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2015’s best and brightest

Arts and Entertainment has scoured the internet for lists of artists to watch in 2015. To save our readers a little time and trouble, here is our take on this year’s up-and-coming stars, as selected by a few of the music industry’s biggest names in journalism. Years & Years Called “fresh and innovative” by MTV and providing “charisma and allure” according to The Huffington Post, this group picked up Bruno Mars’ unique pop and blended it seamlessly with delicate beats to create “Desire,” an emotionally charged track that is both dark and energizing.


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Top 10 movies of 2014

This has been an excellent year for film, offering everything from gripping blockbusters to innovative personal films.


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Iggy Azalea is “Reclassified”

It has become common practice among music artists to repackage their albums in an effort to simultaneously boost single sales and dish out new content by slightly renaming the album or slapping “Deluxe” onto the title.


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“Listen” to David Guetta

David Guetta cemented his status as one of the world’s premiere DJs with the release of his last album, “Nothing But The Beat.” His latest studio album, “Listen,” is another fantastic addition to the artist’s electronic dance music catalogue, featuring collaborations from Nicki Minaj, MAGIC!, Emeli Sande, The Script, Sia, John Legend, Bebe Rexha and more.


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VA Players make a splash in “Baby with the Bathwater”

The Virginia Players presented "Baby with the Bath Water" at Helms Theater Tuesday evening in the second show in their Reading Series. The production — part of an effort by the Drama Department's student liaison group to bring lesser-known plays to life through rehearsed readings — brought actors to the stage, dressed in street clothes and lined in a row.


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“Nick Jonas” marks return from pop music obscurity

Back from the corners of pop music obscurity, Nick Jonas released his second studio album last week, and it is sure to be one of the most interesting records of the year. Jonas has been in the public eye for almost 10 years now, after gaining fame with his brothers and captivating the hearts of teenage girls worldwide.


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Parkay Quarts’ explore anxiety in the modern age

Parquet Courts have had a busy year, first releasing the critically acclaimed “Sunbathing Animal” and now returning (with a cheekily subtle name change to Parkay Quarts) with another full-length, “Content Nausea.” “Content nausea” presumably refers to the discomfort, physical or emotional, of being utterly inundated with content in this age of smartphones and constant Internet connectivity.


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'Big Hero 6': Fun, fast, fantastic

Walt Disney Animations Studios' latest feature film effort — “Big Hero 6” — is a mostly-stellar addition to the company’s timeless resume.


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Tom Breihan returns to OpenGrounds for another spirited music talk

Acclaimed Pitchfork reviewer and Stereogum editor Tom Breihan visited OpenGrounds last Tuesday for a fireside chat on the current state of the music industry — a topic which traversed Taylor Swift, indie band drama and the future of rap music. The event was put together by University Programs Council, and marked Breihan’s second visit to the University.