July 23, 2014

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Chiarelli: Sam Koch’s impact evident in those who knew him best -

Monday, July 21, 2014

Longtime UMass men’s soccer coach Sam Koch dies after two-year battle with sinus cancer -

Monday, July 21, 2014

Southwest evacuated after gas leak -

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UMass Rowing finishes NCAA Championships, ends year ranked No. 21 in the nation -

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Two UMass basketball alums to compete for a lofty prize in The Basketball Tournament -

Friday, May 23, 2014

Commencement Photos 2014 -

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two arrested in relation to series of vandalism -

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Students push for relocation of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health -

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video: No. 14 UMass WLAX ends season in loss to Loyola (MD) -

Saturday, May 10, 2014

No. 14 UMass women’s lacrosse season ends in loss to Loyola (MD) -

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sixth inning rally propels UMass past Dayton 7-2 -

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

McMahon, Ferris and McGovern: Not your usual transfer story -

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Women’s lacrosse defeats Richmond 10-6 to win sixth straight A-10 Championship -

Sunday, May 4, 2014

No. 13 UMass women’s lacrosse knocks off Duquesne 16-3 to reach Atlantic 10 finals -

Friday, May 2, 2014

UMass one of 55 schools currently facing investigation over handling of sexual assault cases -

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Two thefts reported at library -

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Senior Columns 2013-2014 -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UMass Dining proposes major meal plan changes -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UMass baseball beats UConn for first time since 2007 -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MTV’s seemingly controversial new show proves to be ‘Faking It’ -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MTV’s seemingly controversial new show proves to be ‘Faking It’

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“Faking It” proves to be a boring and empty show based on an unusual premise.

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NBC’s Thursday night comedy woes

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Competition and poor programming may have brought about the end of an era for NBC.

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Hop on the ‘pursuit’ of Kid Cudi’s style

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Rapper Kid Cudi made headlines for his latest look with his rapper-turned-rocker style.

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How to look fabulous this summer festival season

Caroline Dennett, Susannah Wright, Becca Fox, Ben Hyland, and Matt Zavalick chill out in style on Orchard hill. (Photo by Adria Kelly-Sullenger)

Advice on how to steal the spotlight at any music festival or summer event you attend.

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Apps everyone should have on their phone

Eddie Hull uses his phone while students vote on whether to stay or go during a student protest on Feb. 24, 2012. (Collegian File Photo)

Stay entertained and productive on your phone with these tools.

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SALT, making local music a little more local

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Get into the good old fashion DIY spirit with Students for Alternative Music

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Brooklyn indie-rock band The Antlers prepare new album

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Critically acclaimed band’s fourth album promises brave new sounds

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Up and coming R&B singer SZA releases strong new EP

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TDE artist looks to carve her own niche in hip-hop/R&B world

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Brewed of the Gods – Dogfish Head Theobroma

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Dogfish Head’s Theobroma Ale is a celebration of both the flavor of chocolate and its proverbially mystical qualities from the folklore of bygone eras.

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Food of the World: Vietnam

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Vietnamese cuisine requires an intricate cooking style that is often more complex than the average meal.

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Indie duo The Both to perform at Pearl Street

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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up to perform in NoHo as indie duo The Both.

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‘Transcendence’ a fumbling cautionary tale

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Wally Pfister’s directorial debut is contrived and graceless

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‘Veep’ continues to be one of the smartest comedies around

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues to deliver as Selina Meyer in “Veep.”

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‘Noah’ a sinking ship

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Darren Aronofsky, a director best known for the 2010 film “Black Swan,” has fallen victim to that most dreaded art-versus-production trope of Hollywood; a big budget. “Noah,” his latest effort, had financial backing north of $100 million, and you can see every cent of it. Everything about this film is supersized – giant tracking shots, a showy score and CGI as far as the anamorphic eye can see. Yes, this is an epic film adapted from a biblical story (and an admittedly very short biblical story at that), but Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the script with Ari Handel, gets far…

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Fashion faux-pas to fend off at music festivals

A group of friends jump rope on the first day of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Friday, April 11, 2014. (Bethany Mollenkof/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Your guide to looking great without offending during this year’s music festival season.

