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A first impression of “What a Time to be Alive”

A first impression of “What a Time to be Alive”

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
October 2, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

When it comes to success and mass appeal, no artist in the past five years has done a better job than Jimmy from "Degrassi," aka Drizzy Drake.

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A Senior Farewell: Alex Lindsay on covering the metal band scene

A Senior Farewell: Alex Lindsay on covering the metal band scene

Alex Lindsay, Writer
May 5, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"... This is a thank you to every local band that gave this amateur journalist a chance to tell their story."

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Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ is explosive, yet unimaginative

Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ is explosive, yet unimaginative

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
April 29, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Yet, today, Tyler reenters the rap world with a brand new album after being relatively quiet for the past two years. “Cherry Bomb,” is a 13 track, dark and demonic fest full of repulsive lyrics typical of Tyler, and some clever bars mixed in as well.

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Marvel’s Daredevil: A darker toned adaptation that delivers

Marvel’s Daredevil: A darker toned adaptation that delivers

Jesse Hernandez, Writer
April 28, 2015
Filed under Entertainment

"Having Fisk as the primary antagonist serves as the perfect counterpart to Daredevil; Fisk is a man who is bad, but feels he is doing the right thing, while Murdoch is a man who is good, but worries if he’s in the wrong."

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Critics ask ‘why Trevor Noah?’ for “The Daily Show”

Critics ask ‘why Trevor Noah?’ for “The Daily Show”

Sarah Robertson, Writer
April 27, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

"Seymour argues that while Noah will bring a refreshing perspective to American politics, Comedy Central missed an opportunity by not putting the first ever woman at the helm of a major late night broadcast."

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Top Five TV shows with the best social media experience

Top Five TV shows with the best social media experience

Stephanie Ramirez, Audience Engagement Editor
April 21, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Top Five

The shows whose social media experience is almost as good as the show itself.

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Dynamics stay true to their name

Dynamics stay true to their name

Emily Johnson, Contributor
April 17, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

nside, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Dynamics rehearse for their on-campus concert and alumni reunion on April 18 in room 227 of Herter Hall at six p.m. It will be a celebration of the Acappella group's 10th anniversary and new, fifth studio album: CCXVII.

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Game of Thrones confronts gender inequality with strong female characters

Game of Thrones confronts gender inequality with strong female characters

Nicholas Hull, Entertainment Editor
April 10, 2015
Filed under Entertainment

"Female roles in these works are historically minimized. Princesses exist as treasures for heroic men, to have sex with and ignore. Men perform actions, men achieve greatness; the roles of women are almost entirely supplementary."

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Mamma’s Marmalade: Pioneer Valley “Potato Jazz”

Mamma’s Marmalade: Pioneer Valley “Potato Jazz”

Erica Weiss and Luis Feldman
April 8, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Described as the musical “bus driver” for the band, Maura is specifically essential to the band's overall performance. The all-string group must rely on her bass and timing to make sure that their sound has cohesion."

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Tarantino’s latest film leaked online: will it be another classic?

Tarantino’s latest film leaked online: will it be another classic?

Jesse Hernandez, Writer
April 7, 2015
Filed under Entertainment

"While Tarantino said he wanted to continue his “history trilogy,” it would have been nice to have him cover another time in history. As a Western film, like his most recent film, “Django Unchained," Tarantino doesn't explore other iconic periods."

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Is Stephen Colbert ready for the Late Show?

Is Stephen Colbert ready for the Late Show?

Marcello Rossetti, Writer
April 2, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

"In his interview segments, he mastered the ability to wring out as much comedy as possible from his guests. His penchant for jumping in on a guest’s anecdote with a clever joke or retort is a skill that every great late night host must have."

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A Review of Kendrick Lamar’s New Album, To Pimp A Butterfly

A Review of Kendrick Lamar’s New Album, To Pimp A Butterfly

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
April 2, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

The follow up titled “To Pimp a Butterfly,” (TPAB) which is a play on the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was released a week early to the surprise of both the hip-hop community and Lamar’s record label.

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