Relive This Semester’s Bandersnatch Concert Series

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Relive This Semester’s Bandersnatch Concert Series

The Saturday night show featured exciting performances by three dynamic acts.

This semester’s Bandersnatch Concert Series kicked off as Roseville took the stage in Goldstein Auditorium for the first time. The SU student/producer, rocking a beanie and Domino’s hoodie, introduced himself to the listeners below, and started his set off on a strong note. As the crowd continued to grow, their energy did as well; Roseville chose massive future bass tracks to help build steam in his set. Among the songs he played were a number of his own remixes, including his redo of ODESZA’s classic, “Say My Name.” As his set came to a close, the producer introduced his latest flip, a remix to “Bodies,” supported by original artist Cody Lovaas- the track rocked Goldstein Auditorium, and set the tone for an energetic follow-up performance from the second act, Khary.

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Next to perform was Khary, the emerging young rapper from Providence, Rhode Island. He ran out on stage with tons of energy to seamlessly follow Roseville’s lively set. Khary introduced himself and informed the crowd that he was excited to be in Syracuse for the first time. The young rapper kept the energy high as he bounced across the stage and engaged in dialogue with listeners below- he even climbed the barricade between the stage and the pit, drawing fans to jump with him to the beat of tracks such as “Find Me,” “2AM Thirst Ballad,” and newly released banger “1-800-IDGAF.” The set also featured several unreleased tracks from his upcoming album, set to come out later this year. His energy traversed throughout the auditorium, setting the stage properly for the headlining act.

After Khary left the crowd with an undeniable liveliness, Mura Masa went on to build energy throughout Goldstein Auditorium. As Mura Masa arrived on stage, the soft-spoken 21-year-old immediately dove into the first track on his self-titled album, “Messy Love,” complementing the measured beats of the track with his own voice. Along with “Messy Love,” Mura delivered stand-out tracks “Nuggets,” “Lotus Eater,” “Love$ick,” and “Firefly”—all of which were accompanied by Fliss, his versatile vocalist that sings the guest vocals on each track. While most expected a DJ set, the live vocals delivered by Fliss and Mura displayed the ever-changing face of his various projects, specifically songs from his self-titled debut Mura Masa. As he transitioned between songs, the British producer seamlessly crossed from instrument to instrument all while remaining incredibly focused, reinforcing his broad talents as a musician. While the multi-instrumentalist continued to push through his set, the crowd began to anticipate every build and drop, and prepared for the drops in a pulsing manner. Overall, Mura’s quiet confidence and dance-worthy set were received well by the crowd and left everyone craving more from the multifaceted artist.

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By PJ Walshe and Sabrina Ghantous

Photos by: Liam Sheehan

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"Shameless," Mette Towley, Kehlani, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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"Shameless," Mette Towley, Kehlani, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

The Dancer Behind “Lemon”

Just after N.E.R.D. and Rihanna released their surprise single “Lemon,” people started to question who the star of the video was—you know, the one that gets her head shaved by Rihanna and then goes on to deliver an unforgettable choreographed performance. The woman is Mette Towley, a dancer that has previously worked with Pharrell on his 2013 project, Girl. Although Towley’s performance appears seamlessly natural, the video was entirely choreographed by JaQuel Knight with help from Pharrell’s collective. In an interview with The FADER, Towley commented on her experience working with N.E.R.D., claiming that they’re “a group that transcends any single genre, I think as a dancer, I was pushed to do the same thing.” She then went on to note how special the opportunity was: “I had freedom to be myself and express who I am in my body. That's just a dream for a dancer.” Watch Towley's performance below.


“Shameless” Renewed for Season 9

Following the Season 8 premiere this past Sunday, Showtime announced that hit series “Shameless” will be renewed for a ninth season. The Season 8 debut on Sunday brought in over 1.80 million viewers, marking the show’s highest rating since Season 3. Over the past several years, “Shameless” has proved to be Showtime’s most successful series. The CEO and President of Showtime pinpointed the reason for the show’s success in a statement: “But it’s no mystery why. The series’ reputation for rich and resonant characters and for deep – and deeply twisted – comedy has drawn not only faithful longtime viewers, but a steadily growing audience. And creatively, the season that kicked off this past Sunday is stronger than ever.” Creation of “Shameless’” ninth season will commence in 2018. You can watch the first seven seasons of “Shameless” on Netflix.


Kehlani’s Tech Startup

After the release of her album SweetSexySavage earlier this year, Kehlani has turned her efforts to the tech startup scene. Early this week, the Oakland native announced that she has landed a $50,000 investment for her tech startup, Flora. Flora will strive to provide health and wellness information for a younger audience through the use of “curated green content.” The investment is coming from a firm called Backstage Capital, an institution that focuses on projects by people of color. Kehlani expressed her enthusiasm for the project on Instagram, stating “I can’t wait to share this idea, I haven’t believed in something like this in a while. Proud to say we joined forces with a woman specifically looking to support queer/POC/women, it’s more than key for our mission to have lined up than anything in the world.”


Finn Wolfhard Fires Back

With the second season of "Stranger Things" hitting Netflix, all focus has been on the young cast. However, according to Finn Wolfhard, not all the attention has been positive. Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler in the series, called out to fans on Twitter to stop harassing his co-workers and friends. It is not known what specifically prompted Wolfhard to call out his fans for their negative comments. Wolfhard ended his series of tweets with some words of wisdom, “Think b4 ya type boiiii.” See the tweets below.