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Is Beyoncé a ‘fashion queen’ or just The Queen?

Beyonce poses backstage during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

A look at the outfits from Beyoncé’s latest tour.

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Jak and Daxter remains a gamer favorite

Fans await a proper fourth title in the Jak and Daxter video game franchise that may never come.

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Thousands gather in Amherst Commons for 23rd Annual Extravaganja

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Sarah Robertson recounts the events of last weekend’s Extravaganja Festival.

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Got a little Irish in you?

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Adria Kelly-Sullenger walks you through the basics of Irish cuisine.

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‘The Walking Dead’ finale resurrects a dull season

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Finally, the sheriff we deserve makes an entrance in “The Walking Dead” after an uneven fourth season.

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Kurt Cobain, remembered 20 years later

Messages left on a bench in Viretta Park along Lake Washington next to the home where Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love lived and Cobain took his own life. (Alan Berner/Seattle Times/MCT)

The influence of the rock icon can still be felt across music two decades after his death.

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Feist plays engaging, soulful show at the Calvin Theater

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The Canadian singer-songwriter brought her A-game to Northampton last Wednesday.

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Overalls and whitewashed outfits trend in spring 2014

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Overalls and whitewashed outfits return for spring

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The beginning of the end for ‘Mad Men’

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AMC’s hit show begins its final season

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How I met the worst series finale to date

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Ted meets the Mother … but it doesn’t end there

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Straight from the stairwells, the Commonwealth

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Folk duo from the Commonwealth Honors College create music from the stairwells.

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Sexy Girls are ‘just guys being guys’

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The band brings jazz, surf and hip hop influences together in harmony

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Step inside Watts’ Closet

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This hard to miss “psyche-indie-jam-garage-rock” band gets their namesake from none other than Reggie Watts, and is working hard at playing as much as they can.

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Meet one of NoHo’s brightest young musical minds, Deja Carr

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17-year-old Deja Carr splits her time between four musical projects and is one of the Pioneer Valley’s best kept secrets.

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Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager: Good for a lager

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Emily Brightman reviews Port Brewing Company’s Hot Rocks Lager in her weekly beer column.

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The UMass coffee experience

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Adria Kelly-Sullenger went on a quest to find the best cup of coffee on campus.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is best Marvel movie to date

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is the crossroads of political drama and superhero movies

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‘Divergent’ is just another teen movie

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Bring on “The Hunger Games” comparisons.

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Starks, Targaryens and Lannisters, oh my

What to expect from “Game of Thrones” Season 4.

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‘Glee’ moves to NYC

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“Glee” finally drops Ohio and settles on one location in the city that never sleeps.

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Normcore is the new black

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Normcore is the anti-fashion trend that’s quickly gaining steam.

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Canadian singer/songwriter Feist to stop by Calvin Theater

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Continuing her intimate “Mettle” tour, former Broken Social Scene member to perform in NoHo

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The Mountain Goats come to Noho

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John Darnielle, better known as The Mountain Goats, will be putting on a solo performance in Northampton at the Pearl Street Ballroom.

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Colombian pop star Shakira explores new sounds on new, self-titled album

Singer Shakira joined the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to improve academic excellence and expanding educational opportunities, during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 6, 2011. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Singer shows growth and willingness to experiment on 10th LP.

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Cambridge Brewing Company’s Audacity of Hops

(Justin Surgent/Daily Collegian)

“Audacity of Hops” brings forth a complex flavor that in itself makes it worth mentioning.

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From West Coast to Best Coast: The Dirty Heads

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John LaCroix advises those who haven’t heard of The Dirty Heads to go to their show.

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‘Bad Words’ is Bateman’s best performance

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This swear-filled spelling bee comedy gets a blue ribbon for acting, not writing.

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Scotch, suits and speculation as ‘Mad Men’ comes to an end

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“Mad Men” theories from the far-fetched to the more probable are explored before the final season.

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Time for the ‘Girls’ to grow up

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As HBO’s hit series “Girls” comes to its third season finale, it opens up a new set of doors for each and every character.

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The benefits of domestic exchange

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With domestic exchange, students can find themselves on an adventure anywhere within the realm of our 50 states.

