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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
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
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
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
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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Top Five news apps for millennials

Top Five news apps for millennials

Ruthann Barry, Writer
March 25
Filed under Entertainment, Technology, Top Five

"In a world where everyone is glued to smartphones and iPads, news consumption should be at an expected all-time-high, right? Wrong."

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SALT celebrates musical diversity on UMass Campus

SALT celebrates musical diversity on UMass Campus

Ruthann Barry, Writer
March 11
Filed under Entertainment, Music

It is 8 p.m. on a frigid Thursday night at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Inside the walls of the Student Union in the Cape Cod Lounge, an array of music loving students gather to listen to a genre that is so seemingly under-appreciated.

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Iron Maiden’s Trooper English Ale: Bruce Dickinson’s first crack at a growing industry

Iron Maiden’s Trooper English Ale: Bruce Dickinson’s first crack at a growing industry

Paul Bagnall, Writer
March 4
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Back in 2013, British metal band Iron Maiden’s lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson partnered with Robinson's Brewery to create the Trooper Golden Ale.

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Extravagance through simplicity: an analysis of The Grand Budapest Hotel

Extravagance through simplicity: an analysis of The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jesse Hernandez, Writer
February 27
Filed under Entertainment

"In any other movie, this would seem like a lazy special effect, but Anderson and his production design team makes the hotel look unquestionably luxurious."

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Foo Fighters set American tour, but what can we expect on the setlist?

Foo Fighters set American tour, but what can we expect on the setlist?

Shelby Ashline, Writer
February 5
Filed under Entertainment, Music

The American rock band Foo Fighters announced the dates and locations of their 2015 North American tour on Nov. 18. The tour includes 28 concerts throughout the United States and Canada, which will commence July 4 in Washington.

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Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach talks music, family and future plans

Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach talks music, family and future plans

Alex Lindsay, Writer
February 5
Filed under Entertainment, Music

It was a frigid and rainy December evening outside The Parlour in Providence, R.I., the type of weather that Jesse Leach, frontman for Killswitch Engage, knows very well.

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American Sniper portrays soldiers’ lives honestly

American Sniper portrays soldiers’ lives honestly

Taylor Gilmore, Writer
February 4
Filed under Entertainment

"When the lights came on at the end of the movie, there was no applause or emotion. The audience simply rose in silence, and left."

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