Blacclites uses virtual reality to create immersive depiction of culture and oppression

Utilizing dancers with white body paint and face makeup dancing against a rainbow background and warriors dancing against curtains and murals, Blacclites is an experimental project that combines practical and aesthetic elements to portray racism and oppression. The six-minute film was created as a project for the USC Jaunt Cinematic Virtual Reality Lab that revolves […]

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Girl Group, Interrupted: Can Fifth Harmony make it without frontwoman Camila Cabello?

Despite their popularity, competitive reality shows have never been remarkably successful at producing lasting talents. It might be because marketability isn’t the first priority of winners, or that the market is simply too competitive to ensure a spot for every winner or runner-up. However, a few artists have managed to cement themselves in the industry, […]

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REVIEW: Imagine Dragons experiments with new sounds in Evolve

Imagine Dragons’ new album is by no means revolutionary, but it’s definitely evolutionary. In the rock band’s third LP Evolve, old sounds are mixed with new influences based on contemporary radio hits. Further deviating from the band’s rock origins, Evolve is a mish-mash of electronic and pop-tinged anthems that attempt to veer from the emotional […]

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Imagine Dragons bring hits to life in Virtual Reality concert

While there was no lightning on Thursday, thunder erupted inside the Belasco Theater as Imagine Dragons took the stage for an intimate concert with L.A. fans. The show was first in a four-part virtual reality concert series hosted by Citi, Live Nation and NextVR, and was recorded in VR for fans to enjoy at home. […]

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REVIEW: Lorde’s Melodrama takes listeners to perfect places

Few artists in the music industry today are able to ride the wave of their debut studio album to mainstream relevancy for four long years. It’s a painful, risky move, one that can alienate fans and signal career suicide if the final project doesn’t live up to lofty expectations. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lorde embarked on that […]

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