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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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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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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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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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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
Filed under Entertainment, Music

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

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Staff Picks Playlist: Editors chime in with their favorite songs

Staff Picks Playlist: Editors chime in with their favorite songs

Editorial Staff
November 18
Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia, Music

Check out the music videos to accompany our best selections and don't forget to #GetWired all day long with our new playlist on Spotify at the bottom of the page.

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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
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
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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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
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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