Bandersnatch: Mura Masa, Khary, Roseville To Come

This Saturday is University Union’s Bandersnatch show featuring Mura Masa, Khary, and Roseville. The show will be held in Goldstein Auditorium with music starting at 8:00PM. Tickets for the show are still on sale online and at the Schine Box Office. Get to know more about the artists here. Give our Bandersnatch playlist a listen below. 

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Get to Know Your Bandersnatch Artists

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Get to Know Your Bandersnatch Artists

With Bandersnatch approaching this Saturday, we wanted to give you all the information you need to know about the performing artists.
 

Mura Masa

After gaining interest in the electronic music scene with hits “Lovesick” and “Firefly,” 21-year-old British producer Alex Crossan—known as Mura Masa—released his own self-titled album this past summer, Mura Masa. However, Crossan’s passion and career in music did not start there. Raised in Guernsey, a small town within the English Channel, Crossan was first exposed to influential music by his mother and father—both were very musical at the time according to Crossan. In regards to the music that shaped his career in production, the absence of genre on Gorillaz’s second album, Demon Days, made Crossan “want to experiment” on his own. After illegally downloading Ableton, a production program, and watching YouTube tutorials on the program, Crossan started producing music. The beats and demos the young producer created ended up on SoundCloud, where he gathered his initial following. Today, the British producer still creates most of his music on his laptop at home, without any equipment. Not long after his break on SoundCloud, Crossan found himself collaborating with some of the most influential U.K. artists, as well as A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, and Damon Albarn. In an interview with Julie Adenuga on Beats 1 Radio, Mura Masa discussed his debut album, noting he learned to play every instrument needed to produce the album. Although he wanted the album to form narrative and tell a story, Crossan recognizes his genre “doesn’t really call for a narrative.” Instead, Mura Masa exists as what Crossan calls a “collection of cultural moments” which bring together a handful of unexpected collaborators. Overall, the young British producer remains humble in the wake of success following his self-titled album Mura Masa. Watch his interview on Beats 1 below.

Khary

Since he first entered the game in 2015, Khary has been making noise as an artist and rapper to look out for. The Rhode Island native made serious waves with his 2016 project Intern Aquarium, a thoughtful piece focusing on the themes of conformity, youth, and self-formation. Standout songs include “Find Me” and “2 AM Thirst Ballad,” which paints the all-too familiar setting of being out at a bar and wanting to see a partner. His “I’m Sorry” freestyle and accompanying video were featured in Billboard at the end of 2016, which set the stage for his 2017 release of Tidal Graves. The project is a collaborative EP made with powerhouse producer and frequent team member Lege Kale. Tidal Graves is an even more introspective project, which focuses more on the rapper’s relationships with friends and women, and how they’ve evolved (or devolved) in the wake of success and notoriety. Khary is known for his strong sense of self and the intimacy with which he writes his music; every theme is deeply analyzed and expressed with great detail. This level of intensity and personalism is foundation of the strong relationships listeners form with the deliverer. Following a 2017 mini tour, and in anticipation of  new music coming out tomorrow, November 7, the young artist has dispelled his reputation as a rookie in the game, and is certainly someone you’ll want to see perform in Goldstein.

Roseville

If you’re not familiar with Roseville quite yet, you’re going to want to be soon. The SU student is a junior in the Bandier Program, and has been developing his sound since before he came to school here. From Chicago, Roseville, formally known as Sammy White, has made significant noise with his unique production style, an energetic and bouncy descendent of future bass. He’s received attention from EDM outlets such as Dancing Astronaut, Good Music Everyday, and Creative Chaos, and has seen support from artists such as Louis the Child, Whethan, and Win and Woo. With hundreds of thousands of streams on his SoundCloud page, the SU producer looks forward to setting the stage for Khary and Mura Masa this Saturday. If you want to catch an up-and-comer before they’re playing stages across the country, make sure to get to Goldstein on time for Roseville’s set.

Bandersnatch will be held on Saturday, November 11th in Goldstein Auditorium. Doors will open at 7:15 PM, with music starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale at the Schine Box Office: $5 for SU/ESF students, and $10 for faculty, staff, and the general public. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://boxoffice.syr.edu/ at $10 for students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

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"Slice," Kevin Spacey, "Wall < Enter," and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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"Slice," Kevin Spacey, "Wall < Enter," and more: This Week in Pop Culture

“Slice” ft. Chance the Rapper

This past Tuesday, entertainment company A24 announced that they will soon release a feature film starring Chance the Rapper. Directed and written by Austin Vesely, the movie, titled “Slice,” was reportedly shot and produced in Chicago in the summer of 2016. In regards to the cast, the trailer reveals that Atlanta star Zazie Beetz and Stranger Things star Joe Keery will be playing significant roles in the murder mystery thriller. According to Variety, the film “takes place in mysterious city, and centers around an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys.” Watch the trailer for the film below.