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Grammy-winning desert rock band Tinariwen delivers stunning performance at Iron Horse

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Malian band brings their A game to NoHo with electrifying set

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The Hold Steady return to form on “Teeth Dreams”

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New York band’s sixth album shows renewed energy and creativity

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For those about to bock: BBC Maibock Lager

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BBC Maibock Lager proves to be unlike many of its own kind.

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A little taste of Mexico from a Los Angeles native

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Explore some traditional, non-Americanized Mexican cuisine.

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Veronica Mars, she’s a movie star

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The new “Veronica Mars” movie is a film for fans that was also funded by fans.

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Cower before the Yellow King

HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga

“True Detective” caps off its incredible first season in style.

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a disenchanting ruin

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There was too much Wes Anderson for one film.

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Ideas to make your next party prosper

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Spice things up with a fun theme

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Stars align for another fashionable awards season

Lupita Nyong'o on stage during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Memorable looks came from music and film stars alike

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Don’t let these Tricksters fool you

Lucas Soloranzo (Shaina Mishkin/Daily Collegian)

The Young Tricksters has been snowballing popularity in the Pioneer Valley music scene lately and just released their first EP, “Ripples.” Get to know the members of this locally-based band.

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Desert rock band Tinariwen to headline the Iron Horse

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On top of their game, critically acclaimed band take their new album “Emmaar” to NoHo.

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UMass CRC hosts Battle of the Bands for 24th Annual Extravaganja

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Amherst beat-boxer Honeycomb won the annual UMass CRC Battle of the Bands event on Wednesday.

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Creme Brulee for the budget-conscious

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Emily Brightman reviews Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Creme Brulee Stout.

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‘House of Cards’ continues to be binge worthy

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Frank Underwood continues his ruthless bid for the presidency in season two of “House of Cards.”

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‘Fantastic Four’ not so fantastic

Actor Michael B. Jordan, who has been cast as The Human Torch in the upcoming reboot of "The Fantastic Four."  (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The new “Fantastic Four” is full of casting blunders that have infuriated fans.

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‘Bates Motel’ checks in for its second season

Actor Freddie Highmore, who plays Norman Bates in "Bates Motel."  (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

The A&E original series “Bates Motel” continues to be thrilling and mysterious in its second season.

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Lupita Nyong’o makes a lasting impression on this season’s red carpet

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The star picks the best looks again and again

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Are tattoos and piercings professional?

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Though culture is changing, some workplaces stay stuck in the past

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Pick up Olivia Wilde’s look with ease for cheap

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The star looks great and keeps it simple – and so can you.

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Drive-By Truckers release great new album, ‘English Oceans’

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Southern rock band’s 10th LP hits all the right notes.

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Coldplay preps new album ‘Ghost Stories’

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London band’s new album promises change of sonic direction

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Pharrell carves his own niche in the mainstream pop landscape

Pharrell Williams performs during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Singer/producer’s second solo album establishes him as a star in his own right.

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Tips to avoid ‘Blarney Hangover’

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Emily Brightman provides some tips for drinking responsibly and still having fun this weekend.

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Great Divide Old Ruffian just the right amount of rowdy

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Emily Brightman reviews Great Divide Old Ruffian beer, finding it intense but tasty.

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The winners, fashion and crazy moments from the 86th Oscars

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Ellen DeGeneres hosts an entertaining, albeit unsurprising Oscars ceremony.

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‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s’ triumphant return to New York

Jimmy Fallon and Cookie Monster entertain the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday, Nov., 28, 2013. (Kristin Callahan/Ace Pictures via Zuma Press/MCT)

Jimmy Fallon has rung in a new era of late-night television as the new host of “The Tonight Show.”

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Stars bring their best looks to the Oscars

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Celebrities stun and set the trends for the upcoming season at the Oscars on Sunday night.

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Kid Cudi lands support with ‘Satellite Flight’

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Rapper Kid Cudi drops his surprise fourth album, “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon.”

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Paws Program brings canine therapy to UMass

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UMass students find solace in furry friends brought in as part of the Paws Program.

