The 1950s is usually remembered for its strict societal mores: the white picket fence, dad working and mom makes supper. But in Manhattan, especially in the area surrounding Columbia University, the beginnings of a new, defiant generation were emerging. The Beat Generation was made up of free-wheeling intellectuals that would gather at dimly lit bars, […]

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Albums 1. “Big Mess” by Grouplove Quirky, alternative-rock band Grouplove pours their heart into their newest album, “Big Mess,” to the point that it’s almost literal. The first song on the album, “Welcome to Your Life,” is about vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi welcoming their newborn daughter into the world — their hearts were […]

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