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Princess Nokia channels NY upbringing in ‘1992 Deluxe’

Princess Nokia channels NY upbringing in ‘1992 Deluxe’

Jaylene Lopez, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

AMHERST — The album, “1992 Deluxe," released on September 8, explores the life of New York rapper, Destiny Frasqueri, also known as Princess Nokia. Her struggles growing up in Manhattan as an Afro-Puerto Rican foster child are shown in her lyricism and ‘90s and trap-inspired production.   She kicks off ...

‘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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Springfield High School of Commerce fosters student creativity

Springfield High School of Commerce fosters student creativity

Danielle Rivera, Contributor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Music, Showcase

Students from Springfield's High School of Commerce are embracing the school’s creativity mantra.

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#NowPlaying: Graduation playlist

#NowPlaying: Graduation playlist

Amherst Wire Staff

May 8, 2017


Filed under Music, Showcase

Graduating seniors, this one's for you.

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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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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 21, 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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Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Music, Showcase, Student Life, Travel

Director Bill Morrison’s experimental film is a 70-minute series of decomposing film stock played alongside composer Michael Gordon’s original score.

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