Thursday, March 23

The 2017 live-action reboot of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" features heavily Auto-Tuned singing by Emma Watson and two versions of the soundtrack's titular song. (Walt Disney Records)
The 2017 live-action reboot of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" features heavily Auto-Tuned singing by Emma Watson and two versions of the soundtrack's titular song. (Walt Disney Records)

(Columbia Records)

Album review: ‘Heartworms’

Many indie bands have consigned to a political agenda in response to today’s controversial political atmosphere, but The Shins have remained blissfully aloof. Fellow indie rockers, such as How To Dress Well and Toro y Moi, have focused their artistic efforts toward an anti-Trump agenda by adding their songs to the protest compilation “Our First 100 Days,” but The Shins have remained mostly quiet in the years following their last album release of 2012’s “Port of Morrow.” “Heartworms,” The Shins’ fifth studio album released Friday, is a refreshing escape from the political debates found online. Read more...

(Columbia Records)

Paniz Arab, a fourth-year global studies student, will participate in the Iranian Student Group's culture show, which will showcase both traditional and modern Iranian dances. (Photo illustration by Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin and Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)
Paniz Arab, a fourth-year global studies student, will participate in the Iranian Student Group's culture show, which will showcase both traditional and modern Iranian dances. (Photo illustration by Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin and Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

(Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)
(Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Fourth-year world arts and cultures students Nick Pauley and Maddie Olandt play robotic, mindless conformists in Katy Perry's latest music video for her song "Chained To The Rhythm," which was filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (Hannah Burnett/Daily Bruin)
Fourth-year world arts and cultures students Nick Pauley and Maddie Olandt play robotic, mindless conformists in Katy Perry's latest music video for her song "Chained To The Rhythm," which was filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (Hannah Burnett/Daily Bruin)

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Cuts to federal budget could jeopardize UCLA’s arts programs

President Donald Trump’s potential budget cuts may take a toll on the UCLA arts community, directors and faculty said. The Hill reported Jan. 19 that the Trump transition team outlined a budget plan that would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts, the latter of which is the only funder of arts programs nationwide. Read more...

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(Asylum Records and Atlantic Records)

Album review: ‘Divide’

Ed Sheeran’s latest album shows he is more than a simple red-haired musician with an acoustic guitar. Sheeran announced a social media hiatus in December 2015: He said he wanted to experience the world outside the confines of social media, but promised his fans a return with a third album. Read more...

(Asylum Records and Atlantic Records)


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