“Wall < Enter” Art Installation

In response to President Trump’s widely opposed immigration policies—specifically the proposed border wall—the Coalition of Hispanic Family Services’ Arts and Literacy program developed its own wall that features the artwork of over 1,300 students and families. The installation, titled “Wall < Enter,” conveys the enduring fear that immigrants have been consistently faced with throughout the beginning of Trump’s presidency. In this, the multifaceted installation highlights the hispanic community’s reaction to Trump’s proposed immigration policies through the use of music, video, light, images and monologues. Along with general fears within the hispanic community, the piece incorporates some personal immigration stories of the students and their families. All together, “Wall < Enter” offers a new, unique response to the anti-immigration policies that are crowding the White House today.

Photo via the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Photo via the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services


“House of Cards” Cancelled Following Allegations

Due to allegations claiming that actor Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward “Star Trek” star Anthony Rapp in 1986, Netflix has announced that they will be putting an end to “House of Cards” after the upcoming sixth season. After BuzzFeed News broke the story on Sunday, Spacey took to Twitter to both claim that he didn’t remember the supposed incident, as well as announce that he is now choosing “to live as a gay man” from here on out. Critics saw this as an attempt by Spacey to draw attention away from the accusations asserted by Rapp. Spacey has played a huge role in the production of the award-winning series, serving as both an executive producer and the show’s star. Netflix released a statement on Monday reading, “Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.” See Spacey’s tweet below.


Surprise Drops

With the conclusion of October came two surprise drops from some of our favorite artists. On Monday, Offset, 21 Savage, and Metro Boomin’ released a surprise 10-track project called Without Warning. The same day, Skepta dropped a new 6-track EP titled Vicious. The EP features A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, Lil B, and the Section Boyz. Listen to the two projects below.

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University Union to Screen “The Room” and Participate in Recess X The Disaster Artist Competition 

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University Union to Screen “The Room” and Participate in Recess X The Disaster Artist Competition 

University Union is excited to participate in the Recess X The Disaster Artist Competition, competing with twenty universities across the United States to win an advanced screening of “The Disaster Artist” on SU campus. The Recess x The Disaster Artist Contest is facilitated by Recess Digital Inc. and independent entertainment company A24 Films. As part of the competition, University Union will host a screening of “The Room” tonight, October 30th, with doors at 7:00 PM and the screening at 8:00 PM in HBC Gifford Auditorium.

"The Room" is widely known as one of, if not the worst movie of all time. Written, directed, and produced by Tommy Wiseau in 2003, the film follows the life of main character, Johnny (also played by Wiseau), and his relationship with his fiancé, Elizabeth. The film has gathered a cult following of supporters and still sells out screenings across the country. One user on IMDB writes, “‘The Room’ is one of those rare laugh-riots that is so fantastically inept as to border on genius. While most bad movies offer a handful of terrible scenes divided by stretches of just plain dull, writer-director-producer-star Tommy Wiseau's film offers one moment of disaster after another.”

"The Disaster Artist" is an anticipated film that capitalizes on "The Room's" unique reputation and infamy; the plot follows the real life story behind Tommy Wiseau, and the creation of his perfect failure. The film is to be written and directed by James Franco, who plays main character Tommy, and leads a star-studded list of supporting actors, including Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, and Jacki Weaver. 

All of the competing universities, which include Duke University, Georgetown University, and University of Michigan, will be judged based on two factors: attendance to the campus screening of “The Room,” and voting via the contest link, here. The institution with the highest level of engagement will win an advanced screening of “The Disaster Artist” set to take place between December 1 and 8, 2017. 

Join University Union tonight in HBC Gifford to view "The Room," and push Syracuse University's chances of winning an advanced screening of "The Disaster Artist." 

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Colin Kaepernick, Kanye's Zine, Issa Rae, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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Colin Kaepernick, Kanye's Zine, Issa Rae, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Colin Kaepernick’s Book Deal

Colin Kaepernick is most known for his original protest—remaining kneeled during the national anthem. But after Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality prompted an adverse reaction from people across the country, the San Francisco quarterback opted out of his 49ers contract, consequently, being left without a team for the 2017 NFL season. Kaepernick hasn’t been waiting around, though. This past Tuesday, ProFootballTalk announced that the former 49er has signed a $1 million book deal with the publisher Random House. Specific details about the format of the book or the content of the book itself have not been disclosed.


Kanye’s Calabasas Zine

zine (noun; \’zēn\): “a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.”

Just recently, Kanye West sent fresh, new zine booklets to all the people who pre-ordered products from his second Calabasas collection, which included the new renowned Yeezy Wave Runner 700 trainer. The zine that was fully shot by Jackie Nickerson features images that scream Southern California and Calabasas: old-fashioned cars, deserted highways, and empty pale yellow hills. In addition to the scenery, the images include products from Kanye’s collection, including hoodies, shorts, joggers, and long-sleeve graphic tees. See images from the zine below, and view the full zine on Dazed here.


Issa Rae for HBO

After completing a prosperous second season of Insecure, Issa Rae appears to be working on a drama for HBO. The new drama will be set in the ‘90s and will feature a black couple—Jackson and Sheryl—and their family. While Sheryl works as a real estate agent, Jackson works as “a conflicted LAPD anti-gang task force recruit.” Working along with author Angela Flournoy, Rae is serving as an executive producer on the project. In a statement to Deadline, Rae expressed her enthusiasm to be working with Flournoy: “I’m so thrilled to be working with Angela. I was a huge fan of The Turner House and we feel so lucky to bring her beautiful storytelling to HBO.” The title and release date of the series is still unknown.


