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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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Staff Picks Playlist: Editors chime in with their favorite songs

Staff Picks Playlist: Editors chime in with their favorite songs

Editorial Staff
November 18, 2014
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, 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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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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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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10 Artists to check out right now

10 Artists to check out right now

Nathalie Sczublewski, Writer
April 14, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Here are some artists to check out for your listening pleasure. In this edition, we have musicians from across the pond, friends on the west coast and a rising rapper from Chicago. Plug those headphones into your laptop and get ready. 1. Best Coast Known for: “The Only Place” and “Boyfriend” Listen...

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