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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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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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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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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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SALT celebrates musical diversity on UMass Campus

SALT celebrates musical diversity on UMass Campus

Ruthann Barry, Writer
March 11, 2015
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, 2015
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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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, 2015
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, 2015
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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Etiquette at a metal concert (feat. Michael May of ‘Values’)

Etiquette at a metal concert (feat. Michael May of ‘Values’)

Alex Lindsay, Writer
December 3, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Yes, you read the title right, there is indeed an etiquette to metal concerts.

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