BROCKHAMPTON Developments

Maybe you’ve known about BROCKHAMPTON for a while, or maybe you know about them from our recent “Artists to Look Out For” blog. Regardless, the nontraditional boy-band has just announced two big things. Just last week, all members of the group shared the cover art for their fourth project, Saturation III, on all social media sites. Though it has only been two months since BROCKHAMPTON released their second installment in the saturation series, Kevin Abstract—now going by his real name Ian Simpson—announced that the third part of the series would be released in December. However, new developments from the collective didn’t stop there. On Tuesday, BROCKHAMPTON announced the Love Your Parents tour, with dates starting in mid-January. Watch their tour announce video below. Also, get to know more about the group on our “Artists to Look Out For” piece here.

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Mura Masa, Khary, and Roseville to Perform at Bandersnatch Concert Series

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Mura Masa, Khary, and Roseville to Perform at Bandersnatch Concert Series

Monday night at 8:00 PM EST, University Union announced the lineup for this semester’s Bandersnatch Concert Series. The show will be headlined by European producer/performer Mura Masa, with supporting performances by Rhode Island rapper Khary and the talented SU student producer Roseville.

While the genres represented by this lineup may be diverse, these artists have one thing in common: they’ve each had a very successful 2017. Mura Masa’s rise to his star status seemed to happen overnight with the late-2016 release of his smash hit, “Love$ick,” featuring A$AP Rocky. The track has received over 110 million plays on Spotify, and is the lead single off of his eclectic self-titled album, released this past Summer. Boasting key artist features such as Desiigner and Charli XCX and hits such as “Firefly” and “What If I Go?,” Mura Masa has received positive attention from outlets such as Pitchfork, Clash Music, and The New York Times.

Rising artist Khary has been on the radar for over a year now, receiving praise and attention from Pigeons and Planes, Complex, and The FADER since the release of his 2016 project Intern Aquarium. This year, the artist furthered his reputation as a talented lyricist and dedicated creative through the collab EP Tidal Graves with producer Lege Kale. The young rapper played several shows this year, and has hinted at the release of new music coming soon.

While Roseville may be a student at SU, his music has made noise in markets far beyond campus. The Chicago native has spent his music career carving out his own sound in the electronic space, and he has seen significant results: hundreds of thousands of plays, respect from producing peers, and support from artists such as Louis the Child, Win and Woo, and Whethan.

As each of these artists look to close out a busy 2017, it seems like now is the optimal time for them to take over the SU campus. The show will take place on November 11th, 2017, in Goldstein Auditorium, with doors opening at 7:15 PM. Tickets are $5 for SU/ESF students at the Schine Box Office or $10 online at http://boxoffice.syr.edu, and $10 for faculty/public the Schine Box Office and at http://boxoffice.syr.edu.

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Billboard Charts, Facebook Video, Reese Witherspoon, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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Billboard Charts, Facebook Video, Reese Witherspoon, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

YouTube’s Role on Billboard Charts

After Post Malone’s “Rockstar” hit No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, a video was released by Republic Records—Malone’s label—that had the song’s chorus on repeat, inevitably pushing viewership numbers to over 40 million. Just three years ago, Billboard made the executive decision to take YouTube plays into consideration when generating the Hot 100 singles chart, and, with the recent video showing the unprincipled drive of viewership numbers, people began to question the accuracy of Billboard’s ranking system. Under pressure, Billboard released a statement claiming that in 2018 YouTube videos will play less of a role in their ranking system:

“It is our goal at Billboard to accurately portray in an unbiased manner how music performs relative to other music. Beginning in 2018, plays occurring on paid subscription-based services (such as Amazon Music and Apple Music) or on the paid subscription tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms (such as SoundCloud and Spotify) will be given more weight in chart calculations than those plays on pure ad-supported services (such as YouTube) or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported services… Billboard remains committed to being the book of record when it comes to tracking fan activity in and around music.”


Facebook’s Original Video

It has been a couple months since Facebook announced that they would be distributing original video content in the coming year, and, on Thursday, the the social networking site announced that they will be remaking the original Norwegian series Skam. The hit teen drama series out of Scandinavia originally aired on Norway’s NRK Network and immediately attracted audiences in the country and around the world. Skam is unique in that, during airing seasons, video clips were uploaded throughout the week—on the days and times that they occurred in the show—before being compiled into one full episode at the end of the week. Other original video content that will appear on Facebook’s Watch platform includes a series titled Five Points, and a 30-minute drama based on Humans of New York.

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Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Lawrence Open Up

After disturbing news came out about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, several notable women in Hollywood came forward about their own experiences with assault and sexual harassment. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence both spoke at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event about the topic. Witherspoon said an unnamed director assaulted her when she was just 16-years-old, and that her peers made her feel that “silence was a condition” of her employment. She then went on to address her other encounters and silence about the topic:

“I've had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault, and I don't speak about them very often, but after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight, the things that we're kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it's made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I've ever felt in my entire career.”