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Old Crow Medicine Show to stop by Northampton

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Nationally popular country string band to headline Calvin Theater

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The Hotelier move into the upper echelon of the emo genre with stunning second album

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Worcester band is on top of their game with “Home, Like Noplace Is There.”

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ScHoolboy Q makes TDE debut with solid “Oxymoron”

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West Coast rapper collaborates with famous friends, and continues to impress, on third LP.

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Getting weird with the Beard

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Emily Brightman reviews beer brewed from yeast found in a man’s beard.

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New Hatch Cafe full of tasty options

The newly renovated hatch is now open more often in place of Blue Wall. (Justin Surgent/Daily Collegian)

Hae Young Yoo discusses all of the dining options available at the Hatch Cafe.

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A robotic remake of ‘RoboCop’

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“RoboCop” has significant hype surrounding it, but it lacks the humanity it pretends to have.

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The many projects of Joss Whedon

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The prolific writer and director Joss Whedon is known for a wide variety of works, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Avengers.”

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Oscar-nominated animated shorts for 2014

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This year’s Oscar-nominated short films include “Mr. Hublot,” “Get a Horse” and “Feral.”

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‘The Vagina Monologues’ return to UMass

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A gripping performance, “The Vagina Monologues” inspires conversation about violence against women.

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Tips for Staticky Hair

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How to avoid those flyaways in your hair in the cold months.

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An inside look at Northampton based band The Sun Parade

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Locally based folk-rock group gives insight on their new sound and direction.

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North African band Tinariwen releases sixth album

Desert rock band exposes Western audiences to the sounds of the Sahara.

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Go ahead, indulge yourself

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The many health benefits of chocolate.

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Founder’s Breakfast Stout: Don’t drink this for breakfast

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Emily Brightman reviews Founder’s Breakfast Stout.

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moe. performs uneven concert at Calvin Theater

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Jam band moe. stopped off at the Calvin Theater in NoHo with an improv-heavy set that was met with a mixed reception.

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Music that will be sure to keep the winter blues away

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The winter can be a drag, but these jams will make the cold bearable.

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Kanye West’s debut turns 10

Kanye West at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations on Dec. 7, 2004. West won Best Rap Album for "College Dropout" that year. (lde)

A reflection on Kanye West’s music since his first album.

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‘True Detective’ shows there’s no country for old cops

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The HBO drama “True Detective” is a gritty, slow burn beauty midway through its first season.

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How to create your best LinkedIn account

Here are some tips for creating a presentable LinkedIn account.

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How Netflix is reinventing television

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The high quality original programming of Netflix sets the streaming service apart.

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Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde Tripel Ale goes 15th century on your taste buds

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Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde Tripel Ale goes 15th century on your taste buds

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Student comedian Ryan Hill sheds light on his routine

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Over to UPub and through Ryan Hill, to comedy night we go

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman remembered

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A master of his craft that truly made a difference, Phillip Seymour Hoffman will be missed.

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‘The Lego Movie’ a fun adventure

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Warner Bros. builds a blockbuster in “The Lego Movie.”

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‘Nebraska’ is more than cows and corn

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This drama centered around a road trip proves to be Will’s forte.

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Bad Rabbits return to Northampton

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The popular Boston band Bad Rabbits hops back to the Pioneer Valley at Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall this Thursday.

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Green Day’s “American Idiot” takes over the FAC

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The Broadway “American Idiot” musical comes to the UMass campus and wows the FAC with its provocative, emotional story.

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Sun Kil Moon releases incredible sixth album

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‘Benji’ is moving, powerful and incredibly honest

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Broken Bells disappoint on ‘After the Disco’

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Broken Bells, indie supergroup, disappoints on sophomore LP

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Dreamville Records ‘Revenge of the Dreamers’ unleashes new, talented artists

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J. Cole’s record label drops first mixtape.

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Hot cocktails for the cold season

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Winter-themed mixed drinks

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Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

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Emily Brightman reviews Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea.

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The wild world of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Martin Scorsese’s latest makes “Spring Breakers” look like “Frozen.”

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‘August: Osage County,’ a test of cinematic endurance

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The movie “August: Osage County” rewards those up to the challenge.

