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Hip-hop artist Logic’s new album drops next week

Hip-hop artist Logic’s new album drops next week

Geoff Warren, Contributor
April 25, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

On Wednesday, Def Jam Records signee and Visionary Music Group frontman, Logic, released the trailer for his third studio album and announced its release date, set for May 5.

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#NowPlaying at Amherst Wire

#NowPlaying at Amherst Wire

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor
April 24, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Uncategorized

Here are a few of the songs we've been bumping at the Amherst Wire this month.

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UMass Got Talent winner Friends at the Falls to open at Spring Concert

UMass Got Talent winner Friends at the Falls to open at Spring Concert

Caeli Chesin, Assistant Travel Editor
April 23, 2017
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Friends at the Falls, a band of five friends who grew up down the street from one another, will open the 2017 Spring Concert.

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Your guide to Spring Concert 2017

Your guide to Spring Concert 2017

Michael Antonellis and Liam O'Connor
April 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Here are some things to look out for at the show, assuming that none of these artists break a leg before Sunday.

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Stolas defies overwhelming odds, releases encapsulating self-titled album

Stolas defies overwhelming odds, releases encapsulating self-titled album

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

"Stolas" is riddled with power moments. The instrumentation is tighter and cleaner than ever. Even without screams, the band manages to preserve contagious, maddening energy in a way only Stolas can.

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Drake’s ‘More Life’ — Would less have been more?

Drake’s ‘More Life’ — Would less have been more?

Jonathan Kermah, Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

There’s just so much content in “More Life” that it becomes hard to take in, however, there's so much diversity in the sound throughout the project that there's at least something most viewers will enjoy.

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Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor
March 27, 2017
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Music, Showcase, Student Life, Travel

Director Bill Morrison’s experimental film is a 70-minute series of decomposing film stock played alongside composer Michael Gordon’s original score.

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Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’ whips energy dynamic on pop rock tightrope

Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’ whips energy dynamic on pop rock tightrope

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer
March 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Incorporating destruction, a recurring theme of drowning and a one-way magnifying glass towards the self, “Fail You Again” creates a typical “me-first” narrative focusing on love and women.

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The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

Isaac Simon, Contributor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music, Showcase, Travel

Then, one night, as I was hosting a soiree at my house, I took my phone out and made the executive decision of all executive decisions. I was going to take Jeremy and myself to see Drake in London. I bought two tickets, texted him and it was done. It happened about as fast as the idea originated. The only thing I needed to think about next was how I was going to get there.

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Listen to Friday’s hip-hop releases

Listen to Friday’s hip-hop releases

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor
February 27, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

New music from a wide range of hip-hop artists dropped this past Friday, and there may not be enough time to hear it all before the next batch.

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Migos at the top of the charts with ‘Culture’

Migos at the top of the charts with ‘Culture’

Jack Hamm, Contributor
February 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

The Migos may not give you the culture you want, but it’s the culture we have from the nucleus of North Atlanta — “DAT WAY!”

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The ugly side of the songs we love

The ugly side of the songs we love

Fitzgerald Pucci, Contributor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Music, Opinion, Showcase, Voices

Wrapping up ugly lyrics in sweet and repeated layers of sound makes for catchy hooks people learn to sing before understanding.

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