Jennifer Lawrence had a slightly different experience. Lawrence stood up in front of the same crowd as Witherspoon and recalled the time when she stood naked with other women in a “nude lineup”:

“And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”

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UU & University Lectures Welcomes Hasan Minhaj

In collaboration with University Lectures, University Union is proud to welcome Hasan Minhaj as this semester’s guest speaker. As an actor, comedian, and writer, Minhaj continues to dominate the entertainment industry. The event will take place on October 27th in Goldstein Auditorium @7:30PM. Tickets are available at the Box Office in Schine Student Center: $5 for students, $10 for staff, faculty, and the general public. Learn more about Minhaj and the event below.

http://www.universityunion.syr.edu/the-blog/2017/10/16/university-union-and-university-lectures-welcomes-hasan-minhaj

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Hasan Minhaj Welcomed by University Union and University Lectures

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Hasan Minhaj Welcomed by University Union and University Lectures

University Union, in conjunction with University Lectures, has announced that Hasan Minhaj will be Syracuse University’s guest speaker this semester. Minhaj is a critically acclaimed comedian, actor, and writer who has enjoyed a successful career in many mediums of entertainment. 

 

Best known for his role on the award-winning talk series The Daily Show, Minhaj receives high praise for his direct and thoughtful comedic approach. His wit and humor featured in TDS were so strong that he was asked to host the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner this past April, where he delivered a 25-minute roast focusing on the political landscape of Washington D.C. His extensive TV credits include HBO’s Getting On and Netflix’s Arrested Development. His self-titled web series,The Truth with Hasan Minhaj, has received countless positive reviews from outlets such as Time, GQ, and The Huffington Post. The son of two Indian immigrants, Minhaj always provides a unique and intelligent perspective on the American experience, and will be sure to do so on campus next Friday. 

 

The event will take place Friday, October 27th in Goldstein Auditorium at 7:30 PM. Along with University Union and University Lectures, the event will be co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs with the AAPI Heritage Month Planning committee. Tickets are available at the Box Office in Schine Student Center: $5 for students, $10 for staff, faculty, and the general public. Audience members will have the chance to participate in a brief Q&A at the end of the show. 

 

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T.J. Miller and The Lucas Brothers Light Up Goldstein Auditorium

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T.J. Miller and The Lucas Brothers Light Up Goldstein Auditorium

On Saturday night, comedy acts The Lucas Brothers and T.J. Miller took the stage in Goldstein Auditorium- and they did not disappoint.

Showtime began at 8:00 PM, as The Lucas Brothers took to the stage. As part of the routine, or perhaps part of their typical selves, the two wore nearly identical outfits, and approached the audience in a friendly, relaxed manner. They stood in front a large projection of a circa-2002 wrestling photo of The Rock for the entirety of their set, sporadically addressing his superstar status and potential presidential campaign (of which they’re in full support). The Lucas Brothers contemplated life, death, and everything in between, in a lighthearted manner that transcended throughout the auditorium. 

Following a light, easy set by The Lucas Brothers, T.J. Miller brought some fire to the stage. He walked out and grabbed the microphone, and while screaming into the crowd immediately got everyone involved in his routine. He made several references to the previous performers, interacted with audience members, and even managed to hold a one-way conversation with the anonymous student running the spotlight. The Denver native, decorated in a fresh blue suit and gold chain, used energy and absurdism to excite the crowd and bring laughter throughout the whole auditorium.

The show was a success, as two hilarious acts brought laughs to a full house of students. 

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University Union Presents Advanced Screening of Happy Death Day

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University Union Presents Advanced Screening of Happy Death Day

University Union will present an exclusive advanced screening of the new film Happy Death Day tonight at 8:00 PM.

Set to release this Thursday, October 12th, Happy Death Day is a highly anticipated horror film directed by the acclaimed writer/producer Christopher Landon. The young professional is no stranger to the genre; he is credited on films Disturbia and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, has been nominated for an iHorror Award, and is listed as a contributing writer for nearly every episode of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The lead role is played by young actress Jessica Rothe, who has made a name for herself over the past few years with parts in La La Land and Mary + Jane.  In Happy Death Day, Rothe is forced to solve a horrifying mystery, reliving the day of her murder until she identifies her killer. The HDD trailers have received millions of views, and has a 93% “Want to See” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Doors will open at 7:00 PM in HBC Gifford, with showtime set for 8:00 PM. Closed captions will be provided. 

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Hugh Hefner, Daniel Caesar x Chance, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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Hugh Hefner, Daniel Caesar x Chance, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Hugh Hefner

On Wednesday, September 27th, Hugh Hefner—founder of Playboy magazine and Playboy Enterprises—passed away at the age of 91 from natural causes. Hefner released the first issue of Playboy magazine in December of 1953, which included both suggestive photos and fictional stories from several notable writers such as John Lennon and Malcolm X. Following his passing, his wife Crystal and four children continue to reflect on Hefner’s life and career. Cooper Hefner, current Chief Creative Officer for Playboy Enterprises, disclosed a statement to the public:

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.”

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Chance The Rapper x Daniel Caesar

On Monday Night, Chance The Rapper, along with Daniel Caesar, appeared on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show to perform some new music. Fans didn’t expect, however, that the song the two would perform was written only two days before they appeared on the stage. Just before his performance, Chance commented on how his new song, later titled “First World Problems,” came about:

"I was supposed to do "Grown Ass Kid" tonight and I called you up and said I couldn't do that anymore for reasons I don't want to go into [on TV]," he explained. "We had to come up with a song in a matter of days and I wanted to do something fresh. Not to lie, I've been in the studio a lot lately, cooking up some yammers. They're honestly great. I premiered "Angels," the first song off Coloring Book, here [Late Show] so why not do a new song for you tonight."


