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Eyes Wide Shut

The current phase of India’s life is a turbulent one. She’s known for numerous things, and unfortunately some of these attributes aren’t positive: yes, India’s diverse culture and rich cuisine have gained much renown, but her uncontrollable population growth and corrupt government are the subjects of an equal amount of infamy. In this multitude of contrasts, there exists one all- eclipsing issue that plagues India today: gender inequality and sexual harassment. It’s seen in the shameful behavior women have to bear, and in the manic stares some of the men wear. Although the media covers sexual harassment and assault in thorough detail, it was only in the summer of this year that I personally witnessed the effect of this major social issue first hand.

As the warm evening gently eased into the night, I was homeward bound aboard the Delhi Metroi. Filled to the brim, the train chugged to a halt and I noticed a pretty woman hop onto the coach cautiously. She was dressed neatly and carried herself with grace... Read more

The College Student's Guide for Binge-Watching a Weekend Away

Emma Loewe / The Chronicle

Life at Duke can be stressful. There may not be time in your schedule for your favorite shows with the BME/ECE double major, the economics minor and an MMS certificate (because you’re a freaking Duke student, so why not). And don't forget that you're juggling four service clubs, independent research, and a sports team that you’re not even sure you’re still a part of. Fear not, for today we have a survival guide for binge-watching away a weekend at college.

Friday, 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.: Look. I know it’s Friday morning, but you can sleep when you’re dead. You’ve got more important things to do...like starting off your day with some comedic gold. You must be feeling a little homesick, so try the first few episodes of "Modern Family," or, if you desire an even more dysfunctional family, try "Shameless."

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: So early morning labs aren’t treating you so well. No big deal... Read more

Throwback Thursday to First Big Weekend

Did you miss any of the concerts and events at the First Big Weekend last week? Check out our videos to relive the music experience.

Thursday — Concert in the Gardens featuring Diadem, Lost in the Trees and Bombadil.


Friday — Activities Fair and Heat Wave concert featuring Kygo and Magic Man


"Brill Bruisers" album review

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Special To The Chronicle

Ever since their 1999 album "Mass Romantic," the New Pornographers have crafted lovely tunes with lyrics that break listeners' hearts. Led by singer-songwriter A.C. Newman, the eight-person group includes vocalists Neko Case and Kathryn Calder, as well as synthesizer player Blaine Thurier, who also directs indie movies. Across six albums, their songs are reminiscent of the 1960’s "Wall of Sound" musical production, with instruments and voices so densely layered that it’s impossible to distinguish what causes the emotional impact. Their music overwhelms, while their lyrics take their power from story-like details and haunting turns of phrase. My favorite, from their fourth album, 2007’s "Challengers," is the devastating final plea “Stay with me, go places."

Their songs, populated by named characters, remind me of novels; they’re less about being swept away by a chorus than building towards a devastating, unsettling realization. Each song surrounds the listener with variety and excitement, yet reminds them that nothing can alter their profound sense of loss... Read more

Doctor Who?

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Special To The Chronicle

The first time I watched "Doctor Who," I expected a campy and unwatchable hour of science fiction. However, I found myself intrigued by a world with surprisingly real relationships and relatable themes. While watching the Series 8 premiere last week, I was struck by how the show and the relationships between the Doctor and his companions have evolved.

A key episode in the show's history is the Series 5 premiere, "The Eleventh Hour." Not only does it introduce a brand new Doctor—it also introduces a new companion. The novel thing about the episode is that it doesn’t have the Doctor charm some attractive 20-something-year-old girl into being his traveling companion, but it creates a friendship spanning from childhood to adulthood.

The episode starts with a young Amelia Pond asking Santa for help. But instead of Santa and his sleigh, young Amelia gets the help of the Doctor and his TARDIS. Through the eyes of Amelia, we see him as a strange, wacky protector who will shoo away monsters and make funny faces in the process... Read more

John Oliver: a welcomed British invasion

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Special To The Chronicle

This past Sunday was a struggle for viewers (myself included) as "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" went on a short hiatus. The new variety show on HBO has reached new, unexpected levels of hilarity while still informing viewers across the country.

