’s Sad Girl Aesthetic

The most fascinating and divisive pop icon of the last three years has just released what looks to be this year’s most interesting album. For a sophomore effort, Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence is remarkably confident in its sonic template, representing a sensible but conspicuously fresh artistic direction for her. Tweet

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Season 2

 First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free. Last weekend, Netflix’s best show came back for its second season. I’ve eagerly but reservedly anticipated the show’s return, hoping it could maintain the humor, humanism, and narrative polish that so characterized its first season. After House of Cards, […]

DOPE Digest vol. 13 – Jersey Shore Massacre, Drake, Jack White and MORE!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Jersey Shore Massacre Trailer BK: Oh Syvo. When you said you had something ‘special’ to lead off the Digest this week, I never could have imagined it would be quite so… Jersey. But here we are! This is apparently a real […]

Queen Bey and Mimi the Elusive Chanteuse: A Superdiva Case Study

Beyoncé and Mariah Carey are the two legendary diva superstars of our time, and I am historically a superfan of both. A delve into their back catalogues, spurred by my enjoyment of their recent releases – surprise album Beyoncé and best-title-ever contender, Me. I am Mariah… the Elusive Chanteuse, has led me to reflect on […]