Although Chance hasn’t recently released any new material prior to “First World Problems,” Daniel Caesar shared his debut album Freudian about a month ago. Watch the live performance of “First World Problems” below.


Comedy Show

This homecoming weekend, The Lucas Brothers and T.J. Miller will be bringing their comedic talents to Syracuse University. The comedy show will be taking place on Saturday, October 7th in Goldstein Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale in the Schine Student Center: $5 for SU students, $15 for SU faculty/staff, and $20 for general admission. Get to know more about both acts from our feature article, “Get to Know T.J. Miller & The Lucas Brothers”:

http://www.universityunion.syr.edu/the-blog/2017/9/28/get-to-know-tj-miller-the-lucas-brothers

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by Sabrina Ghantous

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The Emmy’s, “It,” Music in Toronto, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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The Emmy’s, “It,” Music in Toronto, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Stephen King’s “It”

Earlier this month, the most recent film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” hit the theaters. Directed and produced by Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the film focuses almost entirely on the childhood domain of King’s 1,100 page novel. Along with Muschietti’s commitment to Stephen King’s original mood, the film comprised well-crafted sequences that bounce back and forth between suspenseful, terrifying imagery and wistful, nostalgic humor. In the weeks following “It’s” release, the horror movie that features the infamous clown—Pennywise the Dancing Clown—has been consistently drawing people into the movie theaters, generating over $228 million at box offices nationwide. With these figures, and estimated figures to come this week, “It” is projected to be Hollywood’s highest-grossing horror movie of all time. Currently, the highest-grossing horror movie is the 1973 edition of “The Exorcist,” which collected over $232 million domestically. Additionally, “It” has already broken records and become the highest earning September release in history. Watch the trailer for the must-see movie below.


SoundCloud’s New Documentary

Previously, we looked at Los Angeles’ underground rap scene through SoundCloud’s Next Wave documentary series, and just recently, the German-based streaming platform released a new mini-documentary on Toronto’s music sector. The episode, titled “Northern Stars,” explores Toronto artists Harrison, a l l i e, M.I. Blue and Birthday Boy, while simultaneously highlighting the rising community sound that’s “a little more jiggy” compared to some of the other music from the city’s natives—dvsn and The Weeknd. The artists featured in “Northern Stars” came across each other on SoundCloud and continue to support one another. Birthday Boy captures this support in one sentence, stating “When I see someone new, especially someone dope, and they're from the city? I want to help them.” Upcoming episodes of the Next Wave documentary series will feature cities including Rio, New York, Berlin, and London. Watch the full mini-documentary “Northern Stars” below.


The Emmy’s

Though the night was filled with numerous historical moments, the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards didn’t generate the record-breaking ratings that it was anticipated to. While last year’s awards ceremony captured 11.4 million viewers, this year’s ceremony drew in a mere 11.3 million viewers. Some claim this is due to the two NFL games that we’re running at the same time as the Emmy’s, but criticism of the 69th annual awards ceremony didn’t end in the viewership numbers. With the rise of streaming, platforms such as Netflix and Hulu have been nominated for more awards than ever, and with over 90 nominations, Netflix was expected to win big this year. Netflix was nominated for Stranger Things, House of Cards, and The Crown, but it was Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale that repeatedly came out on top winning awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Additionally, one of Netflix’s most successful series, Stranger Things, left the Emmy’s with nothing after being nominated for 18 total awards. You can view the full list of winners here.


Donald Glover Teases Mixtape with Chance

Speaking of the Emmy’s, after winning two awards for his show Atlanta, Donald Glover disclosed some interesting information backstage at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Reporters persistently asked Glover about new music and he responded highlighting a common pressure for artists, “I don’t ever want to do anything because I’m forced to.” He did, however, comment on the long-rumored Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper mixtape that has been teased repeatedly over the past couple years: “If I don’t make a mixtape with Chance The Rapper, a bunch of 14-year-olds are gonna kick my ass.” Additionally, in an interview last February, Glover claimed that the two have spent time in the studio working on the project. Chance retweeted the clip of Glover teasing their mixtape at the Emmy’s below.

by Sabrina Ghantous

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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Songs You Need to Hear This Week

No genre, no rules. Songs we love that you will too. 

"Nostalgia" // NAO: London based singer/songwriter NAO is back with a new track, and we can't stop listening. She brings her soul, R&B vocal style over a funky, 80's-esque beat produced by John Colvert. This uplifting song is a vibe and a half. 

"Homemade Dynamite" // Lorde (ft. SZA, Post Malone, Khalid): Following the release of her incredible sophomore album, Melodrama, Lorde is back with a star-studded remix that seems too good to be true. Khalid provides us with a thoughtful verse, followed by a verse and hook from SZA, leading to a bridge led by Syracuse native Post Malone. The blend of voices is elegant, light, and addictive. 

"rockstar" // Post Malone (ft. 21 Savage): The first song off of his anticipated album Beerbongs and Bentleys, this collab is one of Post's strongest tracks to date, boasting quotable lyrics and a smooth feature from Atlanta native 21 Savage. Get ready for this song to play all over campus for the rest of the semester. 