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‘Devil’s Due’ is diabolically disappointing

This found footage flick only presents a cure for insomnia.

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The decision to wear gloves, mittens or glittens

Unsure on whether to wear gloves or mittens? Maybe it’s time to try the new alternative: glittens.

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‘American Idiot’ set to rock UMass

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Green Day’s rock musical, “American Idiot,” prepares to take the stage at the University of Massachusetts.

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The parka makes a comeback

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The parka trend is transcending the season with its compelling practicality, and enduring the rest of the winter will be easy with this warm and stylish outerwear.

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Out of Chicago: Introducing Vic Mensa

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Vic Mensa is an up and coming artist in the modern hip-hop community who is worth keeping an eye on.

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Kid Ink develops new sound on “My Own Lane”

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Kid Ink finds himself in his ‘own lane’ on his most recent album release.

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Jam band moe. prepares to rock Calvin Theater

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You know what they say; moe. music mo’ fun.

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Spend your quarters at The Quarters

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The Quarters, combination arcade/bar, promises fun for all ages.

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Staving off those pesky winter blues

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Elena Lopez provides some helpful tips to deal with the bitter cold and stay positive during the next few months

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Dub-step duo Break Science to play Pearl Street

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Sarah Robertson previews the EDM duo Break Science.

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‘Lone Survivor’ in a class of its own

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Mark Wahlberg takes up a unique dramatic role in “Lone Survivor,” a war movie with a purpose.

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Have your heart broken by ‘Her’

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The emotional rollercoaster of this decade may just come from a voice without a body on the other end of a phone.

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‘Frozen’ a welcome return to form

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Get back into the Disney spirit with “Frozen,” which is easily one of the best animated films in recent memory.

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Deconstructing the Consumer Electronics Show: The tone of tech in 2014

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The Consumer Electronics Show brought the usual exciting exuberance that descends upon Las Vegas each year.

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Listening ahead to 2014

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Music stars from a litany of genres are preparing new releases for 2014

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Mogwai’s “Rave Tapes” fails to make waves

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Post-rock band’s eighth album fails to excite

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How 2013 brought about a change in music

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Varied triumphs make for fascinating year in music

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Emily’s winter beer-swilling guide

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Emily Brightman reviews and recommends her favorite winter brews for a cold winter’s night

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Frailty, thy name is fruitcake

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Practical uses for your favorite holiday confection

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Super sleuth’s spectacular return

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(Spoilers) The first episode of Season 3 of “Sherlock” doesn’t disappoint.

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The Golden Globes failed to step up from last year

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A lack of controversy and high profile films made for a boring and underwhelming Golden Globes ceremony.

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Childish Gambino grows up

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In his latest album, “Because the Internet,” Donald Glover pours his heart and soul out in his introspective latest LP.

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How to spot a second semester senior

How to spot a second semester senior

The tell-tale signs that you’re nearing graduation.

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Five weather and fashion friendly items for winter

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Don’t let this year’s winter cramp your style. Use these tips to maintain your image while braving the bitter wind on your way to class.

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Top products to hydrate and moisturize for under $20

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Your skin is important to take care of, especially in the cold and dry New England Winter months. Here are a few tips on how to keep healthy without breaking the bank.

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Career-directed fashion on an intern budget

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Dressing to impress is never easy at an internship, especially on a tight college budget; however, there are easy ways to present yourself nicely without burning a hole in your pocket.

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2013 delivers many musical successes

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A retrospective on the most impressive musical projects released in the past year.

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‘Anchorman 2’ a rare exception to disappointing comedy sequels

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‘The Legend’ lives up to its cult-level hype.

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2013 demonstrates a strong year in film

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The past year introduced a great deal of worthy blockbusters worth the attention of any cinematic junkie.

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A look ahead at film in 2014

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Despite an onslaught of upcoming sequels, the upcoming year has a lot to offer in terms of cinema.

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Beyoncé delivers her strongest album yet with ‘Beyoncé’

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Her fifth studio album has likely become the best pop album of 2013.

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Victory DirtWolf Double IPA provides tasty experience

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The Victory Brewing Company’s DirtWolf Double IPA packs a flavorful punch.

