Louie’ pushes boundaries, pulls laughs

  Louis C.K. is a true auteur of television. A renowned, Emmy Award-winning comedian, Louis C.K. serves as writer, director, actor and executive producer for his acclaimed FX series, “Louie.” “Louie” essentially feels like half hour glimpses of the world through the eyes of Louie, the main character, played by C.K. This often painfully realistic […]

Fall promises a variety of new TV shows

Every fall, television networks unleash a plethora of new shows in pursuit of ratings and critical acclaim. Last year’s “New Girl,” “American Horror Story” and  “Homeland” were all big hits for NBC, FX and Showtime respectively. The many new shows premiering this September and October will attempt to recreate that magic. On Sept. 11, NBC […]

Music Review | Minaj’s latest smoothly bounces between styles

Nicki Minaj aims to please all her fans with her latest release, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” The first third of the tracks are Minaj in full “rap?bitch?nightmare” mode. She employs her “Roman” persona and her notorious rapid?fire verses that are original and strange in both their lyricism and delivery. This release is Minaj at her […]

Originality eludes Gucci Mane on ‘Trap Back’

Even with the extremely low bar set by other rappers, Gucci Mane’s lyrics are just plain absurd. On his latest mixtape, “Trap Back,” he talks about how he lives on the North Pole (on the aptly titled track, “North Pole”), how he wants to move his bed to his kitchen, and how he is going […]

Del Rey’s debut album ‘Born to Die’ fails to live up to hype

To enjoy Lana Del Rey’s new album, “Born to Die,” the listener really needs to buy into her 1950s Hollywood glamour persona. That becomes increasingly difficult, especially as this image has recently become the talk of Internet blogs that are criticizing her for being fake and completely constructed. Many pop music acts have carefully manufactured […]

The Artsy Jumbo | Girltalk influenced, Andrew Dempsey makes fresh music mashups

Earlier this week, Tufts University Freshman Andrew Dempsey released his debut EP online under his pseudonym, Kimbo Slice. Dempsey works with mash ups and his six-track release shows his impressive talent and ear for unique mixes. Dempsey explained that Girltalk, the popular mash up artist and performer, has been a big inspiration for him. While […]

TEDxSomerville brings new ideas to Somerville

TEDx is a program that helps create locally run and organized conferences where community members can come together and discuss any topic they are passionate about or an expert on. TEDx is a division of TED (technology, entertainment and design). The event will be coming to Somerville on Mar. 4 at the Arts at the […]

“Echoes of Silence” ends trilogy on somber note

  The Weeknd, comprised solely of rhythm and blues singer Abel Tesfaye and a handful of collaborators, has already released two of the most critically acclaimed mixtapes of 2011. He continues to produce high quality music with his third album, “Echoes of long.” The Weeknd knows he is “the next big thing,” but that kind […]

Grammer gives an impressive performance as Chicago mayor in ‘Boss’

Starz’s original programming has gained a new series, “Boss.” The show stars Emmy−winner Kelsey Grammer, who plays Tom Kane, Chicago’s corrupt mayor secretly dealing with his declining health. While the series has many strengths and Grammer handles the role admirably, “Boss” falters by prizing melodramatic storytelling over strong characterization. As Mayor Kane, Grammer is convincing […]

Big Bang’ implodes in its fifth season

For a show about highly intelligent people, CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” requires viewers to use very few brain cells. The show often uses jokes and storylines aimed at the lowest common denominator. To a degree, that approach seems to work, as “The Big Bang Theory” is consistently one of the most watched programs on […]