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Review: Innovative app bridges fans to artists like never before

BY CASEY MENTEN

Ravers, groupies and music lovers of all kinds will go crazy over the number one concert app, Bandsintown Concerts. The app, its most updated version released Jan. 11, offers the latest concert dates and notifications for chosen artists and bands.

After signing up for an account, the app asks users to choose their favorite artists out of a large selection of musicians, bands and DJs. This allows the app to have a better idea about what the user’s music interest and favorite genres are, helping the app create a personalized dashboard filled with the user’s favorite artists as well as suggested artists.
The user-friendly app allows easy and convenient discovery of all upcoming concerts that are close by, after desired distance is selected. A dashboard crafted individually for each user creates a more efficient experience. With one scroll, users can make sure they don’t miss out on anything their favorite artist has to offer.

Along with their favorite artists, Bandsintown Concerts uses an algorithm to suggest similar artists, helping users discover new music. To help users make sure they don’t miss out on any of their favorite artists, the app syncs to other apps such as iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and other music apps to calculate most listened to artists. Searching through apps such as Facebook and Twitter, the app also records different artist’s posts that have been liked.

Bandsintown sends alerts when previously selected artists have upcoming events and even allows users to RSVP to chosen concerts. After you have RSVP’d to a concert, that information is shared with friends through social media. The app also syncs with the mobile device’s calendar and will note dates of concerts each user wishes to attend.
Altogether, Bandsintown is handy for all music lovers to discover new artists and share favorite artists with followers. The convenient app does its job in making sure its users always know exactly when their favorite artists and bands are in town.

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Review: “La La Land” polarizes musical lovers, raises questions

BY JOLIE SONKIN

“La La Land” is an emotional love story that involves Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a young pianist with a desire to open his own club, and Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress from a small town. The film illustrates the obstacles Sebastian and Mia face when trying to follow their dreams.

“La La Land” is an award-winning film, justified by its outstanding musical performances and creative visual images. The movie’s soundtrack fits perfectly with each scene and incorporates dance to further complement the melodies. The movie incorporates a theme that one should never give up their goals because of the influence of an individual. “La La Land” deals with both heartbreak and happiness throughout Sebastian and Mia’s journeys.

Although “La La Land” was clearly done with much creativity, the ending left unanswered questions that caused confusion and dissatisfaction compared to the preceding parts of the movie. The film is overall an entertaining musical that portrays an important lesson to the audience. “La La Land” is a film that deals with the importance of facing difficult decisions in order to live out their dreams. With random musical numbers and dancing in “La La Land” possesses the qualities of a Broadway show, while also adding deeper meaning throughout the storyline.

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Exclusive interview with F. Javier Gutierrez, director of “RINGS”

“Rings” is a horror movie opening Feb. 3. It is a new chapter in the RING horror franchise. The movie begins with a young woman who becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so discovers that there is a “movie within a movie” no one has ever seen before. The two of them begin a journey to find the source of the curse and save the girl in the movie, with a very limited amount of time. On Jan. 31, The Circuit’s Features Editor Leticia Antonini was one of six people who participated in a round table interview with the director of “Rings,” F. Javier Gutierrez.

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Exclusive Interview with Asa Butterfield from “The Space Between Us”

“The Space Between Us” is a sci-fi romance movie opening Feb. 3. The movie begins with a space travel team preparing to move to Mars; however, the team faces an obstacle when the one woman finds out she is pregnant two months into the expedition and eventually dies in labor on the red planet. Her son, Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), grows up on Mars, hoping to someday venture to Earth to find his unbeknownst father and his online friend Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When Gardner makes the trip to Earth, he goes on a long, exciting journey with his love interest Tulsa in order to find his father. On Jan. 23, The Circuit’s Arts & Ent. Editor Rachel Schonberger was one of six people who participated in a round table interview with the star of the “The Space Between Us,” Asa Butterfield.

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Review: Restaurant provides nutritious, tasteful options

BY SAIGE FISHER

FEATURES PHOTO EDITOR

While somewhat out of the way, the Davie-based fruit bar Delicious Raw offers a restaurant experience that is both nutritious and delicious. Although somewhat expensive, the varied menu is full of terrific choices.

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Review: Star Wars “Rogue One” fails to meet expectations

BY JENNA RABINOVITCH

MANAGING EDITOR

The most recent installment of the legendary Star Wars series, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” took the excitement and success of the last film, “The Force Awakens,” and turned it around into an average and disappointing standalone movie released on Dec. 16.

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Exclusive interview with Hailee Steinfeld of “The Edge of Seventeen”

“The Edge of Seventeen” is a coming-of-age film that offers a candid view of how teenagers grow up in modern society. The movie focuses on the life of Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), a high school student who finds out that her best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), is dating her brother, Darian (Blake Jenner). Featuring Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s teacher and Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s mother, the all-star cast tells an original, exciting story. The Circuit’s Arts & Ent. Editor Rachel Schonberger participated in a one-on-on interview with Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami on Oct. 26.

 

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Emoji diversity promotes equality

BY LAUREN PABIAN

Since the “Emoji” keyboard was introduced to the iPhone back in 2011, these faces and pictures have become widely used texting tools by teens and other people around the world. For many years, critics of these keyboard icons have argued that emojis haven’t represented all social, racial and cultural groups. Apple has introduced new emojis to show that they support equality. Most recently, they have suggested adding emojis of women performing professional roles that they have yet to be portrayed doing in emojis.

PR Manager of the Feminist Club, sophomore Sofia Desimoni, said she has been dissappointed thus far by how women are portrayed by emojis.

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Vanderbilt attracts students through music

BY GILLIAN D’ONOFRIO

ARTS & ENT. COPY EDITOR

Starting in September admissions advisers from colleges throughout the U.S. have been visiting the Bay, informing students on the application process and basic facts about the school they each represent. Prior to Vanderbilt’s visit on Oct. 17, the school’s student-founded a capella group, The Meladores, performed in the auditorium during lunches on Oct. 14.

“I think what was most interesting about this performance is that there was no background music, it was all done with their voices,” senior Mariana Suarez said. “I have listened to a capella groups before, but seeing it in person is so much more impressive.”

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Review: La Prep serves up Town Center

BY FRANCHESCA RAMIREZ

La Prep is a bistro-style restaurant with a friendly and relaxing environment. The service is fast and all the food is cooked at the beginning of every day for your convenience. The fresh ingredients guarantee a tasty meal.

Right upon entering there is a deli case filled with a variety of delicious choices. La Prep offers inexpensive meals, most of which remain under $10, including wraps, paninis, salads and soups. There is also a large menu of fruit smoothies, coffee and teas. Even though the iced tea is delicious and refreshing, for those with a sweet tooth the iced tea unfortunately, is unsweetened. A sweeter option would be the fruit smoothies, or one of La Prep’s many desserts such as cookies, muffins and cakes. La Prep offers a complimentary cookie for any customer who posts a picture on their social media along with the hashtag “#LaPrepWeston”.

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