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"I Still See Your Face" // San Holo: San Holo is back with an infectious ballad in "I Still See Your Face." Following a light verse and hook, electronic and metallic sounds blend with uplifting chords and melodies reminiscent of childhood memories. 

"Curve" // Gucci Mane (ft. The Weeknd): From Gucci Mane's impending album Mr. Davis, "Curve" is a perfect blend between the Toronto star and Atlanta kingpin. Gucci's unapologetic lyrics are seen throughout the song; "You look like a model, but a devil in disguise / Bum, bum, bum, bum, I feel like Rocky in his prime." 

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"Bless Yo Trap" // Smokepurpp: In true Smokepurpp fashion, the Florida rapper flexes as much as possible in less than 2 minutes, over 808's that are perfectly distorted. Lil Purp also announced a release date for his upcoming project, DEADSTAR: September 29th. 

"Dum Surfer" // King Krule: In "Dum Surfer," King Krule pushes the envelope on how dark and demonic he can get. His trippy, jazz-influenced instrumentals hang devilishly under his gritty vocal; this song sounds like a party for the end of the world. 

"Bust Down" // Trippie Redd: "Bust Down" is a follow up to the huge feature slot Redd helf on XXXTENTACION's recent smash, "Fuck Love." The Ohio urban artist takes influence from Young Thug, filling up empty space with melodic ad-libs and harmonies.  

"We Go Home Together" // Mount Kimbie (ft. James Blake): This song, both haunting and enchanting, boasts both an eclectic range of sounds, and a distinct balance of major and minor themes. The sharp tension throughout "We Go Home Together" makes its' releases even more satisfying, and its' delicate moments all the more fragile. 

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"WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE" // Marilyn Manson: Hot off of Manson's impending album Heaven Upside Down, WKWYFL is a dark and aggressive anthem for the underground. 

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Sampha, iPhone X, Fenty Beauty, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

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Sampha, iPhone X, Fenty Beauty, and more: This Week in Pop Culture

Hand in Hand: Hurricane Relief

This past week, two major hurricanes spanned from the shores of Mexico to the states of Texas and Florida, initiating deadly disasters in the United States. Not only did these hurricanes destroy the homes of many, but they also caused flooding crises around the world—something some say is the result of global warming. As the world sits in the aftermath of the destruction, victims all over are in desperate need of assistance. On Tuesday, September 12th, hundreds of celebrities and influencers gathered to air the “Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Telethon,” a hurricane-relief benefit made to raise money for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Airing live from New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, the telethon, featuring celebrities such as George Clooney, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Leonardo Dicaprio, and more, raised over $14 million on the spot, and a total of $44 million in the hours following the live event. If you would like to donate to Hand in Hand, you can still go to their website to donate. All proceeds from donations will go towards several different organizations that are providing relief to the victims affected by the hurricanes.

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Sampha Awarded 2017 Mercury Prize

Since 1992, the annual Mercury Prize promotes the best UK and Irish artists along with their music. Regardless of genre, 12 ‘Albums of the Year’ are selected to celebrate the year in music, with one overall winner taking home the Mercury Prize. This year, Sampha won the 2017 Mercury Prize for his debut album Process over artists such as Alt-J, The xx, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, Stormzy, and more. In his acceptance speech, Sampha dedicates the much-deserved award to his parents, stating “They came all the way from Sierra Leone and just wanted to give us the best upbringing possible. I'd like to thank all my brothers: Ernest, Sonny, John, and Junior for always giving me encouragement and making me believe in myself. I want to thank Jojo for putting up with all my chatter about synths and kick drums or whatever and for all the love you've shown me. I want to thank everyone at Young Turks and everyone at XL.” Watch part of his acceptance speech below.

If you haven’t already, listen to Sampha’s album Process:


The New iPhone(s)

At Apple’s launch event on Tuesday, September 12th, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, launched the company’s newest group of smartphones, the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Though all the models are new and eye-catching, all talk has been about the iPhone X and its features. Cook claims that the iPhone X is “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,” but many others disagree, arguing that the new iPhone’s best features can already be found on several Samsung products. These features include OLED screens, boosted resolution and pixel density, facial recognition technology, “Animojis”—emojis generated with the user’s expressions—and wireless charging. One thing that the iPhone X does offer is its “edge-to-edge” display, or “all-screen” front, that gives the smartphone a modern, new look. Despite how Tim Cook is framing the launch of the new iPhones, it appears as though the “new” features of the iPhone X are being implemented in attempt to catch up to existing technology.

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Fenty Beauty

Last week, Rihanna released her much-anticipated line of cosmetics, Fenty Beauty, and the hype behind the new collection is still high. One of the most successful factors of Fenty Beauty is that the assortment of products are made for every skin type and skin tone—something that not all beauty brands promote or provide. In this, Fenty Beauty provides 40 different shades of foundation, as well as an assortment of concealers to fit any skin tone. Throughout the days following the launch of Fenty Beauty, fans and consumers have applauded the brand for its diversity and variety, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by other brands, who are racing to advertise darker shades of foundations. Fans have also been praising Rihanna’s undeniable genuinity. In an interview with Refinery 29, Rihanna said “There needs to be something for a dark-skinned girl… There needs to be something for a really pale girl, there needs to be something for someone in between.” See Fenty Beauty’s promotional video below.

by Sabrina Ghantous

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Relive the Day: Your Full Juice Jam Recap

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Relive the Day: Your Full Juice Jam Recap

The music was as great as the weather, and the energy reached an all time high.

