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A Short Defense of the Entourage Movie

Alright, alright. We know. Entourage absolutely earned its pans. It is shallow, simple-minded and trashy. But now that’s its available for online rental, let us offer a few encouraging words. Beneath the ample silliness, the main characters are consistently, yes, virtuous. Collectively, they always have

Classical Music Gets Crazy

I’m thinking that Beethoven is probably rolling over these days – but in a good way. Because classical music is getting a facelift, thanks to two particular duos. You may have heard about 2Cellos. Luka Šulić was born in Slovenia, Stjepan Hauser in Croatia. They

Who Knew Dying Could Be This Funny?

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a beautiful, moving film based on the debut novel by Jesse Andrews — brilliantly directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon — should not be missed..  With a title that mentions dying in the title, I came prepared to cry with several

It Only Took 12 Years: A Worthy Band on the Rise

The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back is one of the irresistibly great pop tunes of the Motown era. It’s got everything: monster hooks, insane musicianship, young Michael’s soaring vocal, tight-and-clever lyrics. (The question of who actually played the sublime bass line – the immortal

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Don’t Like Country Music? Think Again…

Yeah, yeah, okay. You keep hearing that country music has some of the smartest songwriters and best musicians around. And yet you turn on country radio and it all sounds like the same guitar licks and the same lyrics about pickups and girls in short