Thursday, April 9

Second Take: Weak plot, excessive obscenity fail to deliver for ‘American Horror Story’

This week, Daily Bruin A&E is counting down to the new year by looking back at the best and worst events in the arts and entertainment world of 2015. Read more...

Photo: Lady Gaga (left) and Matt Bomer (right) star in season five of “American Horror Story.” The show has foregone it’s previous artful horror and character development in favor of excessive obscene material and a nonsensical plot. (FX)


Second Take: 2015’s biggest book sequels fail to carry legacy

This week, Daily Bruin A&E is counting down to the new year by looking back at the best and worst events in the arts and entertainment world of 2015. Read more...

Photo: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz (left) is the fourth book of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Series.” Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” (right) is the sequel to her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Both novels were released in 2015. (Alfred A. Knopf and HarperCollins)


Second Take: Shia LaBeouf’s eccentric 2015 performance art dismantles celebrity

This week, Daily Bruin A&E is counting down to the new year by looking back at the best and worst events in the arts and entertainment world of 2015. Read more...

Photo: Shia LaBeouf smiles during #ALLMYMOVIES, a livestream of the actor watching all his films in reverse chronological order. LaBeouf has produced a series of performance art pieces in 2015 designed to push artistic boundaries and inspire unconventional thought. (newhive.com)


Hiatus Kaiyote brings its neo-soul to the El Rey Theatre

Neo-soul has returned with a futuristic twist and Hiatus Kaiyote is leading the movement. Hiatus Kaiyote, a quartet from Melbourne, Australia, played two sold-out shows in Los Angeles this past weekend as part of its world tour for its new album, “Choose Your Weapon.” To make matters more exciting, the group chose the El Rey Theatre, a decently sized venue lined with red carpet – yes, even on the walls – and intricate glass chandeliers. Read more...

Photo: Vocalist Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote playing the keyboard at the El Rey Theatre. (Julie Paik/Daily Bruin)


NxWorries fell flat at Bruin Bash, but didn’t have to

When Bruin Bash opening act NxWorries took the stage Monday in Pauley Pavilion, my thoughts were: “Who are these generic rappers?” My fellow concertgoers near me – all of them seated – seemed to be equally puzzled. Read more...

Photo: Following NxWorries’ performance and an intermission, the Bruin Bash crowd awaits headliner Madeon at Pauley Pavilion. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)



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