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Thursday, June 20, 2024

The Avenue

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THE AVENUE  |  MUSIC

Mr. Bright Eyes’ return to “Oberst” a return to form

For all those who don't get their nightly fill of Entertainment Tonight, let me recount the story of Miami native and fast food enthusiast Tamien Bain. A self-described "up-and-coming" rapper, Bain penned a Big Mac chant (a la "two all beef patties…") and was one of five finalists contending to replace the sandwich's original jingle by way of an online 40th anniversary contest. Here's the rub: Bain held up a McDonald's when he was 14.


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THE AVENUE  |  FASHION

Wardrobe staples make fashion fun and stress–free

To my avid readers and fashionistas: I have loved the opportunity to share my fashion tips with you each week, and I hope you gained some valuable insight into this summer's fashions. This will be my last article because in just a few short days I will be graduating and embarking on the next chapter in my life. Before I go, I want to share with you some of my key fashion staples. Let's call it Em's Guide to Summer Style.


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Constructive summer on tap for The Hold Steady

Life isn't fair, and you need not tell this to The Hold Steady. In any justice-esteeming society, 2006's critically adored "Boys and Girls in America," an album crammed with hook-filled sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll throwbacks, would have landed the band the fanatical arena, following its unofficial designation as the scraggly incarnation of The E Street Band. Instead, they got a few nods in year-end polls and a billing on last year's Lollapalooza poster that was only slightly more visible than The Fratellis.


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Avenue CD stash: Watermelons, wizards and dance

It is time to once again review some of the albums that have been stacking up and spilling over in the office. In the month since my last rapid-fire review, the CDs have multiplied like gremlins in a swimming pool. Fortunately, the music seems less dismal than in the past endeavor.


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Experiment with daring nail polish shades this season

Week after week, you have heard me preach about bold colors for summer, and this season's nail shades are no different. Think of the colors you would use to highlight bold terms in your textbook. For those of you who like to keep the bright colors on your toes only, you are in luck, because white nail polishes are also in for summer.


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Beck’s latest a guilt trip

For most, 38th birthdays come and go with little cause for contemplation. For Beck - alpha loser, fifth Beatle, fourth Beastie Boy - 38 means finding himself knee-deep in a mid-life crisis, contemplating worldly ills and taking stock in a self-destructing society that's making a beeline for the pit of hell.



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