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Red Velvet Ribbon gives alternative and grunge rock a home at UMass Amherst

Red Velvet Ribbon gives alternative and grunge rock a home at UMass Amherst

Paul Bagnall, Writer
November 5, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Guitars, violins, basses, ukuleles lined the walls of the venue. The sounds of a previous performer vibrates throughout the black and white tiles of the bar floor.

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Local bands and Diarrhea Planet shred the stage at Halloween Concert in Amherst

Local bands and Diarrhea Planet shred the stage at Halloween Concert in Amherst

Ben Bosco, Writer
November 3, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

This was Diarrhea Planet's first time playing in Amherst, Mass., only having played a show in Northampton in summer 2012.

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All guts, all gory : Horror films you may have missed

All guts, all gory : Horror films you may have missed

Nicholas Hull, Entertainment Editor
October 29, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

"Told from the viewpoint of a killer, the film is a tale of shattered glass, told from the perspective of gravity."

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3D printing: a totally doable trial and error process

3D printing: a totally doable trial and error process

Hae Young Yoo, Editor in Chief
October 27, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

“There’s an entrepreneurial proverb that says, ‘If you jump off a cliff, build a plane on the way down,’ and that’s kind of what we did."

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The new fall TV shows: Will you find your next obsession?

The new fall TV shows: Will you find your next obsession?

Ally Michitson, Writer
October 27, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

"It’s a slightly far-fetched story line and it seems a little over the top, but each episode leaves the viewer wanting to to see how Team Scorpion is going to solve whatever national crisis that emerges each week."

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Kanye West sets trends and experiments with hip hop art form

Kanye West sets trends and experiments with hip hop art form

Marcello Rossetti, Writer
October 19, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"The lyrics and mood of the project are also more aggressive in comparison to the softer, melancholy tones of "Heartbreaks." The albums almost sounds like the works of two entirely different artists."

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June and the Bee bring the noise (and the cellos) to Iron Horse Music Hall

June and the Bee bring the noise (and the cellos) to Iron Horse Music Hall

Hae Young Yoo, Writer
October 9, 2014
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music

"The noise from upstairs heightened as friends, family, and fans settled into seats and ordered their drinks and meals. The band recommended the pulled pork sandwich."

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Music, dance, and fist pumps at the 40th Annual UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Music, dance, and fist pumps at the 40th Annual UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Alex Lindsay and Katherine Ferrante
October 6, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

The 40th Annual UMass Multiband Pops Concert was the highlight of the University of Massachusetts' Thursday evening as  various music and dance groups at the school celebrated another amazing year. Parents, students, and longtime UMass music aficionados flocked to the packed Fine Arts Center to see...

Nehruviandoom combines sounds of a young MC with a Hip-Hop Veteran

Nehruviandoom combines sounds of a young MC with a Hip-Hop Veteran

Marcello Rossetti, Writer
September 29, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"His flow is monotonous but like his mentor DOOM, he makes it work for himself. While he may be young, his rhyming is quite mature for his age."

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Network through handshakes

Network through handshakes

Molly Boushell, Writer
May 5, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

"Leaf, a Pebble SmartWatch outfitted with their own software, aims to change the way people network by replacing a dead-stop in conversation to swap contact information with... nothing."

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Auto-pilot online: Automating your professional social media presence

Auto-pilot online: Automating your professional social media presence

Molly Boushell, Writer
May 5, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

"People get squeamish about “personal branding,” but a strategic social media presence is the online equivalent of choosing to shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed in the morning."

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Sabaton wows at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

Sabaton wows at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

Alex Lindsay, Writer
May 5, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Swedish Power Metal band and military history enthusiasts, Sabaton have been gaining a lot of momentum in the American Metal scene. Currently on tour with Dutch Progressive Metal band, Revamp and American metal band, Iced Earth, Sabaton made a stop at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. for the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

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