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UMass Amherst rapper NliteN releases music video for ‘Lite It Up’

UMass Amherst rapper NliteN releases music video for ‘Lite It Up’

Jaylene Lopez, Writer
February 1
Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music, Showcase

Growing up in the inner-city, NliteN shares his experiences with racism, violence, absentee fathers, drugs and alcohol through his music.

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Will the new villain on ‘The Walking Dead’ revive the show to its glory?

Will the new villain on ‘The Walking Dead’ revive the show to its glory?

Thomas Calautti, WireTV Editor
December 9
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has exhibited a strong depth of character with his portrayal of Negan. He’s been funny, cruel, charming and horrifying all at the same time. The more he's on screen, the better the show gets.

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Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Isaac Simon, Contributor
December 8
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Student Life

“We’re all trying to make the best kind of music possible and since we’re all on the same page with our approach it makes it much easier to play,” Cornetta said. “It is important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we’re just having fun and hoping the crowd will have fun with us.”

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Folks with Jokes presents: Thankfulla’ Sh*t

Folks with Jokes presents: Thankfulla’ Sh*t

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
November 30
Filed under Campus, Entertainment, Features, Showcase, Student Life

Music blasts over the murmur of conversation as about 80 students sit in the darkness of a half-filled Herter auditorium staring at a chalkboard that reads, “Thankfulla’ Shit."

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Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
November 10
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Uncategorized

The sole copy of the album "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" was purchased by Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million, with the condition that he not release it commercially for 88 years.

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‘Stranger Things’ — What’s all the hype?

‘Stranger Things’ — What’s all the hype?

Jaylene Lopez, Writer
November 10
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

The reason why older viewers appreciate a series about kids solving a mystery in the '80s isn’t just Star Wars nostalgia, it’s the complexity of the characters, the creepy, horror-like vibe and their beg to answer the questions introduced by the show: Where is Will Byers and what is this monster?

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Top 10: Times the election made us LOL

Top 10: Times the election made us LOL

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
November 7
Filed under Current Affairs, Entertainment, Politics, Showcase

While the 2016 presidential election has made American politics the laughingstock of the world, least we were able to laugh along the way.

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Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor
October 20
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Chicago hip-hop artist Noname addresses topics such as poverty, inequality and police brutality in her songs, straying away from typical subjects discussed in mainstream music.

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NBC airs brilliant new show ‘This Is Us’

NBC airs brilliant new show ‘This Is Us’

Alexa Rockwell, Contributor
October 11
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

"This Is Us" tells the story of four unique characters turning 36 on the same day. A major plot twist is sure to leave viewers hooked.

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Cymbal: The app where music talks

Cymbal: The app where music talks

Jordan Allen, Entertainment Editor
October 7
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Technology

"Cymbal is about expressing yourself musically, and finding like-minded people who you can learn from and who will expand your musical taste."

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Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor
October 3
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Hailing from the origins of structured indie rock, Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on newly-released album.

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