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Coolhand Jax’s journey to “No Dreams of Anything”

Jake Weissman also known as Coolhand Jax/Used with permission of photographer James Wyatt

Nasya Blackshear, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

September 22, 2020

“When I finished school, I went on a big long road trip across the country for like two or three months and then I tracked a bunch of demos,” Weissman professed. Home again after his lengthy road trip, Weissman got to work and Coolhand Jax was born. 

Power behind the voice: The long history of mismanagement in the music industry

Kanye West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and Taylor Swift at the 2019 iHeart Radio Awards. Both have recently spoken against industry contracts/ David Shankbone and Glenn Francis, respectively

Julia Donohue, Managing Editor

September 17, 2020

Unfortunately West, Swift and Chance The Rapper are not the first musicians to be weighed down by the industry Chronicled below are how three major musical entities were mismanaged by one man, Allen Klein.

No one’s upset with The Hails’ debut

The Hails/ Kat DeBarros
From left to right: Robbie Kingsley, Franco Solari, Dylan McCue, Zach Levy, Andre Escobar

Nasya Blackshear, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

August 27, 2020

“When we graduated we all kinda scattered.” Solari pointed out, “We had been living this socially distanced lifestyle making music for like a year kinda before we were forced to. So in a weird way, I kinda feel like we had been preparing for this before we had to do it now.” 

“Back to the Woods” Taylor Swift and the New Trend of Rugged Authenticity

Joe Lancaster, Contributing Writer

August 20, 2020

In some ways, it may seem odd or disingenuous to suddenly get sincere by going “back to the woods”—the way songsters of the 1990s feigned artistry simply by going “unplugged.” In reality, as John Mayer and Justin Timberlake have shown, this is simply another step in the evolution of the modern pop singer-songwriter.

Quarantined Playlist: Travis Scott with Kid Cudi, Nav and Deante’ Hitchcock

(Trevor Wilson/Amherst Wire)

Amherst Wire Staff

April 29, 2020

With everyone stuck inside and socially distancing from each other, there’s never been a better time to stay up to date on some of the latest releases in the world of music. We’ll be updating this playlist each week. Here are this week’s music suggestions from the Amherst Wire staff. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3rmRdtQVSB1aoboe0n4HLd?si=8_Nkd8SJSeGso-5nxuDOhA Trevor Wilson...

25 years ago, Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous” radiated black Air Force 1 energy before it was cool

Jonathan Kermah, Editor in Chief

April 24, 2020

Mobb Deep's second album "The Infamous," released in 1995, is heralded as a hip-hop classic for it's sinister production and confrontational lyricism. Sounds like black Air Force 1 energy to me.

Music producers: The backbones of the industry

Arkain and Focus at the listening party for

Samantha Croteau, Writer

April 23, 2020

Music producers are often not credited on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music despite their contribution to creating, shaping and molding a song or album.

Quarantined Playlist: Kid Cudi, Westside Gunn, Bon Iver and more

(Trevor Wilson/Amherst Wire)

Amherst Wire Staff

April 22, 2020

With everyone stuck inside and socially distancing from each other, there’s never been a better time to stay up to date on some of the latest releases in the world of music. We’ll be updating this playlist each week.

Quarantined Playlist: Rico Nasty, Lilgotit, Luchii and more

(Trevor Wilson/Amherst Wire)

Amherst Wire Staff

April 14, 2020

With everyone stuck inside and socially distancing from each other, there’s never been a better time to stay up to date on some of the latest releases in the world of music. We’ll be updating this playlist each week. Here are this week’s music suggestions from the Amherst Wire staff.

Quarantined Playlist: Frank Ocean, Thundercat and Smooky Margielaa

(Trevor Wilson/Amherst Wire)

Amherst Wire Staff

April 8, 2020

With everyone stuck inside and socially distancing from each other, there’s never been a better time to stay up to date on some of the latest releases in the world of music. We’ll be updating this playlist each week. Here are this week’s music suggestions from the Amherst Wire staff.

The Fantastic Life of Young Frozone

Yaw Amp (Astghik Dion/Amherst Wire)

Astghik Dion, Photo/Assistant Entertainment Editor

April 7, 2020

“With all due humbleness, I'm not trying to sound cocky, but there's not a lot of people that can write the way I write. The way I write, I tend to just focus on poetry, the relationship between words.”

Quarantined Playlist: Ari Lennox with Smino, JPEGMAFIA, Quin NFN and more

(Trevor Wilson/Amherst Wire)

Amherst Wire Staff

March 31, 2020

With everyone stuck inside and socially distancing from each other, there’s never been a better time to stay up to date on some of the latest releases in the world of music. We’ll be updating this playlist each week. Here are this week’s music suggestions from the Amherst Wire staff.

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