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‘From Mambo to Hip-Hop’ gives voice to music lovers from Amherst to New York City

‘From Mambo to Hip-Hop’ gives voice to music lovers from Amherst to New York City

Brita Turner, Contributor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, TV/Movies, Uncategorized

Mambo music from the Caribbean merged with American disco-funk beats into a new genre: hip-hop.

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Kendrick Lamar’s new album a bold take on black life in America

Kendrick Lamar’s new album a bold take on black life in America

Jaylene Lopez, Writer

May 2, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

In these times of political hysteria, “DAMN.” offers a compilation of black power, an assertion of dominance and insight on Lamar’s personal life.

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’13 Reasons Why’ is a haunting and worthwhile show

’13 Reasons Why’ is a haunting and worthwhile show

Thomas Calautti, Video Editor

April 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

If you watch or read only one thing about depression, this show is your answer.

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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 20, 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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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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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ plays its strengths

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ plays its strengths

John Coakley, Contributor

March 21, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

While the sequel is perhaps inferior to the original, it is a genuinely fun adventure that sets up an intriguing premise for another sequel.

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Logan is the best superhero movie since ‘The Dark Knight’

Logan is the best superhero movie since ‘The Dark Knight’

Thomas Calautti, TV Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, TV/Movies

It trades in bombast and spandex in exchange for simplicity and intimacy.

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