Arts and Culture

Aviary Review

That is All, That is All

A Musical Exegesis of Julia Holter’s Aviary

I, like many other musically minded people with an at least moderate inclination toward aesthetic observation, have a thing for the city at night. Did that sound pretentious? That’s good; it was meant to. Understanding the appeal of art-pop musician Julia Holter’s meandering and frustratingly abstract discography requires one to put on the cap of…

bojack_horseman

Too Old for Horsin’ Around

A Former Child Star’s Odd Kinship with An Alcoholic Horse

Have you ever looked in the mirror and seen a drunken middle-aged horse staring back at you? As a relatively recent fan of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman— which just released its fifth season— I find its wide appeal equal parts fascinating and chilling. The chronically depressed, self-destructive BoJack (brilliantly voiced by Will Arnett) is…

A Big King in Providence

A Restaurant Review in Six Delicious Acts

Something ceremonial hangs in the air tonight. It’s in our voices, our selfies, the way the night feels: It permeates our conversation with Miguel, our Uber driver. We tell him we’re new here, transplants from California. We’re venturing off College Hill for the first time to dine at a restaurant apparently so good it’s theatrical….

Three Queens

Reckoning with Indie Supergroup boygenius

Looking at my Apple Music last month, I noticed that among my most played songs were six by indie artist Phoebe Bridgers and three by indie artist Julien Baker. Over the past few years, female-fronted indie music has become something of a specialty of mine. So when it was announced that Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers,…

el capitan

he’s so high

at the movies: free solo

The first time Alex Honnold set out, without ropes or harnesses (what climbers call a “free solo”), to climb the sheer granite face of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot rock formation in Yosemite Valley, it was four in the morning on a fall day in 2016. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi were there too,…