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ENTERTAINMENT

'Narcos' is still magical realism that (almost) never disappoints

"Narcos" season three, episode one, "The Kingpin Strategy," begins with Agent Javier Pena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who's been through this all before, in an intimate conversation with his father. The older man pleads with his son not to put his life on the line in the name of the drug war again, knowing that he's already made his decision. "So, Cali . . ." his father says, begrudgingly accepting his son's choice. The younger Pena nods his agreement,."Cali," he says in a grave tone as the screen quickly fades to black.


HUMOR

Trevor Noah's Family Weekend performance balanced the serious and the silly

Trevor Noah heard screams of excitement and joy as he walked out onto the stage at his nearly sold-out performance in Millett Hall on Saturday evening. As part of Miami University's annual Family Weekend, students and parents alike waited anxiously to see the young comedian, who has become a household name since his immigration to the United States in 2011.


ENTERTAINMENT

Films to watch this Fall

We are now officially straddling summer rom-com and winter awards seasons. While horror flicks are obvious choices to indulge in for the next month or so, it would be unfortunate to neglect all other autumnally apt films. Here are eight to watch (or, most likely, re-watch) this season.


ENTERTAINMENT

"This Is Us" returns to NBC

After the jaw-dropping and tear-jerking season one finale of NBC's hit drama "This Is Us," audiences all over the country sat in their living rooms dealing with heartache and searching for answers they were never given (and for another box of Kleenex). When the second season premiere aired last Tuesday, fans of the show received a major clue to the answer of the question everyone is dying to ask:


ENTERTAINMENT

'Battle of the Sexes' serves up solid performances

Unless you've been living under a rock, I shouldn't need to remind you that "Wonder Woman" was one of 2017's biggest hits. It's a fun action movie, but the coolest byproduct of the film was reading stories of young girls feeling empowered by what (and who) they saw onscreen.


ENTERTAINMENT

Vince Staples drops the bass on the album of the summer with 'Big Fish Theory'

Rap and EDM. Those two things go together like peanut butter and spaghetti; I suppose you could convince me that it's a good combo, but only if you change one or the other until it's almost unrecognizable. Hip-hop and electronic music have always gone hand in hand, but you almost never see a full-fledged rap over a full-fledged, techno dance beat. Kanye West rapped over industrial beats on "Yeezus," but the result was more rage-fueled than danceable, and Drake has incorporated two-step and Afro-electro beats on the likes of "Passionfruit" and "One Dance," but he switches to his sing-song voice while doing it.


ENTERTAINMENT

The National complicates their somber sound on 'Sleep Well Beast'

If the age-old concept that sadness has a physical presence, a sort of heaviness that weighs on your shoulders and could sonically manifest itself, the result would probably sound a lot like The National. Their songs seem bent on pressing down on you in the same way that pop music wants to lift you up; the piano and bass draw rich, long chords over you like a blanket, synthesizers and strings emit hauntingly mournful moans and lead singer Matt Berninger's signature baritone is the vocal equivalent of a defeated, weary sigh. Decidedly sorrowful since their 2001 debut, The National seems the rightful inheritor of that "Depressing Indie Rock Band" label that Coldplay has seemed so desperate to escape.


LCD Soundsystem performs at Q25 Jubileumsfesten in Kristiansand on 28. June 2016.  

Lineup:
James Murphy (vocal)
Nancy Whang (keyboard)
and more..
ENTERTAINMENT

LCD Soundsystem returns from the dead to hone their classic dance-punk sound

Certain artists manage to stay recognizable, if not relevant, as time passes. Everyone knows a Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston or Bee Gees tune, and some of them manage to fulfill the same purpose they had decades ago -- to get people on the dance floor. At the same time, generations of people can sing along to iconic choruses from the Beatles or big-hair bands like Journey and Bon Jovi. Those were popular bands that can be recognized as such now.