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Review of Arcade Fire's Reflektor

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The following is a guest article by Tyler Thursby.

Arcade Fire

My first introduction to Arcade Fire's Reflektor was through an enchanting self-titled music video, nearly eight minutes of black & white footage that read much like a short film. Cinematic is an appropriate term when describing the sound of Arcade Fire's latest album Reflektor as a whole, every vaulted track materializing a story one has to imagine could easily be adapted to the screen.

Reflektor's cinematic qualities and large sound packs an unshakable confidence behind it. Just when things threaten to spill over into an unmanageable chaos, the instrumentation finds order in the storm. That type of control is something Arcade Fire has worked long to master, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be working with David Bowie throughout the process of recording.

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The following is a guest article by Nat.

UFC

In combat sports, the greatest champions have always defined themselves through trilogies against other great champions. Muhammad Ali fought timeless trilogies against Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, Georges St. Pierre battled 3 times against Matt Hughes, and Fedor Emelianenko battled the great Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira in the Pride ring. Even lower level fighters can elevate themselves to legendary status through a great trilogy — Gatti vs. Ward is a prime example.

While the record may show that Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez both possess one win against the other, the record doesn't tell the full story. In their first encounter in November 2011, Junior Dos Santos blitzed the current heavyweight kingpin at 1:04 of the first round — on the first ever card televised live on Fox — to take the heavyweight strap from the newly minted champ. In their second encounter, then challenger and current champion Velasquez was able to stagger Dos Santos in the first round and proceed to dish out a sustained beating over 5 rounds, handing the Brazilian champion his first UFC loss.

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Discovering Boston from a Different Perspective

The following is a guest article by Dan Patterson.

Boston skyline

When planning your trip to Boston, you may find yourself in a fluster, struggling to soak up the city for every inch of street it offers. Being one of the most historic cities on the globe, there are certainly a plethora of amazing sites to see. Though you may be consumed with nostalgic tours of the city, we want to help you discover Boston from a totally different perspective, allowing you to taste the city’s true flavors.

Between the mix of professional sports, comedy shows, art galleries and more your long weekend will certainly be filled with excitement. There are plenty of destinations off the beaten path, so we’d like to throw a few pointers your way so that you can leave the hub of New England satisfied with the sights and sounds.

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Top five British festivals of 2013

Summer is soon approaching and it’s time to round up this year’s best festivals. From the muddy fields of Glastonbury to the quirky charm of Bestival, and headliners ranging from the Rolling Stones to Kraftwerk and Beyoncé, there is something to suit all tastes over the next four months. Here’s our pick of the biggest and best British festivals in 2013:

Glastonbury

Worthy Farm, Pilton — 26th-30th June

Glastonbury absolutely needs no introduction. This year’s mammoth four-day affair will include the legendary Rolling Stones, performing their smash hits like Brown Sugar and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

After strong rumors of their inclusion, Fleetwood Mac will not be making an appearance, although the Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons have stepped in to provide adequate cover; many are hoping that Alex Turner and the lads will showcase some new material, with a new album announcement imminent.

90s legends Primal Scream will provide more than adequate Madchester representation and Dizzie Rascal will pull the usual dance-pop crowd; if the main stage isn’t your thing, Glastonbury, as always, satisfies all niches and tastes.

For dance lovers, the Silver Hayes tent is worth checking out — Rudimental, Sub Focus and Netsky will provide the necessary drum n bass beats, while international hip hop legend Nas will hope to better rival Jay-Z’s recent Glasto performance.

Unfortunately the event is now sold out, but if you were lucky enough to get a ticket, make sure you pack your wellies!

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Guest post: The importance of shade at events

The following is a guest post by Ben Vaughn.

Shade tent
Photo by Ken Lund. CC-BY-SA 2.0

If you've ever suffered through sweltering heat at a midday baseball game, you know the importance of shade at outdoor sporting events. Shady areas can not only serve as a comfortable reprieve from the heat, they can also help prevent heat stroke during sporting events. Many open air arenas, such as baseball stadiums lack a lot of cover from the sun and can heat up very quickly during the summer months. Like any other occasion where you are spending long hours in the sun, you should take reasonable precautions against becoming overheated at sporting events. Drinking plenty of fluids and getting out of the direct sun from time to time is advisable. This may be easier to do at certain kinds of sporting events over others. Baseball games, for example, are quite long and offer plenty of opportunity to leave your seat and find some shade.

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