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Eric the Ratt: Expressions from the ‘Dark World’

Eric the Ratt: Expressions from the ‘Dark World’

Frank Dutan, Contributor
March 2, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music

Together, this close-knit family of sonic innovators has created some of the weirdest hip-hop music the Valley has ever heard.

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Beach House: It is happening again

Beach House: It is happening again

Jordan Allen, Contributor
February 23, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Legrand and Scally [of Beach House] understand who they are: not a band that brings you with them on a personal journey, but functions more as a setting, a place to exist at a point in time.

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“The (Unsatisfying) Life of Pablo”

“The (Unsatisfying) Life of Pablo”

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
February 22, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music

“The Life of Pablo,” introduces listeners to new levels of West’s blend of egotism and artistry, in what could possibly be the worst album of his career.

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Plug into the headphone zone

Plug into the headphone zone

Ellanjé Ferguson, Contributor
December 9, 2015
Filed under Lifestyle, Music

As students travel to and from classes, meetings and lunches, most, if not all, have one thing in common: some type of headphones or earbuds in, either the standard Apple brand that accompanies their iPhone or Dr. Dre Beats. They are the constant, routine accessory to students’ ears.

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Country music changes for the times (and for the worse)

Country music changes for the times (and for the worse)

Afton Andreadis, Contributor
October 16, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Though friends often make fun of me for it, I am proud to say that I am an avid country music fan. No, I did not grow up in a small, rural town in the South, nor have my exes ever left me for my sister (at least not yet). I have, however, always been drawn to the simple melodies and storytelling lyrics the genre is known for.

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Ryan Adams reintroduces Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Ryan Adams reintroduces Taylor Swift’s “1989”

Jenna Careri, Contributor
October 7, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Ryan Adams combined Springsteen's Americana style, his own rock and alternative-country flair, and Taylor Swift's knockout "1989" album to create a poignant cover album, released on Sept. 25, that exposes the finer points of lyrics glossed over by Swift's pop genre.

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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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