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“Heartworms” retains all the necessary elements for a good Shins album.

The Shins are still the next big thing

“Heartworms” retains all the necessary elements for a good Shins album — wordy lyrics, emotional disenfranchisement, creative uses of backup vocals and a colorful mixture of synthetic and acoustic textures.

Kwame Alexander, the Newberry-winning poet, will visit Charlottesville for the Festival of the Book.

In conversation with Kwame Alexander

Alexander tours extensively, discussing both his own work and the ways in which poetry can revitalize education. He will be coming to the Virginia Festival of the Book March 22.

Lady Gaga performed adequately, if not superbly at this year's Super Bowl halftime show.

Lady Gaga jumps off edge

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show was surprisingly palatable, especially given the rumors that she would deliver a “definitive” statement on politics.

"The Birth of a Nation" sheds light on the life of slaves in early America.

​“The Birth of a Nation” proves triumphant

Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” opens around a fire. Around the fire sits a group of slaves cloaked in a thick blue light and spectral dust. The elder of the circle exhorts the slaves to follow young Nat Turner, who carried a birthmark deemed auspicious by ancient African tradition.

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