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Artist to watch: Jhené Aiko’s angelic appeal

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Jhene Aiko has slowly but surely risen to prominence in the R&B music field.

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Costume design student finds Etsy success

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Alina Nalivayko runs her own business, the Robotique

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Phil Witts: a model student

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A UMass student finds a new career in an unlikely industry.

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One Direction fails to break new ground on ‘Midnight Memories’

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The boys get more mature but maintain their basic pop sound.

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Ten friends we all have on Facebook

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Newsfeed nuisances and social media stereotypes, detailed by Steffi Porter.

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Dare to dream of a better Christopher Nolan

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Film critic Søren Hough looks back on the career of Christopher Nolan – and where he went wrong

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DC and Marvel taking over television

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While Marvel has been dominating both the movies and television through the use of comic book devices, DC is playing catch-up but may be digging themselves a bigger hole.

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McConaughey shines in the excellent ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

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An overall great film, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto shine as co-stars in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

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‘The Sharpest’ band in town

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The Amherst-based band, The Sharpest, has been around for nearly six years and has played in venues located in the Pioneer Valley all the way to Chicago. The tightly knit trio blends its accessible poppy tone with a unique and experimental twist of math rock.

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Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls shake things up in NoHo

Folk-punk icon Frank Turner celebrates his 1503rd show in Northampton with a brawling crowd and an almost negligible back problem.

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‘Getting drunk and eating chicken fingers’

The Trailer Park Boys are back for a new season and a movie.

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‘Catching Fire’ is epic, dark and outstanding

After a disappointing beginning to the movie franchise, the second installment picks up the slack

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Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective

Paul Thomas Anderson may have just six feature-length films to date, but is one of the most creative voices in directing today.

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Jake Bugg explores a new sound in ‘Shangri La’

Jake Bugg’s latest album release won’t “Bugg” you out.

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Classic, unsung video game soundtracks

Video game soundtracks from generations past that have withstood the test of time.

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Kanye and Kendrick perform a show to remember

The “God” and the “King” themselves tackle Boston’s TD Garden on one of the most anticipated tours of the year.

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Folk-punk artist Frank Turner comes to Calvin Theater

Frank Turner will come to Calvin Theater in Northampton this Sunday to perform for his folk-punk fans.

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The pros and cons of coffee

Americans love their coffee, but while it has its benefits, it does have some downfalls.

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Bikram Yoga heats up in Northampton

Bikram Yoga Northampton presents the people of Northampton and its surrounding towns with a chance to try out yoga with a little added heat.

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Six ways to sport a scarf

Lauren Tom lists some new ways to wear a scarf for you to wrap your head around.

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Pokemon ‘X’ and ‘Y’ present a move forward for series

New features stun, but the storyline is still lacking.

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Adding longevity to your long-distance relationship

Steffi Porter gives tips to be faithful and happy in a long-distance relationship.

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“Thor” thunders past its predecessor.

“Thor: The Dark World” was a significant improvement over Kenneth Branagh’s initial installment.

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‘Kill Your Darlings’ is a unique coming-of-age piece

The film takes William Faulkner’s famous advice to a darker level without disappointing

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Wes Anderson: the antidote to hum-drum Hollywood

Using a very unique style borrowed in part from French filmmakers, Wes Anderson makes going to the movies an experience like no other

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Gaga’s ‘little monsters’ eat up ‘ARTPOP’

Lady Gaga unleashes her new highly anticipated LP “ARTPOP” to the public, which aims to blend art culture seamlessly into pop music.

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Born Ruffians tear up Iron Horse

The Canadian-based indie rock band Born Ruffians played a show for the Iron Horse filled with songs new and old, as well as a number of laughs.

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Yamato Drums up a great performance at the Fine Arts Center

The Japanese Taiko drumming group Yamato stopped off at UMass last week on its 20th anniversary world tour with an engaging and interactive performance.

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The pun’s the fun with Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Porter

Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Porter has hints of chocolate and caramel that will make beer enthusiasts pleased.

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Easy tips to avoid the flu

Simple tasks like washing your hands and sleeping eight hours can help you avoid getting sick during the cold, winter months.

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Fall into winter with a vest

Ryan Ford provides advice about how to get invested in winter vest styles.

