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“7” is the first Beach House album that has featured live drums throughout, adding an anchor to these elements that glide around effortlessly. Add a surprisingly reverb-less acoustic guitar as featured in “Lose Your Smile” and a punchy synth loop in the more unfamiliar “Black Car,” and a new standard gets built for what we can expect from the band.

“Game of Thrones” came back this year with a ton of hype driven by the main conflicts between Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, once again plunging the continent of Westeros into a full-scale war for the Iron Throne. Whereas large-scale warfare in the show’s past has been mostly covered off-screen, this was going to be a season where we would see the few remaining characters go head to head on-screen. While the show has always been smart and well-managed by its creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the loss of screenwriter and creator of the GOT universe, George R.R. Martin seemed relatively more noticeable this season. As always, the sets, costumes, and performances were all spot on. We even received one of the best battle scenes in the show’s entire run in “The Spoils of War” when Daenerys confronts Jaime Lannister. This season wasn’t bad by any means;…

Thoughtfully constructed and unapologetically written, Maggie Nelson’s work of “autotheory” called The Argonauts strips the concepts of gender fluidity and motherhood to its bare core revealing theories that captures the essence of what it means to evolve as an individual in a society that pressures us to label. Homosexual, heterosexual, trans woman/man, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and gender-non conforming are labels that surround our social sphere in this newly faceted politically correct world that is so keen on slitting throats for clarity. Nelson is not trying to say that using these words to define an individual is a bad thing, though. She calls her readers to be self aware of the fact that these words do not represent the entire LGBTQ community. Nelson even references Mary Lambert on the subject when famous singers and celebrities generalize a movement saying, “But while I can’t change, even if I tried, may be a…

Recently, I went to go see a movie with a bunch of my friends called “Your Name.” To be totally honest, I didn’t think much of it going in. I was mostly irritated that we cancelled all of our plans for the night to go see an anime movie and thought it would be a pretty huge waste of my time. I hate to say that I was wrong, so I just won’t. “Your Name,” for those who are unaware, is a Japanese film that was released in 2016, but the English dubbed version only came out in the United States last month. In Japan, it was lauded as one of the best animated movies of all time and the reception it has received in the United States has been pretty great as well. I personally felt it was an incredible movie for a number of reasons, but I would…

“The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is a masterful blend of old and new mechanics. Sticking to the roots of what makes a traditional “Legend of Zelda” game great. “Breath of the Wild” simultaneously mixes in modern open-world mechanics to concoct something that can arguably be considered one of the best video games ever made, and easily the best game paired with a console at launch. “Zelda’s” blend of fantasy and East Asian culture works great for this game’s world.The game has excellent cel-shaded art. Iconic locations like Zora’s Domain and Kakariko Village are amplified by the game’s incredible scale and beauty. These places are also homes to some of the game’s cast of characters, all of which I really enjoyed. The music of “Breath of the Wild” is very good and one of the more memorable “Zelda” soundtracks in recent memory. It’s definitely not my favorite in…

Suffolk Community College Theatre Arts Department’s latest production is emotionally captivating. “Mill Fire” is one of the best productions put on by the department in a while. It is through the combined efforts of the entire company that audiences understand the powerful message of the play: being able to move forward even when it seems impossible. Playwright Sally Nemeth’s play is set in contemporary Birmingham, Alabama and follows a widower named Marlene (Heather Legnosky) who struggles to come to terms with the death of her mill-worker husband named Champ (Jesse Lewis). Additionally, the audience witnesses the hardships that her brother Bo (Joseph Winchell) faces and how the cause of Champ’s death affects his ability to be a good husband to his wife Sunny (Moriah Ritchie), as well as the conflicts he battles within himself. “Mill Fire” is directed by Steven Lantz-Gefroh, a renowned professor of the Theatre Arts Department. He…