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Insecure: Hunger and Desperation Down South

Each morning of fourth grade—her first school year in Louisiana—the eldest Thompson child had to be dialed in. There was no way Ms. Maniscalco could’ve known, but the chocolate kisses she gave to the first person who finished their multiplication and division problems were Annie’s only potential source of food until dinner.

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CultureEzra Lerner
The Up&Up Playlist Update: 5/2

2019 has been an eventful year for music. Big names from a variety of genres have released projects, ranging from the electronic pop of Billie Eilish’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? to the hardcore trap anthems that Rich the Kid brings in The World Is Yours 2. While the year has only just begun, we have seen releases from both established industry names like Sia and newer independent artists like HappyBirthdayCalvin.

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CultureHenri Vrod
See Jake Chapman Vibe Out on a Sidewalk or Screen Near You

Now, a portrait of the vibist as a young man. From Southern California, J.C. started on piano when he was six, but it wasn’t his main passion (get it?). “I wasn’t a good practicer,” he told me. “It was casual.” That is, until the day his middle-school band teacher asked if he wanted to play vibes. And he’s been hip ever since.

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CultureRyan Daar
The Up&Up Playlist Update: 3/4

This week’s “New Music Mondays” playlist compiled The Up&Up’s favorite new music from the week of March 1st 2019. Numerous genres are included, from London grime-hip hop to West Coast rock to alternative folk-pop to retro disco-funk.

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CultureHenri Vrod
A Tale of Two Concerts

At around 9:00 pm, the bass of the background music subsided and the excited screams of the audience filled its silence. Soon, the LED screen was filled with a greyscale live feed of the spectators’ faces, some flailing their arms around for attention, others grabbing at their phones to get a photo, and still others patiently waiting for the main event.

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CultureHenri Vrod
New Music Mondays: The Up & Up

New semester, new tunes. This is the first edition of The Up & Up's editors’ picks of the week's best new music. The playlist includes hits and slow jams from a multitude of genres, including hip-hop, pop, alternative, R&B and more.

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CultureHenri Vrod
A Lesson in Dedication: Inside the studio with bay b. Bop

For the next thirty minutes, she is in complete control of her audience, moving from one side of the small stage to the other with alluring grace. When watching her it becomes clear she is a seasoned performer, though she has only been performing for a little over two years. At her shows bay b. Bop is always witty, vulnerable, and utterly self-aware.

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CultureTyler Campbell
Finding a Place for the Young Veteran

On any given day, Lewisohn Hall is full of former ballerinas and motocross racers, single parents wrangling children, and Navy SEALS. But it also houses a community of international military veterans who served their home countries due to mandatory conscription. You have undoubtedly sat next to these students in your classes and had no idea.

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CultureMaddie Covino
Witchery and Wealth: Wicca's "Suffer On"

He weaves tales of pain, blood, and loss into an atmosphere of acoustic guitars, distorted 808s and blaring, high-frequency hi-hats à la Tay Keith. This combination frames the experimental Wicca Phase Springs Eternal as a shepherd of the burgeoning emo-rap movement, a founding father of a genre still in its infancy.

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CultureHenry Schwartz