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Local student plans to ‘outlive’ his dream with clothing line

Dream catcher-inspired shirts available to pre-order now.

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‘Say OK’ to Vanessa Hudgens’ many looks

Get the star’s style at your favorite stores.

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Giving thanks at the cinema

The arrival of Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the holiday movie rush.

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The wisecrackers from MST3K have still got it

Nerds rejoiced when Joel and his buddies from MST3K showed up for their latest and final tour of the movie bashing bonanza Cinematic Titanic.

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Kung Fu chops through Pearl Street

The jam band Kung Fu delivered an impressive show to a small but appreciative crowd at Pearl Street last week.

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Kanye and Kendrick: A God and a King

The enigmatic ego Kanye West sets off on his first tour in five years with Kendrick Lamar. The two will stop in Boston next Sunday, Nov. 17, for on one of the biggest musical tours of the year.

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Yamato: Japanese Taiko Drummers Come to UMass

“Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy” is the Japanese Taiko drum troupe Yamato’s motto. And with over 200 performances worldwide each year, they take their motto seriously.

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“12 Years a Slave” is a Landmark Achievement

“12 Years a Slave” offers a timeless history of one of the darkest chapters in American history.

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Podcast: Nick Derian and Marissa Zaritsky review “God Loves Uganda”

Collegian podcasters Nick Derian and Marissa Zaritsky discuss “God Loves Uganda” and the issues raised by the film.

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Candia Road Brewing Company – Lotus Eater Double IPA

The Lotus Eater Double IPA lacks the flavor desired in an IPA.

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What to do with your leftover Halloween candy

Now that Halloween is over and you are stuck with all that extra candy, here are a few ideas to make sure your sweets don’t go to waste.

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Arcade Fire makes a mess and has a blast on “Reflektor”

Jackson Maxwell reviews the band’s latest album.

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iStudiez Pro essential productivity app for students

Elise Martorano reviews the smartphone and laptop application.

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The golden age of ‘Arthur’ comes to an end

Reviewer Søren Hough reminisces about the children’s program that he once loved and the end of ‘Arthur’ as we know it

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‘Ender’s Game’ doesn’t get off the ground

“Ender’s Game” fails to successfully make the jump from page to screen.

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Born Ruffians Stop By NoHo on Worldwide Tour

Despite poor reviews in the magazine Pitchfork, the band still has a loyal following

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Lou Reed: The Last Rock Rebel

Music revolutionary Lou Reed passed away last week, but not without leaving his mark on rock and roll history.

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Tera Melos headline a noisy night at the Pearl Street

Tera Melos and two opening acts stopped off in Northampton last week with their unique and abrasively noisy sound.

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Hugh Laurie plays the blues at the Calvin Theater

Hugh Laurie, known best in the United States for his role as Dr. House, performed a blues show with his group The Copper Bottom Band.

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Friends for the end of the world: UMass students take on Humans vs. Zombies

Since 2007, many students at UMass have engaged in missions and other activities as part of the highly popular real-life game Humans vs. Zombies.

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‘Carrie’ a self-aware horror that stands on its own

A remake of Brian De Palma’s original adaptation and Stephen King’s debut novel, “Carrie,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz, delivers on its own terms.

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The best costume looks for couples

Five ideas for you and your beau.

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B-level horror movies worth your time

Instead of sitting bored in your living room with friends while the little boy from “Insidious” scares no one, turn to these other movies for a terrifyingly good time.

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‘Let the Right One In’ not your typical horror movie

“Let the Right One In” is not your common scary horror film, but it doesn’t try to be.

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Looking back on ‘The Shining’

Stanley Kubrick produced a masterwork of suspense, escalation and visceral horror in his adaptation of Stephen King’s third novel.

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Spooky Brews: the best Halloween beers

Five creepy crafts to try this fall

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The Top 5 Treehouse of Horror episodes

Brett Reardon writes on his five best Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes.

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Unsexy Halloween costumes to avoid this year

Kids’ TV stars, food and more looks you won’t want.

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Dressing as your favorite (dead) rock icon

Araz Havan writes on five iconic singers with easy-to-recreate looks for Halloween.

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