As the final pre-show soundcheck concluded, doors opened for Juice Jam 2017. Students gradually began to trickle into the Skytop Field-turned festival grounds, as all threats of bad weather subsided.

While students made their way to the main stage, I was able to sit down with Juice Jam’s first act of the day, indie-electronic artist Jeremy Zucker. The young college student seemed calm and collected, with no sign of concern before his first festival appearance. He humbly admitted that this was the largest crowd he ever played, and that he was skipping classes the next day to do it. Taking the stage in front of hundreds of fans, Zucker brought his signature pop electronic sound using guitar, vocals, and electronic pads to perform his music. Students screamed as he entered, singing along to Motions tracks such as “Man Down” and set-opener “Shut Your Mouth.” During his performance of the newly released track “Talk is Overrated,” featuring a verse from his “idol” Blackbear, Zucker jumped down into the pit to greet and take pictures with exulting fans. During his last song, “Bout It,” Jeremy shared the microphone with featured rappers Daniel James and Benjamin O. Zucker’s youthful energy provided an honest, raw performance that captured and satisfied viewers.

Photo by PRINCE DUDLEY

Photo by PRINCE DUDLEY

As Jeremy’s set concluded, students rushed to the indie stage to see Los Angeles based band Smallpools. The group walked out and played “Passenger Side” off of their 2017 EP THE SCIENCE OF LETTING GO, immediately providing the crowd with uplifting, positive energy. Students were so engaged in the set that even when the sound cut out briefly, they begged for (and received) a ripping drum solo from Beau Kuther. Other highlights of the set included an inflatable killer whale, student crowdsurfers during “Million Bucks,” and an admirable cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” The group closed with their most famous hit, the anthemic song “Dreaming,” igniting students for the following acts.

Photo by COLIN DAVY

Photo by COLIN DAVY

Just after Smallpools finished their set on the Indie Stage,  took control of the main stage. From the moment she emerged on stage, MØ brought an electric energy that translated well into the crowd. Opening with Cold Water, the Major Lazer track that features MØ’s intense vocals, MØ captured the full attention of the audience while simultaneously hyping up the crowd for Diplo’s anticipated performance. With the bass consistently pushing her electropop beats, MØ went on to deliver her new track, “Nights With You,” along with other stand-out tracks including “Kamikaze,” “Don’t Leave,” and “Final Song”—all while executing her intriguing, loose-limbed choreography on stage. But MØ didn’t spend all her time on stage; in fact, some could say she spent just as much time down in the crowd. After repeatedly taking the stage as her own, MØ then went on to take the crowd as her own. The Danish singer went from merely hopping on the fence to fully jumping over the fence and crowdsurfing through the right side of the crowd. Closing with “Lean On,” it’s safe to say that MØ rallied the crowd while keeping anticipation high for Diplo.

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

As Ugly God took the stage yesterday, flexing Supreme gear and a Louis Vuitton crossbody, the crowd surrounding the Indie Stage erupted with excitement. Opening with “No Lies” (feat. Wiz Khalifa), Ugly God made sure the audience acknowledged Khalifa’s recent birthday while delivering the intriguing track with a steady beat. Shortly after, the crowd began to absorb the rhythmic influences that accompany most of the tracks on Ugly God’s most recent project, The Booty Tape. Of these tracks, Ugly God delivered memorable performances of “Bitch,” “Fuck Ugly God,” “Booty,” and “Stop Smoking Black & Milds,” while intermittently stopping to let people know that he personally doesn’t like anyone that smokes Black & Milds and that Pokemon Yellow is the best color to play. It didn’t take long for Ugly God to deliver his authentic mantra that the crowd repeatedly shouted back after each track—“Thanks Ugly God.” When asked later on about how he adopted his tagline, Ugly God said that it was something that just came to him via fans on different social media platforms. Just before leaving the stage, Ugly God played his anthem, “Water,” while soaking the crowd with bottles of water.

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

Photo by LIAM SHEEHAN

As Ugly God’s performance came to a close, students flocked over to the main stage, waiting to see JJ 2017 headliner, Diplo, touch foot at Syracuse University for the first time. Students screamed as he came on stage to his signature opening mix, and immediately Skytop began to shake. Playing hits such as “Febreeze,” “Mind,” and “Where Are Ü Now,” Diplo kept the energy high throughout the whole show. He paid his respects to Kanye West by putting on a bear mask toward the end, honoring the 10th birthday of Graduation. Confetti burst in the air and University Union beach balls floated all around the crowd. As his set came to an end, Diplo left us with a brief remark: “Shout out Ugly God, shout out MØ. I love you guys, but I gotta go.” According to his Snap Story, he boarded a helicopter bound to New York City upon the conclusion of his set. The life in his 70 minute set encapsulated the energy from the day as a whole, the perfect climax to conclude an outstanding day.

Photo by COLIN DAVY

Photo by COLIN DAVY

With thousands of students and five immensely talented acts gracing Skytop Field, this semester’s Juice Jam proved to be one of the most lively of it’s kind in years.

by PJ Walshe & Sabrina Ghantous

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