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June 1, 2023 6:36 p.m.
Concert review: The National proves it’s still an indie powerhouse after more than 20 years

(From left to right) The National members Scott Devendorf, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner perform on stage in front of illuminated squares. The five-member alternative rock band performed at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday. (Neha Krishnakumar/Daily Bruin)

This post was updated June 4 at 9:02 p.m.
As The National unflinchingly traversed the depths of listeners’ anxieties and self-doubts, its indie empire held strong.

By Graciana Paxton


June 1, 2023 12:18 a.m.
Second Take: Parasocial relationships rising, fueled by unhealthy celebrity obsessions

The line between healthy and toxic emotional connections with celebrities has become increasingly blurred.
Parasocial relationships – which form when a group of fans has a one-sided attachment to someone famous – have blazed through celebrity culture in recent years, fueled in part by the rise of social media.

By Lex Wang


May 26, 2023 1:05 p.m.

Film review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ live-action remake fails to entice viewers to dive in

This post was updated May 29 at 9:27 p.m.
“The Little Mermaid” has at last reached land – and has frankly flopped like a fish out of water.

By Vivian Xu


May 22, 2023 6:13 p.m.

‘Succession’ season 4 recap – episode 9: ‘Church and State’

This post was updated May 23 at 9:26 p.m.
Funerals don’t bury memories, and even in death, the Roy children remain spectators to their father’s life.

By Natalie Agnew

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