The Weeknd falls down rabbit hole with ‘Starboy’

By trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, breaks it all with Starboy — our hearts, our ears and his soul. Somewhere amid the 18 tracks, we lose The Weeknd, and The Weeknd loses us. But rather than heading off into the elusive darkness
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Queer bait

Fake Out

Growing up, I collected queer-feeling art like trading cards. Musicians like Arca, Lou Reed and Sleater-Kinney are coded as distinctly queer performers. I’ve taken their work in deep, ingesting their explicit, vocal queerness with relish. They performed their queerness as icons and as artists in bold, daring and highly visible
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Tunesday: Soundtrack to prevent the ‘dying’ in studying

Not only will this Tunesday help convince your parents that you’re not throwing away your tuition, it might actually help you fight through what seem like endless distractions — streaming Netflix, shamelessly dancing around the house in your PJs for three hours too long, fighting the urge to just nap
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Alex G slows it down for intimate set on Upper Sproul

Alex Giannascoli, who performs under the moniker Alex G, exudes a humbleness that might come off as unexpected. The indie-rock musician has experienced notable success in the past couple of years, now hinging off Beach Music, his sixth album, and a recent feature on Frank Ocean’s anxiously awaited “visual album”
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Iceland day 2: the Golden Circle

Welcome back, everybody. It’s been a long road to get to day two of this hallowed journey through one of earth’s most wondrous locations. I, like our dearly beloved Frank Ocean, teased and teased and teased. My “keep your browser open and your mouse at the ready, for next week
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Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ marks heavenly return

“Inhale, in hell, there’s heaven.” Such was the heart sigh that echoed through the empty, cavernous salvation of Blonde, Frank Ocean’s new album self-released Saturday on Apple Music, one of two major Frank Ocean album releases in the past week. With a release shrouded in mystery, four years after his
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We missed you, Frank Ocean

2016 is the year Frank Ocean boldly declared his humanity. For those who don’t know yet, Frank Ocean has released not one but two new albums this past week. The first, Endless, was a strange visual album of deep cuts, while Blonde was the pop album salvation counterpart. Both were
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Frank Ocean vs. the world

After four years, three weeks and 32 minutes of waiting, then hoping, then switching back to waiting — because time just goes on whether you like it or not and sometimes people call this waiting, although sometimes they just call it life — at 12:32 a.m. PST on Monday, Aug.
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Brain like Berkeley: The campus in popular culture

Let’s get down to the facts: Going to a school so well-recognized that it’s casually mentioned in the media is really cool. Who among us hasn’t felt a little rush of excitement upon watching Frank Abagnale lie to his girlfriend’s parents about obtaining a degree from the UC Berkeley School
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