So, why is John Oliver’s show such a hit? Well, it seems to have an ingenious formula. It all starts with the man himself. John Oliver, former Daily Show alum and citizen of both the US and UK, has expert wit and quirky character voices. He simply knows how to work an audience. Secondly, the show's analogies are unbeatable. When describing how it’s too hot to have the World Cup in Qatar, he comments, “it’s like having the Superbowl in a lake.” Similarly, when someone described how FIFA and bribery go together like PB&J, he immediately responded with, “but they shouldn’t … [they] should go together like peanut butter and a child with a deadly nut allergy.” Best of all, he’s got the freedom of HBO. He knows when it’s time to call someone out on their nonsense, and that just makes us love him more... Read more

Walkmen Go On Hiatus, Release Solo Albums

The Walkmen have been a staple of the end of the year “Best Of” since 2000—but will not be in the near future. In November 2013, the critically and commercially successful Brooklyn-based band announced an indefinite hiatus, much to the disappointment of their fans.

The Walkmen have been playing together in some form since their high school days at St. Albans in Washington, D.C. Band member Peter Bauer said in a press release that “It’s been almost 14 years now. I think that’s enough, you know?” He further described playing shows with the other band members as “a really fun time seeing old friends” and “like going to Thanksgiving.” The band played their last show—for now—on December 4, 2013 in Philadelphia.

The Walkmen’s dissolution seems like a dark day for rock fans. Since their 2002 debut album “Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone,” the band has churned out some truly fantastic songs as ‘We’ve Been Had,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Angela Surf City,’ and their now-classic 2004 single ‘The Rat... Read more

Playlist, 7/1 - Gary

  1. 'Sunflower River Blues' by John Fahey
  2. 'Definition' by Black Star
  3. 'Gardening' by Dialtone
  4. 'Neverland' by The dB's
  5. 'Sound System' by Operation Ivy
  6. 'Keep on Knocking' by Death
  7. 'Natural's Not In It' by Gang of Four
  8. 'Hulahoop Wounds' by At the Drive-In
  9. 'Real Cool Time' covered by The Feelies
  10. 'Ceremony' covered by Radiohead
  11. 'Gift' by Sugar
  12. 'Had to Hear' by Real Estate
  13. '1983' by Flying Lotus
  14. 'Waves' by J Dilla
  15. 'Love Affair' by Mac Miller
  16. 'One Beer' by MF DOOM
  17. 'Apples for the Innocent' by Say Hi
  18. 'I Will Wait for You' by Astrud Gilberto
  19. 'Diamond Sea' covered by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  20. 'Drop Me Off in Harlem' by Duke Ellington

Listen to Gary's playlist on his personal Spotify account!

Playlist, 7/1 - Stephanie

  1. 'Pocketful of Poetry' by Mindy Gledhill
  2. 'Glitter in the Air' by P!nk
  3. 'Avalanches' by A Fine Frenzy
  4. 'Strangely Dim' by Francesca Battistelli
  5. 'Lifesize' by A Fine Frenzy
  6. 'Give me your eyes' by Brandon Heath
  7. 'All of Me' by John Legend
  8. 'Undone' by Haley Reinhart
  9. 'Something Beautiful' by Needtobreathe
  10. 'Light Up My Room' by Barenaked Ladies
  11. 'Your Heart is an Empty Room' by Death Cab for Cutie
  12. 'The Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel
  13. 'Take Me Away' by Katy McAllister
  14. 'Nothing Ever' by Citizen Way
  15. 'Washed by the Water' by NeedtoBreathe
  16. 'What I Wouldn't Do' by A Fine Frenzy

Listen to Stephanie's playlist on her personal Spotify account!

Playlist, 7/1 - Katie

  1. ‘Lavender’ by Ray LaMontagne
  2. ‘Infernal Fantasy’ by Owen Pallett
  3. ‘Que Sera’ by Wax Tailor
  4. ‘Drops’ by Jungle
  5. ‘We Could Be Friends’ by Freelance Whales
  6. ‘Crime’ by Real Estate
  7. ‘Understand (feat. Dice Raw & Greg Porn)’ by The Roots
  8. ‘I Wanna Know Now (Bob Marley, MGMT)’ by Xaphoon Jones
  9. ‘Steal My Sunshine’ by Len
  10. ‘III. Telegraph Ave. (“Oakland” by Lloyd”)’ by Childish Gambino
  11. ‘Shangri-la’ by Yacht
  12. ‘Sweet Disarray’ by Dan Croll
  13. ‘Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her’ by Kishi Bashi
  14. ‘Brother’ by Mac Demarco
  15. ‘Things Are Changin’ (Live)’ by Gary Clark Jr.
  16. ‘You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio’ by Joni Mitchell
  17. ‘Working Titles’ by Damien Jurado
  18. ‘Hero’ by Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon + Diplo
  19. ‘Rill Rill’ by Sleigh Bells
  20. ‘The Only Living Boy in New York’ by Simon & Garfunkel

Listen to Katie's playlist on her personal Spotify account!